Why do I say if you have a VCR you must have the remote. Almost all basic controls ( Play, FF, REW, Record) can not be activated with out an original remote. This is because all controls are on the remote and the more options you have the less you can do.
The companies wanted the box to look streamlined. So most buttons went on the remote.
We always sell our equuipment (VCR, DVD, Combos, etc.) with an original or same brand remote.
Thanks for reading, Diane