Using the Accessibility Apple TV option to switch the Apple TV remote from gestures to the traditional Up, Down, Left, Right, and Select buttons.
Visually on the screen these buttons appear as a cursor cross with select in the middle.
VoiceOver users can either flick left or right between these buttons or use explore by touch to navigate the cursor cross.
In this demo I take you through setting up and using a Braille display via VoiceOver on the Apple TV.
Along the way, I make a number of suggestions on how some things could be improved.
In this demo, I alert fellow Australians to the arrival of the TV app on the Apple TV which integrates the various TV apps (and your movies) in to one app (Movies and TV shows are still on the Home screen).
With this update, the default function of the Home button has changed to taking you to the TV app, then if you press Home button again you'll go back to the Home screen. As I like all of my Home buttons to work the same, I show you how to change it back to its previous default setting of taking you back to the Home screen.
Demo of using the iPhone running iOS 10 and TV os 10 to allow iOS keyboard on iPhone to be used as input keyboard on the Apple TV when near by.
Demo of the updated Remote iOS app which now includes Siri to control the Apple TV 4th generation.
In this demo I take you through what is new in TV os 9.2 in respect to using voice dictation: renaming, moving and creating folders to sort apps in to, and demoing navigating with a Bluetooth keyboard which is now available on the Apple tv once again.
I also point out two current issues with using the BT keyboard: pressing Escape 3 times to bring back the Accessibility Short-Cut menu after turning off VO with the same command, will not work. Secondly when entering passwords in to a secure text field, keys are echoed.
In this demo, I demonstrate Apple's Podcasts app that became available with the 9.1.1 Apple TV OS update.
I first start with a demo of the app on the iPone, and then move over to the Apple TV 4th generation.
In the demo I cover the layout of the app, accessing unread podcasts, listing "My Podcasts", searching/subscribing/playng podcasts, and demo how the play position between iOS and TV os is synchronised.
During the demo of searching for podcasts to subscribe, I use the Remote app on my iPhone rather than the Apple tv 4th generation keyboard and point out if you are using the Remote app on your iOS device, you can use the on-screen keyboard, voice dictation or a Bluetooth keyboard if you have one connected.
In this demo of the Apple tv 4th generation, I go through a number of apps using VoiceOver including: My radio free, Clock tv, Weather, ABC News (US not Australia), Mashable, AirFeed, Netflix, Youtube (seem to be corrupted when I tried to use it), Carrot Weather, TWiT tv, Healing Free, Voice Healing, White Noise Pro, Assistant, TED, Ten Play, Plex, and News Room.
I also list my boys games.
In this demo, I take you through the Music app on the 4th generation Apple tv. As I mention in the demo, I am subscribed to Apple music and may have extra tabs within music.
In this demo, I take you through searching with Siri to purchase/play a movie, and then use the keyboard search within tv shows to search then purchase/play a tv series.
In this demo I show you how you can still use your optical audio out on your existing 3rd generation Apple tv from your 4th generation Apple tv whilst playing HDMI video out to your television.
In this demo, I explain briefly what home sharing is, where to go and set it up in iTunes on the Mac, iPhone and Apple tv settings screen, and then give a demo of playing content from my work Mac and the family Mac.
In this demo, I take you through using the search, password, and pin restriction keyboard. I point out the differences between the main keyboard used in search and the password keyboard. Also demo direct touch on the keyboard, and a nifty quick way of deleting characters rather than having to go to the end of the first row to use the delete button.
In this demo I show you how you can still use the infrared remote from the 3rd generation Apple tv on the new 4th generation Apple tv. You will still have the ability to move left, right, up, down, select an item, choose menu, and use play/pause. You don't have access to either the Siri button or Home buttons of course, and to state the obvious, no touch trackpad.
I did not have to do any special setup to use the old infrared remote.
In this demo, I take you through the process of updating the 4th generation Apple tv via Settings, System, Software update, and then check in Settings, General, About to verify that the update has worked.
In this demo I take you through a brief run through of options in the new Apple tv for the screen saver, sleep timer, software update, reset and restart functions.
In this demo, I take you through the process of setting up parental restrictions on the new Apple tv 4th generation. I do point out the current issue with using the on-screen keyboard that the parental pin can be heard, whereas when the Remote app or BT external keyboard was being used, the pin was not announced on the Apple tv.
