1) Convenience, assuming you have other video sources (digital cable, satellite, whatever) that you can also connect to the 950 so that the 950 controls video switching, allowing you to leave the TV set to a single input all the time. (I do this, and the only command I send to my TV is power on/off).
2) On-screen display from the 950. You will be able to view the 950's menu on screen in addition to on the 950's front panel.
1) Extra device in video signal path, offering opportunity for signal degradation. I have not had a problem with this on my display (27" Mitsubishi direct-view).
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