Well Ramm once said that if I got used to a schedule list programmer, I would never go back to VCR type programming. I'm not sure about that yet, but the Viera Link thing seems kinda cool.
My TV is a 2+ year old Panny LCD. It does have the Viera logo in the upper corner(which I never really paid attention to). Now I know what it does.
I like it's operation. I am able to turn on the DVDR(for example to change discs) without it turning the TV on. If I push play on the DVDR it will turn on the TV. That makes sense, I guess I would never want to PLAY the DVD without having the TV on.
Also if the DVDR is on, but the TV is off and I push say schedule list on the DVDR, it will also turn the TV on. Again makes sense if I wanted to look at the program schedule the TV would need to be on. Oh and when it turns the TV on, it also switches to HDMI input, even if I had previously been watching something else. That makes sense.
Now if I turn the TV off, the DVDR also goes off. THAT'S NICE, because with the EZ series Panny DVDR's it will NOT start a scheduled recording if the DVDR is on. Kinda makes it safer that way, one less chance for a missed scheduled recording.
One thing that I didn't like at first, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. If the DVDR is playing, and I turn the TV off, the DVDR turns off. At first I didn't like this because at times I am copying say a DVD, and don't want the TV to be on. The more I thought about this though I never use the DVDR for the player. I use my Sony DVD player for that and use my Panny DVDR for the recorder. Now if the EZ-28 is RECORDING and I turn the TV off, the DVDR will keep recording, as it should! This would be nice for the kids(actually I never let my kids play with the DVDR's), but if they did, I can't tell you how many times I've come into the room to find the kids gone, TV off, and DVD player playing away! That would not happen if they were playing on the EZ-28, as soon as the TV was turned off, the DVDR would also turn off, and when they would push PLAY on the turned off DVDR, the TV would come on and the DVD would resume where they left off.
So far I can't find a downside to all this automation so I think I'll leave it on for a while. Maybe it's something I could get used to
Now the Harmony, that would be a different story
Just looked at the box for the S53 Panasonic DVD player I purchased at the same time as the EZ-28, for the ridiculous price of $32! It also says EZ-Synch HDAVI control. I wonder how it works. I was planning on maybe replacing the Sony player but again as I noted above, I wouldn't want it turning off when I turned off the TV, at least in the case if it was playing to the DVDR for copying a DVD. Otherwise I suppose it normally would make sense to turn the TV off. It's still sealed in the box, haven't had time to play with it yet!