Apple not only updated iOS devices today, it also had a couple new things set to go for its second and third generation Apple TV devices.
Apple TV update 6.1 brought with it several new features, but possibly the biggest is the new ability to hide unwanted channels. As Apple has finally allowed more content partners to enter the ecosystem, the channel selection menu has begun to look a little crowded. Now you can choose to hide any unwanted channels. Simply navigate to the desired channel, hold down the select button on your remote and you will begin to see it shake in a similar fashion to when you move an app on an iOS device. Once you do that, use the play/pause button to choose what to do with it.
There is also a handy new feature that will allow you to view your purchased content on the Remote app on your iOS device, and then select it to begin playing automatically on your Apple TV.
Here is the complete change log of what was updated.
|Main menu||Customize your Apple TV by hiding items from the main menu.|
|AirPlay||Adds a security option to require that iOS devices or Macs be verified with a one-time, onscreen code before using AirPlay. Requires iOS 7.1 or later on an iOS device or a Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.2 or later.
Adds support to allow an AirPlay device to discover Apple TV over Bluetooth in environments where multicast or Bonjour traffic is blocked on the network or the AirPlay device is on a different subnet.
|Remote app||View your purchased TV shows and movies in the Remote app and tap to play them instantly on Apple TV. Create and play iTunes Radio stations. Requires Remote app version 4.2 or later.|
|Stability and performance||Includes general performance and stability improvements.|
With Apple TV having generated $1 billion in revenue for Apple last year, and all of the work being done to add new channels to the set top box, it would appear that Apple is taking it as a far more serious product than it used to. Now if we could just out if there really is a new version coming in the near future.