ATV2 - TV Seasons Out Of Order -- SOLUTION!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Icculus, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Icculus macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Frisco, TX
    After countless hours of google searches and more hours trying every thing I can think of, I have FINALLY found a solution on my own! I was shocked to find out this works, but it does and this is a bit tedious but its worth it!

    For each season I assume you already have the season's/episodes marked correctly in iTunes (which is the baffle as to why it doesn't sort correctly.) If that is done, then just do the following and AppleTV will have everything sorted in the RIGHT order.

    I will use the example of Seinfeld, Season 1. Go ahead and highlight the entire season and do get-info. Since this is the first season change the Disc Number to 1 of 2 (all other seasons will be 2 of 2 for season 2, or 6 of 6 for season 6, but for the first season in order for them to be named correctly in finder it HAS to be 1 of 2.)

    After that you can hit OK to close out/save changes. Now go to the first episode, go back into get info and change the track number to 1, 2 for the 2nd episode and so on. Make sure to start back at 1 for the 2nd season, 3rd season, etc. I know this is tedious (I had 754 TV shows I had to do this for.) Once you are done doing all that quit/restart itunes and go check out your AppleTV and everything should be named correctly.

    PM me with any questions you have, I am so thrilled to have a solution and want to help anyone looking for one! I included some pictures to help everyone out, because this ANNOYED me to death and so glad to have a solution!

    Here is a breakdown of the screen captures (upper left to bottom right)

    1 - This is just a listing of how your shows should already look in iTunes with the season/episode number, if not like this please correct before moving on.

    2 - Get info on the first episode of the first season, and notice the track number is 1 and the disc number is 1 of 2 (ONLY for the first season).

    3 - Get info on the second episode of the first season, track number is 2, and disc number is still 2 of 2.

    4 - Get info on the first episode of the second season. Track number resets back to 1 and now the disc number is 2 of 2 to indicate second season.

    5 - If you pull up finder > itunes > tv shows > seinfeld (or whatever season you are doing) you should see the file names listed out like this. Should list out like season number-episode number - episode title. Please let me know if you have any questions or this does not work for you. Thanks!

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  2. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008

    Going to wait for Apple to fix it though. It does look too tedious for me. I don't care that much. :D But nice to know there is a solution in case Apple doesn't fix it eventually.

    Got another problem that's more annoying. MOvie cover art isn't showing up for a few handfuls of my movies even though it is in iTunes. PUt the cover art in last night.

    This comes after a season of Mad Men's cover art only shows up on half the episodes and it won't take to the others even if added manually. Annoying.
  3. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    How does one get the Rating (TV-14, etc) to show up?
  4. Icculus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Frisco, TX
    You need to use a program called MetaX (if you are on OS X). Not sure what to use for Windows, but that will allow you to enter your PG rating, and save it. Then in itunes if it doesn't refresh just double click the file and it will populate.
  5. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    MetaX is outdated and clunky use iDentify or iFlicks both far superior.
  6. bbyers70 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    Subler (if you're using OS X). MetaX (for Windows users)
  7. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    Subler is great though not for tagging.

    iFlicks which costs is the best iDentify which is free is a close second.

    Try tagging a TV seriers with Subler a nightmare with no TVDB support.
  8. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    It's pretty crazy that this happens...I just noticed it with always sunny. it's listing season 2 before season 1, but the rest are in order.
  9. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I thought I would try this with my apple tv take 2 but it didn't work for me. My seasons have always done this and it drives me bonkers scrolling through tons of episodes for series like MASH and mythbusters.
  10. Icculus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Frisco, TX
    You followed my instructions of entering the the track number and discs numbers like it was part of a music album? Did you close and reopen iTunes? I will help you get this sorted out because I know this works as I had over 30 seasons I had to fix and they are all listed out let me know.
  11. bobsentell macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    Cool. I'll work on this now. Hopefully it works the same on the Windows version of iTunes.
  12. pedz macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    I tried the instructions below with no luck on an atv2. I set the track number, and disk number, as well as the show and season... And I restarted iTunes.

    Still shows separate seasons in main tv show list on atv2.

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