How to change TV channels with Alexa using the Broadlink skill

This is a how to tutorial guide in typical Paul Hibbert fashion to show you how you can change TV channels with Alexa using the Broadlink skill to control either a Broadlink RM pro or a Broadlink blackbean. THIS SKILL IS NOT YET AVAILABLE IN THE UK, IF YOU WANT TO ENABLE IT ANYWAY THEN FOLLOW THIS TUTORIAL HERE BUT PLEASE READ THE VIDEO DESCRIPTION FIRST: https://youtu.be/dO5rExW-7I8

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NAMING CONVENTIONS FOR TV CHANNELS
(channel name : How it should be written in the app)

e4+1: E four plus one
ITV2: ITV two
E4: E four
Channel 5: 5 HD
Gems TV: gems
Channel4: 4 HD
Sky1: Sky one
BBC HD: BBC HD
BBC2: BBC 2
ITV: ITV
Dave: Dave
BBC1: BBC

4 Replies to “How to change TV channels with Alexa using the Broadlink skill”

  1. Hi Paul,

    Fantastic tutorials, I have tried to set-up the IHC app to change channel with Alexa – but the app is telling me i need to update the firmware – is this safe to do?

    i am on v20022 and it wants to give me v20028

    Many thanks

    M

    1. If it’s a Blackbean then updating the firmware should still be fine. If it’s the RM pro then you should still be fine as the official skill is supposed to be able to control TV remotes! 🙂

      1. Thanks for the reply Paul.

        Sorry it is a RM Pro I am using, which is currently working with Alexa and RM Plug-in to operate RF lights – i did not want to lose that functionality by upgrading the firmware. Do you know what firmware you have on your RM pro which operates with the RM plug-in?

        Many thanks
        M

        1. Hello mate, Sorry for the delay!… If you can control RF lights then I wouldn’t risk the firmware update. I don’t trust it at all at the minute! It might be fine, but it’s a heck of a risk considering you’ve got RF working currently.

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