Apple TV Software Update 4.3 Adds TV Show Purchases and iCloud Support

by tomek on August 1, 2011

Not later than yesterday, we wrote about Apple’s rumored plans not to push any hardware update for the Apple TV this fall and instead focus on software updates… and here it is: the Coupertino-based company just released Apple TV Software Update 4.3 (build 8F455) that adds Vimeo support and – more importantly – the ability to purchase TV shows from iTunes directly from your Apple TV.

Apple has already confirmed that shows purchased on Apple TV can be re-downloaded on other iOS devices (TV shows has been added to the “Purchased” sections of iTunes on both iOS and Mac/PC applications). All the shows previously purchased on other iOS devices or with iTunes automatically show up as available to play on Apple TV.

“In other words, Apple just rolled out a cloud-based storage locker for TV shows,” commented Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber.

This feature, however, may be U.S.-only: TUAW’s readers from UK, Canada and New Zealand are reporting they are getting just Vimeo support.

Obviously, if you don’t have SHSH blobs saved, stay away from the update if you don’t want to lose your jailbreak.

You may also want to read:
No Apple TV 2 update this year?
How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 or iOS 5 Beta with Seas0nPass 0.7.7 (untethered)
Bluetooth coming to Apple TV 2 with iOS 5
Apple to Enter TV Display Business?

  • edouard roussillon

    Thank you for your report, but I have a question. It’s still possible to Jailbreak the apple TV 2 even if It was updated in 4.3 (build 8F455 from Apple)  ?

  • It also adds some “favorite”-ing options, which is nice. But it seems that all my “watched” info is showing up in reverse. Episodes I’ve paid for and watched are shown with the blue dot, as unwatched, and newer ones that I’ve never seen are shown as watched. Anyone else notice this?

  • Neumahn

    Yes, I also want to know if it is still possible to jailbreak it.  I just bought one and have plans for this baby to be an XBMC box.

  • charly

    Any news about jailbreaking this new update??

  • dixon_m

    not yet

  • Dixon

    if you have shsh saved for the older builds you can downgrade and jailbreak using seas0npass
    if not, you have to wait until the new jailbreak is out

  • Gordcoffin

    Crap…. I was hoping to jailbreak one of my two apple tvs but both are updated to theatest firmware. Any idea when the new jailbreak will be out?

  • Gordcoffin


  • Jj

    I live in canada, the TV shows option is not available!!!

  • LB

    Any update on 4.3_8F455 ? It’s been a whole week :p

  • Omek

    I’m hoping there is a jailbreak soon. I just accidentally updated without thinking. I hate that if you update iOS devices, there is no going back. It should be illegal not to allow a customer to downgrade their software. My b-day present for someone is now ruined, unless something gets released before the 26th.

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