While Amazon touts “voice search” as a feature of its new Fire TV, it turns out that feature is already available to users of the Apple TV. You will however, need an iOS device and the iOS Remote app as well.
Open the Remote app, tap on your Apple TV, and you will be able to control it. If you go to a search field, you can dictate into your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, instead of typing.
If you tap the search button in one of the stores, such as movie, TV shows, or music, the Remote app will display a search field. In the keyboard below the field you’ll see a microphone button, just to the left of the spacebar. Tap the mic button, and speak into your device’s microphone.
As you speak, you”ll see the waves dancing around at the bottom of the screen. When you’ve finished, tap Done, then tap Return. The text will be sent to your Apple TV.
If you own an iOS device in addition to your Apple TV, this is an easy-peasy way to use voice search with your little black streaming box.