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Settings

Channels is incredibly configurable. Tune your experience to just the way you like it.

This lists the settings available in the Channels app and does its best to describe them. Not all of these settings are available to everyone, as many of them are specific to the DVR experience.

Note: Learn more about how to configure your all of your devices directly from the server with Server Side Settings..

General

Manage Navigation
Setting Description Default
On Later Show On Later in main navigation. On
On Now Show On Now in main navigation. On
Guide Show Guide in main navigation. On
Up Next Show Up Next in main navigation. Off
Recordings Show Recordings in main navigation. On
TV Shows Show TV Shows in main navigation. Off
Movies Show Movies in main navigation. Off
Library Show Library in main navigation. On
Kids Show Kids in main navigation. Off
Schedule Show Schedule in main navigation. Off
Search Show Search in main navigation. On
Remote Shortcuts
Setting Description Default
Red Button Control what happens when you click the Red remote button or F2 key. Live TV
Green Button Control what happens when you click the Green remote button or F3 key. Guide
Yellow Button Control what happens when you click the Yellow remote button or F4 key. Library
Blue Button Control what happens when you click the Blue remote button or F1 key. Search
Start Up
Setting Description Default
Start Up Section Choose which section should automatically show when launching Channels. Default
Start Up Channel Choose which channel should automatically start when launching Channels
Set Section on Choose when Channels should automatically show the Start Up Section. App Launch
Live TV
Setting Description Default
Quick Guide Choose which set of channels will show in the Quick Guide.
Channel Surfing Choose which set of channels will be used when changing channels with the remote.
Watch from Library Prompt Prompt to use the same content from your recorded library when watching something live. On
On Now Collections Optionally hide the collection bar in On Now. On
Guide Collections Optionally hide the collection bar in Guide. On
Favorites Collection Optionally hide the Favorites collection in On Now and Guide. On
All Channels Collection Optionally hide the All Channels collection in On Now and Guide. On
HD Channels Collection Optionally hide the HD Channels collection in On Now and Guide. On
Setting Description Default
Kids Only Mode Kids Only Mode ensures only content from the Kids Section is available. Off
Show Up Next in Top Shelf Show Up Next in Top Shelf on the Apple TV Home Screen. On
Lineup Order Choose how to sort your channels in the guide. Default
Stack Duplicates Choose how to stack duplicate channels from different sources. By Channel Number

Library

Enhanced Library
Setting Description Default
Enhanced Library Enable a deeper library browsing experience. Off
Browse by Genre Show Genres button in Movies section. On
Browse by Decade Show Decades button in Movies section. On
Browse by Folder Show Folders button in Movies section. Off
Setting Description Default
Kids Section Separate your content marked for kids into its own section. Off
Continue Watching Choose how long you would like unwatched items to appear in Continue Watching. 36 Hours
Allow Deletion Choose what is allowed to be deleted. All
Airing Order Choose which order you would like your airings to be displayed. Newest First

Playback

Streaming Quality
Setting Description Default
Home Streaming Choose the video quality to use when at home. Original
Internet Streaming Choose the video quality to use when away from home, but on Wi-Fi. 8Mbps
Cellular Streaming Choose the video quality to use when on a cellular network. 4Mbps
Seek Duration
Setting Description Default
Normal Seek Back Set how far seeking jumps backward. 7 seconds
Normal Seek Forward Set how far seeking jumps forward. 30 seconds
Sports Seek Back Set how far seeking jumps backward for sports. 7 seconds
Sports Seek Forward Set how far seeking jumps forward for sports. 30 seconds
Movies Seek Back Set how far seeking jumps backward for movies. 7 seconds
Movies Seek Forward Set how far seeking jumps forward for movies. 30 seconds
Picture in Picture
Setting Description Default
Hide Picture in Picture Button Hide the PIP button from the user interface. On
Automatic Picture in Picture Choose when picture in picture should automatically happen when exiting a video. Off
Buffer Protection
Setting Description Default
Buffer Protection Warn before exiting or changing the channel if not caught up to live TV. On
Protection Duration How long behind live before being warned. 30 seconds
Remote Control
Setting Description Default
Jump to Last Channel Double press the play button to jump back to the last channel. Off
Shake Remote to Mute Shake the Siri Remote twice to automatically mute audio and optionally enable closed captioning. Off
Channel Surfing Use the Up and Down buttons on the 2nd generation Siri remote for channel surfing. Off
Auto Play
Setting Description Default
Auto Play Let the video player automatically play the next episode of a TV show. Off
Include Watched Episodes Auto Play should include already watched episodes when starting the next episode. Off
Include Watched Kid Episodes Auto Play should include already watched episodes when starting the next episode for kid TV shows. On
Shuffle
Setting Description Default
Include Watched Episodes Previously watched episodes should be included when shuffling. On
Include Watched Kid Episodes Previously watched episodes should be included when shuffling kid TV shows. On
Virtual Channels
Setting Description Default
Show Channel Logo Choose where you would like the channel logo to show while watching virtual channels. Off
Advanced
Setting Description Default
Match Content for Live TV Choose if the video player should match content for live TV. Off
Tuner Sharing Choose if watching live TV should go through the server to share tuners. Off
Setting Description Default
Commercial Skipping Choose how you would like to skip commercials. Skip Button
Resume Playback Choose how you would like content to resume. Ask
Signal Notifications Show warnings when antenna or network reception is poor. On

Server Side Only

Setting Description Default
Kiosk Mode Kiosk Mode removes the Settings section from the navigation. Off
Channel Collections Choose which channel collections should be shown in On Now and Guide.