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Use Siri to play videos on your Apple TV



As part of a major presentation on Monday that unveiled a series of new services for your iPhone, iPad and TV Apple released iOS 12.2 for all compatible iOS devices. With the update Apple News Plus the company's latest subscription service, the new Animoji and enhancements, a long list of additional features is provided.

Another feature of the update is the ability to notify Siri of an iPhone ($ 1

,000 on Amazon) or iPad ($ 250 on Amazon) What you see on your Apple TV Want to See ($ 179 at Walmart) . That's how you start.


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Update all things

Before you can use the feature, you must update the software on the Apple TV and iOS device that you want to use. Open the Settings app on an Apple TV and go to System > Software Updates > Update Software .

On an iOS device, go to Settings > General > Software Update and follow the instructions.

After the updates are complete, both devices should be on iOS / tvOS 12.2.

Hey, Siri!

Aside from knowing which name you've assigned to your Apple TV, there are virtually no settings. If you have forgotten it, you can check it on your Apple TV by opening Settings > General > via and the field Name Show.

If you know the name of your Apple TV, either start Siri on your iOS device by holding down the button, or use the wakeup phrase "Hey Siri."

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A short Siri command starts playing a video on your Apple TV.


Screenshots of Jason Cipriani / CNET

Say something with Siri's attention in the direction of "Watch Live PD on [Apple TV name]". Almost immediately, the ad on your Apple TV changes the app in which the show or movie is available, and if you're already signed in to the app, the show starts to play.

Alternatively, you can just "watch [show name] on Apple TV" and if you only have an Apple TV, Siri will know what you mean. If you have more than one, you are prompted to select

. If you have not set up the app or more than one app is available for a show, you'll need to sign up and select your preferred source for the show.

For example, I asked Siri to play live PD . Instead of opening Sling, where I usually watch the show, I was using Fubotv, DirecTV Now ($ 40 at AT & T Wireless) and the A & E app as an option to display the default PD Search Result After signing up for the A & E App, the show began to stream. A subsequent attempt at the same command resulted in the show being played in the A & E app without prompts.

A similar experience occurred when I told Siri to play Game of Thrones HBO GO App and had to re-enable it before the command could work without problems.

Controlling from your iOS lock screen

Now that you have used Siri to stream something on your Apple TV, you now have fast control for playback on your lock screen. You can pause, jump back or forward, control subtitles, or open a touch-screen version of the Apple TV remote itself.


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