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The Distant Future is Here: Alexa Can Now Control Your Roku

Find out all of the Alexa and Roku voice commands you can use, how to find the best deals to get started.
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Alexa, turn on Roku TV. At last, that command is now a reality.

Thanks to a new Alexa skill, you can finally use the popular virtual assistant to control your Roku. So trash the remote (well, no, that's terrible for the environment — you should just sell it) and enjoy voice-activated streaming.

What Can You Do with a Roku-Connected Alexa?

There are four main tasks you can accomplish once you connect Alexa to your Roku. These include:

  • Controlling media playback: Use commands like “Alexa, pause on Roku,” “Alexa, fast forward on Roku,” and “Alexa, launch Prime Video on Roku.”
  • Searching Roku content: Look for new shows by saying, “Alexa, find (show title/show category) on Roku.”
  • Controlling your Roku TV: Say commands like “Alexa, mute on Roku,” or “Alexa, switch to HDMI 2 on Roku.”
  • Turning on your Roku TV: In order to turn your Roku TV on with Alexa, you first need to enable Fast TV. To do so, go to Settings > System > Power > Fast TV Start on your TV.

Get the Best Deal to Set Up a Roku-Alexa Connection

You'll need either a Roku player or a Roku TV to get started, and all Roku TVs and current generation players will work.

If you don't already have a Roku device of some sort, you're in luck. Costco members can buy a 43-inch Roku TV for just $200 through March 30th. Meanwhile, Rakuten currently has a 49-inch model for $255 with a coupon.

In addition, you'll need a free Roku account, an Alexa-enabled device and the Alexa mobile app (iOS or Android).

If you haven't yet jumped on the Alexa train, be sure to browse all the latest deals on Alexa devices in our forums. We regularly see offers on the Amazon Echo Dot for less than $25, along with big discounts on older generation Amazon Echos.

How to Install Roku on Alexa

There are a few steps to connect your Roku and Alexa, but it truly is a simple (and fast) process.

  1. First, open the Alexa app and select the Menu icon in the top corner.
  2. Select Skills & Games and search for Roku.
  3. Select Roku from the list and select Enable Skill.
  4. You will now be asked to sign in to your Roku account.
  5. Once logged in, select the Roku device you want to enable, go back to the Alexa app and look for your selected Roku device on the Device Discovery screen (turn on your Roku if it doesn't pop up in the Alexa app).
  6. Next, tap Manage and Link Devices and select the Roku device and Alexa device you want to connect.
  7. To ensure it is connected, tap the Devices icon on the Alexa app, select an existing group you wish to add to your Roku device and then select your Roku device to check that the Enabled switch is on.

Limitations on Alexa-enabled Roku Devices

For now, Alexa will only work with the Roku in the United States. And, unfortunately, voice commands for Netflix will not work. Also, note that only one Roku device can be connected to Alexa at one time.

Still, this is big news for Amazon households that use Roku, and it offers a major step up in convenience. Happy streaming!

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Ashley Eneriz Contributor

Ashley Eneriz is a personal finance writer based in Southern California. She loves a good deal and is not afraid to dig through a thrift store to score amazing finds. When not writing about money, she is taking care of her three girls, homeschooling, or stuck with her nose in a book.


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