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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by krkaufman, May 12, 2018.
Try saying tune to channel 28 dash 1 and see if that works. it does for me.
My only issue is that the Tivo seems to not want to talk to the Echo all the time. When it does, it is great. But I think that is on my Tivo side since I usually have to connect twice from the iphone app for that machine, anyway.
I set this up last night and it seems that my harmony, fire tv, and tivo integrations all step on each other and make things a complicated mess.
For instance, here is my interaction last night: (paraphrased, I don't remember the exact commands used or the exact responses... this might also not be the exact order but it gives you an idea of what was happening.).
Me: Alexa, launch netflix on tivo
Alexa: Launching netflix on FireTV
Me: Alexa, launch netflix ON TIVO!!!
Alexa: Launching netflix on FireTV
Me: Alexa, launch hulu on TiVo
Alexa: Launching hulu on Fire TV
Me: Alexa, go home
Alexa: [goes to tivo home screen].
Me: Alexa, change the channel to ABC on Tivo
Alexa: [enters 3 - 1 at the main menu and takes me to wishlist search] (This is the harmony skill doing this)
Me: Alexa, go to guide
Alexa: Which device, Fire TV or Tivo? (I didn't even know Fire TV had a guide)
Alexa: [Goes to the guide screen]
Me: Change the channel to NBC
Alexa: "Tuning to NBC on Tivo"
Me: "Alexa, rewind"
Alexa: [jumps back 8 seconds] (I said REWIND, not replay)
Me: "Alexa, fast forward"
Alexa: [Fast forwards at 3x]
Me: "Alexa, fast forward again"
Alexa: [Fast forwards at 20x]
Me: "Alexa, play"
Me: "Alexa, tune to CBS"
Alexa: "Tuning to CBS on.... HULU"
I understand that pretty much this whole mess is a problem with how amazon handles multiple devices that support the same or similar actions... I'm not sure how much TiVo could do to improve it but it's pretty frustrating.
I've been trying for three days now with no luck. I've tried rebooting twice, but that didn't help. When can we expect some info or a fix for this problem?
If you go to the Tivo App on your Tivo/TV, the screen should have instructions and a 6 digit code on it. All mine were letter/number pairs repeated 3x. The Alexa app will ask for that code when pairing.
TE3 on Tivo Bolt.
Have you tried uninstalling the tivo skill on the app then going back on the tivo and getting another code and reinstalling the skill?
Mine worked this morning. Prior to trying again I renamed the box. I have 5 tivo's and a couple of them had similar "friendly" names on my Tivo account. If you have the same situation, just change them to unique names. I'm not suggesting that's definitely the issue, but it worked in my case and has been noted as an issue with the Alexa app pairing.
I might have to try that as currently most of the command simply don't work for me. Though I can't see why deleting the skill and adding it again would help since the skill is obviously talking to my boxes as some commands work.
Of the list of commands on TiVo's smart home page:
pause - works
rewind - works
skip - works
change channel to # - works
go home [on Tivo] - does nothing. No error, but nothing happens.
go to guide [on Tivo] - "I’m not sure"
watch/change channel to/tune to NBC (channel name) - "Changing channel to NBC on TiVo. I couldn’t find that on Tivo”
launch Netflix/Prime Video/YouTube/Vudu - occasionally works, usually "getting YouTube/Netflix on Tivo. Sorry something went wrong”.
Other than some people saying changing channels via name not working, I haven't seen any reports of the other issues I'm having. Is anyone seeing similar problems?
Note, I haven't tried any of these today in case things were fixed today.
My Bolt linked up fine, and some of the commands are working, but I can't get it to change channels using the channel name. When I say, "Alexa, watch CNN", the response is, "Tuning to CNN on TiVo .... I can't find that on TiVo". Is there some trick to get this to work? It seems like this would be the feature I would use the most, since I can never remember half the channel numbers.
For the record, I can consistently use the Echo to change channels if I give it the channel number.
@TiVo_Ted any idea why changing channels by name doesn't work? It seems to be a very common problem in this implementation.
My suggestion was in response to a poster that couldn’t get it to work at all.
If you can’t remember the channel numbers, how do you change channels with the remote?
I don't change channels, I change programs.
Everything in that list works for me everytime on my Roamio except changing channel by name.
"Play" works when a show is paused, OR saying "Paused" again.
"Play" also works if you tell Alexa to go home, it goes to the last program that you were playing and stopped, and you say "Play"
Exactly. I pull up the guide and scroll through the genera area where I think the channel is until I find it.
Maybe you need to use the exact channel name from the guide. On my system, I have CNNSD and CNNHD. When I had FIOS, channel names would be something like CNN-E.
That's what I've been trying for the last 3 days, since "Amazon Alexa" showed up in the App list. All I've gotten is, after some BSC, is an error "There was a problem linking devices, you'll need to try again" and the word "Retry" in a box below. Rebooted both Alexa and Tivo, no change. Roamio Pro running 20.7.4RC29.
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TiVo's KB article mentions that you need to have your zip code set up for the device you are using. That could explain why it's not working for some people, but for others (like me) who have a zip code already set up, it does not explain why it's not working.
I do have multiple channels with the same name in my system. For example NBC is both 810 and 1010 in my system. I'm not sure if that will confuse the skill or not.
They can stop adding/checking Alexa to my 'Apps' any time now!
I keep unchecking it and it keeps coming back. I'll let ya know, k?
It's a TiVo. It doesn't respond to emotions. Yet.