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Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis

December 11, 2013 at 12:43pm Pacific Time
by: Mark Reschke
Categories: Apple TV

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Is it a TV channel, a network or an application? It is a confusing subject, because technically, Apple TV "channels" are indeed applications by nature, and are more or less streaming networks that simply live in the form of an app.

Now that new channels are dropping into Apple TV on a nearly daily basis, how can unwanted networks be removed? Apple TV now showcases over 30 networks, and odds are you won't use most of them, nor want them cluttering up the home screen. The good news is networks can be hidden from the home screen, not just rearranged (by holding down on the select button via the remote).

The process is amazingly simple. By accessing Settings/General/Restrictions, one can simply scroll through the entire list of networks and change "show" to "hide." Networks cannot be deleted, but they can be hidden. If wanting to go a step further, setting up Parental Controls can prevent users from ever accessing hidden networks altogether.

For me, I just want an uncluttered home screen arranged the way I like. Mission accomplished with ease — the Apple way.

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