Next to the App Store, Siri is Apple TV's best feature.
By Caitlin McGarry
The Apple TV’s biggest selling point—aside from the
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 quickly tune to whatever it is you want to watch.
But Siri can do much more than just find titles. If you live in one of the supported countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.), she can offer recommendations, give you information about what you’re watching, and figure out what you’re looking for even if you don’t know what it’s called. So, put Siri to the test with these questions and commands, and never lift a finger again.
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.”
”Find baseball movies.”
”Find nature documentaries.”
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.”
”What did she just say?”
”Who stars in this?”
”Who directed this?”
”What is this movie rated?”
”When did this come out?”
But that’s not all. Siri can open apps.
“Go to Apple Music.”
“Open the App Store.”
She can also search within YouTube.
”Search YouTube for cat videos.”
”Find Adele’s Carpool Karaoke performance on YouTube.”
She can answer questions about the stock market.
“Where’s the NASDAQ today?”
“How’s Microsoft’s stock doing today?”
She can give you the weather forecast.
“What’s the temperature right now?”
“What time does the sunset in New York?”
”How’s the weather in Hawaii?”
She knows the latest sports information.
“What’s the NHL schedule?”
“Who won the World Series?”
“Who’s the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals?”
“Who are the Patriots playing on Sunday?”
She can control Apple Music.
”Play songs by Pearl Jam.”
”Play the new Nine Inch Nails EP.”
”Play my music.”
”Play Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran.”
”Skip this song.”
”Never play this song again.”
”Who sings this song?”
”Play my Spring Cleaning playlist.”
”Play My Chill Mix.”
And finally, Siri can manage HomeKit-enabled smart home devices.