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How to connect Alexa to TV and take advantage of all its functions | Digital Trends Spanish


Early in its career, Alexa’s dominance was basically limited to Amazon’s Echo devices, but today it’s everywhere, including your TV. In this guide we explain how to connect Alexa to TV; If you do not have a device that incorporates the virtual assistant from the factory, you will need a smart device such as a Fire TV Stick.

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First: is your TV “smart” enough?

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The first step in connecting Alexa to your TV is finding out how this assistant can work with your existing home setup. If you have a SmartTV from LG, Sony, Vizio, or Samsung, setup is as easy as flipping a few virtual switches. Otherwise, you can use an Amazon Fire TV Stick or a Roku device to control your multimedia devices.

Additionally, some TV tuners offer built-in smart control levels, such as Verizon Fios’ VMS 1100 and IPC 1100, DirecTV Genie and Genie Mini, and many Dish Network Hopper set-top boxes.

Connecting your TV to Alexa

With a wide variety of methods for controlling your TV with Alexa, we’ll need to get a little more specific with your hardware to help you set it up. Here’s how to set up Alexa with smart TVs and multiple streaming media tuners – choose the option that best resembles your current setup.

Connecting a Fire TV or Roku device:

Amazon Fire Stick connected to a TV

Step 1– Open the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device.

Step 2: choose the tab More at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: touch the option Setting.

Step 4: scroll down and choose TV and video.

Step 5: Choose Fire tv or Roku, the one that matches your streaming device.

Step 6: for users of Fire tv, Choose Pair your Alexa device. For users of Roku, Choose Activate to use.

Step 7– Provide Alexa with any required login information to complete the process.

Connecting to a Smart TV:

Partial view of a Sony TV built into the wall
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Step 1– Open the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device.

Step 2: tap the tab Devices at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Select the (+) in the upper right corner, then Add device.

Step 4: Scroll down and select TV.

Step 5: Choose the brand of your smart TV.

Step 6– Follow the specific instructions in the Alexa app to complete the setup process.

Connecting a decoder:

A TV built into the wall and a decoder on a console

Step 1– Open the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device.

Step 2: tap the tab More at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: select the option Skills and games.

Step 4– In the search bar, locate your cable provider (for example, DirecTV, Fios, Frontier, Dish Network).

Step 5– If available, select your provider from the given list.

Step 6: touch Enable to use, then log in with your provider details.

Controlling your TV with Alexa

Four people around a table where an Alexa device is located

Once you’ve connected your TV, set-top box, or streaming media device to Alexa, you can start controlling your media center with the sound of your voice. Not all televisions and set-top boxes use the same commands, so check the manufacturer’s support website for the most up-to-date information; however, here are some commands that you may want to try with your media setup:

  • «Alexa, [enciende/apaga] [nombre de la TV]».
  • «Alexa, turn the volume up / down [arriba/abajo] in [nombre de la TV]».
  • «Alexa, mute [nombre de la TV]».
  • «Alexa, change the input to HDMI 1 on [nombre de la TV]».
  • «Alexa, [reproducir/pausar] in [nombre de la TV]».
  • «Alexa, look Stranger things on Netflix ».
  • «Alexa, show movies [de comedia/drama/romance]».

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