Hi. My dear old Mum has failing eyesight and struggles these days to see what she’s doing on the remote control. She has a v6 box, hub 3.0 and Amazon Echo so my question is, is there any way she can change tv channels on the v6 with her voice? Shouting ‘Alexa turn it to bbc 1’ for example?
Thanks for any answers, even if it’s just a ‘no you can’t ‘
You can do this with a Logitech Harmony universal remote such as the Elite or any of the other versions that come with the Harmony Hub. This will allow all the equipment to be controlled through Alexa and is reasonably intelligent, in that once it's all set up it will keep track of which devices are on etc. so for instance if you say "Alexa, turn on virgin" it will turn on the TV, switch it to the right channel and switch on the Virgin box, if you were then to say "Turn on DVD" it would change the channel on the TV, turn off the virgin box and turn on the DVD player etc. Obviously though, this does mean an additional purchase and some time spent getting it all set up.
With the TiVo skill and Alexa, you can now control your TiVo powered DVR or set top box with just your voice. Ask Alexa to change channels, pause/play/fast forward/rewind, and skip commercials. Compatible with TiVo Series 5, Series 6, and Mini boxes running software version 20.7. However this wont work on VM's network as the software isnt the same as TiVo official software. VM must change the firmware to run on the network.