HomeKit newbie, home theater configuration issues

Cupertino, October 17, 2019

Not new with IoT and automation, but new in Home Kit. My TV recently received updated firmware and HomeKit is enabled so I would like to see what can be done with my Apple TV 4K, TV and Marantz AVR. Apple TV is set to control AVR (on / off / volume). All OS are up to date.

I have a room in HK called Home Theater, which has the TV and Apple TV. The TV's power status (on | off) is displayed in the Home app, but the status of Apple TV does not, although I can see the model / serial number / os version in the Home app. I have a home pod in another room that can hear me from my media room and I have an Apple Watch. I would like to be able to use Siri to turn the equipment on and off via voice command.

If I ask Siri to turn the TV on or off, it works perfectly. If I ask Siri to turn the ATV on or off, it depends on which Apple device responds: if Home Pod responds, it says it can't find a device called "Apple TV" or "Home Theater" . If I ask my Apple Watch to turn the ATV on or off, it works and says "Home Theater is now on | turned off".

Ideally, I could have a single voice command that turns all equipment on and off. As it is now, I have to put my hand over the clock to talk to it and turn on the ATV, which is a little entertaining but less than ideal.

Are there any thoughts here?

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