We get our media from tons of different sources. No one has found a convenient way to manage them all. The Caavo Streaming TV Box claims to have the solution. By refusing to be a platform — the Caavo doesn't run apps, and has no logins — they've managed to support nearly anything you might plug in. As a result, it can let you search for shows on your cable or satellite box, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and more, all from a single intuitive interface, and without needing to jump between HDMI inputs on your TV. It's backed by a team of people with experience at places like Sling, Dish, Jawbone, Xbox, and Harman, and will go on a highly-limited pre-sale later this year.
Advance screenings are nothing new in Hollywood. In fact, it's not unusual for a movie to be recut or even go through reshoots based on those initial reactions. Scoop Advance Movie Screenings gives you a chance to give feedback on future releases from the comfort of your own home. Sign up, and you'll be added to their roster of potential viewers. Once you're selected, you'll get a copy of the video to screen, completely unique to you — so don't go sharing it everywhere. It's completely free. All they ask in return is that after you've watched, you fill out a simple form and tell the filmmakers what you thought, which is a small price to pay to get to see a potential blockbuster weeks or even months before the general public.
It's not a typo — we're going to go ahead and guess that consonant at the end stands for "wallpaper". That's because the LG Signature OLED TV W is so unbelievably thin — just 2.57mm — that it basically blends into your wall. It does so by hiding the set's internals in a Dolby Atmos-certified sound bar, connected via a transparent ribbon cable. Pixel dimming control, Ultra luminance technology, and HDR with Dolby Vision support deliver outstanding picture quality, and the built-in webOS smart features let you access tons of worthy content without adding an unsightly extra box.
You're forgiven if you're wondering where the stand and speakers are. Both speak to the innovation of the Sony XBR-A1E Bravia OLED TV. Including the specs that come with being Sony's first* OLED set — eight million self-illuminating pixels, incredible viewing angles, HDR support, and insane black levels — this new TV takes advantage of what's unique about the technology. Like other OLED sets, it's insanely thin, but instead of hiding all the guts in a box underneath, or protruding from the back, it hides its powerful processors, inputs, and a subwoofer in a folding kickstand. As for speakers, it uses the entire screen itself to emit sound, creating a unification of image and audio normally only see in theaters. Available in 55, 65, and 75-inch models.
*Yes, technically, the XEL-1 was first. It also had a screen smaller than an iPad Pro.
As TV resolutions approach the limits of what we can actually see, color is fast becoming the next frontier for image quality improvement. The Samsung QLED TV makes a big improvement indeed. By adding a metal material to its nano-sized Quantum Dots, it makes leaps in both accuracy and efficiency. Indeed, it can express any color at any level of brightness, making for one of the most color-accurate displays ever seen on a consumer set. The TV also uses a single "invisible connection" cable to let you hide all your other devices without clutter. Available in three models with three mounting options: a no-gap wall-mount, a traditional, sculptural table stand, and an easel-like Studio Stand that makes even the most banal programming look like a work of art.
Televisions used to be simple. Just flip on the set and channel surf. And while it's great to have loads of options, switching inputs and remotes can be a real chore. AirTV Player aims to bring back the simplicity of the past while providing all the channels and services you already enjoy. Ideal for cord cutters, it allows you to get local channels without an input switch thanks to OTA antenna integration. It also won't require any contracts or commitments, and is a great alternative to the restrictions you experience as a cable subscriber. Download apps and integrate content sources for an easier, option-packed viewing experience.
With a compact design and a weight of just 4.6 pounds, the LG ProBeam Projector is an ideal starting point for a home theater that doesn't take up a ton of room. It uses an I-shaped laser engine to deliver a clear Full HD picture with up to 2,000 lumens of brightness, making it suitable for bright and dark rooms alike. Sound Sync Adjustment lets you send audio wirelessly over Bluetooth with no perceivable latency, Miracast support lets your stream directly from your phone, and built-in webOS smart TV features let you access your favorite content without the need for a separate box.
Have boxes of home movies or photos gathering dust in your closet? Legacybox takes all those old images, movies, and songs and puts them in a format that you can actually use and enjoy. Simply pack up all that old media, send it in, and you'll get a DVD or thumb drive back in the mail filled with digitized versions of all those memories, plus all the originals neatly organized in an easy-to-store box. Over 250,000 people have used the service already, so there's no need to worry about your stuff. Great for you or as a gift for someone you love.
It's easy to find an Ultra HD 4K TV. It's not easy to find 4K content to watch on it. The Roku Ultra aims to make it easier. The venerable streaming box's latest flagship supports 60fps 4K content in HDR and upscales lower-res content with a quad-core processor that also helps the interface speed along. There's fast Wi-Fi for clear streams, Ethernet for those who want a wired connection, a microSD slot for added storage, and Dolby Digital decoding for better surround sound. The remote has voice search, a headphone jack for private watching, and gaming buttons, plus the always handy feature that lets you easily find it when it's been eaten by your couch.
