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Can I change the channel on the x1 box with elexa harmony or ifttt?

I can turn the tv on and off but that is all.

 

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Bob130 wrote:

Can I change the channel on the x1 box with elexa harmony or ifttt?

I can turn the tv on and off but that is all.

 

bob 130 


no discussion about it so far from Comcast employees. I have an echo and and a dot not sure it would be as good as the voice remote.




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I suspect it is coming. The big players in audio video control systems (such as Control4) already have Alexa drivers.

HOWEVER, I am not super familiar with Alexa but I doubt it would control a cable box such as X1 without additional 3rd party devices involved (because X1 boxes only receive IR commands from 3rd party devices).

A newer Harmony remote with a "Harmony Hub" would work (as long as everything is properly installed and programmed).



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Can I change the channel on the x1 box with elexa harmony or ifttt?

I can turn the tv on and off but that is all.

 

bob 130

 

 

 







 

 

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Thanks for your reply rickgr4.
If anyone gets this to work please let me know.
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Please reread my post. I updated it.

FYI, I found answers with a simple and quick Google search. You might want to try it...



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Thanks for your reply rickgr4.
If anyone gets this to work please let me know.
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I hope Alexa support is added soon. To say "Third party apps can only control via IR" is false. My iPhone app can schedule recordings from anywhere. Granted, the APP is Comcast, but my iPhone could certainly be considered third party. Maybe Comcast could write an app or "Skill" for Alexa?
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Are you kidding?  Alexa would be much better than the X1 Remote.  For starters you don't have to hold it in your hands, and multiple people can use it

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I would be Very dissapointed in xfinity if they dont provide Alexa with an integration app. I have both now running two home automation system, internet <- >almond <-> alexa , would love for there to be integration, open my garage door with my voice and am removing all light sensors to phillips Hue and some Zigbee power toggle switches.

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There is research into an xfinity assistant like "alexa" "siri" or google that would integrate with all tv, internet and home security/automation. Dont know if other assistants will be asked to join the party but dont automatically say no because nobody would have thought with such a start that comcast and netflix would become friends on the x1 boxes.
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A very recent article I read indicated that Amazon is courting several TV service providers to incorporate Alexa functionality into thier service.  It would allow a hands-free experience that would be much appreciated in households where the remote is often misplaced.  Dish already has it and I would hate to have to go back to them to be able to use this feature....

 

http://fortune.com/2017/06/08/amazon-cable-companies-alexa

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It works great.  You need to get a Harmony Hub, the $99 one is the one I have.  You configure the hub via the app you install on your phone/tablet.  Enable the Harmony skill in Alexa, and you're good to go.

 

You can't fast forward or rewind, but you can pause/play and change channels.  Configure it to work with your AVR, and you can mute and adjust the volume, as well as control other functions of your AVR.

 

Pretty cool to say "Alexa, tell Harmony to turn on channel 5," and the TV changes to channel 5.


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Ed N.