Update For Apple TV 2nd And 3rd Gen And 4

This is a discussion on Update For Apple TV 2nd And 3rd Gen And 4 within the Apple TV forums, part of the Apple Hardware category; Alongside today's release of iOS 6.1, Apple also issued an update for the Apple TV. The new 5.2 software update includes a number of enhancements ...

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    Apple Updates Apple TV with Up Next and Bluetooth Keyboard, New 'AppleTV3,2' Model



    Alongside today's release of iOS 6.1, Apple also issued an update for the Apple TV. The new 5.2 software update includes a number of enhancements including direct iTunes in the Cloud music streaming, Bluetooth keyboard support, Up Next support, and more.

    - iTunes in the Cloud: Browse and play your purchased iTunes music directly from iCloud.

    - Bluetooth keyboard: Use your Apple Wireless Keyboard to control your Apple TV. See this article for more information.

    - AirPlay audio for videos: Send stereo audio from movies, TV shows, and other videos on Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs).

    - Stability and performance: Includes performance and stability improvements with the iTunes Store, AirPlay, Netflix, iTunes Match, and wired Ethernet connections.


    Curiously, Apple has released three versions of the Apple TV update, covering not only the second-generation (AppleTV2,1) and third-generation (AppleTV3,1) boxes but also a new AppleTV3,2 box. It is unclear exactly what the difference is with the new box, but the numbering scheme suggests that it is a relatively minor change.



    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted earlier this month that Apple was preparing to launch an updated Apple TV this quarter, although it was anticipated to be a minor upgrade. Apple has not, however, made any public announcements regarding an updated Apple TV.


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    The Ins and Outs of the Latest Apple TV Upgrade



    Apple recently released an Apple TV upgrade, version 5.2. For most customers, it's a profitable and painless upgrade. But for a few users, it could present a problem. John Martellaro explains.

    On November 29, 2011, Apple released update 5.1.1 for second and third generation Apple TVs. Unfortunately, a few customers reported problems conducting the upgrade over Ethernet. TMO's Jim Tanous explained in early December. The update fails leaving the user up in the air about what to do. For some, the Apple TV was bricked, requiring that it be removed from the TV, connected to iTunes and restored.

    Some users may have decided to wait until the next major upgrade, assuming Apple would fix the problem then. Apparently, however, Apple slipped in a fix around January 1st, 2013 that solved the problem with the 5.1.1 upgrade over Ethernet. That's reflected in Apple's version notes. [UPDATE: Jim Tanous and I noticed that Apple appears to have backdated its release notes to finally, properly reflect just exactly when the Ethernet bug was fixed.] This may have gone unnoticed by a few, and it certainly slipped by me. And that's what caused me to write this note.

    In any case, the solid working strategy back in December, for users with version 5.1, was to disconnect the Ethernet cable, if used, and do the 5.1.1 update over Wi-Fi. So far, so good.

    Then, with a solid update to 5.1.1, customers could be confident that they could conduct the recent update to 5.2 on January 28th without a problem on either Ethernet or Wi-Fi.

    A Possible Problem

    For those users who use an Ethernet cable and overlooked the slipstream fix for 5.1.1, they may have been waiting for Apple to make the fix in the next version -- which turned out to be 5.2.

    All along, Apple TV customers who delayed the update, waiting for 5.2, have been confronted with an update message at boot. That message on January 28 is exactly the same because no version number for the currently active update is provided. That could have left some customers wondering whether the latest 5.2 update had propagated completely. (Apple pushes the updates incrementally, so some may not get the newest update right away.)

    That's what happend to me on January 28th. If I left the Ethernet connected and tried the update, and 5.2 was not the active update, I might have ended up getting 5.1.1. That's quite okay because Apple slipstreamed a fix for 5.1.1 on Ethernet. But I didn't know that at the time, and so it concerned me.

    Of course, a good workaround and strategy would have been just to unplug the Ethernet cable, and I would have had a successful update from 5.1 to any version: 5.1.1 (old), 5.1.1 (fixed) or 5.2.

    Apple's Strategy

    I can't fault Apple for its progress in fixing the 5.1.1 update to work properly on Ethernet. But it does annoy me that, when presented with an update notice, no version number is displayed. (Samsung does this for its Blu-ray players, and I haven't heard of any resulting suicides as the result of an exposed version number.) It also annoys me that during that time when the original 5.1.1 update was available, Apple didn't have the OS check to see if Ethernet was connected, then suppress notices to update until a fix was in place.

    I know that Apple wants to keep the version numbers suppressed because they might worry or confuse some users. A simple notice that an update us available and should be applied is deep enough for most people. (And for those very few who ended up with an inoperable device, a connection to iTunes for a restore or a trip to an Apple genius solved the problem. Even so, is that a better, simpler path than explicit version numbers?)

    However, if there's any story at all to be told here, it's that it can be frustrating for customers who are trying their best to apply what they've learned on the Internet to be confronted with excessive, infuriating simplicity. Of course, as soon as you dig a little deeper, as I did, it all sorts out.

