Autoswitchers of all varieties (component, composite, HDMI, etc) all have the same problem - they can't detect what you are thinking. I had a Audio Authority (actually still have stored away) component video auto switcher. It performed exactly as specified and half the time I would still have to get off the couch to change it to what I wanted. It was mostly because I would leave a device on or the device I really wanted to go to was a lower priority than the one I had on.
I'm much more structured/easy. I operate my devices in a single task kind of way. My HTCP stays on all the time, handling my tv/movie fill, if I want to play a game, I grab the Wiimote or PS3 Controller, turn the device on, switch input to that device using the universal remote, play the game, turn it off, switch back. I operate that way, exclusively, always making sure I'm done with whatever input I'm using before switching.
It is much easier to get a remote controlled (or RS-232) switcher with a good universal remote and then have buttons on the universal remote for all the combinations that you could want. Program the universal remote to make the switch and turn on the device. This way there are no extra button pushes required. I suppose an alternative would be to buy a switcher that responds to the on/off commands of the device you are switching to. Those exist as well.
I guess in the end, an auto-switching HDMI switch is only going to be good if the user is consistent in their selections.
If that's the case, perhaps I should get an auto-switcher with an IR senser/controller (to program into my Universal controller) along with:
I suppose an alternative would be to buy a switcher that responds to the on/off commands of the device you are switching to. Those exist as well.
I haven't heard of this, but it seems like it would likely solve my AppleTV/HTCP Always-On (even in standby) problem? Does it sense it via IR? And then you somehow program the switcher to each devices IR on/off button? Obviously that wouldn't work with the PS3/Wii/Xbox 360, but those devices could be easily auto-sensed, hopefully. So a combination of all these techs could work?
Thank you for the info ^_^.