Home Assistant 2022.3: Select and play media

Home Assistant 2022.3: Select and play media


Did you know that today – March 2nd – in 1949, the first automatic street
light was lit in New Milford, Connecticut, USA? Seventy-three years later, we
automate our entire homes 😎

Home Assistant Core 2022.3! And this release has a different and fresh “tune”
to it! Yes, pun intended as this release brings tons of improvements
involving media.

And what is so cool about it? It is not just about browsing media,
it is even more about using it! Using media allows us to make the automations
in our home more “personal”.

For example, having our favorite radio station playing when we get home
or broadcasting announcements and sound bites to our speakers to notify
us of stuff happening in and around our home. (I really need to install that
camera at the front door now 😅.)

What are you using media for?

Enjoy the release!


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Media Selector and the new “Play media” action

This release brings a new media selector and a “Play media” action.
These make it super easy to use media in your automations and scripts.

Choose the “Play media” action when creating an automation, select the media
player you’d like to play something on, and next… just browse and pick the
media that you want it to play! Done! 🚀

Screenshot showing the new media selector and play media action

Have you ever wanted to play your front door camera stream on your television
when the doorbell rings? Well, this is now very possible with this update.
Check out this video on how to set that up in only 1.5 minutes. 🤯

More media sources!

Of course, the above-shown “Play media” action and selector is incredible. But,
you’d need some media to select! We already supported local media
and things like Spotify, but wouldn’t it be cool if we had more!?

So, this release will bring in a bunch of new media sources.

Your Cameras! Your Lovelace Dashboards! You can just pick one of your cameras
or Lovelace dashboards and “Play” them on a supported device
(like a Google Nest Hub or television). But also text to speech!

Screenshot showing playing TTS as a media action

But that’s not it; we also have new integrations adding new media sources.
This release adds the DLNA Digital Media Server and Radio Browser
integrations that allow the use of their sources with your media players.

Screenshot showing the Radio Browser

You can browse and listen to thirty thousand radio stations from all
around the world. But what is even cooler is that with the new “Play media”
action in automations, you can just select your favorite radio station to be
playing when, for example, you arrive home!

Adding the Radio Browser to your Home Assistant instance is as easy as clicking
the My Home Assistant button below. No other setup prerequisites, logins, or API
keys are need.

confconfig flow start

Upload your media straight from the browser

Getting your media files (pictures, images, soundbites, music) into your
local media folder required you to use the
Samba add-on (or something

Can we improve this experience? Sure we can!

This release adds initial support for local media management straight from the
Home Assistant frontend, allowing you to upload and remove files directly.

Screenshot showing media management

UI Upgrades

We have been working hard on upgrading the Home Assistant frontend to use
Material Web Components (MWC) everywhere, saying goodbye to our old
(and deprecated) paper style.

This allows our frontend to be up-to-date with the latest features and the
latest style. As you’ll notice, these elements have a different look from the
older style, so don’t be alarmed if your inputs look slightly different.

Updating to MWC gives us many new opportunities for the future and makes
Home Assistant more accessible, for example, when using a screen reader.

Screenshot showing the styling difference between MWC and paper style

The screenshot above shows the new MWC styling on the left and the previous
paper styling from an older Home Assistant version on the right. The styling
change mainly impacts input fields look and feel.


When working an automation, triggers now show live in the UI when they are
triggering, allowing you to validate you set it up correctly.

In this little animation below, the remote is pressed a couple of times.
The automation editor will show the “TRIGGERED” bar.

Screen recording showing automation triggers triggering showing in the UI
Each time the trigger triggers it will be indicated in the UI.

Additionally, you can now also trigger each individual action in your automation
to test if the action you are creating runs as expected:

Screenshot showing how to run an individual action from the automation editor

Entity ID autocompletion

Our YAML configuration and Jinja templates used in, for example, automations,
scripts, and frontend dashboards can be a really powerful customization
tool. You can definitely appreciate this feature if you use our code editor
in the frontend at times.

Thanks to @kubawolanin, we now have entity ID autocompletion when using
the built-in code editor in the Home Assistant frontend 😎.

Just start typing an entity ID, and the code editor will try to suggest an
entity ID and show the selected entity’s current state.

Screenshot showing the code editor with entity ID autocompletion

Theme: Waves by Tim Cowell.

This works when you are configuring your Lovelace cards,
creating advanced template conditions in your Automations,
and even if you are testing out your Jinja-template in the
template developer tools.

Click the My button below to test it out on your Home Assistant instance:

developer template

Other noteworthy changes

There is much more juice in this release; here are some of the other
noteworthy changes this release:

  • ESPHome added support for locks! Thanks, @kbickar
  • The HomeKit Controller integration has improved support for the Ecobee
    thermostats. Thanks, @Jc2k!
  • When playing media in the media browser, the media player bar in the bottom
    will now have a volume control, thanks @balloob!
  • Thanks to @kubawolanin, you can now filter and search the
    Home Assistant logs!
  • When selecting a date in the frontend, a beautiful new date picker is shown.
    Thanks, @bramkragten!
  • The IKEA TRÅDFRI integration has been worked on by @ggravlingen and
    @martinhjelmare. Lots of stability issues have been resolved, battery
    sensors for blinds have been added, and also support for the air purifier
    has been extended with sensors for air quality and filter time left.
  • @rfleming71 added button entities to the OctoPrint integration, allowing
    you to control to resume, pause or stop a 3D print.
  • The following integrations have added an option to set a unique_id in their
    YAML configuration; If set, you can customize those entities in the UI.

  • @starkillerOG has been chewing on NETGEAR, adding traffic sensors,
    a reboot button, but also switch to allow/block devices. Awesome!
  • Don’t be alarmed now, but @jbouwh added support for Sirens to MQTT!
  • @rubenverhoef also dove into MQTT and added additional command templates
    for MQTT lights.
  • The Renault integration added HVAC, door, and lock sensors, thanks @epenet
  • @bdraco added support to HomeKit for controlling the fan and oscillating
    of fans in climate entities. Nice!
  • The GitHub integration became much more efficient and now has many more
    sensors available! Thanks @ludeeus and @timmo001, that is just amazing!
  • @kbickar hasn’t been sleeping much as he modernized the SleepIQ integration,
    adding a bunch of new entities in the process.
  • If you have a Samsung Smart TV, @epenet added support for showing your
    installed TV apps as media sources!
  • Thanks to @chemelli74, you can now control the valves of those brand new
    Shelly TRVs!

New Integrations

We welcome the following new integrations this release:

Integrations now available to set up from the UI

The following integrations are now available via the Home Assistant UI:

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Breaking Changes

Below is a listing of the breaking change for this release, per subject or
integration. Click on one of those to read more about the breaking change
for that specific item.

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