Now Available - aTV Flash (black) Beta

At long last we're proud to announce the release of the first beta version of aTV Flash (black) for the new AppleTV. This version features a number of exciting features, with many more to come. It took a bit longer to complete than anticipated, but it's a great start to what we hope will be a powerful software suite for the new black AppleTV.

During the beta phase we will be working to improve current features and add new ones, so we would appreciate any feedback you may have. More info on how to submit feedback can be seen near the end of the post.

Read on for more details on what's included and how to get the beta.


The first version of aTV Flash (black) is compatible with the 4.0 AppleTV software only. The new 4.1 software requires a few adjustments but we plan to have compatible version available soon.

Update: Currently aTV Flash (black) is for Mac only. We plan to have a Windows compatible version within the next few days.

Update #2: The Windows version of aTV Flash (black) is now available.


aTV Flash (black) will be available at the discounted discounted price of $19.95 during the beta (pre-order) phase. Once the final version is ready for release the price will return to the normal level of $29.95. The original aTV Flash is also being reduced to $39.95.

What's in the beta?

  • Surf the Web - Experience the web in all its glory and stream HTML5 video from many popular sites (note: not all HTML5 sites supported yet).
  • Discover New Music - Find new artists you'll love by accessing radio stations, artist bios and slideshows.
  • Plex Client - Stream media from Plex Server running on your Mac. (big thanks to quiqueck for putting this together)
  • Info on Demand - Keep track of current weather and news feeds on your AppleTV.
  • One-click Updates - Install, remove or update plugins in a snap through the native AppleTV interface.

What's coming soon?

  • Go Beyond iTunes - Enable playback of additional media formats.
  • Access Media Anywhere - Stream media from most NAS devices.
  • Much, much more...

How do I get it?

  • Current Users - aTV Flash (black) is available as a free upgrade. After logging into your account you will have an extra download link for aTV Flash (black). Your normal aTV Flash license and download links will remain unchanged. Additionally any available renewal specials can also be found in your account.
  • New Users - aTV Flash (black) is available for pre-order at a discounted price of $19.95. All pre-orders get instant access to the beta.
  • Beta Signups - Those that signed up for the beta will be receiving information on how to download and install the beta via email. We're working hard to get this done ASAP so please be patient.

Help us improve

Please keep in mind this is beta software, and some features may will not be 100% complete. We're committed to providing the best software possible and your feedback helps us greatly in achieving this goal. If you have an idea on how we can improve or have found something that's not quite right please tell us.

Comments are welcome below. Enjoy. :-)


When I try to install TV Flash I get an error: 9.100. Does anyone know what I have to do to correct this?

I'm having problems installing this app on windows. My error code reads - (aTV Flash (black).exe-.NET Framework Initialization Error unable to find a version of the runtime for this application) need some instruction on how to fix this problem after downloading file

Same prob..
Did you find a solution.

Also having problems with 0.7 ATV black. Get up to the transfer of files, and then I'm asked for "password for remote host". My passwords(computer, router, iTunes, Apple)aren't working, and neither is "alpine". It was never a problem I had with breaking the original ATV, so I'm stuck.

Trying to update TV Flash Black Beta and its asking to "Specify password for remote" I haven't changed the password and reading this thread tried "alpine" but it doesn't work what else can I do?

Hi there! i have an apple tv in version 4.2.1, is atvflash compatible now? i am willing to pay and buy your software but i want to know that all works great. Thanks in advance.

I read the news that aTV Flash (black) for the Apple TV 2G enable additional media formats such as AVI, MP4, MKV, DVD files and to support media streaming from most NAS devices (including Airport Extreme and Time Capsule) in the near future. You don’t need to be worry about the original Apple TV features, they will all remain fully operational.- Seems really great. It's a pity that not all HTML5 sites are supported yet, this might do affect for some flash based or FLV video enjoy.
Luckily, I have also got iFunia video converter for my all kinds video watching, which help me save all popular formats like AVI, WMV, AVCHD, MKV, FLV, H.264/AVC, MP4, MOV, 3GP to my iDevice.
And I want to know if this also can work on for the apple TV connected to iPad?


Compre el programa de ustedes aTV Flash Negro el 17/12/2010, hoy me llego mi AppleTV, al querer instalar el programa como me lo indica, me detecta el appleTV sin embargo en la parte que quiere transferir loa archivo al appleTV me da el siguiente error: Installation failed, Sorry, the installer could not connect to your AppleTV. Help!.

El apple TV tiene la version del software 4.1.1, fase del software 1553, Version sistema operativo 4.2.1 (8C154).

Agradezco toda la ayuda que me pueda brindar


No es aun compatible con esa versión de Apple TV.

This really is one of the best intros on the subject I have ever read. I have been doing a lot of research and have read through hundreds of posts. I will definitely have to keep coming back for more great info. google

is it at all possible to download an shsh blob for the 4.0 firmware so that I can go back to the 4.0 firmware??

I Want to watch vidéos on Justin tv ans It ask me to install Adobe flash player???
Thank you to help me

.deb error now..

any news?

