My wife has been having a fit, and I don't blame her. We used to have ("analog") cable, which was piped to a number of different TV's in the house. If she wanted to change channels on the TV in the breakfast room, she used the remote control for the TV there. Then Adelphia said that analog cable was dead -- we had to have a settop box for every TV in the house. I said, if we have to do that, then we don't need Adelphia any more, and so we switched to DirecTV. The DirecTV remote is better than two remotes, but it still has a significant problem -- if you want to turn on the TV, you have to change "modes" on the remote to be talking to the TV. If you make a mistake and hit the on/off button while talking to the DirecTV box, it turns the DirecTV box off. Even worse, if you change channels while in the "TV" mode, it switches away from Channel 3 (or "video1"), so you end up watching snow. Why is producing an easy-to-use remote so difficult? We have a TiVo box, and they seemed to have gotten the problem solved better than the standard DirecTV remote. Why haven't the CE manufacturers gotten together on this? Why hasn't a major manufacturer (Sony? Panasonic? Samsung?) taken leadership and come up with a plan for more universal remotes. These guys are all sucking wind in their CE divisions right now-- have they ever asked the consumer why the consumer isn't happy with their gear? I've also experimented with a number of "learning" remotes, but the problem with them is that the codes themselves are defective. For example, the exact same signal turns the TV on _and_ off, so it's impossible to force one of these components into a known state by using a constant signal pattern. Similarly, the exact same signal switches among the different inputs to the TV, so you end up cycling through them. So the basic IR protocols are defective. In the PC industry, both Microsoft and Intel take leadership positions in trying to avoid interoperability problems like this, but in the CE business, these companies don't even want to cooperate even when all of their businesses would benefit. Are there any initiatives to fix this problem? Or are they waiting for Microsoft to come and do it for them? This one seems so obvious -- it's been going on and getting worse for 20 years -- that there have to be some pretty brain-dead execs in the CE business to have missed it. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.