When I was watching the movie at 00:50:00 (about 50 minutes into the movie), and I said to Siri on the Apple TV 4K, "Move forward by 2 minutes", it moved the movie to 00:02:00 (near the beginning of the movie), but if I was at 00:50:00 and I said, "Move backward by 2 minutes", it moved to 00:48:00?

I found that I could solve the problem by saying "Skip forward by 2 minutes", but why didn't the word "Move" work?


Report the spoken phrase, expected outcome, actual outcome, and what Siri transcribed on screen, using Apple’s feedback form.

Siri has a lot of quirks like that where the outcome doesn’t match what you could reasonably expect. This comes down to Siri’s natural language processing simply needing refining.

I use Siri heavily on Apple Watch, and I used to encounter similar issues, but they got fixed within days or weeks after I reported them.

One example would be: “At 9 a.m., remind me to do X.” Occasionally, Siri understands, “Add 9 a.m., remind me to do X.” Yet for the longest time she would go ahead and create a reminder with no due date, even though she clearly understood the time part of my request. A few days after I reported this issue, Siri started correctly tacking on a due date even when she understands “add” instead of “at.”

  • oh I see, "move forward 2 minutes" is just not a common phrase for people to use, I see – nonopolarity Jul 10 '18 at 1:48
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    Yeah, it’s not. But given the context (“forward”), one should still reasonably expect Siri to understand “skip.” – user11633 Jul 10 '18 at 1:52
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    well siri's siri, and everyone knows that siri isn't the greatest. – theuhdirector Jul 10 '18 at 3:50
  • @Phong when I said it wasn't common... I was saying it in a sarcastic way. – nonopolarity Jul 11 '18 at 1:14
  • @startTerminal I just love comments that respond to something that doesn't even work well, "ABCD is ABCD", and "everyone knows XYZ isn't the greatest". Those are universally "powerful" phrases. – nonopolarity Jul 11 '18 at 1:14

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