Anyone successfully automated a Samsung TV?

New to HE here. I have a ~2017 Samsung 32" and am using a Roku stick to stream shows.

Scenario: I am trying to use a motion sensor to turn on the TV when motion is detected without using IR blasters and line of sight will be difficult as the TV is on an articulating arm.

I tried a ST plug to turn it on. It worked if the TV was previously on within the last few minutes. Otherwise if the TV had been off for a while, the plug wasn't able to wake it up and turn it on.

Has anyone been successful doing this without IR blasters and would be willing to explain how you got it to work?

The only way I know is using the Logitech harmony hub

Yes, that would be a prefect solution if only IP Control worked. I don't have LoS and I am trying to avoid IR blasters.

You dont need line of sight with the harmony. The ir blaster actually reflects off the walls for my bedroom hub. And the one in my living room the blaster is actually on a shelf under the TV and on top of my receiver. It works perfect

Not ideal but if your Roku Stick works with IFTTT, perhaps you can simply tell it to turn off. Most monitors and TV’s will go into standby after a short period of no HDMI signal.

So you don't use the IR blaster with wires? You are able to turn on your TV through an indirect IR beam from the Harmony Hub?

The ir blaster that hooks up to the hub is on a low shelf. it reflects to the the tv that is straight above the shelf by about 6 feet (tv mounted on wall)

The reason your TV doesn't turn on after a few minutes is it enters a deep sleep. You can turn in back on from this state by using a WakeOnLan app. I found a couple for Hubitat and they all work well. Install the app, enter your TV's IP and Mac address, and then map it to your TV's plug switch you created.

If your TV can be controlled using SmartThings, you can also get rid of the plug entirely. This solution does use the cloud to turn it off, so if you prefer local control, keep the plug.

Step 1... Connect your TV to SmartThings
Step 2... Install HubConnect in SmartThings IDE and on Hubitat, and connect the two.
Step 3... Share your TV in SmartThings. This will create a switch in Hubitat automatically.
HubConnect will only see it as a switch, and so you can only share power controls. No volume or input control I'm afraid.
Step 4... Install WOL as above and connect it to your TV's switch.

And now you can turn your TV on anytime

Update. HubConnect now supports connecting to AVRs, and SmartThings will accept the Samsung TV as an AVR. This will allow hubitat to control more functions including changing volume and input. I have not been able to get SmartThings to report current input back to hubitat to use for my automations, but this is progress

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