Hello everyone, I hope a dev can give us a hand to solve this limitation.
After reading almost all forum threads about chromecast, android tv, shield tv. I hope this time will be the right one!
Like several other people in the community I have an nvidia shield and I would like to make sure that I can manage the lights, among other things, when we listen something on the shield. Currently there is only with the Plex communicator application that we can do something interesting. But as the name says, it only works with Plex.
After trying different approaches, the only one that seems viable to me is to use Chromecast integration (beta). That if the mediasource is different from "none" then turn off the lights for example. This way it works for this action. However, I notice that in the current state of the device. The value of the "status" attribute always remains at "idle". I assume this is a bug in Chromecast integration? It should be able to display at least a status "playing, stopped, paused, idle" with that we could automate everything perfectly.
I've had mixed success with this myself (chromecast that is, I don't use Plex), but can't say I have invested an adequate amount of time to provide useful feedback on my own issues. I've had some success with running periodic refreshes on the device to keep it in check.
I also know there has been some attention paid to this in recent months, so it may be worth looking at whether you are running the latest platform version and whether an upgrade might address your issues.
You can use a Logitech Harmony Hub (if you can find one) and integrate with HE that way. You can then set up rules in HE to do whatever you want with the lights when a specific activity is started / stopped.
There are probably other ways but that's the simplest one that comes to mind.
Unfortunately I find this option to be nonsense. Having to use a third-party solution, when everything suggests that it is just a code adjustment to be made in the Chromecast integration application. I would like to contact the people who are in charge of the development of this application to have their opinion.
The Chromecast integration has been in "beta" since I've had my hubitat (over 2 years)
I find this feature doesn't work great in home assistant either. If you pause/play from hubitat or home assistant it tracks well but if you play/pause from outside of that it doesn't usually update the status.
So I've been looking more into what works and what doesn't, and it's seemingly app based
Playing YouTube the status does change and the buttons within hubitat work. Disney plays status does not update but the buttons work. Netflix the status does not update and only the stop and volume buttons work (not pause or play). But I find this issue also when casting from the actual Netflix app... It will start but I cannot control anything once the show starts. So it's seemingly more of an Android TV app issue.
Not sure if this helps anyone but using my actual Chromecasts tend to be a bit more reliable