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  Reply # 1675285 22-Nov-2016 05:34
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tieke:

 

Couldn't get the TuneIn frequency thing to work

 

 

I'm a dummy! I'm posting in both this forum and the Google Home one. The '96.6' thing only works with Google Home.


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  Reply # 1675388 22-Nov-2016 10:03
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xbmcnut:

 

tieke:

 

Couldn't get the TuneIn frequency thing to work

 

 

I'm a dummy! I'm posting in both this forum and the Google Home one. The '96.6' thing only works with Google Home.

 

 

 

 

Nope, worked for me on Echo!

 

Cheers- N

 

 


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  Reply # 1675424 22-Nov-2016 11:32
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nurcopolics:

 

NZ TIMEZONE CHANGE FOR ECHO

 

Got my echo dot programmed to NZ time and postcode weather report. Here's my code I put in to request maker chrome extension:

 

This also works for the Big Echo

 


{
"deviceAccountId": "YOUACCOUNTIDHERE",
"deviceAddress": null,
"deviceAddressModel": {
"city": "Tauranga",
"countryCode": "NZ",
"county": null,
"district": null,
"houseNumber": null,
"label": null,
"postalCode": "3116",
"state": "CA",
"street": "CA-123"
},
"deviceSerialNumber": "[removed]",
"deviceType": "A3S5BH2HU6VAYF",
"distanceUnits": "METRIC",
"firstRunCompleted": true,
"locale": "en-us",
"notificationEarconEnabled": true,
"postalCode": "3116",
"responseStyle": "CONCISE",
"searchCustomerId": "[removed]",
"supportedLocales": [
"en-US",
"en-GB",
"de-DE"
],
"temperatureScale": "CELSIUS",
"timeZoneId": "Pacific/Auckland",
"voiceCastEnabled": null,
"autocastToThisClient": false,
"isSaveInFlight": true
}

 

This will be of benefit to anyone wanting to make their echo NZ time and country compatible. This is the information youll need to make it all work 

 

http://beebom.com/how-to-set-up-and-use-amazon-echo-outside-us/

 

Does not work on chromebooks for some reason.

 

[Mod edit (MF): removed device serial number from JSON]

 

 

 

 

 

My Echo is up an running, I like it already.

 

I used he above method (and a similar one where you have to change certain values in a specific order), it updated the timezone correctly so time requests now work, and it updated temperature and distance....but changes to label or any of the address fields are not accepeted anymore as the response is always that the value is a violation of address area. I can resort to asking "What is the weather in OCKLand New Zealand" to get the local weather. I noticed that timezone doesn't cover all options, if I ask for the next occurrence of a sporting event then the time stated will always be the one which corresponds to the given address.

 

it's a work in progress at least.





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  Reply # 1675955 23-Nov-2016 12:06
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My dot arrived this morning and is sitting on my desk at work ready to be tested out, but we've got a day full of meetings and I'm not sure having Alexa pipe up about what the weather or time is would be a good look in the open office layout we have...

 

I only encountered address violation issues when the timezone was not set correctly. In fact, i've not encountered any bad request messages at all when changing any of the settings, after the time zone. All the responses I got were 'null' so have only assumed they set correctly. I guess i'll have to wait and see if I can find a chance to tinker before this evening.

 

I did buy one of the 'cases' for it and am pretty happy with it. It's not going to be manhandled a lot so build quality is somewhat irrelevant, but it is nice.


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  Reply # 1676006 23-Nov-2016 13:27
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Scratch that. I must not have been sending the curl properly. And after a bit of googling, Amazon are now validating all addresses so we can't change anything except the time zone.


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  Reply # 1676405 23-Nov-2016 20:53
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I've been tinkering with the Skill - Big Sky. Gotta say, it's not as easy as asking what the weather is naturally, but saying 'Alexa open Big Sky' and having it tell me a detailed weather report based off the Dark Sky weather api is quite nice. The api gives the skill the ability to also ask it things like whether it will rain in the next three hours, or wind speed etc.

 

 


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  Reply # 1686846 13-Dec-2016 09:05
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Has anyone got Pandora or iHeartRadio to connect to their Echo? They're missing on my Echo Dot although I can see their options greyed out in the settings for default station service.

 

What little info I can find online tells me that I need a US address in my Amazon account (easily done) and then the options should show up for me in the app/webpage. However I get nothing.

 

I've tried using a VPN to connect to the service/app via a US server but that still shows nothing available.

 

Thoughts?




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  Reply # 1686851 13-Dec-2016 09:13
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They are working on mine, but what I am missing is thr Kindle Books option! I only have Audible.

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  Reply # 1686885 13-Dec-2016 09:52
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Disrespective:

 

Has anyone got Pandora or iHeartRadio to connect to their Echo? They're missing on my Echo Dot although I can see their options greyed out in the settings for default station service.

 

What little info I can find online tells me that I need a US address in my Amazon account (easily done) and then the options should show up for me in the app/webpage. However I get nothing.

 

I've tried using a VPN to connect to the service/app via a US server but that still shows nothing available.

 

Thoughts?

 

 

 

 

You need to go to amazon.com and under contecnt and device setting, change the address to a US one, and it WILL WORK.




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  Reply # 1686896 13-Dec-2016 10:09
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I have the address set to somewhere in Miami.
I only changed the Timezone, as nothing else can be changed in the Echo for us right now.

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  Reply # 1686940 13-Dec-2016 10:34
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nurcopolics:

 

Disrespective:

 

Has anyone got Pandora or iHeartRadio to connect to their Echo? They're missing on my Echo Dot although I can see their options greyed out in the settings for default station service.

 

What little info I can find online tells me that I need a US address in my Amazon account (easily done) and then the options should show up for me in the app/webpage. However I get nothing.

 

I've tried using a VPN to connect to the service/app via a US server but that still shows nothing available.

 

Thoughts?

 

 

 

 

You need to go to amazon.com and under contecnt and device setting, change the address to a US one, and it WILL WORK.

 

This did it. Although I now have to change my wife's account to a US address so we can continue having a family account.


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  Reply # 1691081 16-Dec-2016 13:44
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I see now Logitech have Harmony remote support for the Amazon echo. It only works of course with hub based remotes which use ethernet but it could be useful. I only think that the way to invoke the commands can be a bit wordy. It would be nice if you could say Alexa turn on the TV rather than what you have to say.

https://support.myharmony.com/en-nz/harmony-experience-with-amazon-alexa




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  Reply # 1691088 16-Dec-2016 14:06
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If you have a spare Raspberry Pi, you can install ha-bridge (dead easy) that will allow you to connect your Harmony Hub to both GH and Alexa as I have done. Now I just say, "Alexa, turn on Sky" and it works a treat.


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  Reply # 1691107 16-Dec-2016 14:55
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lchiu7: It would be nice if you could say Alexa turn on the TV rather than what you have to say.
All I say is "Alexa turn on the TV" or " ... turn off the TV" and it works as expected.


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  Reply # 1691175 16-Dec-2016 17:24
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I do have HABridge running and also s Harmony hub but it's still in a box:-). I currently run an IR Harmony remote.

What do you have to do to expose the hub to HABridge?




System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast

 


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https://plus.google.com/+laurencechiu

 

 


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