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Apple TV Software Update 6.1

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. Requires iOS 7.1 or later on iPhone 4s or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini (1st or 2nd generation), or iPod touch (5th generation) and Apple TV (3rd generation).
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.

Apple TV Software Update 6.0.2

Stability and performance Includes general performance and stability improvements.

Apple TV Software Update 6.0.1

Stability and performance Includes general performance and stability improvements.

Apple TV Software Update 6.0

iTunes Radio Create your own radio stations and listen to them ad-free with iTunes Match. (Available only in the United States.)
iTunes Music Store Browse, purchase, and play music directly from the iTunes Music Store. 
iCloud Photos Adds support for playing video from a shared photo stream and viewing photo streams from multiple contributors.
AirPlay from iCloud Apple TV will play content from iTunes in the Cloud instead of your AirPlay device when possible. Requires iOS 7 on AirPlay device.
Podcasts Sync your podcasts and podcast stations across Apple TV and all your iOS devices.
iMovie Theater
  • Stream your iMovie creations instantly in high definition from iCloud.
  • Requires the latest version of iMovie for iOS or Mac and an iCloud account.
Subtitles & Captioning
  • Automatic subtitle selection based on Apple TV language setting.
  • Customize closed caption style.
Conference Room Display Lock Apple TV into Conference Room Display (for business and education environments) and show onscreen instructions for using AirPlay.
Software Update Keep your Apple TV always up to date by automatically installing software updates when available.
Setup Use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7 to automatically transfer network settings, your Apple ID, and language preferences to Apple TV (3rd generation). Not available on iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

Apple TV Software Update 5.3

Third-party content Adds support for HBO GO, ESPN, Sky News, Qello, and Crunchyroll.
iTunes Store Improves reliability of signing in to the iTunes Store and playing purchased content.

Apple TV Software Update 5.2.1

iTunes in the Cloud Adds support for Music in the Cloud in Japan and Israel.
Stability and performance Includes improvements for software update, subtitles, and general performance.

Apple TV Software Update 5.2

iTunes in the Cloud Browse and play your purchased iTunes music directly from iCloud. This feature may not be available in all countries.
Bluetooth keyboard Use your Apple Wireless Keyboard to control your Apple TV. Learn more.
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 general performance and stability improvements.

Earlier versions

Apple TV Software Update 5.1.1

iTunes Up Next Adds support for Up Next with iTunes 11 or iTunes Match.
  • See upcoming songs when playing music on your Apple TV.
  • Add new songs and edit what's queued with your Remote or with the Remote app.
Stability and performance Includes performance and stability improvements with the iTunes Store, AirPlay, Netflix, iTunes Match, and wired Ethernet connections.

Apple TV Software Update 5.1

Shared Photo Streams Accept invitations for Shared Photo Streams, browse photos and comments, and receive notifications of new content.
AirPlay Send audio content from Apple TV to AirPlay-enabled speakers and devices (including AirPort Express and other Apple TVs). Also includes the ability to require an onscreen code to use AirPlay with your Apple TV.
iTunes account switching Save multiple iTunes accounts and switch quickly between them.
Trailers Search movie trailers. In the United States, see show times for local theaters.
Screen savers New Cascade, Shrinking Tiles, and Sliding Panels screen savers.
Main menu Reorder icons on the second page by holding down the select button on the remote.
Subtitles SDH support for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as improvements to viewing and selecting subtitles.
Network configuration Support for setting up advanced network options using configuration profiles. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5437 for more information.
Stability and performance Includes general performance and stability improvements.

Apple TV Software Update 5.0.2

Parental Controls Addresses an issue which caused content restrictions to be incorrectly applied for the iTunes Store in Australia.

Apple TV Software Update 5.0.1

iTunes previews Previews for movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store can now be viewed in HD.
AirPlay Fixes an issue that caused some iOS apps to have trouble connecting via AirPlay.
Home Sharing Improves the reliability of Home Sharing connections.
Netflix Addresses an issue affecting Netflix login and navigation.
Stability and performance Includes fixes for issues affecting stability and performance.

Apple TV Software Update 5.0

New interface Fast, visual access to all content choices
Movie purchases in iCloud Support for buying movies on Apple TV and playing back purchased movies from iCloud
Genius Recommendations Recommendations for content on the iTunes Store based on previous rentals and purchases
Screensaver photos New National Geographic photos built-in for screensaver
On-device sign-up On-device sign up for content partners on Apple TV using your Apple ID

Apple TV Software Update 4.4.4

Stability and performance Apple TV software version 4.4.4 includes general performance and stability improvements, including a fix for an issue that displayed an error when playing some video content.

Apple TV Software Update 4.4.3

Netflix Added support for Netflix in Mexico.
Audio output Addresses an issue in which audio may not play through the optical port when the TV is turned off.

