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Would You Pay $400 to Never Switch TV Inputs Again?


How much would you pay to never switch inputs on your TV again? The makers of Caavo, a beautiful set-top box, are putting that question to the test. Expected to ship this coming fall, Caavo will cost $399 and won’t have any original content; instead, it’ll act as a conduit to streamline all of your devices. You’ll be able to switch between your cable box, game console, and all of your streaming devices — just by talking to Caavo’s voice-controlled remote. (Think of the new Apple TV remote.)

The Caavo TV box comes with copious ports — eight HDMI inputs, Ethernet, two USB — so it can handle all your streaming devices or gaming consoles. (And yes, it supports 4K.) Caavo’s remote will automatically know which device you’re using, so you won’t have to rifle through your drawer of Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV Stick and Chromecast remotes. Although you’ll still be able to use each devices’ individual remote if you want; if you turn on your Xbox One controller, Caavo will know and switch to your gaming device.

Caavo also promises to work third-party virtual assistants like Alexa. This means that for the first time, you’ll be able to control your Chromecast or Apple TV with your Amazon Echo. Google Assistant and Siri compatibility will come as well.

All things considered, Caavo is an ambitious device that could change the way we watch TV. But really, how hard is it to change between inputs on your TV? Is it $400-hard?

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