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How do you get plex to show video on tv thru alexa voice control ?

GKLhomeGKLhome Posts: 5Members ✭✭

Okay, I've had plex and Roku for quite a while and it works great with the roku hand held remote, but I just a few minutes ago activated the plex skill on my amazon echo dot and when I ask it to play a certain video, it will play, but only on my computer instead of appearing on the tv screen thru the Roku like it would if I used the roku hand held remote. Is there another step to do after activating the skill on alexa ? Thanks !

Answers

  • Elijah_BaleyElijah_Baley Posts: 4,365Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    From what I remember I think you have to tell your Echo which Plex app to use and that app must be active before the command is called.
    The command is something like: "Alexa, tell Plex to switch players."
    The app will then list your players and you can choose the one you want to use.

    I hope you have better luck than I did with the Plex skill. I finally abandoned using it because it was so unreliable and apparently poorly designed. As example if I had a video paused and I say "Alexa, tell Plex play." The chances are that Plex will jump out of what is playing and play some random video or audio file. I have no such problem with any other app.

    Plex has lost me! I am moving all my local media consumption to Emby. There are things about Plex that are better than Emby but Plex has begun misleading their customers and even telling their users bald faced lies and that is unacceptable so I no longer use Plex for any media consumption.
    I will NOT be lied to by a company I have any choice about using.
    It has been a good ride but I now feel that I am the one being ridden.
    Emby is NOT better software but they are a better company at this point.

  • GKLhomeGKLhome Posts: 5Members ✭✭

    okay, I can't try it right now as we are watching something, but I found this possible solution in another thread and hopefully it will be my solution also -

    (quote) What I did was opened Plex on my Roku, logged out and then restarted my Roku. I then logged back into Plex on my Roku and my Echo immediately found my Roku Plex Player (end quote

    if that solves it then I'll have found my solution, I probably should have searched the forum more first before adding another question, sorry !

  • GKLhomeGKLhome Posts: 5Members ✭✭

    @Elijah_Baley said:
    From what I remember I think you have to tell your Echo which Plex app to use and that app must be active before the command is called.
    The command is something like: "Alexa, tell Plex to switch players."
    The app will then list your players and you can choose the one you want to use.

    I hope you have better luck than I did with the Plex skill. I finally abandoned using it because it was so unreliable and apparently poorly designed. As example if I had a video paused and I say "Alexa, tell Plex play." The chances are that Plex will jump out of what is playing and play some random video or audio file. I have no such problem with any other app.

    Thanks for the idea Elijah, I'll keep that in mind after I get the echo to recognize my Roku as being in the network, right now it only seems to be seeing my computer, hopefully after I try what I said in my previous reply I'll just need to use your advice to switch from my computer to the Roku. Thanks again !

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