State of Apple TV as a trigger for HomeKit

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by DynamoDan, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. DynamoDan macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2016
    I'd like to do something very simple. I'd like to have a homekit controlled outlet switch mirror the state of the aTV. i.e. "On" when the aTV is awake, "Off" when the aTV is asleep.

    You'd think that the automation plan for "An Accessory is Controlled" might fit the bill, but Home doesn't really consider an aTV to be an accessory.

    This should be simple but I don't see anyway to accomplish this as Home stands now.
  2. kid2010 macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2013
    Nope, it's not possible with HomeKit right now. Currently HomeKit automation only works with HomeKit Accessory. Since Apple TV is not a HomeKit accessory, it's not possible to use state of it to trigger other actions.
  3. DynamoDan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2016

    Yeah, I had kind of figured that out but had hoped I was overlooking something.

    So far HomeKit is really frustrating for me. I can see the potential, but it won't *quite* do what I want it to do. You know that the info and capability is there, but the Home app is just not well developed.

    This all feels like a some sort after hours project that has somehow escaped to the public.

    I suspect it will eventually be able to do the things I'd like it to do, but it's just somewhat disappointing to see something that obviously isn't quite ready for prime time as a released produce.
  4. kid2010 macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2013
    Yeah, it's sad the automation part is really basic right now and there are a lot possible integration with other Apple Devices which is not available. Hope we'll see improvements in the future :)
  5. Peepo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
  6. rjjacobson macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2014
    I assume you are looking for this to deal with fact that the apple TV still eventually turns off after 24-36 hours even when enabled to "never" I am looking for way to deal with that issue on apple TV before I even consider as the Home hub for now using my iPad Pro by default (and still learning on homekit as well)
  7. DynamoDan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2016
    No, I'm just looking to turn on an amplifier when the Apple TV is awake. Really basic stuff.
  8. bluespark macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    Putting aside the "awake" part, which doesn't necessarily track when the ATV would actually be in use, have you considered non-HomeKit solutions? For example, with a universal remote such as (but not limited to) the Logitech Harmony, it's pretty standard for an "activity" to turn on the ATV, turn on the TV, and turn on an amplifier, as well as adjusting basic parameters of each. Another possibility might be IFTT, depending on your setup.

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