Search across apps...not really

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by unobtainium, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. unobtainium macrumors 68020

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    Tried searching by theme/genre and only got iTunes results. Tried a specific title I know is on HBO and again got iTunes. Garbage.
     
  2. bluespark macrumors 65816

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    You might be confused: Apple has announced an API for universal search that can be implemented in various apps. That API is not yet available. In the meantime, search only works on a few apps. Universal search is hardly "garbage" just because it is not yet something most developers can use.
     
  3. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Works pretty well for me. I do understand about theme/genre "mostly" brings up iTunes. But your other comment seems wrong.

    Try...

    Find Action movies on HBO. You only see HBO. Notice Divergent.

    Hit menu to go back

    Find Divergent.

    It will bring back both. In my case I own both. So it defaults to playing on ITunes instead of HBO since on Divergent. Insurgent is only on iTunes so selects iTunes.

    If I do not own something it will default to HBO instead of iTunes. Like Kingsman.

    Again, it has work well for me. Trying searching on actor like Kevin Costner. Most of the movies are on iTunes and some other App like HBO, HULU, NETFLIX. Only a few on just iTunes. Always defaults to cheaper option unless you own it via iTunes.
     
  4. unobtainium thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Insurgent is now on HBO actually and that's a great example. Brings up the iTunes version only.
     
  5. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Maybe because the Title is : "The Divergent Series: Insurgent". If you search for Divergent you get both. Not sure.
     
  6. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    Tonight I wanted to find the Hitman Movies.

    Tried.
    Find Hitman - no luck
    Find Hitman Movies - found them all

    So thought about Insurgent problem

    Find Insurgent Movie - found it

    Then tried Find Insugent and it still found it. Not sure what is happening. But adding Movie seems to help.
     
  7. chuyn macrumors 6502

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    Where are you located? When signed into my US iTunes account, search results show Hulu, HBO, and Showtime... with my Canadian account, only iTunes and Netflix results. So it seems to be working fine for me as well.
     
  8. unobtainium thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm in the U.S. It does seem to be working with other titles, just not Insurgent for some reason.

    It doesn't really work with genres or themes though. If you ask for "holiday movies" for example, you'll just get a bunch of iTunes stuff.
     

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