Can Alexa control my HR? Logitech Hub

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by itzme, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. itzme

    itzme Hall Of Fame

    Jan 17, 2008
    I'm getting a Logitech Hub from Santa. I'm curious to what extent it might let me use Alexa to control my Hr44 and my home theatre/and Pioneer AVR . Some ideal uses would be Alexa: Skip 30 seconds, Skip back, mute, louder, change input to X device.

    Has anyone used the Hub with Alexa? Like it! Any tips or good use cases?
  2. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    I have an Amazon Echo and Harmony setup. It can only turn on/off activities or devices. It can't pause, mute, skip, etc. That's fine with me though. It would take longer for the Echo to do it than just pressing the button. lol
  3. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Elizabeth, CO
    I have only had Alexa for one day so far and you can use Alexa through the hub to turn on or off the HR44 but I have not yet found a way to change channels or volume. I can say "Alexa, turn on the HR44" and it performs the Logitech activity associated with that - turn on AVR, change input, turn on TV, etc. I also have a TiVo Bolt and it did find channel changing activities for that so I have some hope. You do have to use specific language which is strange, "Alexa, turn on the channel 7" to change the TiVo channel
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  4. linflas

    linflas Mentor

    Feb 9, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I have mine set up through IFTTT but only to turn my systems on/off.
  5. Leftcoastdave

    Leftcoastdave Legend

    Apr 2, 2004
    I was looking forward to using the Hub + Alexa. The migration of all the settings on my legacy Harmony 720 remote was slick and accurate. I was anxious to marry the Hub and Alexa until I discovered a limitation of one HD-DVR per Hub. I have 3 DIRECTV HD-DVR's in the same room so the Hub is not a match for my configuration.
  6. itzme

    itzme Hall Of Fame

    Jan 17, 2008
    I'd normally agree, but sometimes I'm watching the Hr from my adjacent kitchen, while cooking. I do keep a spare RF remote in the kitchen, but Alexa would be ideal for that sort of hands free need.
  7. slinger45

    slinger45 AllStar

    Aug 5, 2007
    If you set up favorite channels in the Logitech app you can have Alexa change to those channels. I would recommend ifft for volume and mute.
  8. EricBergan

    EricBergan Mentor

    Apr 26, 2007
    This is no longer true. Check out the new Harmony service for Alexa. It adds volume control, pause, mute, skip, and a few others. Note, this is a new service in addition to the existing one. See the services for some of the differences, and yes, you can have both installed.
  9. itzme

    itzme Hall Of Fame

    Jan 17, 2008
    I've got the new harmony all set up, and I can ask Alexa to ask Harmony to do lots of handy features now. All handsfree from my kitchen. Very cool.

    If anyone knows how to get it to do multiple skip forwards, please let me know.

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