Alexa Coming Soon

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  1. May 15, 2018 #61 of 392
    Mikeguy

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    And so, Alexa on TiVo is here and active! Received a TiVo marketing message about the capability on my TiVo box this morning, and lo and behold, the Alexa app on the box, formerly with a placeholder message, now provides the dope and instructions, and the needed code to go live. :)

    Wish I could say more, but I don't currently have an Alexa to test it out. :( (Altho I'm tempted to stop by my local Bed, Bath & Beyond later to pick one up.) But thought I'd drop the good word to people here--check your boxes!
     
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  2. May 15, 2018 #62 of 392
    Megamind

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    Yup.
     
  3. May 15, 2018 #63 of 392
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    So it says it's activated on my TiVo, but every code I put in to link with Alexa says "Code is either incorrect or expired" ????

    Edit: well got it to take the code (rebooted). It was fun to play with, but having it repeat "Tuning to 7 on TEEVOW" after every time I ask to change channel is deal breaker.

    Also TV has to be pretty low ( surround sound nono) for tivo to hear my command without shouting.
     
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  4. May 15, 2018 #64 of 392
    Megamind

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    Does it do that with Brief Mode enabled?
     
  5. May 15, 2018 #65 of 392
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    Just trying things out--- and complaining, but ya I know it's new. give it time.

    Alexa go to guide. repeats 'getting guide on teevow' But from what I can tell that's all it does. No scrolling down no page down no scrolling right/left?? so that is not useful much.
     
  6. May 15, 2018 #66 of 392
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    yes
     
  7. May 15, 2018 #67 of 392
    kdmorse

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    Does anyone happen to know if the Tivo and the Echo have to be on the same network, or able to talk to each other locally for this to work? I'm assuming not, I'm hoping not, but I don't have the update yet on my Tivo to personally validate.
     
  8. May 15, 2018 #68 of 392
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    Alexa "go to to do list on Tivo" or "Go to to do list on tivo living room"

    LOL I now have 4 "tivo" on my alexa To Do List...
     
  9. May 15, 2018 #69 of 392
    doconeill

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    Interesting...I found out about this because I got the same message on my Bolt+ - but I don't have either a placeholder OR the app, and don't seem to be able to add it.
     
  10. May 15, 2018 #70 of 392
    Megamind

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    Ugh. That's a significant flaw IMO.
     
  11. May 15, 2018 #71 of 392
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    I have the placeholder on 1 of my 2 premieres, but not active on that yet.
    I will probably use it on my premiere in my bedroom, the TV is much lower volume in there, and only coming from TV, and Echo is right next to my head on my end table.
    My living room the surround makes it almost impossible for the Echo to answer any of my commands unless I mute tv.
     
  12. May 15, 2018 #72 of 392
    jsmeeker

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    Got the Message about this.. But no Alexa in the Apps section

    Guess my TiVo too old
     
  13. May 15, 2018 #73 of 392
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    Play and pause Alexa does without speaking so that cool.
     
  14. May 15, 2018 #74 of 392
    Bryshaw

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    It’s not working for me. I say Alexa pause. And it does nothing.
     
  15. May 15, 2018 #75 of 392
    tapokata

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    got a placeholder message on the Mini.

    This might be enough to get me to buy an echo.

    Although I wish TiVo would still implement CEC. Amazon did with their fireTV gear, and it's a huge help.
     
  16. May 15, 2018 #76 of 392
    Megamind

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    The skill also works with Alexa-enabled devices like the Sonos One. Nice, as they comprise the majority of our Alexa devices these days.
     
  17. May 15, 2018 #77 of 392
    Mikeguy

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    That's odd, as I constantly hear that the Echo listens and hears so well.
     
  18. May 15, 2018 #78 of 392
    UCLABB

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    I had it, and now I don’t?

    Went though the setup, coded my Bolt to the app on my iPad. Fired up the Echo, but it doesn’t seem to want to control the Bolt. Now I don’t see the Alexa in my app listing on the Bolt. Does it go away once you are through with the coding?
     
  19. May 15, 2018 #79 of 392
    rjrsouthwest

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    I saw the Alexa app was available on my Bolt today so I clicked on it and followed the steps that were shown on the screen along with the code that is used when activating the Tivo on the Alexa Tivo skill setup. Took only a few minutes and the Tivo was paired to my living room echo. I found that you can go back into the Alexa app on the Tivo and very simply change the Tivo's name to something simple which makes using the commands easier.

    Tried a few commands like pause, play, skip commercials and change channel and they all worked. That being said I still think it is easier and quicker to use the Tivo remote but I can see situations arising where using the Alexa skill would come into play. It is like the Vizio skill to control my TV which I pretty much use to turn off the TV at the end of the day rather than going back and picking up the remote off the coffee table, all I say is "Alexa turn off the TV" and it does very quickly with no hassle from clear across the room from the TV and remote.
     
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  20. May 16, 2018 #80 of 392
    Furmaniac

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    It says: To pair additional TiVo devices, select "Manage and Link Devices" in the TiVo skill, then choose "Link another device.”
    I believe the TiVo skill is part of the Alexa app
     

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