How to create a Smart TV Activity

If you own a Smart TV and utilize the included apps such as Netflix or Hulu, then we recommend creating a Smart TV Activity that's separate from your normal Watch TV Activity.

Setting up a Watch TV Activity assigns Harmony buttons to control your cable/satellite box or satellite receiver. However, a Smart TV Activity will assign Harmony buttons to interact with the apps on your Smart TV. We recommend using the mobile app to set up your Activity, which is required for remotes such as Harmony Smart Control and Ultimate Home. For all other remotes, you have the option setting up your Activity using the MyHarmony desktop software.

Creating a Smart TV Activity using the mobile app

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Tap MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > ACTIVITIES.

  3. creating a Smart TV Activity
  4. A list of your current Activities will be listed, tap ADD ACTIVITY.
  5. Select the devices used in this Activity, such as your television and AV receiver.
    (Exclude your cable/satellite box or satellite receiver)
  6. Confirm your devices power on using the mobile app, then tap MY DEVICES ARE ON.
  7. Finally, select your Smart TV input as well as the input for any other devices, such as an AV receiver.
Please be aware

Harmony will immediately send the inputs as you select them. Once both inputs are selected you should be able to see the apps on your Smart TV. If one of the inputs is incorrect, select a different one until everything is working properly.

Creating a Smart TV Activity using the desktop software

  1. Sign into your account using the MyHarmony desktop software and select your remote from the gallery.
  2. Select the Activities tab on the left and click the Add Activity button.
creating a Smart TV Activity
  1. Select the Watch Smart TV Activity type and rename the Activity to something descriptive, such as "Living Room TV".
    (Harmony Smart Keyboard users should select the predefined Smart TV Activity type)
  2. Select the devices that are needed as part this Activity and set your television as the channel changing device.
  3. Please be aware

    If you have added your cable/satellite box (cable box, satellite receiver, etc.) you can select it as the channel changing device. This will correctly assign the channel changing commands to the cable/satellite box and not the TV.

  4. Select the device that's used to control the volume. Either your AV receiver, or if you do not use one, your television.
  5. Select the input that your Smart TV uses when using the apps. This may appear in the list as Smart Home, Smart Hub, or if available, the direct app you'd like to watch, such as Netflix.
  6. Select the input that your AV receiver must be set to and sync your remote.

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