Pause without screen dimming and preview window?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by omro, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. omro macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2010

    Is there a way to pause the video without the screen dimming and the preview window coming up?

    We often want to pause to look at something on screen and the dimming and preview window make it hard to see.

    I'm happy to have the preview window when scrubbing through.

  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
    No, that's just how pausing works on the ATV...
  3. bluespark macrumors 68000

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    This annoys me as well. There are, of course, two entirely separate reasons for pausing. One is the one Apple has recognized, which is simply to interrupt the video, perhaps for a snack break. The other is to study a single frame of the video, which people also do all the time. Having a preview window on the screen when pausing for that reason is just terrible.

    Here's what Apple should do: Have the preview window pop up on a pause, just as it does now. However, if the user does a certain gesture (i.e., a swipe-up) or if the video is paused more than a second, the preview window should fade away. Once the user is scrubbing, it can come back (as it actually is quite useful and nice in that situation).
  4. bigcahuna12c macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2013
    Very annoying. I hate the screen dimming & the preview window as well while on pause. As bluespark alluded to i also
    like it while scrubbing
  5. iphnhelp macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Yeah this is pretty bad. I like the look of tvOS, but the way things work could use some common sense tweaking
  6. JoeShades macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2010
    Williamstown, NJ

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