Sorting TV Shows on Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by beatledud, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. beatledud macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2006
    So I'm making the great migration of my TV show library into iTunes and thus available on my Apple TV 3.

    Well I've discovered just now what many have already known. The stupid way Apple sorts shows by season only, ie Big Bang Season 1, Big Bang Season 2, then Dexter Season 1, Dexter Season 2, Fire Fly Season 1, etc. This seems idiotic rather than sorting by TV Show and then seasons within that.

    Any solutions to this? I read in this thread about making Playlist Folders for each TV Show and then Smart Playlists inside for each season. This is a great idea but then how do you find the playlists on the Apple TV? The thread didn't explain how to do this.

    Any other ideas?
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    I am not in front of mine right now, but I think you go into Settings->Audi0/Video->Playlists and set to "All" instead of "Music".

    Currently there is no way to fix the lack of folders though in the Apple TV software. It is RIDICULOUS! One of my biggest complaints, especially since the Apple TV 1 had this feature.
  3. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    ^ that sounds right. I have all of my TV shows grouped that way, means an extra menu click or two but it makes navigating the TV shows much easier. I also have a playlist for new , unwatched episodes, so that is a one stop list for all new stuff.

    I do the same thing with movies to group series and actors.
  4. beatledud thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2006
    Do these new playlists show up in the Movies and TV Show section or the Music section?
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I agree it's frustrating and I wish Apple would provide a solution to this for us. The best way for us to do anything about it is to tell apple about it.

    Apple Feedback/Apple TV
  6. dvdlovr24 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2008
    They will show under either tv shows or movies depending on what you are watching.

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