Apple last week added three new apps to the universal search function on the fourth-generation Apple TV, introducing support for Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1, three popular networks.
For those unfamiliar with universal search, it is a feature that lets users conduct Siri voice searches or text-based searches to find TV and movie content across a wide range of apps. At launch, universal search supported only a few apps, but Apple has been adding new apps on a regular basis.
With the addition of support for Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1, searching for shows available on those networks will now bring up options to watch content within the respective apps.
Apple maintains a dedicated support document that offers Apple TV owners a full list of content that can be found via Siri through universal search. Apple's universal search feature is largely limited to the United States. In most other countries, universal search only displays iTunes content, while Netflix is also supported in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK.
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Many of us have hundreds, if not thousands of movies available locally in iTunes. We can't search them with Siri; the interface to browse through them is unwieldy, buggy, and slow; and we don't want results from the iTunes store so that we can buy or stream something we already own. I don't want to try to stream a 5GB movie that's sitting on my HD downstairs, that's asinine.
I'm a big fan of Siri on ATV. But your critique is absurd.
Why the **** does Siri need to connect to the internet just to set a timer for example?
Plenty of times when I sit there waiting for Siri to complete a request that shouldn't take the "power of the cloud" to understand, whatever that **** means, especially after they showed that my local devices are good enough to use AI on photos.
It's also not like Siri has such a VAST set of possibilities that are impossible to store on the 16GB entry models... *cough*