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]

Top Rated Comments

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

Now release an App Store and a dope 4th gen AppleTV :D
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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