Control & Automation

Here’s Savant’s Real Two-Way IP Control of Apple TV via Siri

Savant demonstrates two-way 'fully sanctioned' IP control of Apple TV for entertainment and home-automation applications.

Here’s Savant’s Real Two-Way IP Control of Apple TV via Siri
Savant demonstrates two-way Apple TV integration with home-automation remote.

Julie Jacobson · February 15, 2019

Earlier this week, we highlighted a sweet on-screen display (OSD), allowing Savant home-automation systems to be controlled via Apple TV with a standard Apple TV remote. The demo was slick -- I've never seen such a thing in our industry.

I goofed in calling it Savant's implementation of two-way IP control of Apple TV -- as in, the type of control Apple finally enabled just last year with an API for third-party integration.

So, here we have Savant's demonstration of that integration, which the smart-home company began showing last year. In the two videos below, Savant demonstrates how its own remote can turn into a virtual Siri controller with the press of a mic button.

As we see, a simple voice command for "HBO" or "Lock the door" yields prompt responses from Apple TV.

"Lock the door"

"Watch xyz."

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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at

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Control & Automation · Automation · Universal Remotes · News · Products · Apple · Savant · Siri · All Topics
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