Apple TV Gets Updates

Oct 3rd, 2008 | By | Category: Internet TV, Video

Apple today announced some minor updates to Apple TV:

HD TV shows Purchase the leading HD TV shows directly from the iTunes Store. (US only)
Movie browsing by actor and director Browse movies on the iTunes store by actor and director. Select “More” on the movie page and browse the actor and director list on the left to see other movies for that individual.
Chapter selection, alternate audio and subtitles While playing a movie, press and hold Play/Pause to access chapter selection, alternate audio and subtitle display. The display shows the options available for the current movie.
Movie description Press Up when playing a movie to display a description of that movie.
Genius playlists To create a Genius playlist based on the currently playing song, press and hold Play/Pauseto bring up the contextual menu and select Start Genius. Note: The Genius feature must first be enabled in iTunes 8.0.1 and synced with Apple TV.
On-The-Go playlists To add the currently playing song to the On-The-Go playlist, press and hold Play/Pause to bring up the contextual menu and select Add To On-The-Go.
Music videos in playlists Make playlists in iTunes combining your favorite music videos and songs. Play them back on Apple TV and let them play continuously.
Apple TV standby mode From the main menu, press Play/Pause for about three seconds (or go to Settings >Standby).
Security fixes Details are available in this article.

While there are some interesting incremental updates in this release, there’s nothing that here that moves Apple TV beyond Steve Jobs’ ‘hobby’ status.

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