Why Oh Why can't the electronic industry try and standardise the layout of remote controls for all the TVs, DVD players, satellite receivers, etc. etc. Since xmas (new tv)I have really had to concentrate hard when trying to mute something, or switch inputs, the da*n things all look the same. My eyesight doesn't help neither. Anyone else get this trouble ?
Alan have a look at the Logitec Harmony 650 £45 at Currys. It's the only remote that fully controls my Onkyo home theatre system plus my Panasonic TV,Panasonic Freesat DVD and the Pace Sky satelite receiver.
If by any chance there's a certain function not present, you can teach it from your original remote. To program the Harmony it's necessary to connect to the Logitec web site. Once programmed all the codes are stored on the Logitec database, so if needed you can always access them.
The PS3 uses Bluetooth for communication rather than infra-red, so the only remote you can use is the PS3 model, which is only £15, so it doesn't break the bank, but it's a pain that you can't use the same control for your TV & PS3
I've been using a Philips programmable remote for some years now to work just about everything TV & hifi related. I'd like a phone app that could do all that, that should be feasible in this day and age.
Then when I'm in the dentist's waiting room I could surreptitiously keep switching the channel over from Jeremy kyle to sponge Bob:)
It does what it says but working it is a bit like a Mensa test. It took days to program and then you forget how to access all the different stored settings and it is so fiddly I think is just a gimmick watch.