Alexa Coming Soon

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

  1. zexel

    zexel Member

    Aug 3, 2012

    Try saying tune to channel 28 dash 1 and see if that works. it does for me.
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  2. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    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.
  3. adessmith

    adessmith Active Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    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 :rolleyes:
    Me: Alexa, launch netflix ON TIVO!!!
    Alexa: Launching netflix on FireTV :mad:
    Me: Alexa, launch hulu on TiVo
    Alexa: Launching hulu on Fire TV:mad::mad::mad:
    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) :confused:
    Me: Alexa, go to guide
    Alexa: Which device, Fire TV or Tivo? (I didn't even know Fire TV had a guide):confused:
    Me: Tivo
    Alexa: [Goes to the guide screen]:)
    Me: Change the channel to NBC
    Alexa: "Tuning to NBC on Tivo":D
    Me: "Alexa, rewind"
    Alexa: [jumps back 8 seconds] :rolleyes: (I said REWIND, not replay)
    Me: "Alexa, fast forward"
    Alexa: [Fast forwards at 3x] :thumbsup:
    Me: "Alexa, fast forward again"
    Alexa: [Fast forwards at 20x] :thumbsup:
    Me: "Alexa, play"
    Alexa: [Plays]
    Me: "Alexa, tune to CBS"
    Alexa: "Tuning to CBS on.... HULU"
    Me: o_O

    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.
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
  4. nytibcp

    nytibcp New Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    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?
  5. pldoolittle

    pldoolittle Tivo'ing since 2001

    May 2, 2002
    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.

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2012
    Riverside, CA
    Have you tried uninstalling the tivo skill on the app then going back on the tivo and getting another code and reinstalling the skill?
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  7. ADG

    ADG Allan

    Aug 19, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    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.
  8. morac

    morac Cat God

    Mar 14, 2003
    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 :D
    rewind - works :D
    skip - works :D
    change channel to # - works :D
    go home [on Tivo] - :mad: does nothing. No error, but nothing happens.
    go to guide [on Tivo] - :mad: "I’m not sure"
    watch/change channel to/tune to NBC (channel name) - :mad: "Changing channel to NBC on TiVo. I couldn’t find that on Tivo”
    launch Netflix/Prime Video/YouTube/Vudu - :mad: 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.
  9. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    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.
  10. tonyquan

    tonyquan Member

    Feb 26, 2003
    @TiVo_Ted any idea why changing channels by name doesn't work? It seems to be a very common problem in this implementation.
  11. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2012
    Riverside, CA
    My suggestion was in response to a poster that couldn’t get it to work at all.
  12. UCLABB

    UCLABB Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2012
    Riverside, CA
    If you can’t remember the channel numbers, how do you change channels with the remote?
  13. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...

    I don't change channels, I change programs.
  14. tampa8

    tampa8 Official Tivo User

    Jan 25, 2016
    Ct & FL
    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"
  15. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    Exactly. I pull up the guide and scroll through the genera area where I think the channel is until I find it. :)
  16. Rob Lorenz

    Rob Lorenz New Member

    May 17, 2018
    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.
  17. apsarkis

    apsarkis Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Tillson, NY
    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.

    Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
  18. morac

    morac Cat God

    Mar 14, 2003
    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.
  19. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    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? :D
  20. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    It's a TiVo. It doesn't respond to emotions. Yet. :D
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