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Use Siri to play video clips on your Apple TV



As part of a great presentation on Monday that introduced a series of new services to your iPhone, iPad and TV Apple released iOS 12.2 for all compatible iOS devices. With the update, the Apple News Plus newest subscription service, as well as new Animoji will enhance a long list of other features.

Another feature included in the update is the ability to tell Siri on an iPhone ($ 1

000 on Amazon) or iPad ($ 250 on Amazon) what you want to watch your Apple TV ($ 179 at Walmart) . This is how you begin.


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Update All Things

Before you can use this feature, you must update the software on the Apple TV and iOS device you plan to use. On an Apple TV, open the Settings app and then go to System > Software Updates > Update Software .

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

When the updates are complete, both devices should be on iOS / TVOS 12.2.

Hi, Siri!

Besides knowing the name you assigned to your Apple TV, it's almost no setup. If you forgot, you can check out your Apple TV by opening Settings > General > About and looking at the field Name .

Once you know the name of your Apple TV, either start Siri on your iOS device by holding the button or using the wake-up phrase "Hey, Siri."

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At a short Siri command, the video starts playing on your Apple TV.


Screenshots of Jason Cipriani / CNET

With Siri's attention, say something in line with "Watch Live PD on [Apple TV name]". Almost immediately, the screen of your Apple TV will switch to the app that shows or the movie is available in, and if you are already logged in to the app, the show will start playing.

Alternatively, just say "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, it will ask you to choose.

If you have not created the app or if there is more than one app where a show is available, you must log in and select your favorite source for the current show.

For example, when testing, I asked Siri to play Live PD. Instead of opening Sling, where I normally watch the show, I took the standard Live PD search result with FuboTV, DirecTV Now and the A&E app as an option to show it. After I logged in to the A&E app started streaming. A later attempt with the same command resulted in the show being played in the A&E app without any instructions.

A similar experience occurred when I told Siri to play the Game of Thrones – I was logged out of the HBO GO app and had to reauthorize it before the command would work smoothly.

Control from your iOS lock screen

You will surely notice after using Siri to start playing something on your Apple TV as you now have fast controls for playback on the lock screen. You can pause, skip forward or backward, check subtitles, or open a touch screen version of the Apple TV remote itself.


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