Update: Direct TV is gone, Netflix streaming and DVD by mail is in. We get a lot better choice of movies.
I have a $16 programmable remote that controls a TV, an HTPC (Music, Recorded TV, DVDs, Hulu, Media Monkey etc), A DIRECTV DVR with an Onkyo Home theater receiver and a 5.1 speaker system. https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Remote-Control-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0016BUKJS
I would buy a fancier remote, but, for me, they really don’t help much