A lot of television remote controls do not come with built-in rechargeable batteries. Many of them tend to use more traditional alkaline batteries that you might have to replace every year or so, which isn’t a bad thing, but if you’d rather not deal with that hassle, then built-in rechargeable batteries are obviously the way to go.
For those who own Roku devices, you might be interested to learn that according to a post on Reddit, it appears that Roku has been sending out test remote controls to some of their customers. This new remote control comes with a built-in battery that’s non-removable but also rechargeable, similar to controls like the Apple TV’s remote.
Also, based on the screenshot, it seems that some of the buttons on the remote can be customized to link to personal shortcuts, meaning that you can program the remote to your own liking a personal preference. Oddly enough, this remote control still uses micro USB to charge instead of USB-C, but given that these are apparently “test” units, perhaps this is a temporary design.
There is no word on when Roku plans on releasing this remote to the masses, but if you’re a Roku user, then perhaps this might be something to keep an eye out for in the future.