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Universal search on Apple TV goes beyond US services with Australia's Stan

Apple has silently added Australia's Stan to the list of services supported by universal search on the Apple TV, representing the first time the feature has gone beyond U.S.-based companies.

As long as the Stan tvOS app is installed, Australians should now see whether a movie or TV show is available on the service when running text- and Siri-based searches. Previously, just iTunes and Netflix results were displayed.

Only the U.S. has a substantial number of services listed in universal search, 35 in all. Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K. are limited to iTunes and Netflix, and any other countries are restricted to iTunes movies, not even TV content.

In the past year Apple has been working to expand the number of listed providers, but concentrating primarily on the U.S., its biggest market.