Did they remove the ability to connect to Alexa?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by mtnagel, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. ehardman

    ehardman Member

    Feb 18, 2004


    Same issue here. Quit working a week or two ago. Alexa app gone from Tivo app screen. Might have been the last update.
  2. mtnagel

    mtnagel Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    Changing channels with Alexa broke for me awhile ago, but I still used it occasionally to turn on the tv. Oh well. I'm assuming the Recast works with Alexa. No good reason for me to switch now, but if my Roamio dies prematurely (it's 2 years old now), I'm assuming I'll go with the Recast.
  3. babsonnexus

    babsonnexus Active Member

    Jan 13, 2016
    If you are technically inclined or up for a challenge (or at least patience), you can build a solution that can do everything you'd ever want:

    anyone else order a Caavo today? (Ignore the thread name; I'm taking you to a post I made on the subject)

    You'll need to get a bunch of stuff (Harmony Hub, Raspberry Pie) and do some mild programming. Nothing will work out of the box or even the first time. However, once it is done it is beautiful and totally scalable. Although honestly, using a remote is by far faster than talking to Alexa.

    • Me: "Alexa, trigger channel A-B-C"
    • Alexa, a few second later: "OK"
    • On Screen, another second later: 0......... 0......... 6........ Enter
  4. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    What ever happened to the “more robust” connection to google home?
  5. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas


    I've been using Google Home and Harmony Hub integration for quite a while now. It works pretty good, but I mostly just use it to Pause TV when I want to go to the Kitchen or to build the Buffer.

  6. TiVotion

    TiVotion Early Adoptersaurus

    Dec 6, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Accidentally discovered that the integration was no longer there the other day. All I want to do is change channels and mute the volume using Alexa. I have a Harmony hub but that doesn’t seem to work for muting.
  7. mtnagel

    mtnagel Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2003
    Cincinnati, OH
    Thanks, but way more time, effort and money that it's worth it to me.
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  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Harmon Hub can control a TiVo via Alexa if you really need this functionality. I've personally had it enabled for years and never used it.
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  9. Headford

    Headford Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    The Alexa voice control was what I used to get around the TE3 standby bug that has been there since May 2018.

    With a Mini spinning in circles because the main Roamio in another room wouldn't wake up from standby, all I had to say was "Alexa ask TiVo go Home" to wake up the Roamio (I had the Alexa device setup not to control the Mini in the same room, but the Roamio in the other room).

    Now, the pain in the $@# workaround of restarting the Mini or going to the other room and firing up the Roamio from standby seem to be the only options other than spending 3 figures on a Harmony Hub setup.

    Any other ideas (other than upgrading to TE4 or turning off the functionality of the Roamio from going into standby)? I have a Roamio that is now more than 7 years old (one of the first ones with the Seagate hard drives from August 2013) and I want to preserve the hard drive life.
  10. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    At 7 years, I'd consider pre-emptively going ahead and replacing the hard drive and not worry about standby mode.

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  11. Headford

    Headford Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    Figured out a work around.

    With an Amazon Fire TV Cube in the room with the Roamio, say "Alexa, tune to channel [pick any # that is a local station that doesn't have an equivalent app on the Cube] on [name of room with the Roamio]". The first time, it will ask whether you want to do it on Fire TV Cube or TiVo. Say TiVo, and it seems to remember your choice going forward. Thanks for the Harmony Hub tip; I basically applied it to the equipment I already had.
  12. Johnwashere

    Johnwashere Member

    Sep 17, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    Dang I actually used this probably at least a few times a month. The last month I noticed I couldnt really get it to work... I loved using it to change the channel when I was done with my kids watching cartoons. It was so handy to yell at the alexa in my family room to put on the news or whatever while making dinner. My parents also used to use it at their home to change channels when not sitting down on the couch.

    Stinks that so much is getting phased out on these DVRs. I know most likely within a couple years I will have to move onto streaming tv.... The 2 cable providers by me (Spectrum and Wow!) both are phasing out traditional cable. They dont even offer traditional cable on their website. Wow cable has emailed me and tried to push me into YoutubeTV, Sling, Philo etc and offered me new lower prices on internet only. I like the setup of the tivo stream 4k with sling- very easy to use, even for my wife... but Im waiting for it to mature and add more features and services.
  13. Headford

    Headford Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    Maybe integrated Google Assistant support is on the horizon for TiVo cable boxes.

    David Zatz's Twitter feed has a new version of the classic cable system remote (notice the "on demand" button -- it's not a consumer channel remote) with a Google Assistant button.

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  14. pbubel

    pbubel Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    Reston, VA
    This is a bummer, I’d been using this features since they launched it. Was a life saver when my son was little during feeding times. No free hands for a remote holding a new born.
  15. m00ntan

    m00ntan New Member

    Oct 27, 2019
    Seems I should bill Tivo for my Alexa devices.
  16. lhvetinari

    lhvetinari Watching telly, drinking wine - Lily Allen TCF Club

    Jun 24, 2019
    I'd assume (with the inclusion of the OnD button) that this is probably gonna be a replacement/add-on to the brick style Phase 2 remote distributed with the cableco-branded Android-based IP set-tops. Though I'd love to see it come to regular DVR-land...
  17. morac

    morac Cat God TCF Club

    Mar 14, 2003
    What’s odd is that they just removed the Alexa app from Tivo. They didn’t remove any of the backend processing, so if your Tivo was already linked, it will still work. I can still control my Roamio with Alexa.
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  18. m00ntan

    m00ntan New Member

    Oct 27, 2019
    Anybody have a solution for the "works with Alexa" claim, if I don't know what I'm doing?
  19. Magickly

    Magickly New Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    *I know this is an old thread but maybe this snippet will help others to not unpair skill. *
    Unbelievably sneaky, as usual from TiVo. First they announce offering Google assistant and Alexa support. Years later, still no Google Assistant support. Now they released TiVo stream which offers chrome and.Google Assistant, so they drop Alexa to force pricey device upgrades, without bothering to inform their loyal long-term customers AFAIK Google Assistant is still not able to control our legacy TiVos.
    Removing Alexa pairing from tivo menu so now users are unable to re-pair your existing device or add any new ones via alexa's app. As of today, unable to re-pair bolt without code, but Alexa is.still voice controlling. Hope Google Assistant feature is added or I'll be ditching tivo and selling devices.
    what a huge disappointment. Especially over the last few years
  20. TKnight206

    TKnight206 Active Member

    Oct 20, 2016
    I never used the Alexa app. On my Roamio TE3, I see that it's gone too.

    It feels like everything has gone downhill since Rovi bought TiVo, then Xperi.

    I miss TiVo Inc. (TiVo Inc. 1997-2016)

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