Apple has confirmed that it is working on a fix for a screen flickering problem with Apple TV following the latest firmware update last week.
An Apple support representative has confirmed to AppleInsider that it is aware of the problem and working on a software solution to the problem. The issue has arisen since last Wednesday when the 4.2 update was issued OTA by Apple. The update added AirPlay support in third-party applications, streaming of Major League Baseball and National Basketball League games as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 sound output for Netflix Instant Watch streaming movies. However what the update has also brought is a flickering problem for some older high definition TV sets.
The problem arises because the second generation Apple TV, launched last year, does not output in the 1080i format and some older TV sets will only display video at 1080i. Some TVs can accept 720p resolution from Apple TV and convert it to a compatible 1080i resolution and this used to work fine until the 4.2 update last week. Now users with TVs from major manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi, Samsung and Toshiba are reporting problems. The problem has been reported by customers using direct HDMI cables, as well as those using a HDMI to DVI adapter.
With Apple already fixing some resolution problems with Apple TV back in December within a couple of weeks, users will be hoping this latest problem is fixed just as quick with a lot of customers on Apple's official support forums warning they will return their Apple TV if the problem is not fixed quickly. Have you experienced this problem? If so let us know in the comments.
Update: Apple has issued a 4.2.1 update to fix the flickering problems some user were experiencing. The update also addresses audio issues with the audio and glitch which puts everything to sleep permanently when the Apple TV is switched to sleep mode.