Apple TV no longer "sees" iTunes library

1.  Our Apple TV is no longer playing nice with our Mac.
2.  iTunes on our Mac no longer plays nice with an external screen.
We have a 3rd generation Apple TV (3.2) running software version 6.0 (6646.65).
Our internet is via cellular on either an iPad mini or an iPad (4th generation); both are running iOS 7.1.2.
Our MacBook Pro, where the iTunes library lives, is running OS X Mavericks 10.9.4.
That iTunes is version 11.3.
1.  Our Apple TV is no longer playing nice with our Mac.
This morning, all was working as it should.  This evening, the Apple TV is connecting to the internet via the "hotspot" on the iPad (4th generation).  The MacBook Pro is using the same network.  All three devices can connect to the internet, but the Apple TV is no longer "seeing" the Mac or the iPad (and they don't "see" the Apple TV, either).  Neither the computer nor the iPad will see the Apple TV to mirror with it, even though they are all on the same wireless network (again, provided by the iPad).  The Apple TV does not know that iTunes on the Mac is online.
Yes, iTunes on the Mac can connect to the iTunes Store.
Yes, homesharing on the iTunes is still turned on.
No known changes have been made to any of the three devices.
Restarting the Apple TV and the Mac didn't fix the problem.
It was just working this morning, and this evening it isn't.
2.  iTunes on our Mac no longer plays nice with an external screen.
After re-booting the Apple TV didn't work, and still wanting to have a movie night, I connected the computer to the display used by the Apple TV.  The screen and the Mac could talk to each other.  My default is to have the larger flatscreen tv set up as an extended screen.  That worked for everything except for iTunes.  I could shift iTunes to the extra screen.  But when I started the movie, it would only play on the Macbook, leaving the extra screen only displaying our desk wallpaper.
Next I tried to set the screens to "mirror."  That started to take, but then would not.  "Aha," I thought.  "Maybe this is the problem with the Apple TV, too?"  So I rebooted the Mac.  That fixed the mirroring problem.  Except for iTunes.  When trying to play a movie in "mirror" mode, it would only play on the Mac, and the extra screen would go black.
This is a completely new problem that we've not seen before.
Any ideas or suggestions?
ps:  the Apple TV is downloading the software update as I type ... but we'll go to bed long before it is likely to finish downloading.

!!! Apple waht have you done !!!
We have equiped our house with 5 Apple-TV's 3. Gen. and an Apple-Server (MacMini 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) and since about 6 Month's i'm going nuts.
The Apple TV's are having randomly problem to connect to iTunes-Library (via WiFi) no matter how near or far they are away from the router.
after switching off and on iTunes all works fine. BUT THIS IS ******* ENNOYING (excuse my french). It looks to me that there is a stupid time-out
in the SW that somehow drops the WiFi. The issue could be the reconnect doesn't work. Did anybody ever investigated on this ?????
I found some forums where the apple-support was handling this with the update of the iTunes-SW and with the AppleTV-SW. Unfortunately this still doesn't work here. I even installed a new WiFi router (Apple Air Port Time Capsule) but didn't change anything !!! It looks like the stuff is getting pure quality !!!!!
Anyone having any suggestion or expiriencing the same issue please reply. It would be highly appreciated for any constructive help from Apple since is a killer
kriterium to buy more apple stuff !!! It all worked fine for more then a year and suddenly ...booooom ... and we have this ****-service now !!! What a good advertisement for apple. !!! What you think i will answer anybody asking me .... ohhh you have a few AppleTV's here can you recommend them ????

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