Our new issue, out now,
which includes a full review of the
Loewe bild 3.55 OLED television -
which now has Alexa compatibility.

We review one of Loewe's OLED TVs in our latest issue of Sound+Image - but Loewe TVs get firmware updates regularly, so we have to update the review already with news of a new skill.

Indeed as of the Loewe OS Version 4.4.40, which should already be available to your Loewe TV via the home network and internet, all current Loewe TV models are able to support Amazon Alexa commands. 

And it's a good range of commands too ─ not limited merely to powering the TV on and off. You can access settings and change channels, you can ask for EPG information or what the new show is, you can make and access recordings if your Loewe TV is one with a hard drive for recording.

You can even, slightly strangely, use Alexa to turn on Loewe's own voice remote system in order to do still further things.

Obviously you'll need an Alexa device in the room listening for your commands; the Dot is currently available from amazon.com.au for $39, so not a mighty investment there. For existing Alexa owners you need to activate the Loewe TV Skill in the Alexa app on your phone or tablet, and then  go to the App section of your Loewe OS on your TV and launch the Alexa app there. 

In order for Alexa to be able to switch on the Loewe TV (something which Google Voice still can't do with Android televisions), the Quickstart-Mode must be activated under the menu item 'Operation' in the system settings.

Full info on commands and a link to the Alexa skill is here: https://www.loewe.tv/int/plus/alexa

Our review of the Loewe bild 3.55 OLED television is in the latest issue of Sound+Image (August-September), in newsagent now. Our digital edition will be released shortly at www.avhub.com.au/sidigital