You can already voice control Roku with the right remote control or with Google Assistant. But if you have an echo you were not lucky. A new skill from Roku is changed by bringing Alexa voice control to your devices.
Roku is the best streaming device for anyone who wants to watch everything. With Roku you can watch movies and TV shows from almost any store, whether it's Amazon, Google, Netflix or your favorite channels like CBS, NBC or PBS. It has an easy to use interface and also offers 4K support at fairly low prices.
But if you want to control your Roku with your voice, you either needed a Roku remote with a built-in microphone or Google assistant. Someone in the Alexa camp was left out. Now Roku takes it up with a new Alexa skill. After installing the skill, you can control all Roku devices or TVs running Roku OS 8.2 or later. You can start movies, apps and if your TV has Roku, you can even control functions like Volume or Switch inputs.
Like Google Assistant, voice commands must use Roku for the name, ie tell Roku to open Hulu or open Hulu on Roku. And unfortunately you can't control Netflix with voice commands.
How to set up Roku Alexa Skill
Getting started installs just some other Alexa skill. Open the Alexa app and press the hamburger menu at the top left.
Click on "Skills and Games".
Tap the magnifying glass in the upper right corner and search for Roku.
Select the Roku option from the results.
Tap "Enable to use."
Enter your Roku details, tap the "I'm not a robot" box, and then tap "Login".
Click on the button "Accept and continue".
Select the Roku units that you want to enable Alexa control for, and then press the "Continue to Alexa app" button.
You should get a message that Roku is linked to. Just click X to get back to the Alexa app.
Remember to say Roku
You are completely busy, you can now control your Roku devices from Alexa. Just remember that voice commands require you to say "Roku" as part of the command. But now you can say "launch Showtime on Roku" or "show me action movies on Roku" and so on. As always, Alexa works best when you group your devices, so consider adding Roku to your nearest echo group.