Mar 30 2008
Friday, Apple snuck out an update to the Apple TV that adds Genre sorting to your My Movies menu.
Sorting TV shows by show has allowed Apple TV users to easily navigate to the specific episode of the specific show they wanted to play by allowing them to drill down to just the show they were concerned with. Sorting through a long list of movies in My Movies wasn’t so easy; all your movies were all in one scrolling list with no way to organize them. That has changed with the Apple TV 2.0.1 update.
To update your Apple TV, go to General under the Settings menu and scroll down and click on Update Software. After the update is complete (your Apple TV will need to restart), you will be able to show your movies in the long list or by genre.
To organize your movies, you will need to make sure they have been appropriately label by genre. Open iTunes, select your Movies library and select your first movie. Under the File menu, choose Get Info… and, on the window that pops up, click the “Info” tab. Now you will see several fields in which you can clarify information about the selected movie. Direct your attention to the Genre field in the lower left. Fill in the genre of the movie you selected and then click the “Next” button beneath the Genre field. This will switch the window to show information for the next movie in your Movies library list. Set its genre. Continue in this manner until all your movies have been categorized by genre and then click “OK” in the lower right of the window. The next time you sync your iTunes Movie library with your Apple TV, your movies will be viewable by genre and much, much easier to navigate.