Keeping Sequels In Release Order

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by newtoiphonesdk, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. newtoiphonesdk macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2010
    I have all the Harry Potter and Shrek Movies in iTunes. Whenever I scroll through the Apple TV or iTunes menus, they are arranged alphabetically, meaning the first movie Sorcer's Stone, is not listed first. Are there any things I can change in the Info section of the videos to have them display in chronological order for those movies, while leaving everything else in alphabetical?
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    The only way that I know is to just make a playlist of the movies, and then it is arranged properly. That's how I have my Star Wars movies lined up.
  3. PixelFactory macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2003
    It's pretty easy. Select the movie in itunes and "Get Info". One of the tabs is "sorting" under that tab on the right side there is sorting name. Enter the name there, such as "Harry Potter 1" and so on. The apple TV will use this to sort the names.
  4. ftaok, Dec 10, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010

    ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    You can try to retag the movie's "Sort Name" to Harry Potter 1, Harry Potter 2, etc, while leaving the actual name the same. Sort Name is located in the "Sorting" tab when you do a "get info".

    I've never tried this, but I can't see it not working.

    DAMN, I got beat to the punch.
  5. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2009
    Confirmed that changing the Sort Name field works. I have several series showing up in the correct order, including Harry Potter, Alien, Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean.
  6. KeithJenner macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    The sort fields are very useful. I use them a lot for keeping my sons programs at the top of the menu and grouping together related items (i.e. all Michael Palin series are grouped under P, regardless of name).

    Before the firmware update the sort field didn't work. For me it is probably the most useful fix from 4.2
  7. JPM macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Another thing you can do is use the TV show name and season/episode number. Then it will put all of the movies under one entry in the list and sort them in order just like it does with TV shows.

    eg. TV Show Name = Harry Potter and episode #1, 2, 3, etc. In your main movie list you will have an entry "Harry Potter" with the little arrow and when you select it you will get the ordered list of movies.

    edit: I have an aTV 1 and this works. I assume it works on the aTV 2 as well.
  8. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I was using this method for the atv1...doesnt work for the atv2.

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