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Yes, any Harmony or other "activity" or "macro" capable universal remote can handle the switching with no problem. IR repeaters make it easy to hide equipment - Monoprice has a dual-band (needed for some set-top boxes, but not DirecTV) IR repeater kit for under $20... Be aware though that many IR receivers in these kits can be sensitive to CFL-based LCD (non-LED sets) or Plasma displays interfering, so if you have one of those display types, you'll need to pay attention to that.
When you say you want a "multiple HDMI into one" box - do you already have an A/V receiver (AVR)? That will be the best method of HDMI switching since you'll want to route the audio to the AVR anyway. External switches are available, but that makes it more complicated.
Rock Creek Theater -- CIH, Panamorph, Martin Logan, SVS PB2000, Carada Masquerade, Grafik Eye, Bar table, Green Glue, JVC RS50
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