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DAVEPA
Scholar 3

Make Siri search find Now TV content

When using the siri voice search on Apple TV it would be great if it returned Now TV results.

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Tom-R
NOW TV Team (Retired)

Re: Make Siri search find Now TV content

Hi @DAVEPA, I've merged your post into the main discussion about the Apple TV 4th gen app. There's no news at the moment, so the last message I posted here still stands.

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

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matiec
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Re: New Apple TV version 4 support

Hi @Tom-R any update for this topic?

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Re: New Apple TV version 4 support

@matiec as per the message above and the link to this post when there is an update they will post it here.

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Jacob33
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Voice control

When I press the voice control button and say for example "terminator genius" it takes me to a page where all I can do is preview the film, a few other options and it says purchase or rent through iTunes.....even though it's free in the movies section of now TV which I have. It does not take me to the now to section where for example 'terminator genisys' is FREE. So when I'm in the now TV app using my Apple TV black box and press the voice control button and say the film I'm looking for, that I know is in now to and free it redirects me to an option that only allows me to rent or purchase it through iTunes. The problem being that if I want to watch a specific film on now to but don't know what section it is in I can spend 10/20 minutes scrolling rough all the film to find it. Is this a flaw or what?

 

please help

many thanks

jacob

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Andy Legend 5
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Re: Voice control

@Jacob33

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

Unfortunately the voice search feature in Apple TV only works with compatible apps. The NOW TV app isn't compatible with that feature.

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dr_necessitor
Expert 3

Re: Voice control

Hopefully NOW TV will build a new app to take advantage of all the useful new features that the new 4th generation Apple TV offers, such as voice control. One day! Maybe....

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moroboshi
Expert

Re: Voice control

Keep dreaming. The abysmal Apple TV Now TV app will remain untouched forever. Sky only care about the Now TV box/Roku and the Xbox One and PS4, plus Android and the iPhone/iPad version of iOS. 

 

To be frank I'm close to writing the new Apple TV off. It's not just because the Now TV app is abandonware, but also because of the no shows from ITV, C4, C5 and Amazon. Apple only seem interested in the US market for the Apple TV, and seem unwilling to pay UK providers to write apps to kick start the platform. Why would anyone buy one over a Fire TV? Amazon advertise the hell out of the Fire TV, it's much cheaper, and it has 4K and HDR. And most importantly it has all the big providers on board, although amusingly not Now TV. 

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dr_necessitor
Expert 3

Re: Voice control

I am feeling the same way @moroboshi and have postponed my plans to replace two Apple TV 2nd gens with 4th gens. For the time being, I've gone with Roku (which I've found to be quite impressive so far). So the Apple TVs are now confined to (rare) usage for AirPlay and iTunes Store access. 😞

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MJW75
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Apple TV 4th Gen NowTV App Feedback

Hi - I used the Apple TV 4th Gen NowTV app for the first time yesterday after resubscribing to the entertainment pass.  I realise that the app is only on version 1.0 and was probably rushed to get something on the platform as quickly as possible, but there appear to be a number of issues and omissions as follow:

 

  • Subtittles do not work at all. You can select them, but they don't show.  This happen on both the movies and entertainment packages. We need this as we have a 1 year old who we don't want to wake in the evenings, but due to having a large lounge, find it difficult to hear the TV on lower volumes.
  • Some TV shows (for example The Walking Dead), finish at a blank screen and do not take you back to a menu nor start the next episode, needing the user to hit the menu button which takes you back out to the main menu, then you have to find the show you were watching again, and figure out which episode you were watching to get back to the next one.
  • There appears to be no "My TV" section as is present on the iOS apps. This makes continuing to watch a TV show a pain as you have to find it each time, which make the second issue above even more of a pain.
  • The main screen doesn't show what you have been watching like similar apps do, again, making navigation difficult.
  • The app does not appear to support the swipe skip funtion of the 4th gen unit, making skipping to a particular point difficult.
  • If you stop watching half way through a show, it doesn't appear to remember where you were and starts again, meaning you have to skip through it, which is made difficult by the issue pointed out directly above.
  • There are no markers to show what you have watched, meaning you have to remember which was the last episode you watched before selecting the next one. This appears to be the same on the iOS apps too.

 

There is probably more, but as mentioned, I've only used it for a day, but so far the app is quite challenging and annoying to use.

 

I'm guessing these issues are known by the developers and is probably largely down to porting the app directly from the 3rd gen box version, but fixing these issues would greatly improve user experience.

 

Please can you advise if an update is coming soon and if these issues will be resolved?

 

Many thanks

 

Mike

 

 

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