Alexa audio system can now speak to Roku streamers and TVs

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If you’ve got each an Amazon Echo and a Roku in the home, prepare to begin speaking to the TV.

The new Roku ability, accessible now, lets Alexa audio system such because the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and others settle for your voice instructions to manage Roku streamers and TVs.

You can now use Alexa to:

Launch Apps (“Alexa, open Hulu on Roku”)
Control playback (“Alexa, pause Roku”)
Search (“Alexa, find dramas on Roku”)

Roku TV house owners get further capabilities, together with energy (“Alexa, turn on Roku”), quantity and mute, enter switching and channel altering (with an over-th-air antenna).

The huge exception? Netflix. The hottest subscription streaming video service on the planet does not settle for Alexa instructions to Roku units.

Hands-free voice management is an more and more fashionable various to the nice outdated distant management, and quite a few sensible TVs have already got Alexa expertise. It’s quite a bit simpler to make use of lots of the options by voice — particularly if you happen to’re looking out Asking Alexa to seek out one thing is much simpler than typing right into a cumbersome on-screen keyboard. 

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Roku’s streamers and TVs additionally work with Google Home audio system as of final yr. They work in just about the identical method as this Alexa ability. Netflix is not supported in both case, and you could append “Roku” to the command to get it to work. Roku additionally has its personal voice system, which you should utilize by talking into appropriate Roku distant controls or through Roku’s telephone app.

Amazon’s Fire TV streamers and televisions, which compete straight in opposition to Roku, additionally work with Alexa audio system. That mixture does assist Netflix and doesn’t require any additional set off phrases. Check out our full Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV comparability for particulars.

To use the brand new Alexa ability along with your Roku, head to the Alexa app in your telephone and switch it on it beneath Settings > TV & Video.