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Thus, if my TV is already on and my "watch DVD" macro is pressed, it turns the TV off. Pain, but no real way around that.

This is a problem, but there's a solution that seems to work with some components. My TV and amplifier both turn themselves on if you send a "select input." I.e. if I send "component video 2", the TV turns on if it was off, and just switches if it was on. Ditto the amplifier and audio source.

So to turn something off, I send an input select signal, followed by power. That means it turns on for a second and then off if it was off, and turns off if it was on.

The DVD player doesn't have a work-around like this, however.

- Gus
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