Connecting Bolt to Alexa

Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by eirefire22, Dec 7, 2019.

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  1. eirefire22

    eirefire22 New Member

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    So I’ve gone through trying to control my Bolt via an Echo Dot and I keep getting an error message about ‘cannot communicate with TiVo’ when I tell the Exho to change the channel or what not. I’ve re done it about 5 times to no avail.

    is it possible that since my Bolt is connected via Ethernet it cant be controlled via Alexa?
     
  2. My Cape is a Recliner

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    What is the purpose of what you are trying to do?
    If you are trying to control with your voice, why not get the TiVo remote that does that?
    If you are trying to program the TiVo then why not just the app?
     
  3. ke3ju

    ke3ju Ed Ludwig

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    You made it further than me. All I ever get is, "Sorry, I don't know that one".
     
  4. pfiagra

    pfiagra Well-Known Member

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    No, that can’t be it. I connect my Roamio via Ethernet and was able to control it via my Echo Dot. I’ve since switched my TiVos around so I don’t know if it would still work.

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  5. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    You have the TiVo skill installed and configured (linked your Echo Dot to your Bolt)?

    The method of network connection should not matter as long as they are on the same subnet/network.

    Scott
     
  6. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like he wants to use Alexa to change channels (at least minimally) which can be convenient since hands-free. With the Tivo voice remote you have to press the button and it only works with TE4 (he didn't mention though which UI he's running).

    Scott
     
  7. seaninde

    seaninde Active Member

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    It does work, I have it working. Very convenient for pausing, etc. Something is up with your Amazon skill setup. Mine is wired ethernet and no issues with Echo.
     
  8. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    I hadn't used this in a long time and it didn't appear to be working so I disabled and re-enabled the TiVo skill and getting a timeout on TiVo's ffvc.tivo.com trying to link the accounts.

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