We want Hotspot Shield for VPN functionality.. will it be ready soon?

Just a quickie but what user agent does the browser present?

Catchup TV sites like the BBC iPlayer in the UK serve an iOS site to the right user agent.

@nd message..

just realized, I may be running 4.2 now on my black Apple TV.

I am running iOS 4.2.1 on my iPhone 4

And iTunes 10.1 on my cpu.

Do you have the latest software available?



Hi Guys,

I am confused. Do you have the latest version your ATV Flash for Apple TV Black..running 4.1?

I am also running now 10.6.5 on my macbook pro 15 with home sharing to the Apple TV.

I am excited about the new features plus if I want "" I have to plug my first Apple TV in with your old software.

Please let me know asap.


Marc Wilder

why isn't working outside of the US?
I can get it to play on my iphone, PC, Mac... but not my AppleTV due to restrictions?
explanation will be appreciated!
Thanks is currently available in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the US. Due to an oversight on our part only the UK and US are supported in the current version - we'll have the other countries available in the next version.

Have an idea for Infuse? Tell us.

Understood, however the question remains... WHY? We can run our 'paid' subscriptions on PC/Mac/iPhones without a country restriction, why only on FireCore ATV is the country restricted?

Simple questions to The developers:
1. when will The ATF flash version be available for 4.1?
2. Will and if so when will a VPN functionality be integrated, so that netflix can be watched out of Europe?

If booth is given, I ll immediately buy your product!

I'm still waiting on VPN support. I use a VPN on my iPad and iPhone and also on my Macs, but I want VPN support on my 2nd gen Apple TV. This little black box has so much potential. Any word on VPNs?

I would love to see VPN support too! Do you guys have any plans to incorporate VPN?

I would love to know that VPN functionality can be added soon, I live in Canada, and I want to connect to Netflix US using my Apple TV. Please developers, we need your reply to know whether you will add or not VPN functionality to the ATV.

We appreciate your response on that matter...


How would you install aTV Flash beta after jailbreaking tethered on iOS 4.2 using Pawnage?

Please Follow the Steps Below to jailbreak APPLE TV iOS 4.2 ONLY FOR MAC OSX

System Requirements, You can find version Details in About Menu of your APPLE TV 2 Black.and press the center button on the remote to find more details.


- OS VERSION 4.2.1(8C150)

- Software Ver 4.1

- Software Build 1539

If you fit these specification the you can continue to jailbreak you APPLE TV BLACK.

Step 1. Please Download

- AppleTV 4.2 ipsw AppleTV2,1_4.2_8C150_Restore.ipsw and PwnageTool 4.1.2 from an unofficial mirror and save it to Desktop and it is compulsory else your process will fail.

- PwnageBundle for AppleTV2 jailbreak on iOS 4.2 from

Step 2. Open Terminal app into your Apple TV and run the following commands

cp -r ~/Desktop/tethered/AppleTV2,1_4.2_8C150.bundle /Applications/

cp ~/Desktop/tethered/Info.plist /Applications/

Step 3. Run PwnageTool on the 4.2 ipsw saving into the ~/Desktop/tethered folder with the default name PwnageTool gives it (AppleTV2,1_4.2_8C150_Custom_Restore.ipsw)

Step 4. Now Again back in the terminal run the following Commands:

unzip -j ~/Desktop/tethered/AppleTV2,1_4.2_8C150_Custom_Restore.ipsw Firmware/dfu/iBSS.k66ap.RELEASE.dfu kernelcache.release.k66 -d ~/Desktop/tethered/

Step 5. Restore the AppleTV to the ~/Desktop/tethered/AppleTV2,1_4.2_8C150_Custom_Restore.ipsw firmware when your AppleTV is in DFU mode after finishing up with PwnageTool

NOTE: We dont Encourage to install any thing from cydia in expert mode,

Step 6. Unplug and then replug the USB, once AppleTV has finished started up and then plug in the power cable

Step 7. Finally Run the following commands in terminal:

cd ~/desktop/tethered

./tetheredboot -i iBSS.k66ap.RELEASE.dfu -k kernelcache.release.k66

NOTE: it will loop a complaint re: DFU mode, just ignore this, once you are finished getting in DFU mode tetheredboot will take over.

Step 8. Now you should MANUALLY put the AppleTV in DFU (

DFU Mode:

Hold Menu for 7 Seconds

Without releasing menu, press power for 7 seconds

successful output from tetheredboot looks like this:

Initializing libpois0n

No matching processes belonging to you were found

Waiting for device to enter DFU mode

Device must be in DFU mode to continue

opening device 05ac:1227…

Found device in DFU mode

Checking if device is compatible with this jailbreak

Checking the device type

Identified device as AppleTV2,1

Preparing to upload limera1n exploit

Resetting device counters

Sending chunk headers

Sending exploit payload

Sending fake data

libusb:error [darwin_transfer_status] transfer error: timed out

Exploit sent

Reconnecting to device

Waiting 2 seconds for the device to pop up…

opening device 05ac:1227…

Uploading iBSS.k66ap.RELEASE.dfu to device

[==================================================] 100.0%

libusb:error [darwin_reset_device] ResetDevice: device not responding

libusb:error [darwin_close] USBDeviceClose: no connection to an IOService

Waiting 10 seconds for the device to pop up…

opening device 05ac:1281…

Setting to configuration 1

Setting to interface 0:0

Uploading kernelcache.release.k66 to device

[==================================================] 100.0%

libusb:error [darwin_transfer_status] transfer error: device not responding (value = 0xe00002ed)

Step 9. If all went well, unplug USB and plug in HDMI and your AppleTV should be ready to go. You will need to repeat 7-9 every time you restart your AppleTV, this isn’t a convenient process by any stretch!

