A client of mine is an elderly woman with a Toshiba HDTV (plasma I believe, but I don't know the model number), Comcast cable service, and a shiny new Philips Blu-Ray disc player. She uses HDMI connections for the cable box and the Blu-Ray disc player and everything works fine. The issue is the need to switch between video inputs on the TV. I've written a procedure for her to switch between inputs on her TV but it's clear that the concept of switching inputs on the TV is foreign and confusing to her.
So, I thought a HDMI switch would be a great solution. This way, she wouldn't need to switch inputs on the TV and the video she would see would be based on what she wanted to watch. If she's watching TV, she would see the Comcast video. If she's watching a Blu-Ray disc or a DVD, she would see that video. Naturally, an automatic switch would be needed for this but I haven't found one that does what I would need or want.
Here's the "problem" with using the TV inputs. If the TV is showing video from Comcast (HDMI1 input) and we turn on the Blu-Ray disc player (HDMI2 input), the TV senses the Blu-Ray disc player and automatically switches to that input. Cool If I turn off the Blu-Ray disc player, the TV stays on HDMI2 and doesn't switch back to the Comcast input (HDMI1). Not cool. I did find a HDMI switch on Monoprice.com:
which seemed perfect except for this statement:
The switch will automatically switch between inputs, depending on which one is on at the time. If both source devices are on, just press the small button on the switch to change the input.
Since the cable box is always on, once she turns the Blu-Ray disc player on, this switch might not know to switch to that input on its own. Also, I don't trust she would remember to press the button each time she turned on the Blu-Ray disc player.
Basically, what I would like is a way to eliminate using a remote to switch video inputs on the TV. If the Blu-Ray disc player is turned on, the TV should show that video. If the player is turned off, the TV should show the cable TV video. My initial thought was a HDMI switch would be a great solution but I don't want one that would require her to use a remote or take any action to facilitate switching between inputs.
Does such a device exist or am I dreaming?
Thanks in advance!