After returning once again to the Home screen move onto MUSIC and enter into the View Options screen. Unfortunately, currently there is not a view that matches with TV SHOWS and MOVIES at all levels of MUSIC navigation (Artists, Albums, Songs, which is similar to Series, Seasons, and Episodes from TV SHOWS).
For now find a view that you like best. For consistency within MUSIC itself the View: Artists List, View: Album List, and View: Long List seems the best bet currently (March 1, 2011). To select each of these you must navigate into an Artist and then into an Album just as you navigated into a Series and then into a Season for TV SHOWS.
If you plan to use Weather return to the Home screen and select WEATHER and enter View Options here. Select Misc Options and disable Hide Fanart.
ADDONS / PROGRAMS
For Addons and Programs I recommend using View: Apps and leaving Auto Updates enabled under Addons.
And that’s it for the View Options, AND Configuration! If you made it this far well done. That was a ton of information to get through. Next I’ll have my Closing thoughts and wrap-up and after that (on the next pages) will be the addendum with a daily usage keyboard shortcut cheat sheet, supplemental software list, trouble-shooting, and revision history sections.
This was a guide I had been hoping to do a bit earlier but now that it’s out I’m quite happy with it. In the future I hope to expand it a bit with some more advanced setup and configuration options as well as possibly additional addons for Emulation, Blu-rays, and Amazon Prime Instant Videos streaming playback.
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