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A new Apple TV software update was issued on Monday, giving users the ability to reduce the plethora of channels on the device's home screen if they so choose.

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Users could previously hide channels from the Apple TV home screen through the device's Settings application. But Apple TV Version 6.1 now allows this to be accomplished in a simpler fashion, direct from the home screen.

After updating, users can hide icons by holding the select button, causing icons on the screen to jiggle. Once activated, users can press the play/pause button on their remote to bring up a menu that allows users to hide the icon.

After a channel has been hidden, users can reactivate it through the Settings application.

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The new Apple TV update arrives alongside the new iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That update added CarPlay support, various bug fixes, and improved Touch ID responsiveness with the iPhone 5s.

Apple has been steadily adding new channels to the Apple TV set-top box over the last year, giving users a number of new ways to view streaming content on their television. Recent additions include the WWE Network, TV4, and Red Bull TV.

Apple recently revealed that its streaming set-top box, which the company has famously referred to as a "hobby," topped $1 billion in sales last year, making it the company's fastest growing hardware. Total sales are estimated to have grown by 80 percent in 2013, reaching around 10 million units for the calendar year.
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About time. All these channels were ridiculous – especially when you live in a country in which you can't receive them ...

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About time. All these channels were ridiculous – especially when you live in a country in which you can't receive them ...

 

You could hide them before today you know.

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You could hide them before today as well.

 

Right, but now its more Apple-esque. Before it was more clumsy.

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Easier to hide, sure.

Except Music and iTunes Radio can no longer be hidden. :no::mad::wow: :???: 

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I am going to wait at least a week before trying it out.

 

The last time Apple issued an AppleTV update, both of mine got completely bricked. Took way too much time and effort to get it all going again.

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Easier to hide, sure.
Except Music and iTunes Radio can no longer be hidden. 1oyvey.gif1mad.gif1eek.gif  1confused.gif  

They won't let you hide those with Parental Controls?

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It still befuddles me why there is no browser built into apple tv.
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
They won't let you hide those with Parental Controls?

 

Nope! It’s weird.

 

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It still befuddles me why there is no browser built into apple tv.

 

No one wanting to use their TV as a browser comes to mind. How many “browser” TV services have existed since the 1980s? How many have succeeded? AirPlay for browsing.

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You could hide channels from the home screen before, this is NOT new.
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Originally Posted by troehl View Post
You could hide channels from the home screen before, this is NOT new.
 

Nor is that what the article is saying.

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Nope! It’s weird.

1) I just completed the update and I also see no option for this in Parental Controls and you can't rearrange those top four icons either.

2) Weird is not the adjective I'd use. I am quite annoyed by this as well as the continued inability to simply have my devices connected via Home Sharing to simply show up as "channels" instead of first having to choose the Microsoftian named Computers to get access to these iTunes libraries.

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Nope! It’s weird.


No one wanting to use their TV as a browser comes to mind. How many “browser” TV services have existed since the 1980s? How many have succeeded? AirPlay for browsing.

I want a browser for hotel rooms tallest. Most hotels still have security log ins that are web-based. Without a browser you can't connect your Apple TV directly to their wifi. I have to share my Ethernet connection from laptop as a workaround. This is less expensive hotels like choice hotels to higher end ones like omnis and Marriotts. I come across it at about 80% of my hotel stays.

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
1) I just completed the update and I also see no option for this in Parental Controls and you can't rearrange those top four icons either.

 

Yep, never been able to rearrange top icons, nor move anything from below up there if you had hidden anything before, but now…

 

EDIT: Oh, but I see that some others don’t have Settings up top, but I do. Because I did before the update, I think, since everything else was hidden… or maybe it wasn’t. Anyway, Settings is in the top row for me but not for others, so that managed to get up there. 

 
 2) Weird is not the adjective I'd use. I am quite annoyed by this as well

 

I was being generous. :lol:

 
…simply have my devices connected via Home Sharing to simply show up as “ hannels" instead of first having to choose the Microsoftian named Computers to get access to these iTunes libraries.

