Recently, I’ve been experimenting with using voice commands to control my Xfinity cable box and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned. In this post, I’ll discuss the process of setting up Alexa to control your Xfinity channel, the features available, and how it works. I’ll also provide some tips and tricks to help make the process as smooth as possible.
While Alexa has no in-built integration with Xfinity in particular, she does have an Xfinity skill which you can use with the Fire Cube to control Lighting, Sound, and Security. You can set this up easily by configuring your devices and using the Comcast and Amazon Alexa mobile apps.
|– Use Xfinity X1 skill to control Xfinity through Alexa.|
|– Control sound, lighting, and security with voice commands.|
|– Alexa can change TV channels with built-in tuner support.|
|– Use a Fire Cube or Harmony hub for non-Alexa compatible TVs.|
|– Each device requires separate setup and integration.|
Can Alexa Change The Xfinity Channel?
The short answer is ‘yes, if your TV is ‘smart’ and compatible with Amazon’s virtual assistant’. Many TV models have compatibility with Alexa, so check the app screen for her app.
If your TV is not one of the models with Alexa integration, you can also use the Amazon Fire Cube or a Harmony smart hub to get the same effect.
It looks to us like Alexa can control channels and volume if you’re using your TV’s built-in tuner with no problem, but if you’re using a cable box, such as in the case of Xfinity, Alexa will not be given direct control over the channels, playback, etc.
What Does The Xfinity Skill Do?
With the Xfinity X1 skill and Amazon Alexa, you can control Lighting, Sound, and Security using voice commands.
To configure these options, you’ll need to access your Xfinity X1 app and input your Amazon account information. You can start the skill by saying “Alexa, launch Xfinfity X1”.
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Can I use Alexa to control Xfinity?
Yes, with certain conditions. Sound, Lighting, and Security can all be controlled through the Alexa Xfinity skill, which you can set up in the Alexa app.
If you’re using a cable or set-top box for your TV, however, Alexa will not have direct control over things like channels and playback.
Can I Use Voice to Control Xfinity?
Yes. With Alexa’s built-in Xfinity skill, you can manage Security, Sound, and Lighting through your Alexa device.
Most Xfinifty packages also come with a remote set up for voice commands, so you can also search for channels this way.
Can you ask Alexa to change TV channels?
Yes, if you’re using the TV’s built-in tuner. You can say “Alexa, channel 7 on TV” or something to that effect and Alexa will respond.
It’s possible that your cable box will have its own compatibility with Alexa, so check the app screen for her app.
If your TV is not compatible with Alexa directly, there are a few workarounds which will give you some control over your TV by voice.
Each device will likely require separate setup and/or integration with Amazon Alexa, so follow on-screen directions carefully to pair devices when possible.
If you have an Amazon Fire Cube, you have a few more options for voice controls.
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You can also invest in a Harmony hub to create a similar effect. While these do not give you full control through voice with Alexa, they do offer more options.