Funny I do still have a Batamax, we got into video when the Batamax was new, as a one hour recorder and a top loader...
We also have a old Victor Kalar 16 MM FILM Projector (Famous for how these old machines would not rip up film should a mishap happen, even a bad splice would kick out the gate and stop the film, these were highly wanted machines by film collectors...) and at one time was collecting a few special films and added a anamorphic lens and was able to get some 16mm film in that format so we could screen wide CinemaScope movies.
We had cable in LA in the 80s.
In '93 we got a 10 food C Band satellite dish to get better movies. Got out of C Band due to TI and as it was going digital.
I had Voom Satellite for the year they lasted, great idea and very sorry they failed, all HD that was on the air plus 11 special movies channels with two movies playing all day in HD they put together.
I just cleaned up my video section and removed a apple box of cables, (Component, S-video and audio lines and 6 switchers, and VHS cables...) at one time at the peek we had: Direct TV DVR, a all country DVD, a Blu-ray DVD, two Cox cable Boxes, (three when you count the one in my wife's room.) three VHS, two VCR type DVD-Ram recorders, a Batamax, and the Laser Disk.
AND I had controls to allow all of this to playback on a TV and a projector, and to record Bata, to VHS or to the DVD-Ram, or DVD to VHS or DVD-Ram...a really complex system.
From the 80s we have recorded all out TV shows and watched them at our control and when we wanted, first with VHS, then the DVD-Ram with tuners like VHS like machines, than with Direct DVR and lastly with Cable Box DVRs and NOW I am building my own computer DVR and getting my wife a TIVO as she does not want a large complex computer in her room.
Now I have stripped the living room down to: The all country DVD, a new Sony 3D Blu-ray, one Cox Box, (for now) one DVD-Ram, one VHS.
I am 64 and remember a Black and White TV and watching 2 and 3 channel TV in the 50s, at one time we lived out in a small town and was hooked up to what some say was the beginning of cable, a company that a antenna on a nearby mountain and sold TV reception from Phoenix via flat lead wire.
So I kind of have seen it all...
I have a nice receiver and have never hooked it up to control video, I do have a old Sansui QS-1 4 channel audio convertor that works 2 channel stereo into great 4 channel sound, kind of like our 2D to 3D video convertors now do, and it has its own second receiver as the back channel's amp, and the main receiver has surround sound decoder for movies. So I have 6 speakers, with 4 for the main receiver's surround sound and then a second pair for the 4 channel rear sound playback.
I run a 5 Cd player but am converting over to having music either on my computer in MP3s (Hooked up to the stereo system...) and my car and bedroom systems now play SD Cards MP3 systems. 16 GIG SD Cards hold about 5 days of music...
I dislike the idea of having too much tied into one costly box like having a stereo receiver that controls all my video and music systems. I had one like that years ago and when it failed left it was a hard to replace unit.