Roku this week announced the launch of a new skill in Alexa, Amazon’s personal assistant. Roku users with any Alexa-enabled device such as Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Sonos One, or Bose Smart Speakers can now ask Alexa to find movies and TV shows, pause, fast forward, launch channels, and more on all voice-enabled Roku streaming devices (running Roku OS 8.1 or above) in the U.S.
Roku says the addition of the Roku skill for Alexa, along with Roku voice search and controls and other popular voice assistants, gives Roku customers more choice in how they use voice to get to the entertainment they love faster.
Here examples of how to use Alexa to control media playback on Roku:
- “Alexa, pause Roku”
- “Alexa, launch HBO NOW on Roku”
- “Alexa, find documentaries on Roku”
- “Alexa, show me comedies on Roku”
- “Alexa, turn on Roku”
- “Alexa, turn up the volume on Roku”
- “Alexa, mute Roku”
- “Alexa, go to channel 5.1 on Roku”
- “Alexa, switch to HDMI 2 on Roku”