I have this power strip similar to http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Conserve-Socket-Energy-Saving/dp/B003P2UMQ2/ which cuts the power to peripherals when the TV goes off.
If you don't solve the IR Blaster use, maybe this?
I have a Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 System and would like to use the IR Blaster that comes with the Samsung ES8000 TV to turn the Cambridge Soundworks system on and off and control volume. This will eliminate a remote control.
How can I do this?