The new Apple TV’s biggest selling point—aside from an App Store, which other streaming devices have, too—is Siri integration in the touchpad remote. Siri can search services like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, HBO, and Showtime for movies and TV shows you want to watch, and Apple is expected to open a universal search API so you can find content to watch across a variety of apps.
But Siri can do much more than just find titles. She can offer recommendations, give you information about what you’re watching, and She can even figure out what you’re looking for even if you don’t know what it’s called. Put Siri to the test with these questions and commands, and never lift a finger again. (Though we still hope the new Apple TV will eventually support a keyboard or remote app for easier manual searches. Fingers crossed.)
Let Siri do the work of searching for content across the streaming services you subscribe to.
“Find Matthew McConaughey movies.“
”Find the series finale of Mad Men.“
”Find the movie starring Marilyn Monroe and Clark Cable."
While you’re in an app like Netflix, you can ask Siri to start playing specific episodes of TV shows without scouring each season.
“Play episode 3 of season 1 of The New Girl.”
“Play the episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with John Ritter.”
When you don’t know what you’re in the mood to watch, let Siri offer recommendations.
“What should I watch tonight?”
“Show me some funny indie movies.”
“Search for nature documentaries.”
“Show me PG-rated movies.”
“What are some popular new releases?”
“Find TV shows for kids.”
She can refine your search results if you don't like the initial suggestions.
“Only the good ones.”
“Only the ones from the ’80s.”
“Just show me the ones from this year.”
While you’re watching a movie or TV show, Siri can pause to answer questions or perform tasks.
“Turn on Closed Captioning.”
“Turn on English subtitles.”
“Fast-forward five minutes.”
“Jump back 10 minutes.”
“Play from the beginning.“
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