Apple TV Gets Netflix 5.1 Surround Sound, MLB & NBA Streaming

Apple updated the software for current Apple TV models to version 4.2 Wednesday. In addition to bringing support for AirPlay in iOS 4.3, the update also includes support for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound when playing Netflix movies and TV shows. In addition, users can also access MLB.TV and NBA League Pass Broadband content through the device.

Apple’s patch notes:

  • MLB.TV: Watch live and on-demand Major League Baseball games, access stats, scores and standings.
  • NBA: See scores and more, plus League Pass Broadband subscribers get live and archived games.
  • AirPlay for apps: Use AirPlay to wirelessly stream video from apps and Safari on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Netflix Dolby Digital 5.1: Enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound when watching Netflix movies and TV shows
  • New slideshow themes: View photos with the new Scrapbook, Photo Mobile, and Holiday Mobile slideshow themes.
  • Improved on-screen keyboard: Search and enter names and passwords more easily with the redesigned on-screen keyboard.

Users with the current version of the Apple TV can find the update through iTunes.