Apple TV 6.1 Software Update Makes Hiding Channels Easier

Monday March 10, 2014 11:54 AM PDT by Juli Clover
Alongside the launch of iOS 7.1, Apple today updated its Apple TV software to version 6.1, adding a much-requested feature that allows users to hide unwanted channel icons from the main screen without needing to access the Parental Controls menu. The hiding feature joins an already existing rearranging feature, letting users further customize their Apple TV home screens as the number of channels has grown significantly in recent months.

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Arranging or hiding icons can be initiated by selecting an item in the main menu and then pressing and holding on the Select button of the remote control until the icon jiggles, much as how icon rearranging functions within iOS. Icons can be moved using directional buttons, with Play/Pause available for more options.

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The Apple TV software was last updated to version 6.0.1 in October, following the release of the 6.0 software in September, which brought several new features including iTunes Radio and AirPlay from iCloud. Earlier this week, the Apple TV gained a new iTunes Festival channel ahead of SXSW.

Users can download the Apple TV 6.1 software through the Apple TV’s over-the-air update mechanism found in Settings --> General –-> Software Update.

Apple has also updated the Remote app for iOS devices to version 4.2, adding a feature that allows users to browse purchased movies and TV shows within the app and then play them on the Apple TV. The update also includes the ability to control iTunes Radio on the Apple TV and offers bug fixes and stability improvements. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 9 months ago
Sweet! An easy way for a grown man to hide 8 Disney channels
Rating: 16 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
Add this feature to iOS for iPhone and iPad!
Rating: 13 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
Finally! No more annoying posts about not being able to hide apps (when you could, in a convoluted way)!
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
Safari feels.... oh sorry, wrong device.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
BRB, hiding 80% of all icons...
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
Neato.

Now release an App Store and a dope 4th gen AppleTV :D
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
I'm going to turn on my AppleTV and see how long it takes to auto-update.

I've yet to see that work on AppleTV.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

I think that's what he had in mind. All that's left is we need to stop paying the cable companies for access and be able to just pay $10/month/channel. I'll take Fox (for Family Guy and American Dad), Food Network (for fiancée), and I think there's another channel my fiancée would want (E! ? Not sure what the other channel she watches is). Oh, and CC for South Park, of course.

That would be $40/month. Much better than what I'm paying right now for hundreds of channels I don't want just so I can have the four I want.


$10 per Chanel? Are you serious??? From this post you clearly show you don't know how expensive it is to create tv programs.

As expensive as paid tv subscriptions seem to be, it is actually way cheaper than if it were offered per diem.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

Right.... Leave all the idiots who have bought your products behind, hopefully they'll be dim enough to buy your "new and improved" product, if you don't give them a meaningful upgrade.

We still cannot hide the Apple tiles on the top. These are basically ads for Apple services and we should be able to get rid of them and replace them with tiles we actually use, like Netflix or anything else.

Apple TV is not a free product, the box actually costs costs more than most competitors' products. We should not be force-fed Apple tiles (ads) on hardware we paid for.

Wow! All that hostility of a single row of tiles that can't be hidden. :eek:
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

I completely agree! Finally, we can put NewStand in a folder, but I'd like to hide some of those apps entirely! If they can't be uninstalled, please just let us hide the icon from view.

Long overdue on the AppleTV!


You can put NewStand in a folder, but no one puts Baby in a corner!
Rating: 2 Votes

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