As TVs continue to get larger and larger, the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 TV has instead chosen to get better. A spiritual successor if not direct replacement for the BeoVision 11, the 14 houses in its aluminum frame a 4K Ultra HD panel with LED backlighting and a custom three-way speaker hidden behind oak lamellas. It's powered by Android TV, giving it support for Google Cast and the ability to upgrade via software, has a sensor to adjust the image based on the ambient lighting, and can be placed on a motorized stand that recognizes your seating position and automatically turns to face you. Available in 40- and 55-inch models, because your TV should be an object in your room, not the focus of it.
There's no need to wall mount it. With an integrated floor stand, the Sony 100-Inch XD9 4K TV is meant to be the centerpiece of your viewing area. It uses Backlight Master Drive technology for individual LED backlight control, offering unprecedented contrast and picture with full 4K HDR support. It also runs Android TV with Google Cast support for slinging videos from your phone, and the sleek stand helps to hide the mess of cords coming from your other gear.
Just like the gargantuan screens at the local cineplex, an IMAX Private Theatre is far bigger, louder, and better than a traditional home theater setup. Modeled after IMAX's private screening room, which has played host to many filmmakers coming to see their films in IMAX for the first time, this integrated solution includes custom IMAX hardware — including state-of-the-art dual 4K projection systems, a proprietary laser-aligned sound system, and a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall screen — and consulting from IMAX specialists who work with your architects, interior designers, and installers to ensure that everything is built to the company's exacting performance standards. Available in 20-40 seat Platinum or more intimate Palais configurations.
Vizio's 2015 M-series was a favorite pick of many a reviewer. We expect the same for the new Vizio M-Series TV. The 2016 model offers a number of features that are virtually unheard of at this price. For starters, there's the Android-powered, 6-inch tablet remote that uses Google Cast to send shows to the TV over the speedy dual-band 802.11ac wi-fi. Then there's the local-dimming backlight for greater contrast, Dolby Vision support for HDR content, 4K resolution, and a slim, tuner-free design with polished metal legs that recall classic mid-century design. Available in six sizes, ranging from 50 to 80 inches.
Small enough to throw in a pocket, the Cube Mobile Projector delivers a picture far beyond its size. Its silver-finished body measures just two inches on each size, yet projects a 50 lumen WVGA image at sizes of up to 120". It supports Micro SD, MHL & HDMI inputs, has a built-in speaker, an LED bulb that lasts for over 20,000 hours, and includes its own tripod, yet weighs under a third of a pound.
Built by Napster cofounder and former Facebook prez Sean Parker, Screening Room is reportedly a set top box and service that aims to bring new movies into your house the same day they hit theaters. The box is rumored to cost $150, and the movies themselves will be $50, with $20 going to the theaters, partially to cover the two real-world tickets that come with each one. It's still in the early stages, but it already has the backing of guys like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese, and Ron Howard, as well of the interest of studios like Universal, Fox, and Sony, so it's also likely going to happen — and soon.
A quad-core processor. Android. 1200x800 resolution. Wi-fi and Bluetooth. It sounds like the stat sheet for a mid-level tablet — but mid-level tablets don't have wall-sized screens. The Jmgo Smart Home Theater Projector is a do-it-all theater solution with a circular aluminum body that matches the cylindrical remote control. Thanks to its built-in smarts, it can stream video straight from a variety of sources, has HDMI and USB ports for connecting other devices, built-in speakers, and DLP technology that keeps the picture looking crisp at any size.
Home Theater In A Box used to mean one of those all-in-one crates from Best Buy that had a receiver and a slew of speakers inside. The Z4 Aurora Projector is out to redefine the term, by pairing a powerful image with high-quality audio in a single package. The DLP projector has a native resolution of 720p with support for 4K sources, supports a maximum screen size of 300 inches, and offers keystone correction for ease of setup. Audio is handled by a built-in Harman/Kardon system that gets the most out of the source material, whether it's streamed to the Android-powered box wirelessly, mirrored from a phone or PC, or inputted over HDMI. At 700 lumens, it's not ideal for a well-lit rooms, but if you were looking for something to run your dedicated theater or power your backyard movie nights, it's more than up to the task, and easily portable, as well.
Projectors offer great image size for the dollar. But they generally also require a lot of room to reach their potential. The LG Ultra Short Throw LED Smart Projector displays 1080p video at sizes up to 100" while resting as little as five inches away from the screen or wall. Its LED light source delivers consistent, vivid color and will last for roughly 30,000 hours, built-in Smart TV features mean you don't need a separate box to find great content, and Bluetooth output means you can connect powerful speakers without running wires everywhere.
Sure, it supports 4K resolutions, but when a TV measures 77 — or even 65 — inches diagonally, it's going to draw a lot of attention whether it's on or off. Luckily, the new ultra-slim LG G6 OLED TV looks great either way. Thanks to a Picture-On-Glass design, it measures just 2.57mm thick, not including the integrated sound bar speaker system from harman/kardon. The set's OLED and ColorPrime Pro technologies let it take full advantage of the new HDR standard, and the webOS 3.0-powered smart interface is among the nicest built into any TV on the market.
