Apple TV in Canada Updated with TV Show Purchase Options
Update 1 (Dec 8, 2011): Looks like Apple has pulled the update.
It appears Apple TV units in Canada have quietly received an over the air update to introduce a new ‘TV Shows’ menu, as noted by 9to5Mac. When I turned on my Apple TV, the ‘TV Shows’ menu was not there–but within 10-15 seconds it quickly popped into the existing menu bar, next to ‘Movies’.
Within the TV Shows menu, below lies Top TV Shows, Genres, TV Networks, and Search. You can see listings for TV shows and prices, but when you try to purchase, an error will occur. The same goes for free shows from the limited number of networks listed. Nothing can be purchased, only a ‘Preview’ is available.
Clicking on Top TV Shows results in the following error:
You can navigate to the large thumbnails above, and as you can see below Breaking Bad episodes are available in $3.49, however you cannot buy anything yet. A ‘Preview’ option appears but that won’t even load:
The TV Networks listed are: Aardman Studios, A&E, History Channel, PBS, PBS Kids, Vivendi Entertainment, and VIZ Media.
…I did manage to get the ‘Preview’ playing for The Walking Dead though:
TV show downloads have been available in iTunes Canada, but this is the first time they have popped up in Apple TV. Expect purchases to become available soon. Did you see this update in your Apple TV?