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Roku and Alexa Now Work Together

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Alexa owners that also use Roku devices can now enjoy expanded functionality. This week, Roku had made its devices compatible with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices through the new Roku skill for Alexa. The setup is pretty straight forward, and users can start using their voice to control their Roku streaming player and Roku TV.

Users in the US can now control their Roku devices using Alexa; the company hasn’t confirmed a timeline for other markets. The Roku devices have been best-sellers on retail sites for the past few years, and you can find the expanded line up right here on Amazon.

“Consumers often have multiple voice ecosystems in their homes. By allowing our customers to choose Alexa, in addition to Roku voice search and controls, and other popular voice assistants; we are strengthening the value Roku offers as a neutral platform in home entertainment,” said Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS at Roku. “Roku customers can get to the entertainment they love faster so they can enjoy more of it.”

Roku users with Alexa-enabled devices – including Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Spot and Echo Plus – can pause a show, launch a streaming channel and search for entertainment by simply saying things like, “Alexa, find comedies on Roku,” “Alexa, pause Roku” or “Alexa, open Hulu on Roku.” Additionally, Roku TV users can turn on the TV, change the volume, mute the TV, switch inputs and change channels if there is an OTA antenna connected by saying, “Alexa, turn on Roku” or “Alexa, turn up the volume on Roku.”

Customers can control Roku devices running Roku OS 8.1 or greater using their Alexa-enabled devices. To get started customers open the Alexa app, go to settings and select TV & Video. Next, they enable the Roku skill and link their account.

If you are already own both devices, you can jump into the settings to start using the voice-control options. If you are looking for a way to control your media with voice, the Roku suite of devices is a low-cost option to enjoy the functionality.

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