Please note - the ratings I was selecting in this demo are for Australia and yours may be different.
In this demo, I show you how to give your Apple tv a name for easier identification if you have a number of Apple tvs or AirPlay speakers. I then demo how to AirPlay audio from the iPhone, and how to mirror your iPhone to the Apple tv.
In this demo I show how to pair a Bluetooth speaker to the Apple tv 4th generation. I then demonstrate switching between BT speaker, AirPlay, and Apple tv/tv connected audio. I point out during the demo that using BT speakers with the Apple tv is not the greatest experience due to both music and VoiceOver coming out of the same speaker, but unlike the Apple tv/tv audio, VoiceOver is very choppy and the sound of the external BT speaker I demo isn't very loud even though the max volume was being used: I also found this poor maximum volume when using my Beats Wireless speakers. Overall I much prefer to use AirPlay since VoiceOver speaks through the tv connect audio and other audio goes out to the AirPlay speaker.
In this demo I show you how to access the accessibility short-cut menu, demo what happens if you only have one option on the accessibility menu or more, and not the fact that even you may have VoiceOver turned off, the accessibility menu will speak.
In this demo, I take you through a physical description of the Siri remote, and a run through of the functionality of the buttons on the remote: left had column Menu, Siri, and Play/Pause, and right column Home, and the volume up/down button. Just occurred to me that after I completed the demo, that if you press on the trackpad, it'll bring up the move function at the Home screen of the Apple tv, at which time you can press the Play/Pause button to delete an app.
In this demo, I take you toggling on/off VoiceOver. Show you were to find the accessibility short cut. demo the VoiceOver practise for VO gestures on the Siri touch remote. take you through the VoiceOver rotor options. Use Direct Touch accessed from the rotor with main screen, keyboard, and within an app. Finally, demo the press and hold of the Play/Pause button on the Siri touch remote to emulate the two finger flick up read from top of screen.
FYI: Siri touch remote:
top face is the trackpad touch screen, and then
left middle 3 vertical column of buttons - Menu, Siri, and Play/Pause buttons,
Middle right - Home button, and rectangular volume up/down button.
VoiceOver gestures of course (smile) being performed on the trackpad at the top of the Siri touch remote as someone did ask me during the week was I touching the tv screen smile.
In this demo I take you through a number of things you can do with Siri on the Apple tv. Siri doesn't speak as it does on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, but displays text as it does on the Apple watch. However, VoiceOver will read the text that Siri generates. To use Siri: hold down Siri button (middle button of 3 on Siri remote), speak command and release button. The items I take you through include getting the time, date, and weather, turning VoiceOver on or off, activating controls on the viewable screen, returning to the screen, dismissing the Siri interface, opening apps, searching and playing movies/music, navigating the App store, and getting Siri to tell you what types of commands you can use. Also tried to get Siri to tell me a joke but she wouldn't, instead she at least answered why the chicken crossed the road.
In this demo I demonstrate how you can navigate the Apple tv 4th generation using the Nimbus game controller with VoiceOver. once paired, the cursor takes you up, down, left and right, left stick moves as cursor (although found this harder), right stick appears to do nothing as far as VO is concerned, DPad of buttons y button at 12 on clock face, x at 9, a at 6, and b at 3 - A acts as click and B acts as back menu button. Front triggers and shoulder buttons move left and right across a row. Front middle of Nimbus is the lightening connector for charge, slide on/off switch to the left of the lightening connector and pair to the right. All up, easy to use with VoiceOver and to navigate. Of course, no Siri button on the controller. Figured, if my boys can have fun playing games with it, I can have fun navigating with it. Final note: no need to turn it off via the slide switch as Nimbus will go to sleep after 15 minutes. Remember that at time of recording, only two controllers can be paired along with the Siri remote or one BT head set and game controller plus the Siri remote.
In this demo, I show you how you can check the battery level of the Siri touch remote by going in to Settings, General, Remotes and Devices, Bluetooth. I also note that there seems to be no way of checking the battery status from the Apple tv of my Steel Series Nimbus game controllers from the Apple tv.
In this demo, I make a note of changes to the purchased apps screen which now includes Recent purchased apps, Recent Updates and All app categories, When flicked down to, will let you then flick to the right to see what apps are in each of these categories. Below this is a list of categories covering apps that you have purchased with the ability again to flick to the right to see what apps are in that category. All Apps appeared to be the screen that I had in the previous demo of purchasing apps.
