This remote is great. The price lately is not. The big box stores are WAY overpriced and gouge people at $249. This has been on sale at $149 to $159, and thats where it needs to be priced. I need 2 additional remotes, but will be buying a different brand if these dont come down in price. Don't pay $2XX!
Especially since it sounds like you have to replace it every couple of years because the buttons get worn out. That comes out to one expensive piece of equipment. Sony use to make a similiar remote that I have had for a few years and it was only $99. I wish they continued to make them. It was the Sony RM-AX4000. We do use a Sony $30 remote for our TV, blu-ray and DVR in the other room and it works just as well.