Alexa Coming Soon

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

  1. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 1999
    Buffalo, NY
    Mine was able to be set up. Echo Spot with TiVo Roamio and Echo Dot with TiVo Mini. Works great in that I don't have to specify the "name" of the TiVo.

    Channel changes by name doesn't seem to work 100%. It can tune to CNN but not HGTV. And for locals - are we supposed to use local call letters or network affiliation (i.e.: WGRZ vs NBC)? I can't get either to work. Channel # works, though.
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  2. KBrack

    KBrack Member

    Feb 15, 2002
    Twin Cities, MN
    Quick question, I haven't had the time to set it up yet. Does it support 30 second skip or only commercial skip?
  3. pldoolittle

    pldoolittle Tivo'ing since 2001

    May 2, 2002
    I though so too, but that wasn't the case. You map each tivo to an echo in the Alexa app. Once that is completed, the name is not used.

    It works well, but the feature set is limited. For example, I can say "Watch CNN" but not "Watch Big Bang Theory", which is recorded. I'll probably use it when cooking.

    One thing it needs is audio feedback on the Echo. I know you're expecting visual feedback on the TV, but if the TV is off and you're triggering commands, you need to know that.

    And since other media devices use "Play" and "Stop", I wouldn't mind requiring an "On tivo" suffix
  4. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003

    p.s. This clip was not uploaded using the non-existent 'Clip Upload' feature of the TiVo mobile app.

    edit: p.p.s. Better quality clip via TiVo's Twitter account...

    Last edited: May 16, 2018
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  5. TBoyd

    TBoyd Less Cable, More Cloud

    Apr 9, 2000
    SF Bay...
    SF Bay Area user -- I got the "Tivo now works with Amazon Alexa" msg on my Roamio Plus this morning, but trying to get an activation code from the app I also get "There was a problem linking devices, you'll need to try again." Maybe the servers are slammed. I'll try again in a few hours.
  6. badams888

    badams888 Member

    Jun 6, 2016
    I have an echo and an echo dot. I also have a "smash mute" big tv mute button. I have to use this whenever I want the echo to do anything or else I have to shout loud enough for the echo to understand over the tv. So, I doubt this will replace my 2 well placed tivo remotes.

    However, there are a few things I would like to be able to do more easily, and would like for the alexa app. Such things as standby or channel strength test would be nice to do in one command.

    But those things could also be setup by a user if there were some sort of macro commands or a bookmark/shortcut ability.

    Even better, would be if the tivo worked a bit like my house automation app for the echo.

    I have 5 IOT devices (using tp-link smart switches and bulbs) and there's an app called kasa that lets me setup these devices, put them in named groups, setup any combination of device on/off's in a single command and then get the echo to do them. For example, I can say, "Alexa, turn off my devices" and all 5 turn off.

    I would hope that the tivo would eventually be able to have an echo app that worked like that. Then one could do lots more things than you can with just a remote.

    It's a good start though.
  7. pldoolittle

    pldoolittle Tivo'ing since 2001

    May 2, 2002
    Mine failed the first time, successful the 3rd. Before you retry, exit the Tivo Screen and go back in so it generates a new 6 digit code.
  8. Megamind

    Megamind I'm Feeling Blue

    Feb 18, 2013
    Alpha Centauri
    Funny, the one thing that annoys me is the unnecessary feedback from Alexa when I change the channel. To each his own. :)
  9. TiVo_Ted

    TiVo_Ted Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2000
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  10. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    What kind of feedback does it give?
  11. pldoolittle

    pldoolittle Tivo'ing since 2001

    May 2, 2002
    Channel change, it gives audio feedback. Play, pause, skip, no feedback.

    And I had to say pause about 4x before it recognized the command. After that I had to resume via remote.
  12. Megamind

    Megamind I'm Feeling Blue

    Feb 18, 2013
    Alpha Centauri
    @TiVo_Ted I noticed that the "Update TiVo Box Name" screen that you are taken to from the Connect to Amazon Alexa screen on the app doesn't work with TiVo's own slide remote. Tsk tsk. :rolleyes:
  13. Bluecat25

    Bluecat25 New Member

    Jun 2, 2013
    Linked them fine. Pause, play, fast forward all work. Skip commercial does not on the recordings that you can use the D skip mode. Disappointed. Hope you can get it working.
  14. Megamind

    Megamind I'm Feeling Blue

    Feb 18, 2013
    Alpha Centauri
    When you change channels it says, "Tuning to ESPN (or whatever) on TiVo." A bit annoying particularly since my Alexa-enabled Sonos Ones tend to be set to a higher volume for music than the standard echo.

    I have all my Alexa-enabled devices set to brief mode so that for the vast majority of command, I only hear a soft acknowledgement tone. It doesn't even provide that on play, pause or skip, but that's fine the visual feedback is enough for me.

    Not a huge issue as I'm not going to be changing channels constantly via Alexa anyway.
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  15. Megamind

    Megamind I'm Feeling Blue

    Feb 18, 2013
    Alpha Centauri
    Skip is working for me.
  16. Lurker1

    Lurker1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2004
    Watch ABC - didn't work.
    Watch channel 7 - Works! Tuned to 7-1.
    How do I watch a digital subchannel, like 7-2? Nothing I tried worked.
  17. surferbum

    surferbum New Member

    Aug 15, 2016
    What's the syntax for playing a recorded program? Tried a few but nothing works.

    Channel change, Play, pause, fast-forward, commercial skip and guide work.
  18. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    No worries. TiVo put it on Twitter. Just an hour ago. Coincidence?
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  19. Lurker1

    Lurker1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2004
    After numerous attempts, I found one phrase that does work:
    Tune to channel 7 dash 2
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  20. apsarkis

    apsarkis Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Tillson, NY
    I've been trying this all day, and all I get is "There was a problem linking devices, ..." Won't give me any 6 digit code. Although it seems to be working for others, UX (user experience) here so far is a FAIL ;-( Running 20.7.4RC29 on Roamio Pro.

    Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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