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Sunday, June 9th, 2024 6:22 PM

Help with gemini

Have a new gemini box connected to theater system. I claims to support android tv. So why can't I use Google Home to control it via my phone. When I try to connect DirecTV using "works with google' DirecTV doesn't even show in the list. How do I fix this so I can use my phone as the remote via google?

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20.3K Messages

7 days ago

Hi, @jrjmpls. We understand that you wanted to connect your Gemini box to your Google Home app. Gemini receiver isn't yet listed as a compatible device where you can use your mobile device as a remote control. You need receiver models HR20 and above. Learn more at Use your mobile device as a remote control | DIRECTV Support John, DIRECTV Community Specialist

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19.8K Messages

7 days ago

Since the C71KW Gemini is a client it is the HR44/54 or the HS17 that needs to use the remote app.

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443 Messages

7 days ago

My google home sees my Gemini...

BUT

I have the Genie 2

had to move the phone to the 2.4 GHz wifi (stupid)

the Gemini interface only supports ambient mode (shows pictures and other junk when it goes to screensaver)

short story: worthless

ACE - Expert

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19.8K Messages

7 days ago

The C71KW is a client, it is the HS17 that goes into screensaver mode. To remove the ads from the HS17 you have to disconnect the internet from it.

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443 Messages

7 days ago

I have a Genie 2, and a Gemini Client and a Genie Mini.

I can verify that my LG TV goes into screensaver when the Mini is still running.

I would GUESS that the Genie 2 stops transmitting video, but what qualifies to allow the Google TV operating system to work at it's "ambience" function is not clear.

On a separate topic, but one you brought up, I've had both the Gemini and the Genie 2 access online advertising... I know this for sure by tracking the mac addresses of each and logging the sites they contacted. (function of my firewall)

ACE - Expert

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19.8K Messages

7 days ago

Not sure what you are saying, when the HS17 goes into screensaver all clients show the screensaver pics,ads. If your TV is going into screensaver mode with a running client then it is a TV problem.

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443 Messages

7 days ago

Yeah, I see you don't understand!

Am sitting here, was watching something on Amazon Prime on my Gemini... I paused the show for a phone all, and after a while, screensaver pictures from my folders that I specified in the Google Home app came up.

The other TV running a Genie Mini is happily running the channel it is tuned to.

So in contradiction to what you assert, one client is in screensaver and the other is not. I don't care about the server of course, since my TV is hooked to a client (doh!)

So it works as most people would expect, the client does get a screensaver if you pause the unit... and you can use Google Home to specify files or folders, so the Google Home feature "ambience" works.

Didn't we also get into another discussion where you swore I had to disconnect from the Internet completely to block ads?

(and my ad blocking is also working just fine too).

Anyway, it's too bad the Google Home integration does not have more capability.

Greg

ACE - Expert

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19.8K Messages

7 days ago

You are not pausing the HS17 when you are watching a streaming app from the internet but the stream.

ACE - Expert

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7 days ago

What you did to stop the ads most people don't want to do or know it is possible.

ACE - Expert

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7 days ago

Since I don't have clients I will retract part of my statement as the client may by able to pause its stream from the Genie while not effecting the other clients. 

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443 Messages

6 days ago

Well sort of makes no difference from the customer's viewpoint, but the Google Home app identifies the DTV device as "FAMILY ROOM" which is the name of my Gemini. So it thinks it is controlling the Gemini.

It's playing the desired slideshow on my Gemini, while a Genie Mini client is still watching another show from the Genie 2 server, named "SERVER".

So, to be nit-picky it's probably the Gemini that tells the Genie 2 to stop streaming video to it, since it does not need, but does not matter, the Gemini is operating as the Google Home "Ambience" feature indicates, provides a slide show of pictures from the folders I specified.

Unfortunately, while this is cute, I would have hoped that the Google Home integration could do more than just a slide show.

Greg

ACE - Expert

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19.8K Messages

6 days ago

It can't control the Gemini as it is a dumb terminal, it is controlling the HS17

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443 Messages

6 days ago

Not that I have found... when I pull up google home, it only offers the "ambience" feature... and you have to be on the same wifi band, so I have to move my phone to 2.4 GHz when using it...

Like I said (like John Travolta in "Pulp Fiction") ... what a gyp!

ACE - Expert

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6 days ago

When streaming from Amazon or any other streaming service the Gemini tells them to pause the stream as do all streaming devices which is what the Gemini has built in., the HS17 doesn't do anything during streaming a program except to provide the internet.


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