Why is Siri limited to 8 countries on Apple TV? Apple teaches movie & TV show pronunciations for each country
While Siri voice search is a core feature of the new Apple TV, right now it’sÂ limited to only eight countries:Â UK, US,Â Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Japan. In other regions, the Siri Remote is simply called the Apple TV Remote (not to be confused with the old Apple TV Remote) and pressing the mic button just opens the Search app.
This is despite the fact SiriÂ on iPhone is actually available in 30 countries, so it wasn’t clear why Apple had pinpointed onlyÂ a subset of those. It turns out, according to aÂ chat with Apple by MacPrime, thatÂ there are some clever optimizations AppleÂ makes with Apple TV Siri to improveÂ speech recognition.
Because a core feature is the movie and TV show search, Apple tunes Siri in every country by teaching it about pronunciation characteristics for movie and TV show titles. Phonetic speech of actor names, films and directors vary drastically in different countries.
So Apple has to go through each country, add the differences in speech to the Siri database, so the overall user experience of searching for things is faster and more accurate. In theÂ post, MacPrime uses the example of actor nameÂ Matthew McConaughey as something thatÂ is often pronounced in wildy different ways across languages and dialects.
It doesn’t do this for Siri on iPhone specifically because movies and TV shows is not a core function of using that device. But for Apple TV, it’s almost essential that those features work well soÂ AppleÂ will only add Siri for the countryÂ once it has gone through those training steps.Â In addition, on Apple TV there is no keyboardÂ input for SiriÂ so accuracy with voice recognition is doubly important so you can successfully find the content you are looking for.
Apple has therefore started by training Siri in the eight most popular countries (like USA and UK) and is working onÂ expanding more soon.
You can read more about Siri on Apple TV in this Apple help document.
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