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Alexa Coming Soon

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by krkaufman, May 12, 2018.

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  1. May 12, 2018 #1 of 389
    krkaufman

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    So I just noticed an ‘Alexa Coming Soon’ app on my Roamio Pro (Encore; 20.7.4.RC29), and launching it revealed the following message:

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    Targeted for 20.7.4 and later, and the rollout is projected to be completed by June. Nice surprise.

    “To learn more about the Alexa TiVo skill, visit Smart Home
     
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  2. May 12, 2018 #2 of 389
    krkaufman

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    Related Info...

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    STATUS NOTE: FYI... The Alexa skill is currently experiencing a partial outage, per @TiVo_Ted (18May 2:13pm):
    Some appear affected, others not.
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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    edits:
    (17May) added "Channels by Name" link; added TiVo pages (h/t @Megamind)
    (19May) added TiVo Support FAQ (h/t @tonyquan)
     
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  3. May 12, 2018 #3 of 389
    Dan203

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    I don't have an Echo so for me.... ehhh.
     
  4. May 12, 2018 #4 of 389
    gbenrus25

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    Awesome... Looking forward to this!
     
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  5. May 12, 2018 #5 of 389
    sangs

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    Let me know when Google Home is supported. Then I'll be excited about yet another thing listening to me and my wife arguing about minutiae.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    "Hey, Google, tell my wife how wrong she is!"

    "Sorry, sangs. But you're an idiot."

    :D
     
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  7. May 12, 2018 #7 of 389
    jrtroo

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    Yea!

    Since getting my first dot and echo for my music I've been hoping for this!
     
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    morac

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    Looked for the app on my Roamio Pro (TE3), but didn’t see it.

    Already having a Harmony set up with Alexa, I don’t know how useful, some of the commands will be. I can see jumping to channels and apps being useful, but things like pause, it’s easier to use the remote. Also Alexa works best when other people (like the TV) aren’t talking.
     
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  9. May 12, 2018 #9 of 389
    HerronScott

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    Ted had already mentioned this (check out this thread on the new update which actually quotes him from the RC29 thread but he has a link to the TiVo site on it and mentions the rollout).

    20.7.4.rc42

    Scott
     
  10. May 12, 2018 #10 of 389
    windracer

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    Looking forward to seeing how this is implemented. The "macro" method I've been using in my own skill doesn't adapt very well to UI navigation changes, especially with the latest horizontal scrolling menu in Hydra.
     
  11. May 12, 2018 #11 of 389
    Megamind

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    This is based on the new Alexa Video Skill API and you can get some idea of the potential functionality from that link.

    The Video Skill API exposes a variety of functionality including:
    • Searching and playing content
    • Playback controls such as pause and rewind
    • Launching an app or GUI shortcut
    • Recording video content
    • Channel navigation
    • Video catalog ingestion
    I'm particularly looking forward to ingesting my video catalog. ;)
     
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  12. May 12, 2018 #12 of 389
    gbenrus25

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    I also have Harmony setup with Alexa. However, the ability to search for, play and record shows is what I'm looking forward to the most. Also, things like "what's on TV" or change to a sports game without knowing the channel would be very helpful e.g. the NBA playoffs.

    "Alexa, pause" would be great vs "Alexa, pause {Harmony Activity}". BTW, Harmony should also be able to do just "Alexa, pause" without the activity name and it works fine in my bedroom with Roku. However, for some reason, doesn't work in living room w/ tivo.

    Finally, it'd be nice to be able to navigate to channels I haven't set up as favorites in Harmony. I find myself occasionally having to go to such channels and having to search using TiVo for the channel.
     
  13. May 12, 2018 #13 of 389
    JoeKustra

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    Received the app on my RC29 Roamio. Unchecked it.
     
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    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    I just see the coming soon in my apps.
     
  15. May 12, 2018 #15 of 389
    ajwees41

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    the app is not launched coming soon
     
  16. May 12, 2018 #16 of 389
    JoeKustra

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    Just saw that my Premiere is getting Alexa. That's so nice. Who says TiVo doesn't care about their old stuff. :cool:
     
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  17. May 12, 2018 #17 of 389
    JolDC

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    I believe for pause or play it will be the longer form in most cases. Pause and Play are overloaded for multiple skills (like music). If you recently used a skill like TiVo, Alexa will remember that for something like 5 minutes. Otherwise you will have to say “Alexa play on TiVo”.
     
  18. May 13, 2018 #18 of 389
    samccfl99

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    So call me dumb, but does this mean that all you have to do is buy one of these Dot's for $39 and you can tell a TE3 what to do? Their explanation on the Amazon site is not very clearly explained.

    Oh, it seems it needs a $29 remote...?
     
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  19. May 13, 2018 #19 of 389
    HerronScott

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    No you shouldn't need a remote for this? Where did you get that?

    Scott
     
  20. May 13, 2018 #20 of 389
    Mikeguy

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    Yep. :)
     

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