Bravo!! done now and Enjoy your Apple TV runing on iOS 4.2 jailbreak


Any update on the 4.1 version?? Any ETA

Is it thinkable to integrate something like imobilecinema into the browser to get at least support for some flash video? I know imobilecinema is not developed anymore, but maybe the authors can still be contacted and are willing to help out with their code.

Ten days since the first beta was launched, I can't wait to have the new beta 4.1 compatible! The thing is I didn't find a way to jailbreak 4.1 in apple tv, anyone tried it?

Any hope of displaying lyrics in an UNSYNCEDLYRICS tag during playback? Thanks for considering this.

You should have warned us that the initial beta would not work with 4.2. I upgraded immediately (because that's what most of us do) only to find that your beta only works with 4.0.

Please release the beta that works with 4.2 ASAP as I am itching for this new functionality.

No news? I'm waiting for the 4.1 jailbreak and atv flash version!!!

I signed up for beta and received an email asking me to provide contact information. However it did not give me a download link. Please tell me where i can download the beta software.


loggin in to account then you will see downloads

Just curious for those who have installed it. What type of streaming content can you see with Plex Online. I noticed it in the menu, but have not found a video of what can be seen there. Can you watch espn3, or other apps? Please let me know, thanks.

there is issues with installing it..4.0 version

the install program works great it says completed..rebooted and nothing?no maintnence menu nothing at all..

i tryed it all with no success..

Why is Apple afraid of people who want to jailbreak their Apple TV?

Can you give us an estimation of the releasedate of aTV Flash to jailbreak the Apple TV 2G (Black) Tethered on 4.2.1?

Wille it be days, weeks or months?

Anyone knows how to jailbreak the apple tv 4.1?

With a PC use snowbreeze2.1 for the jailbreak but use expext mode and then reinstall it using shift in Itune!It finaly works for me!

This is a tehered jailbreak - I did this using PwnageTool from my hackintosh but need to use my netbook to do a tethered boot - can be done from VMWare Player but requires 10.6 and up - and the only image I had was 10.5.5 to hand.

MuscleNerd has just tweeted that they have a workaround for 4.2.1 untehtered JB using 4.2b3 SHSH blobs that cydia saved for phones, but don't think this will apply to the Apple TV. So roll on @comex's hopeful untethering (or I will need to install OS X on my netbook to get things working again!)

Hi James,

Congrats on the release! Seems a few people (me included) wont be able to install atv black beta because our devices are either new or have been updated to the current ios 4.2.1 release.

I hurriedly bought my atv from the apple store in anticipation of downloading and installing the beta. Well the good thing is that my device shipped with 4.1 but unfortunately cant jailbreak cause tinyumbrella cant save my SHSH as apple has stopped signing 4.1. So I've got no option than to upgrade to 4.2.1. I do hope atv black is upgraded soon to be compatible with 4.2.1 as I cant wait to test run it.

My question is this much of a pain is it or would it be to keep up with the continuous firmware releases by apple since many people might want some few extra features unlocked by apple in the future (an example is Airplay in the last firmware) and also want the atv features?


There are a few issues to address, but we hope to have a 4.1 compatible version soon.

Have an idea for Infuse? Tell us.

but how can I restore an updated to 4.2 Apple TV 2G restore to 4.0 (4.1)? I tried via DFU mode several times but only got the answer from apple that I can't downgrade ("not eligible..."). Some comments mention that I can downgrade without SHSH blobs - is that true and: HOW?


Have you been saving your shsh blobs? If not you can't downgrade. In future use tinyumberella to save the blobs and you can downgrade at any time

Installed via windows in seconds works great keep up the good work..

How did you jailbreak the apple tv 2nd generation using windows?

use snowbreeze 2.1 with expert mode!

Windows version working perfectly on 4.0 amazing progress windows users should know there is no support for any type of media playback through plex or nito tv yet hopeing for xbmc or some type of media playback in next beta :)

thx all that make this possable

Apple TV 2G (Black) Tethered jailbreak on 4.2.1:

Method 1:

Method 2:

Watch out, this is a TETHERED jailbreak only, which means you will need to connect your laptop EVERY time you want to boot the Apple TV and run a Tethered boot (if you don't know what that means, do not do it!)

Pls report your tests and if you managed aTV Flash installation.

Anyway, for any reason, you can restart the Apple TV 2G to factory settings by running in DFU mode and restoring to original firmware in iTunes.

Enjoy :)


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