If you have not already, we suggest setting your Plex username to something else rather than email which is displayed on your posts in forum. You can change the username at https://app.plex.tv/desktop#!/account
Welcome to our forums! Please take a few moments to read through our Community Guidelines (also conveniently linked in the header at the top of each page). There, you'll find guidelines on conduct, tips on getting the help you may be searching for, and more!

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: 4,417Members, 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.

    "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." - Mark Twain
    "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them." - Isaac Asimov
    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” - Isaac Asimov

  • 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 !

Sign In or Register to comment.