Universal remote controls have gained a new popularity. They have started sprouting like mushrooms in every appliance store. The prices have all gone down too.
Before it was only available through certified dealers and trying to make it work is like realizing you are in the wrong rocket science class. It seemed pointless to call it universal remote back then because it was not that universal, they do not work on all appliances. Some are made for specific models of specific brands.
Now it is as simple as going to the nearest appliance store in your street, align the laser at the proper time and hallelujah! One remote for everything in your tv cabinet.