Are you tired of losing your TV’s remote control all the time? If yes, then just throw it away in the trash because an Amazon Echo device is a better option than a TV remote control.
Amazon Echo devices are programmed with Alexa, a smart virtual assistant that can control not just your TV but a lot of smart appliances. It’s capable of making to-do lists, streaming podcasts, voice interaction, playing audiobooks, music playback, and providing sports, traffic, weather, and real-time information, including news. It also uses itself as a home automation system to control several smart devices.
She can be a great companion when you watch TV because all you have to do is talk and command Alexa on what to do. She will help you turn the volume up, turn on your TV, and find a movie for date night. If you don’t know how to control your TV using Alexa, here’s a step by step guide.
Turn On Your TV Using Alexa
To turn on your TV using Alexa, all you have to do is say “Alexa, turn the TV on” or “Alexa, turn the TV off”. However, you have to take note that the on or off command for Alexa is only available to televisions with the HDMI-CEC feature. You can find this feature on your Smart TV’s advanced settings.
But, before all of these, you should learn how to link your TV to Alexa first. Make sure to check out the link if you are experiencing difficulties so you can make sure that you set up everything correctly.
TV Playback Commands for Alexa
Watch your favorite movies or shows using Alexa by managing how you watch them. Try these commands:
- Alexa, resume.
- Alexa, fast forward.
- Alexa, stop.
- Alexa, watch from the beginning.
- Alexa, rewind.
Even if you don’t have a TV with the HDMI-CEC feature, you can still use these Alexa commands. However, you need one of the following TV box systems, digital media players, or smart television sets that can stream content via internet connection. Here’s a list:
- DirecTV or Dish
- Amazon Fire TV
- Logitech Harmony remote control
- Universal remote control system
- Optic Hub
- Apple TV
- Smart TV devices or sets that work with Alexa, including smart models from Panasonic, Hisense, Vizio, and LG
Change the Channels Using Alexa
Say a specific channel number or name if you want to browse the channels on your TV. Here are some of the following commands that you can try:
- Alexa, switch to (channel number or name)
- Alexa, change to (channel number or name)
- Alexa, go to (channel number or name)
- Alexa, watch (channel number or name)
Find New Shows or Movies Using Alexa
You can also find new shows or movies when you use Alexa on your TV. You just have to search for movies or TV shows according to the actor’s name, director’s name, or genre. Here are some of the following commands to consider:
- Alexa, show me movies with (director or actor’s name)
- Alexa, search for movies of (director’s name)
- Alexa, play (TV show title or movie title)
Watch TV on Specific Apps Using Alexa
You need to mention the name of the app when you give Alexa a command if you want to watch certain TV shows released by some streaming apps. Here are the following command examples:
- Alexa, tune to (the title of the TV show) on NBC
- Alexa, play (name of TV series) on Netflix
- Alexa, watch (Tv show name) on Hulu
Alexa supports a wide variety of streaming apps, including Freeform, Netflix, Fox Now, Hulu, NBC News, NBC, CBS, Sony Crackle, Bravo Now, ESPN, Playstation Vue, STARZ Play, Showtime Anytime, and Showtime.