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Did Apple pull television shows from new Apple TV software in Canada?

Just two days after Wednesday’s release of an updated software for the Apple TV set-top box that brought the new TV Shows menu option, we’re hearing Apple pulled that option from the device’s menu, reports iPhoneinCanada.ca. Originally, the firmware update (which was deployed silently) added the new TV Shows choice to the Apple TV main menu.

However, it doesn’t work as iTunes Canada users  report being unable to purchase television shows. For some, the TV Shows menu option disappeared on its own 24 hours following the firmware update. Others report that the option gets deleted from the main menu upon choosing it. It could also be a software glitch rather than a deliberate move on Apple’s part and there’s already a thread on Apple’s support discussions forum.

According to the publication:

Today, we now know why it wasn’t functioning the right way. Apple has pulled the menu update off Apple TVs in Canada. Most likely because the update was mistakenly sent out early, or the fact it wasn’t working properly. 

In addition to Canada, the new Apple TV software has also enabled the ability to purchase television shows in Australia and the United Kingdom. If you live in the U.K., Australia and Canada and are experiencing similar glitches, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Get watching: Apple finally brings TV show downloads to Apple TVs in Canada (Australia and UK too)

While TV shows have been available through iTunes in Canada, the Apple TV has not been a source of TV show downloading. Now, Apple appears to have sent an over-the-air update to Apple TV boxes in Canada, and TV show downloading is now available. Episode downloads cost between free and $2.49 a pop and are actually full downloads, not rentals. Apple recently traded single TV show episode rentals for a TV show downloads service. Episodes you purchase will be streamed with no limit from the iCloud storage locker. More photos after the breakThanks, iH8Sn0w!

Update: We’re also starting to receive multiple tips from Australia and UK as well.

Apple’s next-generation Apple TV moves closer to reality, assigned J33 codename

iOS release history tells us that as a product in development moves even closer to release, it is assigned a proper codename. Not only an identifier like “3,1″ but a codename such as N94 (iPhone 4S) or K48 (original iPad). The next-generation Apple TV has reached that stage. Thanks to today’s beta release of iOS 5.1, we have on our hands the codename for this new Apple TV (3,1).

As you can see above, the new Apple TV is rocking a the J33 codename, the second JXX product we’ve seen from Apple. The first was the J2 – a new iPad – that we discovered just last week. Apple’s iPad 2 almost reached the peak of Apple’s KXX options with the CDMA version dubbed as K95, so Apple’s move to JXX nomenclature is something that would have to happen sooner or later. With Apple recently beefing up their flagship tablets and phones with dual-core A5 chips, we think this new Apple TV represents an A5 dual-core model that packs in 1080P playback abilities. As to whether this thing has a display on it, it is too early for us to tell.

Thanks, as always, iH8Sn0w!

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aTV Flash (black) hack from FireCore goes 1.0, on sale

You don’t need this software to hack an AppleTV but it makes things easier.

aTV Flash (black) is a user-friendly software package that supercharges your new black AppleTV, unleashing a plethora of new functionality. Don’t worry about the technical details – aTV Flash (black) is simple to use and safe for your AppleTV. Installation is a snap and doesn’t require any physical changes to the AppleTV.

MacUpdate has it for the sale price of $19.99 today only.  AppleTV (2010) went on sale for $89.99 at Amazon matching Best Buy so you are looking at $110 for the whole shebang.  If you have an old AppleTV, they’ve got you covered there as well.  Full features below:

Go Beyond iTunes
Empower your AppleTV to play popular media formats including MKV, AVI, MP4 & many others.
Surf the Web
Visit your favorite sites, stream HTML5 video, and update Twitter all on your TV. Your couch is your new workspace.
Enjoy DVDs the Simple Way
Access all your DVDs on a single device for easy viewing. Includes full access to menus, special features, and 5.1 sound.
Discover New Music
Find new artists you’ll love by accessing Last.fm radio stations, artist bios and slideshows.
Get Organized
Automatically download and display cover art and other metadata from TheMovieDB and TheTVDB.
Access Media Anywhere
Stream media from a Mac, PC or NAS device directly to the AppleTV. Includes support for AFP and SMB.

Create Video Playlists
Keep tabs on your newly accessible media with custom playlists.
Know When to Stay In
Quick access to weather forecasts lets you know if it’s a good night for a movie.
Stay in the Know
Keep track of all your favorite news and blog sites by viewing RSS feeds on your AppleTV.
Easy Updates
Updates are easily installed with just a few clicks through the native AppleTV menus.
Unchanged Original Features
Why mess with what works?  All normal AppleTV features will remain unchanged.
Much, much more…
Many more exciting features still to come!

Amazon drops the price of Apple TV and calls it the 2010 model

Interesting move today from Amazon.  Not only did they drop the price of Apple TV to $89.99 matching Best Buy, but they are now calling it the ’2010′ edition.  Could that mean an update is on the horizon?  At the very least, it is a solid deal.


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Apple releases iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 2 to developers, featuring iTunes Match for Apple TV

Following the release of iOS 5.0.1 this afternoon to developers, Apple has released iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 2 to developers this evening. Along with being posted to the Developer Center, Apple has sent out the following email to developers. In the email Apple now reveals that iTunes Match has been made available for Apple TV. This update also includes a number of bug fixes. Sadly, iTunes Match still isn’t available to the public.

iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 is now available and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. iTunes Match is also now available for testing on Apple TV.

On your Apple TV, choose Music > Turn on iTunes Match.

Please remember to backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer.

How’s it looking on your Apple TV? Let us know; tips@9to5mac.com. Full email after the break:


Hulu Plus Apple TV App is Ready for Prime Time, But Apple Won’t Pull the Trigger [Rumor]

It appears that Apple has had a Hulu Plus app for the Apple TV cooking in Cupertino for over a month, and the app is running on prototype Apple TV units inside Apple’s headquarters.

According to 9to5Mac’s sources, a Hulu Plus app is “ready to roll out” to current Apple TV users right now. Apple hasn’t pulled the trigger yet due to “political” reasons, like the fact that Hulu Plus directly competes with the TV section of iTunes.

“While there are no technical issues standing in the way of the Hulu Plus release on Apple TV, there appear to be some political ones. At some level at Apple, there appears to be some consideration that the Hulu Plus app could eat into iTunes TV sales on the Apple TV. Where Netflix tends to run older programming, iTunes is the Apple TV’s only outlet for current TV programming.”

So, there’s a Hulu Plus app in the works for the Apple TV, yet Apple obviously considers the service as a threat to iTunes. While it’s true that both iTunes and Hulu Plus offer current TV episodes, the $7.99/month Hulu Plus service is based on a subscription streaming model and iTunes is downloads only. Netflix doesn’t really play into the equation, as it mainly focuses on movie titles and cataloging older TV seasons to watch in bulk.

Whenever you get involved with Hollywood, there’s always a lot of red tape. That rule is no exception with Hulu. Currently, the Hulu iOS app can’t stream content to the Apple TV via AirPlay. The Hulu Plus iPad app can play video via HDMI on a HDTV, but only in standard definition.

There were rumors months ago that Apple was actually considering buying Hulu, but the deal reportedly never even got past initial talk between the two companies. Google was allegedly also interested in Hulu at one point.

Hulu Plus is available on select set-top boxes, like the Roku. Apple implementing the service into the Apple TV would be a huge win for customers.

There’s also the chance that Apple will introduce a video streaming subscription service in iTunes, or even an iOS app to compete with cable providers. There are many factors at play, but hopefully Hulu will make its way to the Apple TV sooner rather than later.

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