My dad is 88 years old and always has trouble controlling the TV and FIOS DVR in my home theater setup. I have instructed him many times in the use of the FIOS controller. The only three buttons that he needs are the TV, STB (Set top Box) and Power.
He constantly gets confused and tries to used the TV or STB button as the power and finally gives up when he cannot get both device on at the same time.
The other problem he has is the size of the buttons. I have looked at several jumbo button controllers but most of them are still overly complex in that they control 4 to 8 devices and there are too many buttons. In addition, none of the controllers do not list the Motorola 6400 series DVR as one of their Code options.
What would be most desirable is a programmable large button controller with only
1) Power - programmed to turn on the TV (leaving the STB on all the time)
2) Channel +/- Programmed to the STB
3) Volume +/- Programmed to the TV
4) Large Numbers for changing channels
I cannot find any controller that will meet this minmal requirement. They all seem to want to control all devices with no regard to what the senior citizen really needs.