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Apple Releases tvOS 13.3 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV Models

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Apple today released tvOS 13.3, the second major update to the tvOS 13 operating system that runs on the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 13.3 comes over a month after the launch of the tvOS 13.2 update.

?tvOS 13.3?, which is a free update, can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the ??Apple TV?? by going to System -> Software Update. ??Apple TV?? owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to ??tvOS 13??.3 automatically.


tvOS 13.3 adds a useful new setting that's designed to let you change the main banner interface in the Apple TV app from What to Watch to Up Next, which displays content from shows that you're already watching rather than show suggestions.

The option can be accessed by going to the Settings app, choosing Apps, and selecting the TV app. From there, select Home Screen and choose "Up Next" in the "Top Shelf" section.

We didn't find any additional new features in tvOS 13.3 during the beta testing period, making it unclear what else might be included, but it likely focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements.

Details on the update will be provided through Apple's tvOS support document.

Article Link: Apple Releases tvOS 13.3 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV Models
 

Max E Verde

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Glad they listened and brought that back. Show suggestions were useless to me in the top shelf, while I check my Up Next queue multiple times a day.
 
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jhulgan

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That was the first thing I did after updating. I don't want to see adverts for AppleTV+ every time I turn on my television.
 
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CarlJ

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tvOS 13.3 adds a useful new setting that's designed to let you change the main banner interface in the Apple TV app from What to Watch to Up Next, which displays content from shows that you're already watching rather than show suggestions.

The option can be accessed by going to the Settings app, choosing Apps, and selecting the TV app. From there, select Home Screen and choose "Up Next" in the "Top Shelf" section.
Hallelujah! Been looking forward to this for a long time.
 
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Traverse

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Finally have up next back. I honestly don't watch much TV so I like having the up next to kind of push me along.
 
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spakle

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Does anyone know how to turn off/stop broad casting AirPlay on the AppleTV? I went to Settings -> Airplay and HomeKit -> turned it off. But its still broadcasting, and when I answer my phone, and look to put it on speaker phone, I now need to drill through a list of Audio -> iPhone - Speaker Phone - AppleTV. Before I only had to toggle between the iphone and speaker. This is most annoying. I have updated to the tvOS 13.3, but still no luck in it actually turning off.
 
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millerlite

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Everything in my up next list has disappearing after this update! :(
ME TOO!!! OMG, this really sucks! Was excited to see my Up Next stuff on the top shelf again, but now I only have What To Watch (APPLE+ ADS!!!)!!! Apple has this way of doing a lot of great things and then occasionally ***** up all of your files (can’t tell you how many times my music has been screwed up). Really pissed right now.
 
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millerlite

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ME TOO!!! OMG, this really sucks! Was excited to see my Up Next stuff on the top shelf again, but now I only have What To Watch (APPLE+ ADS!!!)!!! Apple has this way of doing a lot of great things and then occasionally ***** up all of your files (can’t tell you how many times my music has been screwed up). Really pissed right now.

Update: AppleTV logged into another person in my house who doesn’t use Up Next, which is why it wasn’t showing any of my shows. I added this user months ago, but she doesn’t bother to switch users, ever (so losing Up Next would’ve lost her shows and mine). I literally am the only user that has done anything on my AppleTV. Odd that Apple would update the OS and log in with a different user than normal. So if anyone else has this problem,check who’s logged in.
 
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spakle

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Never mind on the request about the AppleTV on the phone. Seems it was paired via bluetooth. I took my phone off the device list: Settings -> Remote and Device -> Remote App and Devices -> Removed phone. IN case anyone ever stumbles on this thread and is looking to do the same.
 
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BWhaler

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appletv app still can’t load large libraries. I guess Apple doesn’t care about big customers who spend a lot of money with then.
 
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Update: AppleTV logged into another person in my house who doesn’t use Up Next, which is why it wasn’t showing any of my shows. I added this user months ago, but she doesn’t bother to switch users, ever (so losing Up Next would’ve lost her shows and mine). I literally am the only user that has done anything on my AppleTV. Odd that Apple would update the OS and log in with a different user than normal. So if anyone else has this problem,check who’s logged in.

Apple appears to have a generic bug in handling preferences. EVERY device (watch, phone, tv) occasionally resets a preference or two. Most commonly (but not only) after an update.
It's RIDICULOUS that this still persists after about three or four years, but there you are...

My guess is there's a race condition or something similarly random in the handling of preferences, and they don't know exactly where it is and so how to fix it.
 
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RomanEmpire

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I‘m still having major issues with TVos13:

  1. Apple TV randomly switching between users on its own...very annoying!
  2. Apple TV picks my Libratone ZIPP 2 as it‘s primary sound output (eventhough it‘s not configured as such)
  3. CoverArt for my purchased movies / TV-Shows is still a mess...
 
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staggerlee41

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I was gifted an ATV for Christmas and am sitting on 12.4.1. Is it safe to update to 13.3 on ATV or should I stay put on 12.4.1 as I am with my iOS devices?
 
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CarlJ

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I was gifted an ATV for Christmas and am sitting on 12.4.1. Is it safe to update to 13.3 on ATV or should I stay put on 12.4.1 as I am with my iOS devices?
I'm running iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, and tvOS 13.3 (and watchOS 6.1.1), and I'm reasonably happy with all of them (I had to go to iOS 13 to match up with the Apple Watch 5 when it came out). tvOS is not as tightly connected to iOS and iPadOS as they are with each other, and for quite a stretch of time, my Apple TV was several generations of OS ahead of my iPhone and iPad (when they were old hardware), without causing any particular problems.

I would recommend upgrading the ATV to tvOS 13 now (it won't cause trouble vs the other devices), and strongly consider upgrading the other devices now, or soon.

Also, congrats! The ATV is a great device. Aside from watching over-the-air broadcasts once in a long while, my TV pretty much serves as a "dumb" output device for the ATV4K. HDMI-CEC means the ATV's remote can turn everything on and off, and control volume, so I rarely touch any other remote.
 
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