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Whitnall214 posts since 20 Apr 2017
London London
I just found out its possible to teach your Apple TV to use another remote, instead of using the supplied remote which I find annoying.

Interesting, I had to buy a new HDMI lead before Amazon 4k Would work, it claimed the TV did not support HCDP.
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noggin13,474 posts since 26 Jun 2001
I just found out its possible to teach your Apple TV to use another remote, instead of using the supplied remote which I find annoying.

Interesting, I had to buy a new HDMI lead before Amazon 4k Would work, it claimed the TV did not support HCDP.


Some of the modes the ATV 4K will output are higher bandwidth than older HDMI standards, and older cables won't carry them reliably. This can confuse HDCP (even though it's not an HDCP fault per se)
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UKnews644 posts since 26 Apr 2011
Good that Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV now has 5.1 having only launched with Stereo.

Seems like it was updated a while ago for 4K content at first and then for HD, hadn’t noticed not having the 4K version and having streamed Amazon from elsewhere given the lack of 5.1 in the app.
Last edited by UKnews on 14 January 2018 9:30pm
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VMPhil8,682 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Might as well post here since Birdsong is dead:

Global, the commercial radio conglomerate, have released a version of Global Player for the Apple TV. This means you can listen to stations like Capital, Smooth, Heart, Radio X, LBC, and Classic FM through the Apple TV with a nice 'now playing' screen. Very handy to have when putting the radio on in the background, and ahead of the game on this one as the BBC don't have iPlayer Radio for the Apple TV.
London Lite9,223 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Might as well post here since Birdsong is dead:

Global, the commercial radio conglomerate, have released a version of Global Player for the Apple TV. This means you can listen to stations like Capital, Smooth, Heart, Radio X, LBC, and Classic FM through the Apple TV with a nice 'now playing' screen. Very handy to have when putting the radio on in the background, and ahead of the game on this one as the BBC don't have iPlayer Radio for the Apple TV.


I take it the Apple TV version doesn't have LBC London News? The Android version doesn't have it, despite the fact it's a station I'd listen to on it!
VMPhil8,682 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Might as well post here since Birdsong is dead:

Global, the commercial radio conglomerate, have released a version of Global Player for the Apple TV. This means you can listen to stations like Capital, Smooth, Heart, Radio X, LBC, and Classic FM through the Apple TV with a nice 'now playing' screen. Very handy to have when putting the radio on in the background, and ahead of the game on this one as the BBC don't have iPlayer Radio for the Apple TV.


I take it the Apple TV version doesn't have LBC London News? The Android version doesn't have it, despite the fact it's a station I'd listen to on it!

It's there, but you have to go to LBC and then choose LBC News under 'Location' alongside LBC UK and LBC London. They don't consider it a separate station for some reason.
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VMPhil8,682 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
A newly updated YouTube app has launched on the Apple TV, and er, well. It's terrible.

It's like Amazon's app in that it's their standard smart TV app that has been lightly adapted for the Apple TV. The worst thing is that when playing a video it uses some custom seek bar instead of the standard one, which means you can't do things like scrubbing through the video, double tap to change the playback time to a clock to see when your video will end, and triple tap to turn on subtitles. It also means you can't play/pause or scrub through a video using the Apple TV app on iOS anymore (bizarre!).

Disappointing that these big players can't make native apps that don't feel like some sort of web wrapper.
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noggin13,474 posts since 26 Jun 2001
A newly updated YouTube app has launched on the Apple TV, and er, well. It's terrible.

It's like Amazon's app in that it's their standard smart TV app that has been lightly adapted for the Apple TV. The worst thing is that when playing a video it uses some custom seek bar instead of the standard one, which means you can't do things like scrubbing through the video, double tap to change the playback time to a clock to see when your video will end, and triple tap to turn on subtitles. It also means you can't play/pause or scrub through a video using the Apple TV app on iOS anymore (bizarre!).

Disappointing that these big players can't make native apps that don't feel like some sort of web wrapper.


My understanding is that Apple TV is still a very 'minor' player as a media outlet (compared to tablet and phone) and even though Apple have sensibly made tvOS very similar to iOS for developers (to reduce development costs) - tvOS apps are very low down in the priorities of most media providers.
DVB Cornwall7,503 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
According to the release notes the latest software release tvOS 11.2.6 shouldn't have affected much, but since downloading it the format decoding routine seems on my box to be taking noticeably longer to complete and display. Has anyone else noticed this?
noggin13,474 posts since 26 Jun 2001
According to the release notes the latest software release tvOS 11.2.6 shouldn't have affected much, but since downloading it the format decoding routine seems on my box to be taking noticeably longer to complete and display. Has anyone else noticed this?


Not sure what you mean? Doesn't the ATV use associated frame-rate metadata to decide output frame rate and SDR/HDR format, I don't think it uses video detection (to cope with encrypted video). I think that's what the tvOS developer notes suggested when the frame rate switching was rolled out?