Undoubtedly, artificial intelligence, 3D printers, and 5G is some of the craziest stuff advancement of science and technology has introduced in the consumer market. Voice-activated control and humanoids pretty much top the list when it comes to the wondrous innovations of our age. It’s no less than amazing how we encounter extraordinary inventions, not just in tech trade shows, but in day to day life. From floor-cleaning robot vacuums & mops to smart voice assistants who control our in-home entertainment for us, AI based equipment lends us a hand at making it more convenient, flexible and efficient to manage the most mundane tasks.
Our article today talks about one of the most popular digital voice assistants who turns your words into concrete actions. So, if you are new to Alexa from Amazon, and trying to figure out how you can use her skills to run your in-home entertainment center, read on.
Alexa is no stranger for American homes or businesses. In 2018 there were about 40 million Alexa users in the U.S. only. Having gained about a 100,000 skills since its launch, Alexa now has a cult following with around 100,000 smart home devices that support it. Not a surprise then, this brilliant and powerful invention has come to revolutionize day to day life in numerous ways.
From running your smart home, making a shopping list, giving you tips for kitchen hacks and reminders for grocery shopping to helping you stay entertained with the best music & movies, and controlling your TV, set-top box and remotes. There is a long list of chores Alexa can help you with. You multi-task better and are more productive as she comes to your rescue.
The best part is Alexa does not need you to have an elaborate setup. She lives in the cloud, and as long as you have internet access and a device which can connect to Alexa you can count on her skills. She is the intelligent core in Amazon Echo devices e.g. speakers, screens, and wearables, works with a number of compatible devices, and also comes built-in with third-party devices.
For novices, the Amazon Alexa app is a great way of checking out what Alexa can do for you on your phone, and how it can help you setup and control compatible devices. It allows for a quick and easy setup in a few simple steps.
Setting up your TV with Alexa to benefit from her cloud-based services, and control your in-home entertainment via voice commands, is not too techy a job. You can take control of your smart TV and compatible Android applications with just an Amazon Echo speaker, and your smartphone. Alexa will ensure your voice commands are put to work. And you get to search less, and watch more. Once you’ve experienced the ease and flexibility Alexa introduces to your TV regime, it is likely you would not want to go back a traditional remote.
So, let’s get you started then.
You are now ready to connect your TV with Alexa, and have her keen ears perform a wide range of tasks for you.
Following the installation of the app on your smartphone, now it’s time for us to talk about connecting Alexa with your smart TV. Below we outline the steps you must take in order to connect Alexa with TV. First for any smart TV basically, and then for 2 of the most popular brands, Samsung and LG. Here it is worth noting, both these brands now have models in the market which come with Alexa built-in, making it a piece of cake to connect Alexa to TV.
As we said, some 2020 Samsung TV models and all 2021 ones have Alexa built-in. Which makes it real easy to get going with controlling your Samsung TV using Alexa’s skills. You can have her change channels, open apps, search for movies and shows, play music and do much more.
With your new Samsung smart TV integrated with Alexa, you can select her as your voice assistant at the time you first setup your TV, or by launching the Alexa app from the TV’s Home screen at a later time. You’ll need your Amazon account info, and if you do not already have one, you can make one during the setup process.
Pro Tip: If the model of your Samsung smart TV supports the voice-wakeup option, Enable the feature that allows you to communicate with Alexa hands-free, or click Not Now. The Voice-wakeup feature can be disabled at anytime via the Voice Settings/Voice option under the General tab in the Settings menu of your TV.
Now if you own a Samsung smart TV model which does not have Alexa built-in, here is how you can go about connecting them using an Amazon Echo speaker for basic voice controls.
All LG TV models manufactured in 2019 and later, with webOS 4.0 and higher as the operating system, come with Alexa built-in. Which makes it easier to start controlling TV functions via the Amazon voice assistant.
Here are the quick steps to follow in order to connect an LG TV to Alexa. However,
The process may vary somewhat from one webOS to another between various LG TV models, but, essentially all models running on webOS 4.0 and above do come with Alexa built-in. It is only in the nitty gritty of how you connect Alexa with TV that may differ here and there with each version of the operating system. For instance, you may see Alexa Setup app in some models on your Home screen, and the process of connecting Alexa with TV will launch from there instead of the Connections menu.
With that said, models that are not from the LG Ai TV series and do not come with Alexa built-in, you need to make sure your Amazon Echo speaker is setup with Alexa. Once your LG TV is registered, and Alexa setup with the Echo device, you can link her to the TV via LG ThinQ.
The U.S. is one of the countries where Sony supports voice operation for the TV using Amazon Alexa devices. If your Sony smart TV has Alexa built-in, you will see TV Control Setup with Amazon Alexa on your Home screen or in the apps list. The app cannot be manually installed, rather installs automatically on supported TVs.
To be able to use Alexa with your Sony smart TV you’ll need both a Google and Amazon account, and make sure to use the same Google account on your phone and TV. To connect your Sony TV to Alexa this is what you need to do:
Streaming devices have fast become common in American homes. As a logical by-product of the growing love for streaming platforms among TV watching masses. Below we give you a quick outline of steps you need to take in order to connect Alexa to 2 of the most popular streaming devices. Amazon Fire TV and Roku products!
Before you get started, just a couple of things to remember. For devices to pair right and work right together, both your Alexa device and Fire TV must be registered to the same account. Echo Show devices do not support all features, nor does a paired Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen). Also before you get going, ensure you’re using the latest version of the Alexa app.
If the device you own runs on Roku OS 9.1 or higher, you can connect Alexa to Roku. The Roku Skill for Alexa is supported in 5 countries including the U.S. All Roku TV models support Alexa. Alexa works for over 100 top channels on the Roku platform. The one thing you should know is the Roku Skill does not support all capabilities of your Roku voice remote.
Here is how you can connect Alexa to Roku TV. Don’t forget you’ll need to have both a Roku and an Amazon account.
Amazon introduced Alexa to regular TV via a smart set-top box a couple of years ago. But, the list of supported providers is short. Frontier Communications set top boxes support Alexa, and so do Verizon’s. Both DISH and DIRECTV also support the Amazon voice assistant. As for linking up Alexa to your service provider via the set-top box, its pretty simple. Here is what you need to do:
Before we go, we’d like to leave you with some handy commands to get started with once you are done linking up your Samsung smart TV with Alexa. To speak to Alexa you just have to press and hold the Microphone button on your remote. Or with Voice wake-up enabled you can do it all hands-free. In any case it was never as easy to take control of your in-home entertainment system as with Alexa.
Here are a few commands for you to control your Samsung Smart TV with Alexa.
To access more functions you’ll need to open the Alexa app on your TV.
Using the Alexa voice remote is an exciting way to access your smart TV controls without fuss. The best part about Alexa is she always gives you her full attention, and responds instantly to your commands. No surprise why she has become more like an ‘exclusive’ member in most modern households.
With that said, you must not forget nothing will work seamlessly, whether it is your smart TV, a smart set-top box, or a streaming device, unless your WiFi is strong, and the internet connection fast. You’ll need a reliable high-speed service to be able to fully enjoy the ease and comfort, not to forget company, Alexa introduces to your everyday life. So, if you are looking for a better internet connection, or an upgrade, speak to experts at 1-855-349-9328 anytime. They can help you determine your best options at your address.
No. Alexa needs a stable internet connection to perform tasks.
Yes, Alexa will launch Netflix on Samsung Smart TV when you give a verbal command.
While every TV model will have differences in how you can connect Alexa to the TV, but essentially this is what you’ll be doing:
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