Originally Posted by Wannabe Actuary
sequences are essentially a must for two types of users from what I can tell
1. those with IR controllable lighting
2. those who frrequently use closed captions or 'teletext' (something in Europe)
I've found that generally other than that, it's a rare need for sequences
sure, I turn game mode on and off for my 360 activity...but it's just as easy (and even more automated) to include it as additional commands for when the activity starts (turning it on) and ends (turning it back off). All remotes can add actions to the start/end of an activity.
As a DIRECTV customer I have several sequences to automate feature activation on the DIRECTV DVR. For example, to get to the To Do List: [MENU] [DOWN] [DOWN] [DOWN] [SELECT].
I also created two sequences to simulate the TiVo Style Guide on the DIRECTV DVR, where I could bring up all upcoming programs on a channel and than hit my sequence key to have it go to the next channel and display all upcoming programs on that channel: Sequence A, Activate List Guide: [left] [INFO] [SELECT]; Sequence B, Get Next channel: [BACK] [DOWN] [INFO] [SELECT].
Finally, I have sequences for Closed Ccaptioning (as noted, it's common: [YELLOW] [DOWN] [SELECT]) and for fast access for changing the favorite lists in the GUIDE ([YELLOW] [CH DN] [SELECT]) and for getting to setup ([MENU] [PG DN] [DOWN] [DOWN] [SELECT]) and restarting the DVR ([PG DN] [UP] [SELECT] [SELECT] [-]).
So these are just mine, but talk to some DIRECTV users at sister-site DBSTalk and you'll find we do use sequences quite often.