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Published on December 21st, 2017 | by Brad Gibson

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Caavo TV control system to ship February 14th, nine months late

The universal TV control system Caavo will ship on Valentine’s Day next year, the company has announced. The expected new delivery date for the TV assistant falls far behind the company’s previous June 2017 release date. The company gave no explanation for the nine-month delay.

Hailed by some as a “new kind of TV experience,” Caavo is currently being tested by “more than 300 families,” the company said. It is hoping to release 5,000 units at $399 each on February 14th.

Caavo is a hub for multiple television devices – everything from satellite receivers, to cable boxes, to streaming devices including Apple TV. Using ‘machine vision’, it learns the interface of all the devices connected to it and then integrates the functions and features of those devices along with various popular streaming apps like Netflix and HBO Go into one user interface. Then, using a smart remote, users can speak commands and control multiple devices at once.

Using a modified version of Android as its infrastructure, the device will ship with 4K support and eight inputs, but not high dynamic range, or HDR, compatibility. The company plans on adding that support at a later date, but it is not known if the initial product will be upgradeable.

The company said with $17.5 million in venture capital behind it, it plans on delivering cheaper new products that support a smaller number of connected devices.

 

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



One Response to Caavo TV control system to ship February 14th, nine months late

  1. Scott says:

    The fact that there is any appeal for such a device is emblematic of the difficulties in presenting consumers a seamless interface to their content, regardless of where it originates. You definitely have to admire the ambition and persistence of the creators of such a device.

    With that said, its not a stretch to acknowledge that with a few key deals, Apple could make it obsolete overnight.

    For example, the TV app represents the software equivalent of what Caavo is trying so hard to do. Apple has finally got another key piece of the puzzle in place with the Amazon Prime video addition. Add Netflix and a whoever emerges as the winner of the streaming TV wars (say, a DIRECTV NOW, Youtube TV, or perhaps Philo) and your Caavo is bound for Craigslist.

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