Apple TV 4 owners now have the luxury of interacting with a number of additional apps that offer support for the platform’s Siri universal search feature. Support for these new channel apps follows hot on the heels of Apple adding support for three additional apps earlier this month.
This latest enhancement to the platform brings support for Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Jr, and of course, Disney XD. That level of integration means that users of the Apple TV 4 are now able to use one single search query to locate and access content listings across all of those new channels and services. As an example, those who may want to search for “Modern Family” will now be shown Watch ABC as an optional service that can show that content along with other existing services like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes etc. Selecting it will invoke the native tvOS Watch ABC app and take the user directly to the chosen show.
Unfortunately, the availability of the additional content does come with some international limitations. The new channel apps, very much like the ones that have been added earlier this month, are currently only available to United States Apple TV users. Those in other parts of the world with an international Apple TV 4 are once again left in the dark when it comes to universal search access and content aggregation. Some countries around the world should really count themselves lucky that they get iTunes and Netflix aggregation through the Apple TV search. The majority outside of the U.S. are limited solely to interacting with iTunes content only.
The Apple TV 4 only launched in October of last year but Apple has already shown the willingness to expand the functionality offered and support a wider array of apps and services with its Siri universal search feature. In addition to this latest round of support, Apple has already added Nat Geo TV, Fox Now, and FXNow to the list of apps that are supported by this growing feature. That leaves now a total of 15 sources supported for users in United States.
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