Last year: I lived in the midwest and had AT&T U-verse. The U-verse remote could power the receiver, which I plugged into the 'master' outlet of a power strip. TV, CD player, and Blu-Ray player all plugged into the same strip. Turn on the receiver, and it's all good to go. And you have just the one remote. (Occasionally needed the blu-ray remote on its own to navigate certain menus.) Muted the tv's on board speakers to use the home theater speakers. Moved out to CT, and have Optimum/Altice as a cable provider. When the tech came to set it up, I told him about my setup with the receiver, etc. He seemed to think this was very strange. SO: Optimum remote controls what channel I'm on. Receiver remote still powers all components and volume. Then I added Amazon Firestick. Including the Blu-ray remote, that's 4 different ones floating around the coffee table and getting dropped in the couch. There's a better way, right? About to move into a new house, and want to get this simpler and right.