The new Apple TV is now filling the “recent” slots on the home screen’s top shelf and the iTunes TV Shows app’s purchased tab based on the release dates of new episodes. Previously they were filled based on dat of purchase. That meant if you bought a season pass to a new show, then several older shows, the “recent” slots would stay on those older shows, even if new episodes for the previous purchases were released. TL;DR: The new way is significantly better, and if you want the details as to why, go back to the iTunes TV Show section of my Apple TV review.
The reason Apple can make changes like this without pushing software updates is because things like top shelf and purchased slots are dynamic and determined on the server-side. That’s how they update when you buy new things, or new content becomes featured. It’s always been one of my favorite things about the Apple TV, and it’s terrific that it remains that way now that tvOS is fully in the picture.
Can’t wait to see what Apple TV improvements get pushed out next!
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