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We have DVD player, receiver, two sat boxes (Sky + Free to air European channels), TV. It was not a fun holding 5 remotes trying to find a right button. The remote you would need would always be hidden and missing somewhere.
We bought Logitech Harmony 525 2 years ago. I knew it would work for me as I am a gadget man. I was slightly apprehensive about my wife and worried about my in-laws (when they come to visit us). I thought it might be too techie thing for them.
It turned out as a very simple to use. I have setup 4 activities - Sat1, Sat2, DVD and CD. You program it on Logitech site using web interface and then sync your remote via USB cable. When you click say SAT1 button all necessary devices would turn on (TV, receiver (I listen TV sound over speakers), SAT box). When you press off button all devices are switched off.
You can assign different functions to different buttons if you want. Very flexible and easy to use. There are more complicated and more expensive models but this is more than enough for an average household with 4-5 boxes under the TV. Logitech database is great and it is more than likely that your devices are already there and universal remote will pick up settings from their web site. Wholeheartedly recommended product.
The cheapest I have found it (10/10/2008) is £38.5 at http://www.morecomputers.com/extra.asp?pn=966191-0914