LG Announces Amazon Alexa Skill on 2018 AI TVs

LG Electronics USA announced that 2018 LG OLED TVs and LG SUPER UHD TVs with AI ThinQ are now compatible with Alexa-enabled devices through the LG SmartThinQ Skill for Amazon Alexa. The company claims that the collaboration between LG and Amazon will enable consumers to control their 2018 LG AI-enabled TVs via voice commands to their existing Alexa-enabled devices, including Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Echo Spot and Echo Plus, plus gain access to numerous TV functions including volume, play, pause, start, stop, fast forward controls, channel selection and content search.

Users will be able to experience voice capabilities on their 2018 LG AI TVs, including OLED and LG Super UHD TVs with AI ThinQ, by asking Amazon Alexa. Commands can now be issued, such as, “Alexa, turn up the volume on my living room TV” or “Alexa, change the channel to CNN on my kitchen TV.” Users can also open specific LG webOS Smart TV apps by saying “Alexa, ask LG to launch YouTube on my bedroom TV.”

LG’s 2018 AI-enabled TVs should expand the capabilities of the company’s premium line-up with features such as LG AI ThinQ artificial intelligence and the LG OLED Alpha 9 intelligent processor (C8, E8, W8 models). The intelligent voice control on LG AI TVs will enhance connectivity and control for the smart home and beyond, according to the Korean company.

“The addition of Amazon Alexa compatibility to our 2018 LG AI-enabled TVs spotlights LG’s commitment to developing category-leading TVs that combine innovative technologies with the widest range of convenient, user-friendly interfaces,” said Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “LG’s open platform-open partnership- open connectivity ecosystem enables LG AI products to work with the most popular smart platforms to deliver the most convenient and customized smart home experience tailored to a consumer’s specific lifestyle.”

Support for the LG SmartThinQ Skill for Amazon Alexa on 2018 LG TVs adds to LG’s ‘rapidly growing AI ecosystem’ that includes a range of Wi-Fi-enabled smart appliances. When consumers ask Amazon Alexa to talk to LG, they will be able to control their TVs, as well as turn on air purifiers, turn off ice makers, start robotic vacuums etc.

It has been pointed out that LG OLED and Super UHD TVs already have Google Assistant built in, but LG is getting wise to fact that a voice assistant already embedded in a device that is actually delivering audio can necessitate the shouting of commands. Consequently, an increasing number of Alexa users are buying cheaper Echo Dot devices simply to issue voice commands, rather than opt for more pricey and music-proficient Echo products.

Let us know your thoughts below on Alexa voice control for your TVs or wider home automation functions…

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  1. I love how good picture quality is now and I love how good today’s technology has made today’s displays look better than ever. And even though in the past I would never own a LG tv I have seen the changes and seen the major issues disappear. I now own an 43″ LG 4K UHD TV and I am very happy with it. But one thing I am not willing to adopt is the new voice enabled devices especially ones that communicate with each other. I am not even crazy about there being a camera on smart tv’s. But if I had to purchase another tv and it had Alexa or something similar I would disable it somehow. I do not feel comfortable having something that could be listening in or recording when I am not aware. I do not even like this feature in a a/v reciever! I am looking to update my old Pioneer receiver to most likely a Marantz but I do not want and or need Alexa in that or even a tv. If I need to change the channel in another room or the room where I am I can change the channel without saying it, I am not that lazy. And imagine the problem with a device like Alexa with kids arguing over what they want to watch and the channel going back and forth, not that it would damage it. Could you imagine a voice on a tv program or movie saying Alexa channel 5 and it going there even though you did not want it to change the channel. Please someone tell me how this is nothing more than an excuse to sell more stuff. And why should anyone trust this technology because I do not trust it and I do not want it. All I want the TV to do is to display a high quality picture nothing else! And ocationally the tv might actually be also have sound coming out of it when I am not using my a/v receiver and my ht speakers over the tv speaker. At some point I am thinking about a much larger tv than the 55″ tv I have now especially if I do not end up with a 4k projector and it could end up being an LG. But no thanks to Alexa or anything like it.

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