Odds are you've seen an HDR photo, so you know what the added range can do for an image. Now imagine that image as a video in 4K resolution, and you've got an idea of what to expect from the Vizio Reference Series TV. The 65-inch set is the first on the market to Dolby Vision, using quantum dots and other cutting-edge tech to deliver a picture far beyond that of any common set, with over one billion possible colors. It's powered by a six-core processor, supports both 4K and HDR streaming content, and has a built-in 3-channel sound bar, paired with an included wireless 10-inch subwoofer and satellite speakers for out-of-the-box 5.1 surround sound. Also available in a staggeringly large, $130,000 120-inch model.
With access to more 4K content than any other streaming box, the Roku 4 makes a strong case for taking up an HDMI port on your UHD set. Its quad-core processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi let it support 4K streams at up to 60 fps, and a dedicated 4K spotlight section makes it easy to find high-res content from Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. Its remote lets you search for shows and movies using nothing but your voice and has a headphone jack for private listening, and the box has a dedicated button for helping you find it when it's slipped down between the cushions on your couch.
Cord cutting is a real trend. But if you're not ready to wean yourself off the cable TV teat just yet, the Tivo Bolt can at least improve your experience. This 4K-capable box lets you skip entire commercial breaks with a single button press, and offers Tivo's renowned universal search across all your cable channels, OTA feeds, and streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Its Cable Card slot lets you ditch your crappy set top box, the new QuickMode lets you watch slow-moving recorded shows up to 30% faster without audio distortion, and it can record up to four shows at once. Available 500GB and 1TB models, with the ability to add more storage by hooking up an external drive.
It's not the first remote capable of controlling a smart home. It's just one of the first to be designed with that in mind. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote builds on the company's legacy of rock solid remotes with an improved layout and buttons dedicated to home automation control. Despite the changes, it keeps the best features of the company's prior flagships, including a color touchscreen, vibration feedback, and an included Hub that lets you control your entire setup remotely via the Harmony app, even if your gear is inside a cabinet or in another room.
It doesn't look like any set you'll find on the wall of your local big box retailer. And that's the whole point. Designed by the Parisian duo of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the Samsung Serif TV is more like a piece of furniture than a soulless black screen. From the side, the TV's shape resembles a capital "I", with the bottom serif serving as a sturdy base, and the top acting like a shelf. The collection includes three screen sizes, comes in white, dark blue, and red, can be used with optional legs, and unfortunately won't be on sale anytime soon.
One of the biggest sticking points for upgrading to a 4K set has been the lack of content. Until now. The Amazon Fire TV 4K offers access to more 4K streaming content than any other media player, supporting Ultra HD movies and shows from both Netflix and Amazon Video. It uses a new video codec to deliver higher-quality visuals without using as much bandwidth, has a microSD slot for cheap and quick storage upgrades, and ties in to Alexa, a voice-powered assistant that can do everything from queue up videos and music to check the weather right from the remote.
Before he died, Steve Jobs said Apple had "cracked" the TV interface. With the new Apple TV, we might finally get to see what he was talking about. It has a totally new user interface, controlled by a new six-button rechargeable Bluetooth remote with a glass touchpad surface at the top and integrated Siri control that searches across multiple apps, giving you the results for each movie or show on a single screen. The new tvOS is built on top of iOS, so it finally has an App Store that supports both standard apps and games, the latter of which can be controlled with the motion-sensitive remote, Wii-style, an iPhone, or iPad. Available in 32 and 64GB versions.
Turn nearly any TV into a touchscreen with the Touchjet Wave. This diminutive device uses infrared sensors to detect finger movements, letting it support both taps and gestures. It runs Android 4.4, so it supports tons of apps, includes an IR stylus, so you can save your screen from fingerprints, and clips to the top of your TV, letting it support screens up to 80 inches in size and resolutions up to 4K at 30fps over HDMI.
Small projectors are nothing new. But most involve compromises, either in the maximum resolution or brightness. The UO Smart Beam Laser Projector offers both 720p resolution and 60 lumes of brightness in a cube that measures just 2.2 inches in each direction. As the name suggests, it uses an advanced laser diode and LCOS tech to project your images up to 150" in size, accepts wireless and HDMI input, and has a battery life of up to two hours, or just long enough to catch a movie in the backyard.
You've cut the cord. Now cut down on your remotes. The Sideclick promises to turn the remote for your streaming box into the only remote you need. Available in four different variations for the most popular boxes around — those being the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Apple TV — these remotes attach to the side/back of your existing remote, adding crucial TV controls like power, channel, volume, and input that are missing from the streaming controls. Thanks to infrared learning technology, it lets you program those six buttons however you want, and ensures that it will work with your TV, whether it's a Sony or a Seiki.