Assuming Direct Control!
It seems like the world is coming close to the point being able to control just about any household appliance from a single device. We're not quite there yet, but there are numerous apps out there that can help you turn your Android smartphone into a TV or media center remote, or even a remote controlfor your desktop! Check out this collection of smart TV remote apps, media center remotes, andremote desktop apps for the couch potato in you.
Credit - Tom G.