A Cry for Help
Years ago, I bought a top-flight Sony VCR for one reason: It had a little doohicky called a "cable mouse."
The mouse was, in essense, a wired remote control. It plugged into the back of the VCR and sat on top of the cable box, so the VCR could change cable box channels. That was a pretty nifty feature, because otherwise you couldn't tape stuff on HBO without remembering to turn on the cable box and set it to the proper channel.
Now we're thinking about getting a TiVo. Problem is, I don't know if there are any models with anything like Sony's Cable Mouse, and none of my online research has given me any answers.
Any readers here know?