 

Huh. I guess that makes sense. Great, now you have me wanting something else out of the Apple TV that Apple couldn’t care less about because they want you to repurchase everything you own in iTunes.:grumble: 

 

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I want a browser for hotel rooms tallest. Most hotels still have security log ins that are web-based. Without a browser you can't connect your Apple TV directly to their wifi. I have to share my Ethernet connection from laptop as a workaround. This is less expensive hotels like choice hotels to higher end ones like omnis and Marriotts. I come across it at about 80% of my hotel stays.
 

Couldn’t that just be solved with a modal slide-up login option in Settings (Settings/Wi-Fi, you choose the Wi-Fi network you want, and it slides up) just like on every other iOS device?

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It still befuddles me why there is no browser built into apple tv.

I oft use Safari on my Apple TV.

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I want a browser for hotel rooms tallest. Most hotels still have security log ins that are web-based. Without a browser you can't connect your Apple TV directly to their wifi. I have to share my Ethernet connection from laptop as a workaround. This is less expensive hotels like choice hotels to higher end ones like omnis and Marriotts. I come across it at about 80% of my hotel stays.

Have you considered connecting the Apple TV to you Mac or iPhone via Sharing or Personal Hotspot, respectively?

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Anyway, Settings is in the top row for me but not for others, so that managed to get up there.

This has always been on the top row, far-right for me.

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I oft use Safari on my Apple TV.

Through Airplay, right?

 

Airplay has lots of issues for me, even on a direct wired connection via latest Airport extreme router. 

 

There are a couple of websites I watch video on where it would be much better (performance and quality wide) if I could just visit them directly via a browser on appletv.

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Through Airplay, right?

Airplay has lots of issues for me, even on a direct wired connection via latest Airport extreme router. 

There are a couple of websites I watch video on where it would be much better (performance and quality wide) if I could just visit them directly via a browser on appletv.

Videos via AirPlay will never work well so long as it's mirroring. I think that's because the iOS-based iDevice or Mac is doing all the processing and then pushing it to the Apple TV as a second monitor, which is not how it works when you do the non-mirroring AirPlay for video playback with iOS apps.

Do these websites not have their own app for such an occasion?

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Videos via AirPlay will never work well so long as it's mirroring. I think that's because the iOS-based iDevice or Mac is doing all the processing and then pushing it to the Apple TV as a second monitor, which is not how it works when you do the non-mirroring AirPlay for video playback with iOS apps.

Do these websites not have their own app for such an occasion?


Along the same lines I've found that if you use the Apple TV as second monitor the quality is much improved over mirroring the screen on your source

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I really don't understand why the analysts keep pushing for an "Apple TV" when Apple can just give away a hockey puck sized device and make almost every single television an "Apple TV".

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You could hide them before today you know.

But they're still all there on the system just hidden. Why not completely remove unwanted ones?
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But they're still all there on the system just hidden. Why not completely remove unwanted ones?

They're still in there in your mind. Get a real problem, Jesus. We can't even hide system apps on the iPhone.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

...  users can hide icons by holding the select button ...

 

Great.  Now how do I remove movies from my Wishlist after I've bought them?

Anybody?

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Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

Great.  Now how do I remove movies from my Wishlist after I've bought them?

Anybody?

 

In a perfect world it would be automatic, but wouldn’t you just go back to the store page for it and undo what you did to add them?

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post
 

In a perfect world it would be automatic, but wouldn’t you just go back to the store page for it and undo what you did to add them?

 

I guess so.  Will try that.  Would be easier to delete from the Wishlist itself, but that would require adding a button or something.

Or click-holding with the remote.  But then the semantics of click-holding would be different: "remove permanently" vs. "not show."

It all adds up to more clutter and confusion.

 

Will be interesting to see if Apple can simplify the Apple TV UI even more.  (Hint to Apple UI designers: Siri.)

