You can now ask Alexa to control your Roku devices

Roku this morning announced
its devices will now be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. Through a
new Roku skill for Alexa, Roku owners will be able to control their
devices in order to do things like launch a channel, play or pause
a show, search for entertainment options and more. Roku TV owners
will additionally be able to control various functions related to
their television, like adjusting the volume, turning on and off the
TV, switching inputs and changing channels if there is an
over-the-air antenna attached.

The added support for Amazon Alexa will be available to devices
running Roku OS 8.1 or higher, and will require that customers
enable the new Roku skill, which will link their account to
Amazon.

Roku has developed its own voice assistant designed specifically
for its platform, which is available with a touch of a button on
its voice remote as well as through optional accessories like its

voice-powered wireless speakers, tabletop Roku Touch remote
or
TCL’s Roku-branded Smart Soundbar. However, it hasn’t ignored
the needs of those who have invested in other voice platforms.

Already, Roku devices work with Google Assistant-powered
devices, like Google Home and Google Home Mini, through
a similar voice app launched last fall.

Support for the dominant streaming media platform — Amazon
Alexa — was bound to be next. EMarketer said Amazon took
two-thirds
of smart speaker sales last year, and CIRP said Echo
has
a 70 percent U.S. market share
.

The Roku app will work with any Alexa-enabled device, including
the Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Spot and Echo Plus, as
well as those powered by Alexa from third parties, the company
confirmed to TechCrunch.

Once enabled, you’ll be able to say things like “Alexa,
pause Roku,” or “Alexa, open Hulu on Roku,” or “Alexa, find
comedies on Roku,” and more. The key will be starting the command
with “Alexa,” as usual, then specify “Roku” is where the
action should take place (e.g. “on Roku”).

One change with the launch of voice support via Alexa is that
the commands are a bit more natural, in some cases. Whereas

Google Assistant required users to say
“Hey Google, pause on
Roku,” the company today says the same command for Alexa users is
“Alexa, pause Roku.” That’s a lot easier to remember and say.
However, most of the other commands are fairly consistent between
the two platforms.

“Consumers often have multiple voice ecosystems in their
homes,” said Ilya Asnis, senior vice president of Roku OS at
Roku, in a statement about the launch. “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.”

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
You can now ask Alexa to control your Roku devices