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Allan Vinson
Allan Vinson
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2/7/2017
Allan Vinson
Allan Vinson
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I have emailed with Chris before if he remembers me. I am a Quadriplegic (paralyzed from shoulders down) I have been using an Xbox one for several years to voice control my tv and satellite box. However recently the voice commands for my streaming apps (Netflix and Amazon video) have been dropped. Can the Castle hub get me access to these apps and allow me to navigate the content? As well as stop, play, ff, etc?
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Chris Cicchitelli
Chris Cicchitelli
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2/25/2017
Chris Cicchitelli
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Hi Allan, this is a bit of a tricky situation because those apps do not have native APIs. However, the latest releases of CastleOS are adding direct control of multimedia components through IR blasters.

For your case, I would recommend getting a Harmony hub and configuring that for your entertainment system. Then, once it's configured, you can connect it to CastleOS, which will discover everything that you configured, and allow control over it via voice.

Hope that makes sense, please let me know if not and I'll provide more info. Thanks!
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Allan Vinson
Allan Vinson
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2/25/2017
Allan Vinson
Allan Vinson
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Chris, I already have a harmony hub with an IR blaster I just need to configure it. That does make sense and thank you sir. My tv already has the apps on it and maybe I can figure out how to get it set up on my harmony hub.
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Chris Cicchitelli
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2/25/2017
Chris Cicchitelli
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I'm pretty sure the TV apps will respond to the TV controls. For instance, let's say you have a Samsung TV. You add the Samsung TV to Harmony, and it discovers everything it can do, including fast forward and rewind. When you send the rewind IR command to the TV, the TV will route it to the app.

So you don't have to set up the apps on Harmony, just the TV...
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Chris Cicchitelli
Chris Cicchitelli
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2/25/2017
Chris Cicchitelli
Chris Cicchitelli
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One other thought, if you can figure out a way to set up the Harmony "activity" to open an app, do that too. That way you can say to CastleOS "Computer activate Harmony Netflix" and it will activate the activity that starts Netflix, and likewise for Hulu etc.
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