Today, Apple has released a new iOS software update for the second-generation Apple TV. This update brings support for several new features including streaming access to purchased TV shows and support for Vimeo. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber explains the new TV show feature:
You can buy â€” not just rent but buy â€” new episodes directly from your Apple TV, and access and stream any TV show episodes you’ve previously purchased using your iTunes account. (I’m not quite sure if it has all episodes â€” but it’s showing me all the TV shows I can remember buying from iTunes.)
However, reports have suggested that this feature may be US only for the time being. In addition, the update adds support for video content service called Vimeo and YouTube playlists. Apple has also added TV shows to the “Purchased” section of iTunes in the iOS app and Mac/PC apps. This new feature allows users to re-download previously purchased TV shows in the same way that Apple allows you to for music since the introduction of iCloud.
The update for the Apple TV shows as a software version of iOS 4.3, but Apple’s servers refer to the update as Build 8F455 of iOS 4.3. Apple’s support document for the Apple TV has also been updated with the new features included in the new update.
– TV show purchases: Purchase TV shows on Apple TV. Shows purchased on Apple TV can be re-downloaded on other iOS devices. Shows purchased on other iOS devices or with iTunes automatically show up as available to play on Apple TV.
– Vimeo: Browse and watch millions of user-uploaded videos found on the Vimeo service, for free.