Control SHIELD TV with Amazon Echo Devices

Have a SHIELD TV and Alexa devices in your house? Wish they could communicate without any sort of middleman/proxy such as Logitech’s Harmony Hub? Well do I have some news for you.

Starting today, A new Alexa Skill has launched in the US enabling hands-free control of SHIELD TV with your Amazon Echo devices. SHIELD is bringing the openness of the Android ecosystem and mirroring that message in the Android TV space by allow both digital assistants to work on SHIELD and not limiting user choice. Available through a new Amazon Skill, you can ask Alexa to help with navigating and enjoying your favorite movies, TV shows, music and more.

In addition to Alexa, Dolby Atmos passthrough support for Prime Video is coming for those of you with setups to support Atmos.

Currently this functionality is US only. Below are the commands to get your started

Getting started

“Alexa, turn on SHIELD.”
“Alexa, turn off SHIELD.”

Controlling the volume

“Alexa, set volume to 80 percent on SHIELD.”

Opening entertainment apps

“Alexa, open Prime Video (on SHIELD).”
“Alexa, open HBO NOW (on SHIELD).”

Using media controls

“Alexa, pause (on SHIELD).”
“Alexa, play (on SHIELD).”
“Alexa, next (on SHIELD).”
“Alexa, previous (on SHIELD).”
“Alexa, fast-forward ten minutes (on SHIELD).”

Navigating SHIELD

“Alexa, go to settings (on SHIELD).”
“Alexa, go home (on SHIELD).”
“Alexa, go to control settings (on SHIELD).”

Anthony Garera

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