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Following a recent report by 9to5Mac’s reliable blogger Mark Gurman that a fourth-generation Apple TV will cost between $149 and $199, BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski has corroborated that information, adding that the set-top box will also include a universal search feature.

Billed as another tentpole feature, universal search will allow owners of the forthcoming set-top box to search for a show or movie once “and see results from all sorts of different sources.”

Not only will this feature support searching Apple’s own iTunes Store but also other content sources and multiple streaming video services at once.

“Instead of searching the catalogs of multiple video services one-at-a-time for a particular movie, you’ll now be able to search all — or most of them — at once and then choose the service on which you’d like to watch it,” reads the report.

The article goes on to explain that users will be permitted to search for content by actors and directors, “and run other more targeted searches as well — all with Siri” and with a little help from a content searching engine called Matcha, the video discovery startup Apple acquired back in 2013.

If true, this will be a remarkable improvement over the current state of things.

I love my Apple TV and am using it every day, but navigating the interface has become a cumbersome affair due to tons of icons piling up on the Home screen following each new software update.

I’m using Apple’s Remote app for navigating the Apple TV and text entry but the ability to use natural language spoken commands to sift through mountains of content will be Godsent.

The Apple TV should be announced alongside new iPhones and iPads at Apple’s media event next Wednesday. The device is said to be powered by a faster A8 processor with more storage, run iOS 9, include a dedicated App Store with third-party app and game downloads and feature a revamped remote.

The new remote reportedly has Bluetooth connectivity, dedicated Home and Siri buttons, a touchpad area, a bunch of sensors and built-in mic with “some pretty hardcore voice control,” as per BuzzFeed’s sources who are in position to know such things.

Other sources speculated that Apple will position the new set-top box as a viable alternative to dedicated game consoles. The company is reportedly mulling original content production like Netflix and Amazon for its rumored online-only subscription television service.

Image: second-generation Apple TV running YouTube via FireCore’s newly updated aTVFlash (black) software.

Source: BuzzFeed

  • astereostudio

    you mean what every other set top box does already? definitely a highlight feature

    • Me

      Have you not figured it out yet? In Apple culture, every other product is obsolete and therefore does not exist.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Me is right. F the rest.

    • iBanks

      My set top box only allows me to search within the guide and on demand. I have to rely on the can I stream it app to see if I can view an certain movie and on what services I can view it on. An universal search would be nice if I can search this on my tv and it tells me what channel/app or service I can view the searched movie.

  • I’ll wait and see what they announce in another week but it’s not looking good for me purchasing this item. Was hoping for an app store and new interface but a price jump for it doesn’t make any sense unless they have some other additions yet to be discussed.

  • iPhoneWINS

    the price is ridiculously high… pass

    • Disqus

      You bitch a lot.

      • iPhoneWINS

        I tell the truth then you cry about it

  • ticky13

    If I am looking only to use Airplay and a few apps like Netflix, I presume I’d be missing nothing if I purchased the current discounted version of Apple TV?