While the software update to drive the new features won't be finalised for "a couple of weeks", Apple says, the company has published an in-depth guided tour to the Apple TV 2.0 software.

The tour offers more details as to how to use the new features and interface changes within the software, which among other features lets users purchase/rent and download films, TV shows and iTunes songs.

The software also lets users watch .Mac and Flickr image slideshows, allows for the download and playback of podcasts and can work independently of a computer.

The Apple TV 2.0 walkthrough is also being made available for download to iPod or iTunes.