Update: I’ve found the workaround.
A while back I mentioned how flawed the Blu-Ray edition of the Breaking Bad: Complete Series was in how it used cardboard cases that scratch the Blu-Ray discs, providing a horrible experience to people who have paid a lot of money for it.
Well, I thought I had a way around all that when I spotted Breaking Bad Deluxe series 1-6 (series 5 is split into 2 in order to bring in more profit) on iTunes. It contains all the same features of the Blu-Ray, but none of the potential scratchiness of terrible packaging – plus the ability to play across all Apple devices. So it includes lots of audio commentaries, extra features, documentaries and so on.
The audio commentaries, which are presented as separate titles, do not play on the Apple TV. You only get the original episode audio for some reason. I examined the info while playing the commentary episodes – there’s just one audio stream. There’s no ability to switch to any other audio stream/track. So where is the Apple TV getting the audio from if the commentary episodes are self-contained? Or are the commentary episodes just containers pointing to a separate audio file that the Apple TV can’t parse?
The audio commentaries play absolutely fine under MacBook Pro iTunes, the iPad and the iPhone 7 Plus. No problems at all. But the one method I want to play it on – the Apple TV (and the latest 4th generation at that) – doesn’t work.
As an experiment, I tried to stream an audio commentary episode from the MacBook Pro to Apple TV – nope – the original episode audio played.
I’ve dropped Apple quite a few reports about this, and I’m waiting for them to get back to me. All I will says is: God help Apple if they tell me that I need to take this up with the content provider. There will blood – probably mine as I bash my forehead repeatedly against the desk.
And film/TV studios wonder why people turn to piracy…