Apple updates Apple TV to iOS 5.1.1 (software 5.0.2)

Apple updates Apple TV to iOS 5.1.1 (software 5.0.1)

Apple has pushed out Apple TV software version 5.0.2 (4250), still listed as iOS 5.1.1, but now with build number 9B830. The update is for both the 2010 Apple TV (720p) and 2012 Apple TV (1080p). Like with the last update, no new features are shown, and no new services seem to have been added, so this could just be another bug fix and performance enhancement release.

To update your Apple TV:

  1. Click on Settings at the top right
  2. Click on General
  3. Scroll down and click on Update Software

If you have any trouble or need any help, head on over to our Apple TV forum!

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Apple updates Apple TV to iOS 5.1.1 (software 5.0.2)

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That is inaccurate. Hulu will not allow itself on ATV because its corporate masters are worried it will directly compete with their lucrative cable TV deals.
Apple wants as much content on ATV as it can get.

You really believe that? Explain xbox, roku, ps3, and any other one that has Hulu. The apple tv is hardly mainstream as some of them.
Apple has deep pockets. If they wanted more content apps on there, they'd be on there. Obviously, they don't.. Cook has even said they have no problems getting content. The apps they do put on there are carefully chosen as to not conflict too much with itunes content. Sports, wsjlive, etc. Netflix would seem to be the only oddball but perhaps Apple felt they had to include it initially.

Like i said, oddball. But your options were different at first with Apple tv back in 2010. Limited selection of itunes content that you could rent. I don't think purchases were allowed. And every other device at that time had netflix not to mention iOS devices.
Netflix also went to lengths to design a UI consistent with the apple tv UI. Last March, they started allowing subscriptions through the apple tv (which apple takes 30% of).
it's safe to say that Netflix and Apple have a good partnership.

Not much of consequence there -- if you have an iPhone or iPad, the Hulu app lets you Airplay content to the Apple TV.

Still hasn't fixed the blasted podcast issue of marking things 'watched' after watching an episode. Yes I know you can manually mark them, but just fix it already. I've sent multiple requests as well as many others. /rant

Either iDB or iJailbreak had a post that said the aTV2 untether still works with the update. I believe pod2g commented on his twitter as well.

I would like to see Apple bite the bullet and compete directly with Roku. I haven't purchased solely due to lack of content.....I understand APple wants revenue but it's a competetive arena where the competition has far superior content for less.
Can't sell something for what you want when everyone else has a better deal.

Will Apple TV ever get the NFL Sunday Ticket package like on the PS3? Apple TV offers other professional sports for a fee. I would sign up for NFL Sunday Ticket in a heartbeat.

The beginning of the end for this form factor? Get them up to snuff just before obsoleting them? Security update?
Or is this just in preparation for a complete update of the software next week. Something that had to be done before the new update will work?
Lots of options for speculation.

Wish they would figure out a way to get some live soccer content and maybe Versus for some other sports.

Updated. It was quick and easy, and I see absolutely no change. The update supposedly fixed a bug in Australian parental viewing controls (?).
Maybe there were performance improvements too. Since I got my 2nd-gen Apple TV, there have been quite a few improvements to its performance as well as to AirPort software and Time Capsule firmware. All of which have significantly improved smoothness and responsiveness.

I would love if they would add Vevo, I know it's usable through AirPlay but I'd prefer it to be native. They could even add a channel store, like pay a dollar to get a channel and/or a monthly fee for premiums.

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