    I wouldn't object to a "More Info" box on these updates so Apple can post short status notes and supply the version number. For those who aren't interested, it can be ignored. It seems like the adult thing to do.


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    Using a Bluetooth Keyboard with the Apple TV



    This week’s Apple TV Software Update 5.2 now allows users to pair and use a Bluetooth keyboard with the second- and third-generation Apple TVs, providing support for navigating menus and entering text into username, password and search fields. Users can now pair a Bluetooth keyboard at the beginning of the initial setup process, making it much easier to enter their Wi-Fi password and Apple ID.

    In addition to the obvious features, however, the Apple TV supports a few additional keyboard features. The Return and Escape keys act as the Select and Menu buttons on the Apple TV Remote, respectively, and you can hold down the Return key to access various options menus in the same way as you can do with the Select button on the Apple Remote. Media playback and track navigation keys also work on the Apple Wireless Keyboard and most other Bluetooth keyboards in much the same way as they do with iOS devices and Macs, and if you have an iOS-specific keyboard with a Home key, this can be used to immediately return back to the main Apple TV menu. Even more useful, lists support a “find-as-you-type” feature whereby you can simply key in the letters of a song, artist, album, movie or TV show that you are looking for to navigate directly to it, saving you the trouble of holding down the “down” button to scroll through a long list of items.


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    Apple TV 5.2.1 update includes redesigned Hulu interface



    As part of its iOS update released on Tuesday, Apple pushed out a new software build for the Apple TV set-top box, which includes a "brand new style" for the integrated Hulu Plus service.

    After iOS 6.1.3 and Apple TV 5.2.1 were released on Tuesday, Hulu provided an update on its official blog noting that the new Hulu Plus experience on Apple TV ames to make it "even easier to find your favorite current season TV episodes and discover a new favorite show."

    "Right away, you’ll notice we’ve added content categories across the top navigation bar to make it easy to for you to jump to your chosen section — whether it is TV, Kids, Latino, Search, or something else," the company said. "Inside each category, you’ll discover what’s new in our content library so it’s easy to discover new shows and keep up with the shows you already love. You can also jump into your favorite shows right away with the 'Shows You Watch' tray. We built this to make sure you never miss a new episode or lose your place in a series."

    The updated feature found included with Apple TV also allows users to quickly start playing the latest episode of a series by simply pressing the "Play" button. And users can hold down the "Select" button on their Apple TV remote while a clip is playing to access subtitles.

    Hulu Plus is a subscription TV service that provides content from top broadcast networks ABC, NBC, Fox, the CW and Univision. It's available with "limited advertising" for $7.99 per month.

    3-19-13

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    Latest Apple TV Beta Introduces iTunes Radio, Conference Room Mode



    iTunes Radio won’t just be available on your iOS devices, but also on your Apple TV, according to a new beta release now available to registered developers. The update also adds some other minor features, and makes improvements to Home Sharing to make it more reliable.

    The beta release is labeled iOS 5.4, which means Apple has skipped the iOS 5.3 release entirely. That could mean an iOS 5.3 update is on its way with other minor changes, while iOS 5.4 will come later — probably this fall when iOS 7 is made available to the public.

    In addition to adding iTunes Radio, the release also introduces iTunes in the Cloud alongside iTunes Match, and renames “Photo Stream” to “iCloud Photos” to prevent confusion.

    There’s also a new “Conference Room” mode, Electronista reports, which “allows users to set a custom background with an overlay of instructions on how to connect their own devices to the network. Users can also specify if they want to prefer iCloud playback of stored presentations, videos, photos and music over locally-stored material.”


    Check out Conference Mode in action in the video below:




    This beta release is available to download now from the Apple Dev Center if you’re a registered developer, and it’s likely to be the first of many, so expect additional changes in the months ahead. There’s no sign of a new design to match that of iOS 7 yet, but I’m sure we’ll see that later.


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    HBO GO & WatchESPN Now Available On Apple TV With iOS 5.3 Update



    Apple just rolled out a new software update for the Apple TV that adds new channels for HBO GO and WatchESPN, as well as Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello. The iOS 5.3 release is compatible with both the second- and third-generation Apple TVs, and is available to download now.

    This is the first time HBO GO and WatchESPN subscribers have been able to enjoy this content directly on their Apple TV, and Apple’s Eddy Cue believes both channels will be “huge hits” with those who own the $99 set-top box.

    “HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV,” Cue said in a press release today. “We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store.”

    HBO GO subscribers will be able to watch original HBO programming, hit movies, sports, documentaries, comedy specials, and more; while those with WatchESPN can enjoy live sports on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line.

    The update also adds channels for Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello, which offer live news, sports, and current TV programming.

    You can download the iOS 5.3 update to your Apple TV now by visiting the Software Update section inside the settings menu.


    HBO GO provides access to all HBO programming, including full seasons of shows, documentaries, and movies, and requires a subscription through a TV provider.

    WatchESPN will be a welcome addition for sports fans, which provides access to live sports and shows on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, though it does require an account with one of the following participating network providers; AT&T U-Verse, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, or Verizon.

