Well, my thought on the remote is this device definitely benefits from many different custom buttons - tv mode, 16:9, bookmark, movie, music, vfd, color-coded, etc. - and not all 3rd party remotes offer all of those. While they may be learning, it's hit or miss if you can label the buttons, depending on the remote, So you have to remember what button is re-programmed to what function. Plus many Harmony remotes are very expensive, way past what I can spend. My girlfriend would not be happy if I told her I bought a $150 remote.
This backlit remote would make this a non-issue, as it is designed for this unit. Personally, I hate remotes that aren't backlit because when I'm watching movies in a darkened room, I can't see the buttons without turning on a light, especially with 3D glasses on. This remote would make a great accessory purchase in my opinion. Provided some of these bugs can get worked out, if I end up keeping the unit, I'd buy this remote if it was made available.
Actually, I just bought the backlit accessory remote for my Samsung plasma set. The standard remote was illuminated but barely, you could barely see it. The upgraded remote lights up beautifully and I can see it even with 3D glasses on. So I'd certainly buy a lighted remote if it was reasonably priced.
Also Jack, will you be passing on the information about the lack of forced subtitle support? It seems from everything I've read it still doesn't support forced subtitles in mkv or ISO (Avatar Navi forced subs for example). I haven't been able to test this out myself though. They also mention stuttering every 30 seconds or so on 23.976 material on the Himedia thread, something about the conversion from 23.976 to 24 fps, but I haven't tested this out yet myself.
I also just hit tried to turn on the unit with the front power button and it turned white for a split-second and powered off again, so this power on/off issue is definitely a problem.
I sent you a second pm also, with mediainfo on another 3D file that stutters - this one in 50.000 fps, the others I sent you was 25.000 I think. Hope it helps.