Over the weekend, I switched on my Apple TV with the intention of renting a movie through the iTunes Store. Unfortunately, I was greeted with a Movies menu that was missing the ‘Search’ and ‘Top Movies’ options it had previously featured. Unless I wanted one of the few movies featured graphically at the top of the Apple TV’s interface, I was out of luck.
A number of Australian Macworld readers and members of Apple’s discussion forums have had similar troubles. Most, if not all, are having issues with the Australian iTunes Store specifically. Many are speculating the bug has come as a result of backend changes to the store to accommodate the new streaming-only Apple TV to be released later this month.
Apple Australia spokesperson Fiona Martin has confirmed via email that Apple is “looking into this and working on resolving it”.
For anyone worried that their Apple TV might lose some functionality because of the newer model’s upcoming release, rest assured that this appears to be nothing more than a temporary glitch.
UPDATE (15 September): Apple appears to have fixed the problem. If your Apple TV is still affected try resetting it.