What kind of universal remote do you have?
My wife got me the Harmony (logitech) 880 for Christmas this year and I absolutely love it! It's very intuitive. Someone unfamiliar with my system can come over, pick up the remote from it's charger base and see the lcd display that clearly describes the different functions. If they want to watch TV, the they press the button labled "Watch TV" then the tv comes on and goes to the correct input, the receiver comes on and goes to the correct input, etc.
What I really like is that programming is done online by hooking the remote up via a usb cable. All you have to do is select your specific components from drop down menus on their website and the rest is done for you!
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/remot ... 2&cl=us,en
(the street price is about half what the website shows)