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 After updating, users can hide icons by holding the select button, causing icons on the screen to jiggle. Once activated, users can press the play/pause button on their remote to bring up a menu that allows users to hide the icon.

 

It is amazing how intuitive Apple's software always is.

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Originally Posted by SockRolid View Post

(Hint to Apple UI designers: Siri.)

 

“Hey, Siri, skip ahead to where he shoots up the warehouse.”
“Siri, show me the movies with gratuitous nudity.”
“Siri, show me everything I have with Liam Neeson.”

EDIT: just to be clear, those three are NOT part of the same search, whittling down a library. :lol:

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They're still in there in your mind. Get a real problem, Jesus. We can't even hide system apps on the iPhone.

Yeah but does your iPhone show every app there is in the app store? Netflix isn't a system app, the number of apps (channels) is going to grow to a point that if not made removable they'll bog down the system.
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“Hey, Siri, skip ahead to where he shoots up the warehouse.”
“Siri, show me the movies with gratuitous nudity.”
“Siri, show me everything I have with Liam Neeson.”

 

LOL.  Just watched my DVD of "The Bounty" last night.  Topless Tahitian women plus Liam Neeson but no warehouse.

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LOL.  Just watched my DVD of "The Bounty" last night.  Topless Tahitian women plus Liam Neeson but no warehouse.

Whorehouse, warehouse; they both have boxes. lol.gif
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They still haven't fixed the ABC and Disney channels not loading problem that I and a LOT of other Apple TV users have.

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You could hide them before today you know.

I didn't know that.

Not that I ever looked.. I just moved the channels I want to the top.


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Easier to hide, sure.
Except Music and iTunes Radio can no longer be hidden. 1oyvey.gif1mad.gif1eek.gif  1confused.gif  

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Very glad to see this article. I never could figure out how to hide this stuff before but now I'll do a lot of removing. My cable company is a smaller company that isn't an option for almost all of these channels so I'll be happy to get my screen looking more like my old original version one Apple TV.
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Right, but now its more Apple-esque. Before it was more clumsy.

going into parental controls and clicking on the channels you wanted to hide was clumsy?  It was easy for everyone else.

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No one wanting to use their TV as a browser comes to mind. How many “browser” TV services have existed since the 1980s? How many have succeeded? AirPlay for browsing.

 

Mirroring an iDevives or mac into a TV with airplay is something that works great for airplay indeed.  But it does required you to have an expensive external device.  If it can be build in into the Apple TV, why not do it.

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Originally Posted by herbapou View Post

Mirroring an iDevives or mac into a TV with airplay is something that works great for airplay indeed.  But it does required you to have an expensive external device.  If it can be build in into the Apple TV, why not do it.

 

Who has an Apple TV but not an iOS device?

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Mirroring an iDevives or mac into a TV with airplay is something that works great for airplay indeed.  But it does required you to have an expensive external device.  If it can be build in into the Apple TV, why not do it.

Who has an Apple TV but not an iOS device?

Think he means a WiFi device. But since these are $50 or more, I wouldn't consider them to be expensive.
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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post
Think he means a WiFi device. But since these are $50 or more, I wouldn't consider them to be expensive.


Okay. Who has an Apple TV but not a router? :lol: 

 

Are there really that many houses that jumped on the “wire a home with Cat5” bandwagon?

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Think he means a WiFi device. But since these are $50 or more, I wouldn't consider them to be expensive.


Okay. Who has an Apple TV but not a router? lol.gif

No one. But maybe it was simply a way for him to share his opinion that WiFi routers are expensive? Really wouldn't know...
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Are there really that many houses that jumped on the “wire a home with Cat5” bandwagon?

I have a friend who got 'triple-play'. Yep, Landline phone, Internet and TV, all from one company, all from his 19th century copper line, 21st century-alized with DSL. Well, every time he answers the phone the TV goes jerky, likely due to QoS.
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