Apple TV Software Update 4.4.2

Software Update Addresses an issue that required a small number of Apple TV units to be connected to iTunes in order to complete the update.

Note: If you are updating to software update 4.4.2 from software update 4.4 or 4.4.1, please read this article before starting the update process.

Apple TV Software Update 4.4

Photo Stream View photos recently taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.
AirPlay Mirroring Wirelessly stream what's on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 screen to your HDTV.
National Hockey League * Watch live games. View highlights, scores, and more.
Wall Street Journal Watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts.
New Slideshow themes Enjoy your photos on your HDTV with new slideshow themes: Photo Wall, Flip-up, Shifting Tiles.
Netflix Added support for subtitles when available.

Note: Live and on-demand games require a NHL subscription. Blackouts apply. See nhl.com/appletv for details.

Apple TV Software Update 4.3

TV show purchases

Purchase TV shows on Apple TV.

  • Shows purchased on Apple TV can be redownloaded on other iOS devices.
  • Shows purchased on other iOS devices or with iTunes automatically show up as available to play on Apple TV.

Feature limited by region. Learn more.

Vimeo Browse and watch millions of user-uploaded videos found on the Vimeo service, for free.

Apple TV Software Update 4.2.2

Audio Addresses an issue in which audio is not output when playing some video content.
Video playback Addresses an issue in which video is not displayed when playing some content.
Audio output setting Adds an audio output setting for switching to 16-bit audio for compatibility with some TVs and AV receivers.
Live FF/RW improvements Improves the performance of fast-forwarding and rewinding live events.
Movie description Addresses an issue in which the description information is not displayed for some movies.
YouTube video order Addresses an issue in which YouTube subscription videos were not ordered by date.

Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1

TV compatibility Addresses issues that may cause the screen to flicker or display incorrect color on some older TVs.
Wake from sleep Addresses an issue where Apple TV may not wake up from sleep.
Audio Addresses an issue where audio may not be heard on some TV models after switching from another input.
Stability and performance Apple TV Software Update 4.2.1 includes stability and performance fixes for Apple TV.

Apple TV Software Update 4.2

AirPlay for apps and websites Wirelessly stream video from iOS apps and websites that are enabled for AirPlay, on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3.
MLB.TV* Watch live and on-demand Major League Baseball games in HD with an MLB.TV subscription. Pause, rewind, fast-forward, and switch between the home and away broadcast. Even non-subscribers can access real-time MLB scores and in-game stats, plus see the full-season schedule, standings, and stats. (Live games are subject to blackouts. See www.mlb.com/appletv for details.)
NBA Game Time** Watch live and on-demand games with an NBA League Pass Broadband subscription. Pause, rewind, and fast-forward both live and on-demand games. And non-subscribers can access real-time NBA scores and in-game stats, plus see the full-season schedule, standings, stats, and video highlights. (Live and archived games are subject to blackouts. See www.nba.com/appletv for details.)
Netflix Dolby Digital 5.1*** Enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound when watching Netflix movies and TV shows on Apple TV. (Not available with all titles.)
New slideshow themes View photos with the new Scrapbook, Photo Mobile, and Holiday Mobile slideshow themes or use as the Apple TV screensaver.
Improved on-screen keyboard Search and enter names and passwords more easily with the redesigned on-screen keyboard.
AirPlay photo slideshow themes All Apple TV photo slideshow themes are now available when using AirPlay to wirelessly send a photo slideshow from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to Apple TV.
HDMI color mode Apple TV Software Update 4.2 includes a setting for changing the color mode output over HDMI.
Connectivity and performance fixes Apple TV Software Update 4.2 includes performance and connectivity fixes for Apple TV.

Notes

  1. * Live and on-demand games require a MLB.TV subscription. Blackouts apply. See mlb.com/appletv for details.
  2. ** Available in the United States. Live and on-demand games require NBA League Pass Broadband subscription. Blackouts apply. See nba.com/appletv for details.
  3. *** Not available with all titles. Netflix is available in the U.S. and Canada.

Apple TV Software Update 4.1.1

TV resolution fix Addresses an issue that causes some high-definition TVs to incorrectly display at 480p.
Download fix Addresses an issue that may cause a movie or TV show to be re-downloaded.

Apple TV Software Update 4.1

AirPlay With the new AirPlay feature, Videos, Photos, and Music can be streamed to Apple TV from iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. AirPlay also enables video and music to be streamed to Apple TV from a Mac or PC running iTunes 10.2 or later.
VoiceOver The VoiceOver accessibility feature brings screen reading to Apple TV, making it easier to use for those who are blind or have impaired vision. You will hear a description of the menu item currently being highlighted by the cursor, other onscreen text, and feedback on video and audio controls. VoiceOver speaks all 18 languages available on Apple TV.
Connectivity and performance fixes Apple TV Software update 4.1 includes performance and connectivity fixes for Apple TV.

 

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