I keep a second remote hidden, so that when it gets too loud, I just turn it down as soon as he blinks. Gets him po'd, but he knows he won't win.
A couple of years ago, the tv (yes, I only have one in the house!) konked out. It happend gradually - it would work, then not work, etc. So I went shopping one day when my sweetie was out of town and bought a new tv, same size, comparable to the old one. It wasn't a big deal to me, and I didn't mention it to him. Well, the next evening he was here, and immediately looked for the remote. He sat down, flipped through the channels a few times, played with the volume for ten minutes or so, and then asked "Why did you get a new remote?"
"Uh, it came with the new tv." :roll
I laughed so hard, the cats hid! :chuckle