RingoTB: Get a Logitech Harmony. Depending on the model, they will control anywhere from 5 to 15 components. I have had the Harmony One for a number of years now, and it replaced 8 remotes for my various components. Since getting it, I have not had to use any other remote. All the original remotes have been packed away.
Since getting the Logitech Harmony One, and the MagicTV, my wife has no problems watching recorded programs, and even setting up the MagicTV to record what she wants to watch. It makes everything very, very simple to use and operate.
It does take some setting up and tweaking, but I could not do without the Logitech Harmony One. It is highly recommended.