NVIDIA has announced that the Shield TV can now be controlled using Alexa through an Amazon Echo device. Once you have the Shield TV Alexa Skill enabled and paired to your device, you’ll be able to ask Alexa to turn the Shield TV on/off, open apps, change volume, control media playback, and more.
The addition of Alexa support to the NVIDIA Shield TV makes it the only streaming media player that can be controlled by both Amazon Echo devices and Google Home devices. Since NVIDIA’s integration with Alexa is done through an Alexa skill, you should be able to use any Alexa enabled device to issue commands directed at the Shield TV. Theoretically, this should mean that you can even use the hands-free Alexa capabilities of the Amazon Fire TV Cube to control the Shield TV, although I have not verified that this works.
To wake up or put to sleep the Shield TV, say “Alexa, turn on/off Shield.” To open an app, simply say “Alexa, open [app name] on Shield.” Commands given soon after you turn on the Shield TV with Alexa will not require you to say “…on Shield” each time, but after a while, you will need to always specify the command is for the Shield TV.
Controlling media playback is probably what you expect them to be, so you can say “Alexa, play/pause/next/previous on Shield.” You can also rewind and fast-forward a specific amount by saying “Alexa, rewind/fast-forward [#] minutes,” however, this only currently works for HBO, Google Play Movies & TV, Hulu, and Vudu. You can change the volume of the Shield TV by saying “Alexa, set volume to [#] percent on Shield,” but this does not work to change the volume of your TV, soundbar, or AV receiver if you’re using the Shield TVs IR remote capabilities.
To load the home screen of the SHield TV, you can say “Alexa, go home on Shield.” Lastly, you can load the device’s settings menu by saying “Alexa, go to settings on Shield.” If you want to bring up the controller settings to see controller battery life, you can say “Alexa, go to control settings.”
These home theater equipment control commands have been available for Fire TV devices, Tivos, and select set-top cable/satellite TV boxes for some time. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time a non-Amazon media player has received Alexa support, so we might see Rokus, Apple TVs, and other media players gain support for Alexa in the near future.