According to an Apple support document which was updated yesterday, the universal search feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV will now surface video content provided by FOX NOW, FXNOW and Nat Geo TV channels.
Users who install these apps on their set-top box can press the Siri Remote’s microphone button and say things such as “Watch Life Below Zero” and land on the page that now includes that show by the National Geographic channel, in addition to other content sources.
Content from the following providers is currently available with Siri or the Search app on the fourth-generation Apple TV:
- United States: Movies and TV shows in iTunes, HBO GO, HBO NOW, Hulu, Netflix, PBS, PBS Kids, SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME Anytime, FOXNOW, FXNOW and Nat Geo TV.
- Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and United Kingdom: Movies and TV shows available on the iTunes Store and Netflix.
- Other countries and regions: Movies in iTunes.
Additional content sources are “coming soon,” notes Apple.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company will open up tvOS’s universal search APIs to third-party developers so more apps will be permitted to make their content discoverable and searchable through the Apple TV’s universal search feature.
Following its October 2015 launch with universal search support for iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Showtime providers, last month Apple expanded the feature to PBS and PBS Kids channels. With universal search, customers can search television shows and movies by title, genre, actor and more, using their voice.