Up Next Not Showing On Apple TV App In tvOS 16.2?

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Posted in TILs by Patricia on January 11, 2023

Up Next not showing on Apple TV.

Up Next not showing at the top of the Watch Now section on Apple TV and other Apple devices? Apple TV+ Premieres are highlighted instead? That’s because of a recent redesign included in the latest tvOS 16.2, iOS 16.2 and macOS 13.1 releases!

Up Next Not Showing In Apple TV App?

This issue has been reported by Xavier (tvOS 16.2):

“Up Next not showing at the top of the Watch Now section after this update!”

Unfortunately, this is not a bug but intended behavior as Apple has redesigned the Watch Now section of the Apple TV app.
apple tv up next watch now redesign in tvOS 16.2 vs tvOS 16.1
The situation has caused many complaints even during the tvOS 16.2 beta testing stages, because it puts less focus on Up Next, while emphasizing the Featured section that promotes Apple TV+ content!

This thread on Reddit has collected numerous complaints about the new format, with the general consensus is that Apple is pushing users to subscribe to Apple TV+ content:

  • Sean310:

    “Absolutely HATE the new format…they roll right into previews with audio. Up Next is tiny now & easily skipped over (on purpose)…On the Up Next row, the same Apple TV+ shows take up 85% of the screen below.”

  • MitchofGilead:

    “This is the part that is the most frustrating to me, from a UI standpoint. So the thing I’m gonna be using the most will be stuck at the very top of the screen, while my eyes are accosted by 85% of ads for Apple TV+ shows at the bottom of the screen? It’s just so awkward looking and bad to use.”

  • jason_ferguson:

    “It is TERRIBLE especially since even before the change, the whole app seemed like an advert for ATV+ content. Now it’s absolutely unusable. Two whole tabs dedicated to ATV+.”

    apple tv+ feature content in watch now

How To Fix Up Next Not Showing In Apple TV App?

Unfortunately, there is no option at the moment to revert to the old interface if you already updated to tvOS 16.2, iOS 16.2 and macOS 13.1.

There’s no option to switch the new Featured section Off!

The only option to avoid the change is to stay on tvOS 16.1 or earlier!

What we recommend you to do is make your voice heard and provide feedback to Apple about this change. The more users will complaint the higher the chances of Apple to add a Featured section toggle or to bring back the focus on the Up Next section.

You can also share your opinion in the comments section of this article as we’re using this post to submit our own feedback request regarding this matter.

Also, if you find any workaround to bypass the Featured content in favor of Up Next, don’t hesitate to share it with us!

Related: For more tvOS 16.2 issues and available workarounds please check our detailed review available here.


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