Hi all, maybe this is a bug on my end or maybe it’ll end up being a heads up for others, but it’s something I thought was worth sharing. As of yesterday I’m running tvOS 14.5 Release Candidate (18L204) on two different AppleTVs. One is a 4K unit in the living room and the other is HD in the bedroom. The 4K unit is controlled by a Hub-based Harmony via Bluetooth, and the HD unit is controlled by an Infrared-based Harmony 650.
Everything was dialed in and working nicely. After applying this tvOS update to the AppleTV HD device I discovered I was no longer able to channel surf in Channels with live TV like I used to, with the channel up and down buttons on my remote. Those buttons do still work in the Channels grid guide, allowing me to scroll a page at a time instead of just one channel at a time. But they don’t do anything in live TV anymore. I then installed the same tvOS 14.5 on the 4K AppleTV, as a means to test, and discovered that channel surfing no longer works there either. The buttons work in the grid guide still, just don’t do anything while watching live TV. As mentioned that one’s on a different TV using a different remote control mechanism. So I’m wondering if this is a new issue with tvOS 14.5 that will soon affect many others and the public release is imminent. This was not an issue on the previous tvOS versions, I’d been using these same remotes to channel surf daily.
For what it’s worth I tried both the latest TestFlight of Channels as well as the public release in the App Store, and had the same results.
If this is something on my end only and it’s not affecting anyone else, I’d appreciate learning any more troubleshooting steps. I’ve rebooted every component that’s involved, and confirmed all of the settings are correct on the remote and Hub themselves, I just can’t channel surf anymore, and Channels’ ability to channel surf the “traditional” way was (for me at least) one of its biggest selling points.
I still love Channels very much, and I’ll adapt if this feature is no longer available, but I’d love to learn more to see if there’s any way to bring it back. Thanks for reading!