One of the unintended results of cord cutting (for me) has been a proliferation of alternate streaming devices, appliances and accessories. This led to the next step, which was in finding a good universal remote, which then resulted in my (renewed) discovery of Logitech Harmony products.
Taking it one step further, I learned about the “Caavo”, which unifies Devices and Remotes, as well as content in various paid apps (such as Prime video, Hulu, etc.). Caavo takes a different approach to “universal remote”, by aggregating your Devices into one box … which is controlled by (it’s) one remote.
I had mixed feelings about this, but for $100.00 felt little to lose. Setup was a bit painful, after that, I felt it was a good move and worth the money. I used all four HDMI ports on the Caavo, leaving three available ports on my sound bar and a couple on the TV itself.
The Remote works well with Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Blu ray players and other devices. In addition to the Fire TV and Roku, I hooked up my Channel Master Stream + and AIR TV player. If for nothing else, it’s a great HDMI switch, which is easy to control.
Caavo has something they call “Deep Linking”, which allows you to search for movies, programs, etc. over all platforms, browsing curated links and some other benefits. The subscription cost for Deep Linking is $1.99 per month or $20.00 per year. It is not required, but I’m giving them the two bucks for now, to see how this goes.
Is this better than a conventional Universal Remote? Not sure because I love my Logitech Harmony Remotes, and probably prefer the more conventional approach, at least until I’ve had time enough to assess this oddity:
I’ll have the Logitech product available to fall back on if this doesn’t work out. A little bit of time will tell.