I have a Harmony Hub with two activities that were originally named “TV” (let’s call this “1”) and “AppleTV” (let’s call this “2”). Each activity works flawlessly from the Harmony controller to power on my television and set my Onkyo receiver to the right mode (and in the case of the AppleTV it also turns on the apple tv device). I almost exclusively use voice control to run “ok google turn on the tv”. Unfortunately after weeks/months of working fine, the integration suddenly went weird on me and now pretty much any command with the word “tv” or “television” runs the apple-based activity (#2).
I started playing with renaming things thinking “maybe there was a firmware update and the two names are too similar?” but now I’m noticing super weird behavior. The activities are now renamed as such:
1 = “television” (this helps me watch my cable tuner, which is 99% of my need)
2 = “streaming” (this activates the Apple TV)
Now the command “ok google activate television” audibly responds with “ok, turning on the streaming”!!
I’ve experimented with calling these “alpha” and “beta” too. When I use those totally unexpected terms things work as I’d want - I can individually choose the right activity using the intended word.
This makes me think some system is keying on what I’ll call a ‘magic word’ for “television” or “tv” (both seem to do it) and, when that term is present, the system is aggressively searching for an Apple-based activity. I have no idea why, but maybe Google or ST just reaaaaally wants me to use the Internet device?
Anyway, I have two questions now:
First, can anyone help me configure things with more normal terms so I can refer to my usual television activity plainly as “tv” or “television”? I’ll blindly accept a solution even if I don’t know why it works.
Second, does anyone know what the heck is going on?
Note that I’ve been going into all three systems and manually renaming things in all places because I have no idea how to force a sync, but maybe I should be renaming them in Harmony only and ST + Google Home will sync the names after some period of time? If so what’s that time period? Is there a “force sync” option? Further note that ST is the only connection between everything - Google Home does not explicitly know about Harmony (and vice-versa).