New Siri Capabilities Are Coming to Apple TV This Summer

By: Kassidy Coleman

Closeup of Apple TV

There’s no doubt that the way we interact with TVs has changed drastically, especially with the advent of Apple TV. Interacting with apps on TVs is something that is becoming less uncommon. A few days ago at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, announcements were made about a lot of new features for the Apple TV. For years, people have been begging Apple to make Apple TV easier to control. One of the tvOS announcements we’re most excited about is the updated version of the Remote app for iPads and iPhones that will make many people happy.

Closeup of person's hand holding Apple TV remoteSo if you have Apple TV, you know that the remote it comes with is super sleek and tiny. While the overall design of the remote is aesthetically pleasing, at the same time let’s be real – Sometimes when we’re binge watching Netflix, we lose that remote deep in the couch cushions. That’s why it’s great to have the Remote app on your iPhone or iPad. Now Apple is going to make that remote app even more of a lifesaver for us by adding Siri capabilities.

Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, stated, “The future of TV is apps, and Siri on the Apple TV has changed the way we interact with our television and these expanded features will continue to deliver viewers what they want to watch even faster. There are over 6,000 apps to enjoy on your Apple TV including over 1,300 video channels, which are even more fun to watch with the new Siri features combined with single sign-on.”

 

Right now Apple is on a mission to make Apple TV an interactive, easy experience. In the Remote app, Siri will now really work as your personal assistant by helping you find whatever you’re looking for. So say you’re with friends and you’re in the mood to watch a scary movie, you’ll be able to ask Siri to find movies by topics. Just say “find scary 90’s movies” and Siri instantly gives you results. We already know that Siri has been able to search through 650,000 TV shows and movies, but now it will be able to search YouTube too. All you have to do is ask it something like “cute puppies” and the YouTube app brings up search results for you.

 

Additionally, there is a new feature called live tune-in. This feature will allow you to navigate to any channel, such as ESPN2 just by asking Siri.

 

We’re excited to see these changes to tvOS. What do you think about these new Siri capabilities coming to Apple TV? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

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