The face of TV has changed, both literally and figuratively. We get our content from so many sources, most of them with their own sanctioned device or hardware, not to mention software gateway. As such, watching TV has become more varied but also more involved, requiring nothing less than a juggling act to make sense of anything and everything. This is the chaos that Caavo wants to tame. Yes, it’s another box to add to your other boxes, but one promises to keep all of them in line.
The situation with TV services, both regular paid ones but especially streaming, is almost similar to the messy situation that currently plagues the smart home market. There are just so many choices, each one almost speaking a language of its own. Given how each of those connects to a single thing, your TV, this easily manifests in jumbled cables, boxes beside or behind your TV, and numerous remotes that are in danger of vanishing at any time.
Caavo is like an interpreter for those services. Technically it’s more like a hub. You connect all those content sources, those boxes and pay TV cables, to Caavo. Then you only need to connect your TV to Caavo and nothing else. In practice, you only need to deal with one box and one remote to manage half a dozen other boxes.
But that’s only half the story. A unified hub wouldn’t be of much use without a unified way of interacting with all of those other boxes. That’s where Caavo’s software comes in. It detects whatever you plug into the box, be it Apple TV, Roku, or even cable TV, and automatically configures the system for you. It lets you easily search across all those sources, instead of having to walk through each source by yourself. It seamlessly blends all those apps and sources, as if they were just coming from Caavo itself, all under the control of a single remote.
Caavo promises to return TV to the way it was meant to be: simple and joyful. Whether it will be able to deliver on that is another story. Caavo goes on sale sometime later this year, with pre-orders starting in June. All that unification, however, will set you back $399.