Decreasing appeal of Apple TV

michaelprescott

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 5, 2010
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The short rant:

We've had the newest version of the Apple TV hardware for about 2 weeks now. Being able to access our library, built over the last 15+ years of purchases, through a simple to use interface with a voice control remote is just great! And, for the first few days, we found new movies and seasons of shows to purchase, easily.

We also watched all of the handful of shows that Apple has released, and are impatiently waiting, waiting, waiting for new episodes for those shows. However, after a week of using the Apple TV, I've noticed it's become increasingly difficult to find shows to purchase because everything we click on is pushing us to subscribe to another app or streaming service. It's turned into a huge banner ad site for streaming services instead of an HTPC. In less than 2 weeks everyone has started to roll their eyes and reluctant to even pick up the remote to see if we can navigate through the landmines of streamer ads and find anything available and worth buying. If it gets any worse, the device is going to be worthless ad box collecting dust. Because, NO, we're not going to subscribe to any other streaming services. Ever.

Apple,
Please, put all of the subscription based alternative streaming services in a separate tab (preferable way off to the right, maybe off screen) and restore the iTunes-like listing of lots of shows available for purchase. Actually, if we could customize the screen so that our library was most prominent and first listed, that would be great. Our library first, new shows to purchase second, movies third, a personal videos and photo library fourth, and alternative streamer pushers and subscription-mongers last. Oh, and if you must list shows that aren't playable or purchasable, put a giant red flaming border or other nauseating graphic around them so we can avoid tapping on interesting titles and be disappointed that they are unwatchable unless we "Enjoy 1 month free and ONNNNNNLY $15 a month afterwards"
Thanks!
 

mallbritton

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Nov 26, 2006
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It sounds like instead of using the TV app you should use the Movies and TV Shows apps instead. Those apps will both display all your purchases and since they link directly to the iTunes Store you will be able to purchase movies and tv shows directly in the apps.
 

lvavila

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Jun 9, 2013
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It sounds like instead of using the TV app you should use the Movies and TV Shows apps instead. Those apps will both display all your purchases and since they link directly to the iTunes Store you will be able to purchase movies and tv shows directly in the apps.
Agreed. The TV app is a central repository for all the other streams which may require a subscription. Movies and TV Shows are iTunes specific.
 

Nigel Goodman

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Jun 29, 2017
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UK
I agree. I have limited use for the TV app because of these. The only streaming service I'm thinking of joining is BritBox (being a Brit!). Nothing else appeals to me.
 
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bbednarz

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Nov 16, 2017
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This sounds like a complaint against the Apple TV App specifically and not the Apple TV itself. And the TV App is it's own separate entity. You can put it at the bottom of the screen and never access it. You can change the function of the home button to take you back to the home screen instead of the Apple TV app.
 
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