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Control your Android TV with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices

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What is Alexa
What is an Alexa Skill and how does it work?
What is required to control your TV with Amazon Alexa?
Setup instructions
Supported TV models
Supported TV functions
Related information


What is Alexa

Amazon Alexa is the brain that powers devices including Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. It is a cloud-based voice service, and now it allows you to control functions on Sony’s Android TV, such as power on or off, change channels, control volume, and more.

NOTE: Additional information on Alexa is available at www.amazon.co.uk/meetalexa.


What is an Alexa Skill and how does it work?

Skills are capabilities that allow customers to do more with Alexa and personalise their experience—including controlling your Sony Android TV. With this feature, you can use your voice to turn your Android TV on or off, change channels, control volume and more, by asking Alexa through devices such as Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.

NOTE: Alexa Skills for Sony Android TV control are only supported in the UK.


 What is required to control your TV with Amazon Alexa?

  • Android TV models that support the Alexa skill (see supported models)
  • Amazon Echo device. Google Home isn't supported
  • Mobile device such as your phone or tablet
  • Amazon account
  • Google account
  • Home network with Wi-Fi capabilities (Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Doesn't support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks)

Setup instructions


Supported TV models 

Supported models have the TV Control Setup with Amazon Alexa app on the Home screen. You do not manually install this app, it will automatically install on supported TVs. If the app is not on the home screen, your TV may not be supported yet. Make sure your TV is set to automatically receive updates.

2016 Android TVs

  • XD70, XD75, XD80, SD80, XD83 and ZD9 Series

2017 Android TVs

  • XE80, XE83, XE85, XE90, XE93, XE94 and A1 Series

2018 Android TVs

  • XF75, XF80, XF83, XF85, XF87, XF90, AF8, AF9 and ZF9 Series

Supported TV functions

Use the following Amazon Alexa voice commands to control your Android TV:

[ - ] Power ON / OFF

[ - ] Change channel by number or name

[ - ] Control volume

[ - ] Mute or unmute

[ - ] Change input

[ - ] Control playback for DVR or streaming content

 

NOTES:

  • Indirect commands address an unspecified recipient.
  • Direct and precise commands address a specific recipient.
  • Use the supplied remote control / IR Blaster to allow this feature to work with your set-top box.
  • Details on how to setup the IR Blaster .

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