Would be interested to know what's better at controlling STBs, particularly changing the channels via a timer. I've read on this forum that Toshiba's Sat IR controller doesn't always work, and that the Panasonic external link is better? Is this true? Would also be keen to know how those of you with a PVR / DVD combination handle this. Do you just use the EPG / timer on the PVR to save to the PVR HDD, and then just link to the DVD for archiving? Or do you get the PVR to control the DVD? If the latter, does this need the external link? Thanks for any feedback.