Dolby Digital 5.1 Netflix, MLB and NBA Arrive on Apple TV
Apple released iOS 4.3 today and riding on its coattails was the 4.2 update for Apple TV, bringing with it a variety of changes, including some exciting updates for Netflix and sports fans. The 4.2 update adds access to two new subscription services, MLB.tv and NBA League Pass Broadband, that provide fans with a broad selection of live and archived games. Netflix on Apple TV also received an upgrade to improve audio with Dolby Digital 5.1 support. Hopefully this is the beginning of a trend. Steadily adding new services would go a long way toward making the Apple TV 2 a more compelling streamer for those of us who do not live in the iTunes ecosystem.
Access to both MLB and NBA subscription services is enabled by the iOS for Apple TV 4.2 update, which Apple released alongside iOS 4.3. The update adds MLB.tv and NBA Game Time options under the Internet menu, where access to Netflix and YouTube is also found. Apple told Ars that both services will work similarly to Netflix—sign in with your account and password, and you can access whatever content your subscription allows.