After reading a bunch of "Looking for a universal" threads, reading the stickies and generally poking around on this and various other related forums, I BELIEVE I know enough to actually ask the question I've been contemplating for about 9 months with enough detail to actually be helpful. Let's see:
Panasonic plasma TV
Denon 1910 receiver
Denon 1610 Blu-Ray Player
Sony 5 disk DVD player
Toshiba A2 HDDVD player
Panasonic VHS/DVDR player/recorder
I do not have a cable box, do not have cable, do not change channels on the TV, do not have a satellite dish and have zero intention of ever getting any of that.
All of my components are within one rack, approximately 15' away from where the (now multiple) remotes sit and all are less than 5' off the floor and greater than 3' off the floor. They're all within a single remote facing towards them's beam, in other words.
I honestly don't care if it's programmable via WIN or Mac or only via the remote itself, I'll figure how to do that out. Given my druthers I'd rather Mac software, though. WIN is not a deal breaker in any case.
I want to press a button and have:
Receiver changed to DVD
Buttons for play, menu, top menu, stop, pause, volume, and turn it all off
repeat for Blu-Ray, HDDVD, and VCR/DVDR
I'm guessing this is a lot like Bicycles, guns, or any other hobby in that no matter what price cut off I choose I'll get "Well if you were willing to go up by XX, you'd get this spiffy feature..." answers.
I'm thinking $100 is about as high as I want to go. I don't want fancy, I don't want an automated shoe tyer, I'm okay with basic. I do programming and troubleshooting so I'm not entirely opposed to having to do that but I don't believe I'm looking for something terribly out of the ordinary.
The reason I'm starting a thread and not just going and picking one up is I don't know if any or which ones can be made to NOT have cable box, TV tuner changing, etc. I would much prefer not having "Cable" labeled on a button and having to remember "Cable" means "HDDVD" and most of the ones I see have all that pre-printed on the case of the remote over or beside a button. If that means I have to spend more and get a primarily LCD screen, so be it.