Apple TV software update 6.1
Along with the release of the long-awaited iOS 7.1, Apple has yesterday rolled out a new firmware for Apple TV 2 and 3: Apple TV software update 6.1 brings some improvements to AirPlay and Remote app functionality and, most importantly, makes hiding unwanted channels from the main menu much easier.

Here is what’s new in Apple TV 6.1:

  • Main menu: Customize your Apple TV by hiding items from the main menu.
  • AirPlay: 
    • Adds a security option to require that iOS devices or Macs be verified with a one-time, onscreen code before using AirPlay. Requires iOS 7.1 or later on an iOS device or a Mac with Mac OS X 10.9.2 or later.
    • Adds support to allow an AirPlay device to discover Apple TV over Bluetooth in environments where multicast or Bonjour traffic is blocked on the network or the AirPlay device is on a different subnet.
  • Remote app: View your purchased TV shows and movies in the Remote app and tap to play them instantly on Apple TV. Create and play iTunes Radio stations. Requires Remote app version 4.2 or later.
  • Stability and performance: includes general performance and stability improvements.

As always:

  • if you’re on jailbroken ATV2 – stay away from this update
  • if you’re on non-jailbroken ATV2 running 6.0.x – stay away from this update in case the jailbreak for Apple TV 6.0.x comes to reality (unless you have the SHSH blobs saved for 6.0.x)
  • if you’re on ATV3 and still believe the Apple TV 3 jailbreak may become reality – don’t update to 6.1

Latest jailbreakable Apple TV firmware is 5.3.

We will soon have a short tutorial on how to easily hide unwanted channels/icons from the Apple TV’s main menu. Stay tuned!

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