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Alexa, Google Home, and IFTTT, oh my!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by smokinwrek, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. smokinwrek

    smokinwrek New Member

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  2. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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  4. Ilene

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    Does anyone know if you will need to have Hydra for the Alexa voice control?

    I ask because I am thinking about "rolling" back Hydra on my new Bolt which I hate as it is very hard to navigate between my 4 TiVo boxes. Hydra would be fine if all my recordings were on the Bolt, but they are are not. I would use voice control to change the channel - something that I haven't been able to do with my Harmony Hub - Alexa will pause, mute and turn off my TV but not change the channel.
     
  5. gonzotek

    gonzotek tivo_xml developer

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    TiVo_Ted says the Smart home stuff (Alexa/Google Home/IFTTT) won't require Hydra.
    (link to specific post from him): Smart Home with TiVo
     
  6. kpeters59

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    Both Alexa and Google Home work with Harmony Hub...I just set it up yesterday...

    -KP
     
  7. Tony_T

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    Can it do Auto-SKIP (SKIP w/o pressing D)?
     
  8. kpeters59

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    Well, I don't do Alexa, but Google Home can pretty much do any shortcut you teach it...

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  9. caughey

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    Have you tried lately? There was an update a while ago, but I don't remember if it was the Harmony side, Alexa side, or both. Try "Alexa...change channel to five-five-oh" or whatever.
     
  10. Ilene

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    I am sure it is an issue with my not really understanding how to set up the Harmony hub and it's activities. My brain doesn't track with the logic of the harmony set up. It does work to turn on the TV and to switch my amp to cable/sat (that is the main reason I got the hub because my Samsung TV insists on changing the amp from cable/sat to TV after a 3-5 sec delay). I can then tell Alexa to turn on the TV again to keep the amp where it needs to be so that I have sound. (I don't use the TV sound). TiVo changes the channel not the TV or the amp. When I had the TiVo in the set up, it kept turning off my TiVo which needs to stay on all the time.
     
  11. kpeters59

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    It sounds like you have CEC activated on your TV.

    Turning it off ( in the TV system menu) would probably cure that issue.

    -KP
     
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  12. caughey

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    For both the skip and channel changing, I just use the remote because it's easier. But for turning the TV/receiver on/off or changing inputs, Alexa/harmony is handy. Or if you've wandered out of the room and want to pause, that is handy too.

    Because the channel up button on the TiVo Remote also does the skip function, you can say "Alexa...channel up" and it will skip just like pushing D. If by "Auto-SKIP" you mean will it detect a commercial and automatically skip without you doing or saying anything, then no.

    I agree, logitech tried to make the harmony so easy it's not intuitive.

    From the Harmony App Activity Menu, make sure your activity is set up to use the TiVo to change channels.

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    In the Device menu. there should also be a setting to leave the TiVo always powered on.
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    If turning off HDMI-CEC doesn't fix your other problem, you can add extra steps and delays into your activity so you won't have to tell Alexa to do it again.
     
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  13. Ilene

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    I tried but it messed up something else, so I gave up. It's not a problem to ask Alexa again :)
     
  14. Ilene

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    I will give it a shot tonight and see if that will work for me. Thanks!
     
  15. kpeters59

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    It probably turned off ARC when you disabled CEC...what are you using ARC for?

    I HATE something that automatically does something I don't want it to do!

    -KP
     
  16. Ilene

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    I got most of what I needed to work thanks to you!
     
  17. JayMan747

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    It was Alexa and Harmony. - an updated Harmony skill.
    Try "Alexa, ask Harmony to change channel to five-five-oh".
    For commercial skip: "Alexa, ask Harmony to channel-up" - of course it has to be in reply mode.
    I haven't checked to see if Harmony has added the VOX remote, and the dedicated "skip" button.

    It is easier to press a button, but when I'm in the kitchen and the remote is in the other room...
     

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