Logitech Harmony Hub

Why is my TV menu overruling my Apple TV menu?

Episode 1559

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Nate bought a new 50" Samsung U7100 50" 4K TV. He bought a soundbar as well, plus an Apple TV. It's all controlled by the Logitech Harmony Hub,. But every time he turns on the Hub, the TV always wants to take over with it's smart TV menu, not the Apple TV menu. Leo says that's super annoying. Leo suggests that the Hub is sending a command that the TV is misinterpreting. The good news is, the Hub gets smarter as you use it. Try removing the Samsung and re-adding it. The command "Use SmartTV" may imply using Samsung's menu.

Can I use the Harmony Hub Voice control with my Apple TV?

Episode 1510

Neil from Phoenix, AZ

Neil misses the WIndows Phone. Leo says that unfortunately, Apple and Android are so dominant, that Windows being a distant third with no shot of gaining any marketshare was a reason that Microsoft left the mobile phone category altogether. The same is pretty much true with Blackberry, which is now just another model of the Android OS.

How could I get Google Assistant to turn on my sound bar?

Logitech Harmony Hub

Episode 1507

Noah from Grand Rapids, MI

Noah has bought a sound bar, but it won't turn on with his Google Assistant. Leo says if the sound bar isn't supported by Google, or vice versa, it won't be able to use voice activated control from the Google Assistant. He could just leave it on, but if it shuts down automatically, then that's going to be a problem. He should look to see if he can disable the eco, or power down mode.

What is a good voice control TV device for a blind man?

Amazon Fire TV Cube

Episode 1503

Gary from Weeki Wachee, FL

Gary's mom has dementia and his brother is blind. Their cable company has gone all digital and now they have to make the transition and need voice command to change the TV channels. Leo says that the Amazon Fire TV Cube is a great solution, because it has Amazon Echo built it. It can control some cable boxes, and most TVs. It costs $119. It will also work with Google Home Assistant.