Hands-On With the New Apple TV: An Overview of Siri and Search

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Along with an App Store, Siri voice integration and universal search are important software-based features available on the new Apple TV. With Siri voice integration, it's possible to search for content and control video playback, while universal search allows users to look for movies and TV shows across a range of different apps.

    In the video below, we went hands-on with the new Apple TV to give MacRumors readers an in-depth look at how the new Siri and universal search features work in person.

    Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

    Siri is linked to universal search, as the main (and simplest) way to seek out television shows, movies, and apps on the Apple TV. Siri is able to do things like pause, rewind, and fast forward, and there are also some cool tricks. For example, asking Siri "What did he say?" during a bit of missed speech in a TV show or movie will rewind a few seconds and display subtitles. Searching through television shows by specific actors, scenes, and episodes is another nifty feature.

    At the current point in time, universal search is limited to a handful of sources that include Netflix, iTunes, Hulu HBO Go, and Showtime, but Apple plans to make a universal search API available, expanding the number of apps that can take advantage of the feature.

    For more on the new Apple TV, make sure to check out our complete hardware overview and our look at the tvOS App Store. We've also rounded up a list of Apple TV apps and we've shared some tidbits about the new device.

    On our forums, our readers are discussing the new Apple TV in the dedicated Apple TV forum. Of particular interest is a thread where new Apple TV owners are discussing their first impressions of the device, and there's also a forum dedicated to Apple TV apps.

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  2. NitroZip macrumors member


    Dec 31, 2010
  3. carrrrrlos macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2010
    Would love to see Alexa, Siri, and Cortana at a dinner party.
  4. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    So do we have final word on whether "iTunes" includes searching our own (local) movies & TV shows? For instance, if a movie (not purchased from iTunes) is sitting on our local Mac's hard drive, is properly meta-tagged and is indexed by iTunes so :apple:TV can "see" it, will universal search and/or Siri find it when someone searches for that movie? Or is "iTunes" only stuff we can buy or rent or have purchased?
  5. EightBitJoe macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2014
  6. devinthomas macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2013
    Siri is really really fast on the new Apple TV. Wish they could cram her into the Apple Watch.
  7. iChrist macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2011
    3 countries for tax benefit
    Meh. Look, most people know what show they want to watch and jump to HBO Go or whatever and find it fast.

    When Apple gets their **** together and can integrate with all services and can eliminate the cable box, I'll be impressed.

    Even if the future is no cable and all streaming, Apple doesn't even allow all services such as Amazon. So, it's always gonna be half baked.
  8. MAGN8 macrumors newbie


    Oct 30, 2015
    Does Itunes have the visualization feature?
  9. rrm74001 macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2008
    AppleTV doesn't have Amazon. It's not that they don't allow it. Amazon certainly could be on the AppleTV if they wanted to.
  10. shk718 macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2007
    i am so digging the new apple tv The remote so simple and with HDMI-CEC it can control everything. As far as I"m concerned Apple has cracked the code of fixing TV.
  11. man3ster macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
    I want my podcast app back & showtime subscription cannot login with restore through iTunes purchase. Anyone else having this issue?
  12. Yumbo macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2011
    Siri only pulls purchases including HIDDEN items.
    If your local share file is visible on screen, then Siri will select.
    Online content preloads and stays in cache.
    Local files only load to a 5 minute buffer.
  13. iOrbit macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2012
    I would like to know this too. I have two apple tv's and i primarily use it for watching my own content in my home sharing set up. I use it for Netflix etc too but if Apple TV 4 doesnt integrate results from siri search with my iTunes then the only incentive for me is the App Store - which i can wait on to be honest.
  14. Sethal macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2014
    It's just iTunes content. I couldn't get my not purchased from iTunes content to pull up with Siri or search. Big disipointment. Makes Siri a lot less useful for me.
  15. hemanwomanhater macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    Keep up guy, that has nothing to do with Apple. Your beef is with Amazon, who is refusing to put their app on ATV because there's no additional revenue stream for them without giving a percentage to Apple, and who is also refusing to sell Apple TVs from their own store because it competes from Fire TV.
  16. realeric macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    After playing with ATV4 for 6 hours, my conclusion is ATV2+jailbroken is better than ATV4 yet.
  17. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    Siri doesn't look at what you have on your computer sadly.
  18. Tdadlani macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2014
    Does anyone know how to watch CNN and CNBC without a cable subscription ?
  19. 341328, Oct 30, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 31, 2015

    341328 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2009
    New Apple TV doesn't work with Remote iOS app - WTF!! Now I have to use stupid onscreen keyboard to enter App Store password etc

    Why didn't Apple include Touch ID on the remote and also a dedicated gaming bundle with game controller?!
  20. JAQ macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    Purgatory MI
    So, kind of like pressing the Replay button my Roku remote, but I have to speak clearly?
  21. 341328 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2009
    Yeah, turning on everything and volumn up and down are great.
  22. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Is your own media tagged pretty well (name, author, actors, director, etc) using something like Meta-Z, Subler or similar such that you'd have pretty good confidence that it's not just a tagging issue?
  23. RobertMartens, Oct 30, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 31, 2015

    RobertMartens macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan

    I mean, if I have some random movie on my mac that I just have, because maybe it fell off a truck, can Siri see it? and how do you make that apple mark? it is so cool.

    6 hours, seriously, please tell me it was raining outside and your car is at the shop
  24. macstever macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    Orlando, FL
    No kidding. Horrible.
  25. RobertMartens, Oct 30, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2015

    RobertMartens macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2002
    Tokyo, Japan
    I thought people cut the cable so they wouldn't have to watch CNN and CNBC.

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