You can also press and hold the back button.
Pressing and holding is NOT the same as STOP. Pressing and holding is LiveTV. Two different functions.
"Once you hit stop[Select], there are options to choose from, not sure why this is a problem.
Select left select pretty effortless. To stop, then arrow from there."
Maybe "preference" is a better word than "problem". There are two reasons some may find having a stop button preferable.
1. It is a Stop button how to Stop is clearly marked. Select does not obviously mean Stop, non-intuitive.
2. With a Stop button, one short press of one key. With the Select sequence, 4 button presses involving multiple keys.
So yes, either mechanism works. It is a question of preference. Think of it this way, you could have a remote with one button, call it select. From there, you get a menu and you select the option you want from a menu. I doubt anybody would want that. So there will be varying opinions on where the line is drawn between fewer keys on the remote vs more direct access to the remote controlling functionality. To paraphrase, the "traditional" remote is bigger, "what's the problem"?