TiVo Adds Alexa, Google Assistant Control to its DVRs

From PC Mag: If you own a TiVo, you'll soon be able to control it through your Amazon Echo or Google Home. TiVo just announced Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility with its DVRs, enabling menu navigation and control with hands-free voice commands.

The Google Assistant, meanwhile, is also headed to the Dish Hopper, Joey, and Wally devices.

Alexa users will be able to control their TiVo with a new TiVo skill for Alexa, which will listen for specific voice commands like Select, Play, and Record. It's a fairly direct third-party skill that doesn't incorporate TiVo's own voice search commands into the system. Your voice becomes a TiVo remote, but it won't be a TiVo Vox remote (the new microphone-equipped remote TiVo released last year).

Google Home users will get a slightly more powerful set of voice commands for their TiVo. Google Assistant will be able to communicate directly with the connected TiVo, translating spoken phrases hands-free to the box as if they were spoken into a TiVo Vox remote. This means, once you've told Google Home to talk to your TiVo, you can use natural language to search for any upcoming programming or recordings. Google Assistant also enables multi-step activities with other smart home devices, letting you turn down the lights when you want to watch TiVo.

TiVo also announced an If This Then That (IFTTT) channel for its DVRs, which will further expand what you can do with your TiVo. IFTTT recipes will be able to trigger individual remote commands when certain conditions are met, like telling your TiVo to jump forward when it detects that a commercial is playing.

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