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I'd say technically it's possible, but it would take a bit of work. At the very least you'd have to set up port forwarding on his router so you could access his Roku. However, I don't think that would be enough since I'm pretty sure you can only control a Roku via ECP from the local network, so you'd need a computer of some sort located at your father's that you could access via the Internet and then issue commands from that.
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Thanks, when I googled this, I found something else by a company called broadlink, which has the ability to emulate a TV & Roku Infra Red remote, which can be accessed over the internet like alexa, this might do the job, has anyone got experience with one of these?
Thanks, I think I might have found a simpler way (if not as complete), see answer above re: broadlink. I just wonder why ROKU don't do this themselves as there must be many people in a similar situation like me who would make use of a ROKU just for this facility.