Will the Now TV app for Apple TV ever get an update?
The current version is complete rubbish and makes me regret ever getting a Now TV pass.
Unless there is an update my Now TV experience will be very short indeed.
If, and its a big if.. they have finally fixed this...
I recall when they launched the app last year it took them best part of a month to re-label all content on the AppleTV from 5.1 to Stereo.
One of our many complaints at the time was that the app wasn't capable of 5.1 yet all the content was still labelled as such.
So, imagine they had fixed it.... it would take them ages to update all the tags back to 5.1 from Stereo. The labels mean nothing. If the output is 5.1 then its 5.1 regardless.
p.s. the boost support page still lists AppleTV as being incapable of 5.1 (someone should have told them that live has been working for months at least)
I have a Sonos sound bar and that's how I know the output format....
And, I can repeat the test over and over if I go to the TV guide section of the app and play something as Live it will always be 5.1 for me... however the same content if 'played from the beginning' i.e. the on demand version is still always 2.0.
As we've said, its very weird that the app which is "not 5.1 capable" is playing some stuff in 5.1.
To those who recently reported on demand being 5.1 Ive tried myself and its still always 2.0 for me.
Weird how we are getting different results....
After a week I’m still getting 5.1 surround sound for live events, but I’ve played some on demand content a few times this week (content that’s available in 5.1 for supported devices) and it’s still only stereo. I know because I have a Sonos system and their app tells me what sound is being played.
Even though I have Boost, NOW insist on forcing me to watch 30 second adverts (that cannot be skipped or fast forwarded) for other programmes/films (including ones I’ve already watched). Along with the lack of 5.1 for on demand films, this is another reason why I’m thinking of cancelling at least the film part of my subscription.
Not tried it myself however the 'joy' of the AppleTV TV app integration is that you have no need for Now's own search.. just use the search function in the TV app and it should include Now's content.
Having looked at this a bit more, whilst Sonos is reporting 5.1 I’m pretty sure I’m only getting stereo content as no sound is ever coming from the rear speakers.
so it is very strange that everyone is getting different results.
have just tried live content and I do get sound from rear speakers in this case