Ack, I was considering this. Or, toggling ON/OFF states in unison with the television/receiver. In theory, if we don't trip the DVR's On/Standby code in a submenu, it should remain synched with the power states of other components. This DVR apparently needs to be placed in Standby mode to use the supplied IR blaster for downloading TVGuide info from the cable box. Although, I may just give up on the blaster and try a different method for recording digital channels from the STB.