If Alexa is a name commonly heard in your home, you’ll be excited to learn that today we released the new Roku skill for Alexa, making Alexa compatible with Roku’s existing voice search and control features! Roku users with any Alexa-enabled device such as Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Sonos One, or Bose Smart Speakers can now ask Alexa to find movies and TV shows, pause, fast forward, launch channels, and more on all voice-enabled Roku streaming devices (running Roku OS 8.1 or above) in the U.S.
The addition of the Roku skill for Alexa, along with Roku voice search and controls and other popular voice assistants, gives Roku customers even more choice in how they use voice to get to the entertainment they love faster.
Examples of how you can use Alexa to control media playback on your Roku device:
- “Alexa, pause Roku”
- “Alexa, launch HBO NOW on Roku”
- “Alexa, find documentaries on Roku”
- “Alexa, show me comedies on Roku”
If you have a Roku TV, you can also ask Alexa to do things like:
- “Alexa, turn on Roku”**
- “Alexa, turn up the volume on Roku”
- “Alexa, mute Roku”
- “Alexa, go to channel 5.1 on Roku”***
- “Alexa, switch to HDMI 2 on Roku”
Learn how to get started with Alexa on your Roku devices.
*All Roku TV models, Roku Express (3700X, 3900X), Roku Express+ (3710X, 3910X), Roku Streaming Stick (3600X, 3800X), Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810X), Roku 2 (4210X), Roku 3 (4200X, 4230X), Roku 4 (4400X), Roku Premiere (3920X, 4620X), Roku Premiere+ (3921X, 4630X), and Roku Ultra (4640X, 4660X, 4661X)
**You must have Fast TV Start enabled on your Roku TV to use Alexa voice commands to turn on your TV.
*** You must have an HDTV antenna connected to your Roku TV to use Alexa voice commands to change channels on your TV tuner.
Source: Official Roku Website