Originally Posted by aadeshgandhi
Don I actually did end up buying the deal you mentioned and I have it setup to my basic functions. My setup is very minimal; a 5.1 HT system that has a Denon AVR 791 receiver, a roku, a chromecast, a rasp pi and a xbox.
I do have a question, my wife likes to listen to a particular radio station and to do so I have added it to the TuneIn app on Roku. Its the only station that I have programmed on the TuneIn app.
I want to program a activity so that the app opens and that particular station starts playing. To do this I have tried to add a roku activity and then set the start the TuneIn app. This part works well but I cannot get it the app to start playing the station. I even tried to add steps like 'go down' and 'ok' to execute the roku commands but this does not seem to work. Lastly to add a roku activity the TV needs to be turned on but for this I really do not need the TV, is there a way to add a roku activity and with the TV turned off?
What you're wanting to do is theoretically possible, but could be difficult to execute. You "should" be able to program the same steps you take when you're doing it manually, as a Harmony 'Sequence' - I assume that's what you're referring to when you speak of adding steps like 'go down' and 'ok' but if not, please clarify.
Sometimes the timing of the execution of the various steps makes a difference in terms of it getting executed properly. So, in some of my sequences and actions, I have to add delays of varying amounts of time, to let whichever device it's controlling 'catch up' so to speak. This might be as brief as one second, but sometimes, I need to give it 10 to 20 seconds (my JVC Projector has very long HDMI hand-shake times, so I have to wait for that to complete before it's ready to take another command). So there may just be some trial and error in getting this to work.
Once it's set up properly, it should execute without the TV being on. You might need a command, like hitting the Roku Home button, to 'wake' it up. Also, make sure your Roku has a power that is on constantly, not one of the TV's USB ports, which would often require the TV to be on to allow the Roku to power up.
Hope this helps a little, anyways!