After this, I then move in to the main demo of moving apps, deleting apps, checking how much space apps take up, and finally look at opening or quitting apps from the App Switcher which you get to the same way the you do on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad: press the Home button twice on the Siri remote (right hand button above the volume control).
In this demo, I show how easy it is to access Apple tv enabled apps from your previous iOs app purchases, how to search for an app using the on-screen keyboard, and opening a few apps to see what they sound like and how one of them works with VoiceOver.
In this demo I take you through a physical description of the new Apple tv 4th gen, Siri touch remote, setup via my iPhone, navigating the home screen with the Siri remote, accessibility settings, playing a movie and tv show, searching for a movie (Home) to demonstrate audio description which I had previously turned on in Accessibility settings, and a quick play with Siri.
In this demo I take you through using the Remote app on my Apple watch with the Apple tv. Once you've paired the Remote app with the Apple tv, its a simple matter of either using the gesture area to flick up, down, left or right or using the Menu button to go back and the Play button to start/stop play. Also tried out entering my parental pin with Netflix which worked out fine.
In this demo, I show you how to activate audio description within Netflix on the Apple TV to view the first TV series with Audio Described content from Netflix: Marvel's Daredevil TV series. To do this when watching the show, press Select on the Remote to pause, hold down Select for options screen to come up, press Up Arrow on the remote to access 3 menu items: Sub-titles, Audio and Speakers: Press Right Arrow on the remote to move to Audio, and then press Down Arrow on the remote to get down to English Audio Description, and press Select again on the remote to start listening with Audio Description.
In this demo, I take you through how to listen to Audio Described content in the the ABC iView app (15 months trial from April 2015), and the Netflix app on my iPhone. ABC iView: go to menu, Programs A-Z, select Show Audio Described for a list of all Audio Described content, select show to view/listen, and select Play with Audio Described button (2nd button will allow standard play) to listen to Audio Described content. Netflix: (using Marvel Daredevil as an example), when in Play video screen, select Language option button, choose English audio described track to start listening with Audio Described (by default content will play without Audio Described).
In this demo, I show you how to restore the Apple tv from your Mac using a usb cable (warning only do this if you have to). Once setup (using a Bluetooth keyboard), I go through a number of my own setup options: hiding home (main menu) screen icons, setting restrictions, changing the name of the Apple tv, setting time zone and language (of synthesiser), and turning on accessibility short-cut.
In this demo I show you where you locate family purchased items in Os X (iTunes, iBooks and Mac App Store), iOS (iTunes, iBooks, and App Store), and the Apple TV (Movies and TV Shows). Demo is not on setting up family sharing which is accessed in iOS with Settings/iCloud or OS X System Preferences/iCloud.
This demo goes through how to navigate the Apple TV using the Apple Remote app using VoiceOver on both the iPhone and the Apple TV.
Demo of the Apple TV V7: accessibility options/short-cut, video description, movie chapter navigation etc with VoiceOver
Demo of Hiding iCons on the Apple TV Main Home Screen by the Apple TV Remote
iOS 7.1 Siri, VoiceOver and Low Vision Changes, VO BT keyboard/Bug fix, and Apple TV 6.1 hide icons from Remote
In the demo, I explain how the Solo-Dx (www.solo-dx.com) audio description track works, do a demo using the audio track for Hunger Games with the actual movie on my Mac as an example, and give contact details for Solo-Dx. As its an mp3 file, you can play the track on any device, and play the movie on your TV, Apple TV, Mac etc..
In this demo, show you how to pair, and navigate the Apple TV using a bluetooth keyboard which became possible with this new update of the Apple TV software.
This demo gives you an overview of the iTunes 11 new interface using VoiceOver.
This demo takes you through adding another Apple ID and shows you how to switch Apple IDS to access TV or Movie content etc on either Apple ID.
How to hide icons on the Apple TV home screen to save navigating thorugh icons you don't use.
In this demo, moving icons on the Apple TV home screen is demonstrated, as well as the new Accessibility menu enabling the toggling of VoiceOver/captioning.
Just a brief story from me how I and my family uses Apple products from an Accessibility perspective.
Demonstration of navigating the new Apple TV software with VoiceOver.