I didn't get the model numbers for the DirecTV box or the TV, because I'm pretty sure I will not have trouble getting any remote to work with them
These RCA units however...I'm not so sure. I know combo units are tough to nail down with universal remotes, and I've only spent a tiny bit of time with his receiver, but it seemed to have some odd quirks as well, like auto swithing inputs and such.
I have *some -very- limited* knowledge of JP1, and I do have a JP1 cable, plus he has all of the original remotes in working order, so learning I can do.
What I want to establish is a system that is VERY easy for two older folks to push a few buttons and be off and running. They don't have an interest in changing surround modes or any advance viewing changes, the TV is 4:3, so they won't be jumping around for picture sizes, they just want to Play a DVD, Play a VHS Tape, watch Satellite, all without having to take a course in "advanced remote operation"
They have confessed to me that many times they have just given up on "movie nights" over frustrations with their 900 different remotes.
So....in conclusion, does anyone out there own either of these two RCA units, and do you have any insight on whether or not I am going to have much success with a single remote solution for under $50?