Will there be any update soon for the Apple TV version? Almost 2 years and a half without any updates, that's a shame for this wonderful player. I said shame because it's one of the best "free" player I ever found for the Apple TV (play almost everything, design is frankly well done compared to other available free version for Apple TV, and it's possible to set up some minimum settings which others even don't offer). I know there is some better paid version players which I won't tell the name here... But for my use the free version is completely enough. Though this player missed some improvements. I saw 3 things to improve:
1) The main problem is seeking which is very very slow over SMB (I didn't test with local files) and mainly with H265 files. H264 files even 4K is quite ok, as not instant compared to other players, it's fast enough but H265...is terrible! You can open a movie, seek 30min forward and have to wait at least 15sec before it plays at that time. You forward at 1hr time (from start of the movie) and it's not 15, it's double so 30sec you have to wait. The longer you go ahead in a movie, the longer you have to wait till it plays. So when you play a movie and don't watch it till the end and start it again later, you will have to wait many seconds before it reopen from the point you leave it (quite painful)! And this you can also see in preview thumbnail (where it shows the movie duration and the thumbnail/picture), all those data are shown much slower with H265 movies than any others.
2) I'm maybe not quite used (I am quite new in fact) with Apple TV but why isn't there any quick physical button or at least within the app, a quick software button to play next file (like next episode). The only way I found to play next file and don't wait the whole end credits
...is pressing the physical back button and select the next movie, well really not convenient. A quick software shorcut within the app, could easily resolve this. This looks small request but at least for me it's a big miss for a video player (really a basic mising function).
3) Maybe add some settings to customize a bit the player. One exemple is like being able to set rules for subs, for exemple to play English subs (or another language) ONLY with French or any other Audio language (an automatic rule which you can of course overide). Like this eng:fre (where first "eng" is for audio and second choice "fre" is the sub selection). Another exemple would be to propose files/folders sorting option other than by alphabetical order. By date, by regrouping first folders and then files under folders, etc.
Otherwise the whole player is impressive. I understand you keep focus on paid versions/other apps over the free version but if you could find some little time to improve a bit this famous Elmedia Player for Apple TV, that would be great!