Sky+ HD control

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(Pete) #1

I need some help. I’m trying to get smartthings to control my sky+ HD box with the ultimate goal being alexa voice control. There seems to be pieces of the puzzle available on line but I’m a massive noob and I’m not making much headway.

There is some node js code that works a treat here:

mimics the buttons on the physical remote beautifully.

There is this information:

http://pastebin.com/7FkFf2m3

and this:

https://gladdy.uk/blog/2012/08/21/the-skyhd-picasso-dnla-control-server-protocol/

but I just dont know enough to put it together (if thats even possible).

Can anyone help or nudge me in the right direction?


#2

I just use Alexa with a Harmony Hub and it’s really simple. The thing is that most of these sorts of things still require a remote to navigate through menus. It’s much easier to use a remote than voice control. Nobody else in the room wants to hear you yell at Alexa to turn the volume down one level


(Pete) #3

Ideally I’d like to avoid buying another hub. I’d be happy to Just have the ability to turn the box on and off. That way I can have routines like “turn the TV on” and my Amp, sky box and TV all power up.

I can turn the box on via that node JS script so I’m hoping smartthings can do something similar. I’m currently looking into writing an Alexa skill as another option.


#4

How do you turn on your TV and Amp with ST?


(Pete) #5

I use this for my amp:

The TV will turn on via HDMI control when the Sky box turns on.