How to mark TV shows as watched w/ ATV4?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MrDexx, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. MrDexx macrumors member

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    Hey guys, with the old Apple TVs I could watch a TV show as watched (that I had watched already in a season) by holding down a button on the remote...

    That doesn't seem possible with ATV4? Am I doing something wrong?
     
  2. Kaffrey macrumors newbie

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    The only way I have been able to do this is by marking episodes as watched in iTunes. It is then reflected on the ATV.
     
  3. danmart macrumors 6502

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    Press and hold the track pad like you used to do with the old remote's round button works for me.
     
  4. sugarbear macrumors newbie

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    Press and hold didn't work for me. Where/how exactly does this work?
     
  5. danmart macrumors 6502

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    In the list of TV programmes (from the Computers option), select the episode in question. Then just press and hold the middle of the track pad. The old style pop up with "mark watched' or 'mark unwatched' appears.

    Works every time for me?
     
  6. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    yep, i still have a 3rd generation Apple TV, and it work throughout. computers section as well as podcasts.

    I'd feel pretty quilty if Apple provided the only solution, must be marked from iTunes.... That's not very convenient.
     
  7. danmart macrumors 6502

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    For the avoidance of doubt, this works for me on the ATV4.
     
  8. Shoesy macrumors 6502a

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    In my experience: On the TV Programmes view (probably called 'shows' in the US I guess) press and hold to change watched status does not work on top level shows- only those in folders (seasons). The 'By Date' tab seems unaffected by this bug.
     
  9. danmart macrumors 6502

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    Interesting, the programme I was modifying was part of a 'season.'
     
  10. zinned macrumors regular

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    Aren't you guys talking about two different things, it's one thing to mark a whole season as watched/unwatched (I don't think this works) and another thing to mark an explicit episode as watched/unwatched.
     
  11. danmart macrumors 6502

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    The OP had trouble marking an individual programme in a season as watched, according to their post. This works every time for me.

    I have never tried marking a whole season as watched.
     
  12. protobiont macrumors 6502a

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    Are you referring to episodes stored on your computer and viewed via home sharing? Does this work with iTunes purchases that you haven't downloaded locally?
     
  13. Shoesy macrumors 6502a

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    In my experience:
    Shows that are not part of a season in the root level of that area cannot be marked as watched or unwatched.
    Entire seasons cannot be marked as watched or unwatched
    Only single shows within seasons can be marked as watched or unwatched.

    As far as I can see this cannot be desired behaviour.
     
  14. danmart macrumors 6502

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    Yes

    Don't know, sorry. Never tried that!
     
  15. MrDexx thread starter macrumors member

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    Hey All, thank you for the responses, just wanted to update to say I actually didn't get it to work with any of the suggestions though :(

    So here's the deal:
    • I purchased just a single season pass for The Walking Dead
    • I had already watched the first two episodes of the season on TV so I just needed to watch the remainder now
    • However since the Apple TV has the first two shows as unwatched, it pops up with the second episode (ended up watching the first) as whats next to play (even as new episodes come out)
    • When I HOLD the track pad (and any other button) on an episode, I can see it visually being pressed and held on the screen, however no menu options pop up no matter how long I hold it on an episode
    • If I do a quick click, the episode begins to play as normal
    • Episodes in a season do not show up in the Computer section of the ATV4, however even when I went to the individual TV episodes I do have on my computer, and click/hold like I used to, no menu pops up

    So with this clearer explanation, has anyone with an Apple TV 4 actually been able to mark shows as read JUST with the remote like the ATV 3 could? Am I missing something? (I've also used the Pause/Play button to no avail)
     
  16. MrDexx thread starter macrumors member

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    What am I missing?
     
  17. danmart, Nov 26, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2015

    danmart macrumors 6502

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    The only thing I can think is - are you pressing the centre of the touch pad? It does seem to have "zones" on it.

    Videod myself using it, apologies that it is a bit blurry!
     
  18. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    No, it's a bug. Best thing to do is submit directly to Apple:

    https://bugreport.apple.com
     
  19. heryqk macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the video !
    How did you get this interface ? Like others have mentioned, I only get the horrible horizontal menu when I go in TV Shows whereas you have a vertical menu akin to the ATV3 style menu.
     
  20. danmart macrumors 6502

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    Happy to help! It's accessed through 'computers', the orange icon. It's media on my Mac shared via Homesharing.
     

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