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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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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