    Sky News provides a live 24 hour feed of the news network for anyone in the US, UK, or Ireland, and also offers a library of past shows. Sky News is the least restricted offering, and does not appear to require any specific cable service or provider in order to use.

    CrunchyRoll is a Japanese Anime service, and can be signed up for directly on the Apple TV.

    Qello is an on demand streaming service for concerts and music documentaries, and also is available for a direct subscription through Apple TV.










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    Apple TV 5.4 beta adds iTunes Radio, Conference Room Display



    Apple has released the Apple TV 5.4 beta to developers. The latest beta software for Apple's set-top box adds support for several new features, notes JournalDulapin.com. The first up is iTunes Radio, which Apple announced at WWDC would be coming to Apple TV in the fall. iTunes Radio functions much as it will over iOS 7: users can access the Apple TV's built-in Music app to stream songs over the internet.

    Perhaps the coolest new feature is called Conference Room Display. As the name suggests, this mode is aimed at Apple TVs in the workplace. Users can set the Apple TV's home screen with a custom image, like a corporate or event logo, and a custom message. Viewers will see the custom image and message and also an overlay telling them how to connect their devices to the Apple TV.

    Finally, Apple has added increased subtitle features to the Apple TV. Users can now choose between closed captioning or subtitles and also alter the way subtitles look. Users will be able to set the font color and size and also the background color of subtitles.

    It is presumed that Apple will release the Apple TV 5.4 software to users when iOS 7 ships in the fall.


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    Apple Releases Third Beta Apple TV 5.4 To Developers



    Along with the iOS 7 and iTunes beta releases published this morning, Apple has also seeded a the fourth beta build of Apple TV 5.4.

    The new update is slim on new features, but includes a ton of bug fixes and gives iOS 7 devices the ability to set up an Apple TV after restoring or resetting all settings.

    Here are the full release notes:

    • You can now use an iOS 7 device to set up an Apple TV after restoring or resetting all settings. (iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are not supported.)

    Fixed in Seed 3

    • Apple TV may not connect to the Internet on first boot after an iTunes Restore when using Ethernet.
    • Music playback may skip over tracks when AirPlay is engaged.
    • AirPlay of audio from the Music app may fail to start up properly.
    • Attempting to delete a station in iTunes Radio may cause Apple TV to crash.
    • Switching between Apple IDs may cause music libraries to fail to load.
    • Audio volume may increase dramatically during AirPlay.
    • When using AirPlay to send music to Apple TV, advancing to the next track may fail.
    • You may notice these issues when fast-forwarding 3rd party content:
    • Audio continues to play while video is fast-forwarding.
    • Resuming playback after fast-forwarding can result in a temporarily stuck video frame.
    • Apple TV may become sluggish or unresponsive immediately after signing in to an iTunes Store account.
    • iTunes Match or Purchased music content may not be listed alphabetically. Use Search as an alternative
    for finding content.


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    Latest Apple TV Beta Lets You Purchase Music From iTunes, Adds One-Tap Setup



    Apple seeded a new Apple TV beta to registered developers on Monday, and there were a couple of new features that the Cupertino company did not mention in its release notes. One of those features is a new, one-tap setup option for those with iOS devices, and the other is the ability to purchase music from the iTunes Store.

    When setting up an Apple TV with the latest beta installed, users have the option to connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7 via Bluetooth. The Apple TV can then pull information like Wi-Fi settings and your Apple ID from your iOS device and save you from entering it all manually.

    The feature, which was first spotted by Benedict Evans on Twitter, is compatible with the latest iOS devices, while the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 won’t work. Presumably this is because it uses Bluetooth Low Energy, which isn’t supported on those devices.

    In addition to this, the new Apple TV software adds the ability to purchase music from the iTunes Store. Users have always been able to listen to music they’ve already purchased, and stream tracks from their Mac or iOS devices. But this is the first time Apple has given us the ability to buy new music via the Apple TV.


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    Apple has today rolled out a new Apple TV update that adds yet more apps to the $99 set-top box. As expected, music video streaming service Vevo is part of the mix, as are the Weather Channel and the Smithsonian, and two new apps from Disney.

    We’ve been expecting Vevo to land on the Apple TV since we heard Apple was in talks with the company earlier this month, and now it’s here, alongside the Disney Channel, Disney XD, the Weather Channel, and the Smithsonian. Not all of these apps are available worldwide, though.

    According to an announcement from Vevo, its new app is available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, and Poland.

    “Created in partnership with our friends at Apple, VEVO on Apple TV brings VEVO’s library of 75,000 HD music videos, exclusive original programming and live concert performances to Apple TV viewers,” the press release read.

    “Featuring all the newest hits from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus to videos from years past, VEVO spans the entire spectrum of musical tastes. You can also find all of your favorite VEVO original programming — from Lyric Lines and The Comment Show to our music-meets-fashion series Stylized and behind the scenes Tour Exposed — for a TV experience to enjoy right in your living room.”

    As for the other new apps, it appears those are only available in the U.S. for now.

    You can download and install the latest Apple TV update by using the Software Update feature within its system settings.

    Also interesting: Weather Channel app is on demand, but will break into live programming during big storms.





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