I'm thinking of switching out my Echos for HomePods next time there is a deal on them. I Googled some info on them and I read that if I pair the HomePod to the Apple TV to use as an audio source, then I can voice control my Apple TV through it for things like pausing a movie or skipping to a certain time, etc. However, I also read some comments that if I don't use the HomePod as an audio source that I can't use it to voice control the Apple TV. I have a very nice 7.1 setup and I have no plans to use a HomePod for audio when watching TV. So my question is, can I use the HomePod as a ATV remote of sorts if it is not being used as a audio source or not?