Apple Expands Universal Search Feature for Apple TV with Support for More Apps

Posted Wed Dec 14, 2016 at 06:30 PM PST by
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Users can now search for content across even more apps at the same time.

Apple has announced an update for its Universal Search feature on the Apple TV (4th generation). With Universal Search, customers can search for movies and TV shows across multiple apps simultaneously, and now the feature supports results from even more video services. Likewise, Apple Music members can also get results for songs and albums.

Universal Search is accessible by using Siri or the Search app on the Apple TV. And when using Siri, users can look for content by title, genre, actor, and more, and even refine their search as they go.

Here's a rundown of content providers and apps currently supported through Universal Search in the US:

Movies and TV shows in iTunes 
A&E
ABC
AMC
Animal Planet GO
Apple Music
Bravo
CBS
Comedy Central
Cooking Channel
Crunchyroll
CuriosityStream
CW Seed
Discovery GO
Disney Channel
Disney Jr
Disney XD
DIY
E!
Food Network
FOXNOW
FXNOW
FYI
Hallmark Channel
HBO GO
HBO NOW
HGTV
History
Hulu
Investigation Discovery GO
Lifetime
MTV
MUBI
Nat Geo TV
NBC
Netflix
PBS
PBS Kids
Science Channel GO
SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME Anytime
Starz
Syfy
TBS
Telemundo
The CW
TLC GO
TNT
Travel Channel
Tribeca Shortlist 
USA
VH1

In addition, customers can also search for YouTube content through Siri by including the word "YouTube" in their search (the Search app doesn't search YouTube). 

Beyond the expanded Universal Search feature, Apple also recently added a single sign-on option for pay-TV providers on the Apple TV. With the new single sign-on feature, subscribers to supported pay-TV providers and platforms can now sign-in just once on their Apple device to enjoy immediate access to numerous apps that are part of their overarching pay-TV subscription.

Source: Apple via Engadget

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