I spent the better part of the 2000's trying to banish IR blasters from our living room. They managed to combine poor form and poor function. Wires running under and around our components, IR emitters affixed to the front of our components, messing up the whole look of our living room. And they didn't always work! It was an exercise in frustration. With our new built-in home theater cabinets, our components are tucked away out of sight. So it looked like we were headed back to IR blasters. Until DirecTV stepped in to save the day.