Smart Home Set-top Box Guide

action.devices.types.SETTOP - Interactions with Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD) and set-top-box devices may include controlling media playback.

This type indicates that the device gets the Set-top Box icon and some related synonyms and aliases.

Device capabilities

Refer to the corresponding trait documentation for implementation details, such as attributes and states that your service should support, and how to build EXECUTE and QUERY responses.

Required traits

These traits and commands are required, if applicable to your device.

Trait Commands
action.devices.traits.AppSelector
  • action.devices.commands.appSelect
action.devices.traits.InputSelector
  • action.devices.commands.setInput
action.devices.traits.MediaState
  • N/A
action.devices.traits.OnOff
  • action.devices.commands.OnOff
action.devices.traits.TransportControl
  • action.devices.commands.mediaClosedCaptioningOff
  • action.devices.commands.mediaClosedCaptioningOn
  • action.devices.commands.mediaNext
  • action.devices.commands.mediaPause
  • action.devices.commands.mediaPrevious
  • action.devices.commands.mediaResume
  • action.devices.commands.mediaStop
action.devices.traits.Volume
  • action.devices.commands.mute
  • action.devices.commands.setVolume

These traits are recommended, if applicable to your device. However, you are free to mix and match from all available traits to best match your existing product functionality.

Example device: Simple set-top box

This section contains example intent payloads representing a common "Set-top Box" based on the device type and traits above. If you add or remove traits in your implementation, modify your responses accordingly to reflect those changes.

Sample SYNC response

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654512",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.SYNC"
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654512",
  "payload": {
    "agentUserId": "user123",
    "devices": [
      {
        "id": "123",
        "type": "action.devices.types.SETTOP",
        "traits": [
          "action.devices.traits.OnOff",
          "action.devices.traits.AppSelector",
          "action.devices.traits.MediaState",
          "action.devices.traits.Channel",
          "action.devices.traits.TransportControl"
        ],
        "name": {
          "name": "Simple set-top box"
        },
        "willReportState": true,
        "attributes": {
          "transportControlSupportedCommands": [
            "NEXT",
            "PREVIOUS",
            "PAUSE",
            "STOP",
            "RESUME",
            "CAPTION_CONTROL"
          ],
          "availableApplications": [
            {
              "key": "youtube",
              "names": [
                {
                  "name_synonym": [
                    "Youtube",
                    "Youtube_en"
                  ],
                  "lang": "en"
                }
              ]
            }
          ],
          "availableChannels": [
            {
              "key": "ktvu2",
              "names": [
                "Fox",
                "KTVU"
              ],
              "number": "2"
            },
            {
              "key": "abc1",
              "names": [
                "ABC",
                "ABC East"
              ],
              "number": "702.4-11"
            }
          ],
          "supportActivityState": true,
          "supportPlaybackState": true
        },
        "deviceInfo": {
          "manufacturer": "smart-home-inc",
          "model": "hs1234",
          "hwVersion": "3.2",
          "swVersion": "11.4"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

Sample QUERY response

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654514",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.QUERY",
      "payload": {
        "devices": [
          {
            "id": "123"
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654514",
  "payload": {
    "devices": {
      "123": {
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "online": true,
        "on": true,
        "currentApplication": "youtube",
        "activityState": "ACTIVE",
        "playbackState": "PAUSED"
      }
    }
  }
}

Sample EXECUTE commands

OnOff

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.OnOff reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654528",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.OnOff",
                "params": {
                  "on": true
                }
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654528",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "on": true
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

appInstall

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.AppSelector reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654522",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.appInstall",
                "params": {
                  "newApplication": "youtube"
                }
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654522",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "currentApplication": "youtube"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

appSearch

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.AppSelector reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654524",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.appSearch",
                "params": {
                  "newApplication": "youtube"
                }
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654524",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "currentApplication": "youtube"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

appSelect

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.AppSelector reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654526",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.appSelect",
                "params": {
                  "newApplication": "youtube"
                }
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654526",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "currentApplication": "youtube"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

selectChannel

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.Channel reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654516",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.selectChannel",
                "params": {
                  "channelCode": "ktvu2"
                }
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654516",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

relativeChannel

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.Channel reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654518",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.relativeChannel",
                "params": {
                  "relativeChannelChange": 1
                }
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654518",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

returnChannel

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.Channel reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654520",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.returnChannel"
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654520",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

mediaClosedCaptioningOff

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.TransportControl reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654530",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.mediaClosedCaptioningOff"
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654530",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "playbackState": "PLAYING"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

mediaClosedCaptioningOn

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.TransportControl reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654532",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.mediaClosedCaptioningOn",
                "params": {
                  "closedCaptioningLanguage": "en"
                }
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654532",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "playbackState": "PLAYING"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

mediaNext

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.TransportControl reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654534",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.mediaNext"
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654534",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "playbackState": "FAST_FORWARDING"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

mediaPause

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.TransportControl reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654536",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.mediaPause"
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654536",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "playbackState": "PAUSED"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

mediaPrevious

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.TransportControl reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654538",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.mediaPrevious"
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654538",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "playbackState": "REWINDING"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

mediaResume

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.TransportControl reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654540",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.mediaResume"
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654540",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "playbackState": "PLAYING"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

mediaStop

For additional details on the command parameters, see the action.devices.traits.TransportControl reference.

Request
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654542",
  "inputs": [
    {
      "intent": "action.devices.EXECUTE",
      "payload": {
        "commands": [
          {
            "devices": [
              {
                "id": "123"
              }
            ],
            "execution": [
              {
                "command": "action.devices.commands.mediaStop"
              }
            ]
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  ]
}
Response
{
  "requestId": "6894439706274654542",
  "payload": {
    "commands": [
      {
        "ids": [
          "123"
        ],
        "status": "SUCCESS",
        "states": {
          "online": true,
          "playbackState": "STOPPED"
        }
      }
    ]
  }
}

Device ERRORS

See the full list of errors and exceptions.