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Apple TV's new user interface: Hands-onThe redesigned user interface is available for current Apple TV boxes via a software update.
Hey. I'm Matthew Mascoviak from CNET and we're gonna take a look at the new user interface available for the Apple TV. Now, Apple announced a new hardware version of the Apple TV today at their press conference but the new user interface that were showed off is actually already available for current Apple TV hardware. You just go, download the software update and you can check it out right now. We've got the new update running on our Apple TV and as you could see it looks pretty different than the old one especially on the home screen. It looks a lot more like an iOS device like an iPad or an iPhone. As you could see, they are just big buttons kind of a grid-like of apps that you can choose from. Along the top you'll see there are icons for movies and TV shows and those icons are gonna bring you to the iTunes store and that interface looks a little different too. In the iTunes store, you'll see a carousel of different popular content on the top. Along the menu, on the top, you'll see a couple of new features. There is the Genius option which is gonna give you recommendations for TV shows and movies based on content you've already seen. In movies, you'll also see that there's a new purchase option and that's for watching movies that you've already purchased and you wanna re-download again. That feature was already available for TV shows and now it's available for movies too. Aside from the iTunes store content, all the other services are pretty much the same. The only thing that's different is that they're out laid in a big grid format unlike the previous list style on the old Apple TV user interface. Once you go inside the Netflix or MLB. TV app, the interface looks a lot like the old style Apple TV interface so there's a real big upgrade there. So aside from the main home screen and some of the tweaks inside in the iTunes store, there's really not that much different about the new Apple TV interface. The new Apple TV hardware is coming out on March 16th and that's gonna add the ability to do 1080P output, also content from the iTunes store and Netflix will be available in 1080P. However if you already have an old Apple TV, it sounds like it's not gonna be that big of an upgrade. I'm Matthew Mascoviak from CNET and this is the new interface on the Apple TV.