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With $15M in funding, Caavo aims to unify all your streaming devices and services



A startup called Caavo thinks it has a solution to the too-much-TV problem, with a device that brings together all the different streaming boxes and TV services you subscribe to. The company, which has raised $15 million in funding, provides a universal remote with voice control and a unified TV interface so users can search and discover all the TV content available to them.

Before we talk about Caavo, though, let’s discuss the problem. For TV lovers, never before has there been so many TV shows, so many networks, so many video services, so many streaming boxes. And yet, though content is abundant, never has it been more difficult to find something worth watching.

This is not a new refrain, but it is one that has only become more pronounced with time.

The preponderance of original content from digital distributors like Netflix and Amazon has made having a streaming box or connected TV a necessity. But not every streaming box has every app, meaning sometimes two or three connected boxes are necessary to access everything you might want to watch. Add a set-top box or DVR to the mix, maybe a gaming system or two, and you’ve quickly run out of HDMI ports to plug things into.

For the modern TV addict, though, that is the least of one’s worries. Having to switch inputs and launch different apps on different boxes is routine, while constantly swapping remotes has become the bane of one’s existence.

Enter Caavo
Cavoo’s device has eight HDMI inputs, which should satisfy all but the most fanatical TV watchers. Once plugged in, the system automatically recognizes what type of streaming box or game system it’s connected to and adds them to its navigation.

Users tell Cavoo which streaming services they have subscribed to, and can even designate which device they’d prefer to access each on. (e.g. if you prefer to watch Netflix on your Xbox but like Amazon on your Fire TV.)

Once everything is set up, users can search or navigate their content through a voice-activated universal remote. To launch a particular piece of content, they just tell the remote to “watch” it. If it’s something you’ve already been viewing, Caavo will pick up where you left off, or show you which services or apps you can watch it on.