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How to Control Your TV with Alexa

If you’re tired of losing the remote control for your TV, you can go ahead and throw it in the trash. Now all you need is an Amazon Echo device, and you can control your TV with Alexa voice commands. Alexa can be a great companion for watching TV. She can help you turn on your TV, find a movie for date night, and turn the volume up, all without pushing a single button. Want to know how to control your TV with Alexa?

Give her the commands below for a more pleasant viewing experience. 

Can Alexa Turn On my TV?

All you need to do is say the following commands:

“Alexa, turn TV on.”

“Alexa, turn TV off.”

Note: Alexa can only switch your television on or off if it has the HDMI-CEC feature enabled.

You will usually find the HDMI-CEC feature in the advanced settings of your Smart TV.

Before you begin, you also need to know how to link your TV to Alexa. If you are experiencing difficulties, make sure to check out the link to make sure you set everything up correctly.

TV Playback Commands for Alexa

To manage how you watch your favorite shows or movies, try the following commands: 

“Alexa, stop.”

“Alexa, resume.” 

“Alexa, rewind [timeframe].”

“Alexa, fast forward [timeframe].”

“Alexa, watch from beginning.” 

Note: You can use these Alexa commands even if you don’t have a smart TV with the HDMI-CEC. However, you will need one of the following digital media players, smart television sets, or TV box systems that can stream content via the internet:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Roku
  • Dish or DirecTV
  • TiVo
  • Frontier
  • Optic Hub
  • Logitech Harmony remote control system
  • A universal remote control system
  • Smart TV sets or devices that work with Alexa, such as smart models from LG, Sony, Hisense, Panasonic, and Vizio
  • Apple TV (Note: If you want to control Apple TV with Alexa, you will need to have the Logitech Harmony remote control system set up.)

How to Change Channels on Alexa

You can browse channels by saying a specific channel name or channel number. Try the following commands: 

“Alexa, go to [channel name / network name].”

“Alexa, switch to [channel name / network name].”

“Alexa, watch [channel name / network name].” 

“Alexa, change to [channel name / network name].”

How to Find New Movies or Shows With Alexa

Alexa can also help you find your new favorite movie or show. All you have to do is ask Alexa to search for movies or TV shows by genre, an actor’s name, or director’s name. Some commands to consider:

“Alexa, play [movie title / TV show title].”

“Alexa, search for [kids / drama / historical] programs.”

“Alexa, show me movies with [actor’s name].”

“Alexa, search for [director’s name] movies.” 

How to Watch TV on Specific Apps on Alexa

To watch certain TV shows released by specific streaming apps, you will need to mention the app name when you give Alexa a command. Some examples:

“Alexa, play [movie title] on Netflix.”

“Alexa, watch [TV show title] on Hulu.”

“Alexa, tune to [TV show title] on NBC.” 

Alexa supports and can control the following streaming apps on your TV: Netflix, Hulu, Fox Now, NBC, NBC News, Bravo Now, CBS, Sony Crackle, Freeform, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, STARZ Play, ESPN, and PlayStation Vue. 

Note: You will need to have a paid subscription for many of these services before you can tell Alexa to watch something on them.

Want to enjoy other forms of entertainment with your Amazon Echo device? Check out our guide on how to play Apple music with Alexa.

Updated on December 6, 2019

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