Siri can't find movie showtimes

CaTOAGU

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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone else was having a problem with Siri finding movie showtimes in the UK?

If I ask Siri to find movie showtimes, I get a list of old movies, or a, "sorry I dont see any movies playing in [name of place]". It can't find any recent/new movies playing either nearby or anywhere else I've tried in the UK for that matter.

I'm running latest version of iOS 7. The problem is the same on my iPad too.
 

iolinux333

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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone else was having a problem with Siri finding movie showtimes in the UK?

If I ask Siri to find movie showtimes, I get a list of old movies, or a, "sorry I dont see any movies playing in [name of place]". It can't find any recent/new movies playing either nearby or anywhere else I've tried in the UK for that matter.

I'm running latest version of iOS 7. The problem is the same on my iPad too.
Um... Install " Google Now " problem solved
 

Winona Northdakota

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Well it sort of is. It's part of the iOS Google search app. You can even say "OK Google" to it.

Technically correct. Google Now is integrated with the Google Search app. Though, to use Google Now effectively, one must log in and give Google permission to location and other stuff, not everyone may be comfortable with. And, Google Search doesn't come standard with iOS. One could just as easily download Fandango and do the exact same movie search and even buy tickets if available.
 

CaTOAGU

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Technically correct. Google Now is integrated with the Google Search app. Though, to use Google Now effectively, one must log in and give Google permission to location and other stuff, not everyone may be comfortable with. And, Google Search doesn't come standard with iOS. One could just as easily download Fandango and do the exact same movie search and even buy tickets if available.
Right guys, can you please shut up about Google Now. If you've not got anything to say about this specific problem take it to another thread.
 
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John T

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Right guys, can you please shut up about Google Now. If you've not got anything to say about this specific problem take it to another thread.
Firstly, there's no need to be abusive to people who are trying to help - even if it's not exactly the answer you are after.

Now, to literally answer your query... Has it occurred to you that your original query was unintelligible to Siri? Why not try "What movies are showing at (place name) today" Works fine for me - complete with times!
 

CaTOAGU

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They're not trying to be helpful though. The first reply was snide and then the thread was hijacked.

Yes it's occurred to me Siri didn't recognise what I was saying. I've tried multiple ways of asking with the same results. Previously each of those questions would have given me a listing of relevant movies.
 
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I tried it, and it doesn't work unless I give it a location. If I say "Omaha showtimes" or "Movies near me" or "Showtimes for Jersey Boys at AMC Council Bluffs" I get showtime information, else Siri says it can't do it.
 

CaTOAGU

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Why not try "What movies are showing at (place name) today" Works fine for me - complete with times!
Interesting that it works for you. Are you saying you've tried it today ? I've reproduced the problem on several other phones belonging to different people. Each time using a question that previously would have worked. Using your specific wording hasn't helped either. Siri responds that it can't find the place in question.

Seeing as I've reproduced it now across different devices I've filed a bug report with Apple.

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I tried it, and it doesn't work unless I give it a location. If I say "Omaha showtimes" or "Movies near me" or "Showtimes for Jersey Boys at AMC Council Bluffs" I get showtime information, else Siri says it can't do it.
Thanks for your reply. I think this problem maybe specific to the UK though.
 
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Winona Northdakota

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At the risk of appearing unhelpful, do you have location services turned on for Siri? Settings>Privacy>Location Services>Siri (On).
 

John T

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Interesting that it works for you. Are you saying you've tried it today ?
Of course! Just tried it again, even with different wording - "What films are showing in (place name) today". No problems!

Are you speaking clearly!?
 
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone else was having a problem with Siri finding movie showtimes in the UK?

If I ask Siri to find movie showtimes, I get a list of old movies, or a, "sorry I dont see any movies playing in [name of place]". It can't find any recent/new movies playing either nearby or anywhere else I've tried in the UK for that matter.

I'm running latest version of iOS 7. The problem is the same on my iPad too.

I'm getting the same on iOS 8.4.1 on my iPhone 6 and iPad Air, and on my wife's iPhone 6 running iOS 8.4. Siri cannot find any movie listings near us, despite living right next to several cinemas here in London.

I stepped into an Apple Store and tested on 4 different devices, same issue. So, obviously not device specific. Spoke to Apple Support and there's nothing they can do, sounded like they had never heard of the issue. Like you, I filed a bug report. Not holding my breath.

I suspect it is an issue with the underlying movie listings service within Siri, something must be offline either for technical or contractual reasons, something they don't openly report on to their customers or even their own support staff. Disappointing as it has worked in the past and is a very handy feature.
 

BSben

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You are perfectly right Siri suddenly can't find anything about cinemas in the UK (it can in other countries). If you are running iOS9 the right swipe (from home screen) also hasn't got local restaurants, shops, etc anymore.
And just to be pedantic, we call them films in the UK, and not movies.
 

BSben

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Um... Install " Google Now " problem solved
Why would anyone do that, if they don't want to be bombarded with advertising? Apart from YouTube, I don't really use any Google stuff, if it can be avoided. Anyway, Siri is deeply integrated in the iOS system, none of the alternatives are.
 
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CaTOAGU

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You are perfectly right Siri suddenly can't find anything about cinemas in the UK (it can in other countries). If you are running iOS9 the right swipe (from home screen) also hasn't got local restaurants, shops, etc anymore.
And just to be pedantic, we call them films in the UK, and not movies.
It was happening for me in iOS 8.4.1 too (after working for a while in previous builds) but yeah, iOS 9 hasn't improved it at all. Not sure what's going on, my GF's phone and iPad has the same problem as do a number of other people but it doesn't seem be widespread enough for Apple to have noticed and not many others are complaining on here. Perhaps the feature just isn't used that much.

Would be nice to have it fixed though, I never seem to get round to reporting it to Apple.

And yes I'm aware their called films. I was born in the UK but lived in the US for several years and still have family there. I seem to flip back and forth between words.
 
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CaTOAGU

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Why would anyone do that, if they don't want to be bombarded with advertising? Apart from YouTube, I don't really use any Google stuff, if it can be avoided. Anyway, Siri is deeply integrated in the iOS system, none of the alternatives are.
Edit: Replied to wrong post
 

orbital~debris

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This is still happening for me, on an iPad mini 2 with iOS 9.0.2.

I've tried various ways of phrasing the request, and Siri understands, but there are no results available. I'm in Norfolk, and Siri definitely used to show movie results for cinemas I use including Odeon in Norwich.
 

CaTOAGU

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I had a go on some of the phones in my local Apple Store the other day. None of them could find any film information either. I've reported the bug to Apple but it's not been acknowledged yet.
 
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orbital~debris

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Yep, just checked it for Norwich and it is working again - but only partially; I only found one listing for a movie at the Vue, while Odeon is still totally omitted.

There are plenty of showtimes for the Hollywood cinema (local independent) and the Cinema City (Picturehouse) however…
 

BSben

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Bristol (UK) is still not having any films or cinemas, according to Siri. In reality there are many cinemas in walking distance fro me with many films showing. This is just ridiculous now, Apple are really pathetic when it comes to Siri.
 
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