Home HomeKit scene for watching movies?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by wav, May 27, 2016.

  1. wav macrumors member

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    Is it possible, using some ihome smart plugs or something similar, to create a HomeKit scene for watching movies where for example, I say, "Hey Siri, let's watch some Apple TV" and then the TV, receiver, and television come on? If it is, maybe I could even add my Lutron light switches to the scene and have them dim for a great theatre atmosphere!

    Has anyone tried this?
     
  2. FreeState macrumors 68000

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    Currently you can turn on any connected device with an AppleTV remote using Siri but not the phone/ipad. I don't know what all is possible with existing plugs etc, but I imagine if the receiver and TV are digital (no hard switch) it wont work without a connected CEC device.
     
  3. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    It may be possible using a self-made HomeBridge solution to enable Siri to control a Harmony remote/hub, but unfortunately this is not possible out-of-the-box.

    If you do a google search for HomeBridge, you'll find some material if you're up for a challenge.

    I'm able to do this with my Harmony home hub, my Echo and a few IFTTT scripts.
     
  4. shaneakus macrumors member

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    I have a logitech harmony remote and hub and I'm running homebridge with a logitech harmony plugin on my mac mini. The homebridge plugin lets you see activities from the harmony hub as accessories in apps like 'home' for iPhone on the app store. I have a scene 'watch the living room tv'; it turns on overhead lights and dims them to 15% and turns on my home theater setup.
     
  5. wav thread starter macrumors member

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    I see - it's pretty much what I thought, but unless I'm missing something, I don't understand why Apple TV 4 is not an actual HomeKit enabled device rather than only a 'hub' for 3rd party HomeKit devices.

    For example, wouldn't it be nice if I could say to my phone, "Hey Siri, play Deadpool on my Apple TV" and Apple TV , the television and receiver power on, the lights dim and the movie starts playing?
     
  6. FreeState macrumors 68000

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    That would be awesome and is what I am hoping for in future updates. My one sticking point currently is my Apple TV is hooked up to a Bluetooth soundbar that I have to manually turn on every time (haven't been able to figure out how to keep it connected yet).
     
  7. chuyn macrumors 6502

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    This would require either the Apple TV function as a universal remote like the harmony hub, or every one of your devices being HomeKit compatible. I doubt Apple would build that functionality into their Apple TV. I'd rather have something like the harmony hub be either HomeKit compatible, or just be allowed to use Siri. So I can tell it to "watch Apple TV" and have it do what it's already doing (turn tv on, receiver, lights adjusted, etc).
     
  8. v3rlon macrumors 6502

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    I use the Amazon Echo, Logitech Harmony Hub, and IFTT to control.
    In fact, I am largely using the Echo like I envisioned using Apple TV4 after they announced homekit.
    This allows me to have the system
    Turn on ATV, TV, and receiver.
    Set receiver to ATV
    If it is after 6pm, turn on "Movie Lights" scene

    Instead of "Siri, do this" I am saying "Alexa, do this..."
    Alexa controls the lights, the home theater, and the Nest thermostat. I haven't found a door lock I like yet. Really, I'd want one that didn't need new batteries regularly

    Alexa cannot change light colors, only scenes. Siri can set table lamp to purple, if I am so inclined.
     

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