Friday, February 5, 2016

New universal remote includes streaming services


Universal remote controls have been around for decades, but a new device called Blumoo could be the first one to incorporate streaming services into a single controller.

Blumoo works with an app on a mobile phone or tablet to integrate access to a full range of services. It works with TV, audio receivers as well as satellite services and streamer boxes like Apple TV.

Blumoo includes streaming services like Netflix along with cable or satellite channels and it adds Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music to home audio options.

Blumoo also provides an interactive TV channel guide that includes filtering capabilities and direct connections to home devices. Find a show on the guide, click it in the app and Blumoo will turn on the television and play it.

Blumoo sells for $99 and is available at Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Amazon and at the Blumoo website. The Blumoo apps are available for free in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.


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