Echo Devices (Alexa) as Media Player - Testers Needed

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#2139

Can anyone see why the component doesn’t show up in the tracker card:

custom_updater:
  show_installable: False
  hide_sensor: True
  track:
    - components
    - cards
    - python_scripts
  card_urls:
    - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/MizterB/lovelace-secondaryinfo-entity-row/master/custom_cards.json
    - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/atomic7777/atomic_calendar/master/tracker.json
  component_urls:
    - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/pnbruckner/homeassistant-config/master/custom_components.json
    - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/keatontaylor/custom_components/master/custom_components.json

I’ve restarted, refreshed and cleared the cache. clicked the check button and even the update all button.

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#2140

But this is the Spotify addon in the HA.


#2141

But the Spotify addon is not this custom_component.


#2142

So what is the solution? Have I to remove the addon?


#2143

There’s no one solution. Depends on what you want to do:

  1. Use both and accept the delay in the alexa_media component. You can reduce the scan_interval to reduce the delay but you risk getting blocked by Amazon if you poll too often.
  2. Remove the Spotify component and only rely on the alexa_media component to control in HA. You’ll lose whatever features Spotify has as the most we can do it get it on par with the Alexa app.
  3. Submit a pull request or issue showing how the alexa_media component can determine what the Spotify component is doing. I have no way to test it, so you’ll be reliant on someone else to figure out how to implement that code.

#2144

Do you have v1.x.y of this component?

Custom updater will on work >= 1.x.y


#2145

yes. I’m on version 1.0.0. Forgot to mention that.


#2146

I think you need at least 1.1.0. See wiki.

So you have to update manually one more time.


#2147

Oops. Missed that small bit. I figured it was something dumb.:crazy_face:

Thanks! :slightly_smiling_face:

EDIT: Updated and working now. thanks again.


#2148

yup just noticed for some reason it has added _2 to the end of the echo entity ids. very strange.


#2149

Thank you very much!


#2150

See the post below on how to resolve.


#2151

I’m using 0.86.3. Yesterday was working properly, but today is not working.
I’ve got these errors:

  1. Updating alexa media_player took longer than the scheduled update interval 0:00:10

  2. An error occured accessing the API: An exception of type JSONDecodeError occurred. Arguments:
    (‘Expecting value: line 8 column 1 (char 7)’,)

  3. Update for media_player.living_room fails
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/srv/homeassistant/lib/python3.5/site-packages/homeassistant/helpers/entity.py”, line 221, in async_update_ha_state
    await self.async_device_update()
    File “/srv/homeassistant/lib/python3.5/site-packages/homeassistant/helpers/entity.py”, line 349, in async_device_update
    await self.hass.async_add_executor_job(self.update)
    File “/usr/lib/python3.5/asyncio/futures.py”, line 380, in iter
    yield self # This tells Task to wait for completion.
    File “/usr/lib/python3.5/asyncio/tasks.py”, line 304, in _wakeup
    future.result()
    File “/usr/lib/python3.5/asyncio/futures.py”, line 293, in result
    raise self._exception
    File “/usr/lib/python3.5/concurrent/futures/thread.py”, line 55, in run
    result = self.fn(*self.args, **self.kwargs)
    File “/home/homeassistant/.homeassistant/custom_components/media_player/alexa.py”, line 495, in update
    self.update_devices(no_throttle=True)
    File “/srv/homeassistant/lib/python3.5/site-packages/homeassistant/util/init.py”, line 315, in wrapper
    result = method(*args, **kwargs)
    File “/srv/homeassistant/lib/python3.5/site-packages/homeassistant/util/init.py”, line 315, in wrapper
    result = method(*args, **kwargs)
    File “/home/homeassistant/.homeassistant/custom_components/media_player/alexa.py”, line 221, in update_devices
    for device in devices:
    TypeError: ‘NoneType’ object is not iterable


#2152

Great work on this componet. I was an early adopter of this, but eventually moved away to the alexa script, for some of the features like last alexa, and routines, etc. I have been following this closely, and will probably move on back very, very soon. I think the only thing holding me back at the moment, is the TTS using scripts, vs the notify service. Mostly I just don’t want to go back and change my automations haha. I’m not in a rush at all, just wondering if you had a rough timeline on when you may be introducing the notify service for this component.

Once again, great work!


#2153

1.1.0 and 0.88.2

when i say “alexa turn on ___” she flips the switch but then ring light stays active for another 5 seconds.

FYI, at this point, i think this is about emu_hue and not media_player.


#2154

Couple of questions. How are you using this component in regards to turning things on/off? I suspect you’re asking more of a generic Alexa question, but not 100% sure. As far as the ring ligvht staying on, probably not related to HA at all. I do you have “follow on” mode enabled with your echos? Thats the feature with Amazon/Alexa where you say a command, and then she listens again to see if you have another command. For example “Alexa turn on ___” Action happens, and then you say “and turn off ___” without having to say “alexa” a second time. I used it for a few days, but found it more annoying than useful.

I would say stuff like “alexa turn off the living room lamp” …“and the kitchen lights” … and “lock the front door”… etc


#2155

no its the “processing command” light.

it fires the switch right away, but keeps thinking about it or another 5 secs.

so cannot tell it a new command until it’s done.


#2156

OK, but again, how are you using this media component? This is mostly for people using TTS or playing music, not turning on/off switches. Now people do use alexa integration to turn on/off a switch that may run a script or automation that may be used to have thier alexa start music, run a routine, speak using TTS.


#2157

I think to simple turn things on and off you better use emulated_hue or ha cloud.
As @ptdalen said most of us use this component to send tts, volume and get the metadata from played music.


#2158

Component is broken for me! Updated from 0.87.1 to 0.88.2 and it wont load at all, pops as an invalid component. Ideas?