1/21 Progress Update

Happy Friday! Fridays are always a good time for progress updates so read on to see what we've been up to over the past few weeks.

Seas0nPass

We're working fervently to complete a Windows version of Seas0nPass. Assuming no unexpected issues come up this version will be available within the next 1-2 weeks in early February. Like its Mac based counterpart this will also be a freely available, open-source application.

XBMC

Thanks to some exceptional work from Scott Davilla and the XBMC Team a full version of XBMC is now available for the 2nd gen AppleTV. XBMC acts as a replacement for the AppleTV menus, though you can easily switch back and forth between XBMC and AppleTV whenever you please. With aTV Flash (black) installed, XBMC can be easily downloaded through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu.

Streaming internet video

Over the past few weeks we've spent a bit of time working towards enabling Adobe Flash and determining how usable it would be. Ultimately we did get it working (big thanks to Comex) however the end result was far less than ideal. Videos would load ok, but playback was limited to 1-3 frames per-second which by any standard is pretty awful.

Instead of pursuing Adobe Flash any further we've decided to work towards optimizing HTML5 streaming video, which many popular sites are already using. HTML5 streaming via Couch Surfer has been improved greatly in recent weeks, and we're working towards making it even better.

Additional codecs and NAS streaming

We're getting closer and closer to making native NAS streaming and video playback a reality. As of today the plan is to make the initial beta version of this feature available within the next 1-2 weeks in early February. Additional features such as cover art, metadata fetching, and full hardware video decoding will be available shortly thereafter.

A few new screenshots are below.

Comments, thoughts and suggestions are welcome below.

Comments

Flash streams play perfectly on atv2 via xbmc (e.g the excellent iplayer addon), so why is this not possible in couchsurfer?

So I didn't read the specs enough apparently. The only reason I bought this was for browsing sites using Adobe Flash - bugger - none of them work so I have no use for the software now.
Buyer beware I guess...

I hope you also planning to support audio from NAS (like an extra topic under "computer"). Would be cool to be able to remote it via iphone remote app without the need of turning on a telly and a computer with activated home sharing.

I mainly use it for listening to music and this for, I dont wanna turn on the telly. For example the orgiinal apple remote app shows what song is on Air when i use the groovy App (ok I cant really handle it via remote, but I can skip to next song and see the Cover and Interpret/Titel info) - I dont know how thy manage it but I see it as a start....

For different movie formats I use XBMC - cause for this Ill need to turn on the TV anyway.

Remoteable NAS Music support would be the most important to me.

tpe

It's now more than 4 weeks, since the last update. What's going on ?

Also I don't understand why firecore put so much time in making jailbreaking easier, GP is working perfect and now I'm waiting for streaming movies from my NAS, which is the reason I bought the software. It was promised to be in beta release early february, but without any reason mentioned it's still not available.

Can't you get it to work ? If this is the case, just be honest with us.

/RdP

Same for me.

As XBMC is not playing movies from my NAS very smooth I am waiting for something from you guys....

Any news???

Hello,

The rc6 of greenpois0n works like a charm. After installing atvflash is got xbmc running. However xbmc has problems playing non h264 content, wil atv play avi and mkv files? And when will there be a next release?

Any news?

any chance of an update folks?

sooo.....update on progress?

You mention that you expect to have NAS support shortly.

Any chance that this will include NFS support?

hi guys .. great news! NAS streaming would also mean the AirPort Disk functionality of my Airport Extreme would stream media from the connected external USB AFP drive? would expect yes ;-)

can't wait till you release this!

problem with xbmc big time.. crashing every 5-10 mins. restarts the whole apple tv. ATV black ver 4.0.0

xbmz only works with 4.1 and up.
Had the same problem on 4.0 had to take the update for it to work.

Think he´s on version 4.0 and iOS 4.1, correct me if i´m wrong =)

had the same problem this will solve it http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=91502&page=5

//blomman75

The Chronic Dev Team To Release GreenPois0n RC6 To Support Apple TV 2G

Just a little while ago The Chronic Dev Team released Greenpois0n RC5_b2 (Win) & Greenpois0n RC5_b3 (Mac) for all device except Apple TV 2G. Since yesterday, The Chronic Dev Team has been busy with bug fixes and GreenPois0n site issues. Now that everything is going with GreenPois0n RC 5 & Geenpois0n.com, they will be working on GreenPois0n RC6 to support Apple TV 2G.

Just a little while ago, @p0sixninja tweet the following to us..

Hey James ! Any new progress updates to report ?

//blomman75

Any chance of an update:)

any one know why my remote wont let me choose a language on apple tv when booting up?

on the language set up screen the remote wont re

Youpieeeeeee ! untethered Jailbreak with GreenPois0n...... Yesssssssssssss !

Not yet...

- ___AppleTV 2___ (support will be added in RC6)

Nice news for Iphone and Ipad owners but it dosent work with AppleTv.....Just hope that they update Snowbreeze now with the new GP code.....

Should work fine on all iOS devices.

From the greenpois0n readme:

> Supported iDevices:
- iPod Touch 2G (all bootroms)
- iPod Touch 3G
- iPod Touch 4G
- iPad 1G
- iPhone 3Gs (all bootroms)
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4 Verizon (_not_tested_)
- AppleTV 2

Same thing last time GP released its jailbreak.....there is no support for AppleTv.

Your right the readme was updated with this support list.

> Supported iDevices:

- iPod Touch 2G (all bootroms)
- iPod Touch 3G
- iPod Touch 4G
- iPad 1G
- iPhone 3Gs (all bootroms)
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4 Verizon (_not_tested_)
- ___AppleTV 2___ (support will be added in RC6)

Latest greenpoisn for windows reveals:
> Supported iDevices:

- iPod Touch 2G (all bootroms)
- iPod Touch 3G
- iPod Touch 4G
- iPad 1G
- iPhone 3Gs (all bootroms)
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4 Verizon (_not_tested_)
- ___AppleTV 2___ (support will be added in RC6)

Just hope that RC6 will be coming up shortly.....I´m on 4.1 now so it´s about time for a new iOS =)

Here's the untethered Jailbreak from Greenpois0n. http://www.ifans.com/goto/http://mirrors.ih8sn0w.com/greenpois0n-osx_rc5...

It's Mac only and you must be on 4.2.1

WINDOWS PLEASE!!! Thank you for making this awesome program, if only I could use it :P

Are you working on untethered jailbreak?

I want to use aTV Flash in my hotel in the caribbean, but I cannot go from room to room to boot up those AppleTVs anytime the electricity goes off.

Help me please i have a problem with XBMC....Got my Atv Black jailbreaked (os4.1) and installed Firecores Flash on it and all worked perfect. Then i installed Last FM (worked) Couch Surfer(Worked) but when i installed XBMC it installed everything perfectly but when i start XBMC it just restarts the Apple Tv and nothing happens.....Someone got a clue how to fix it ?

Got XBMC running on the ATV2 now on 4.1.....Damn its like a dream =)

you need to retether it using the computer, because once you disconnect it from a power source, it dies, and you have to retether it. ppen seas0npass and say boot tethered and follow the steps

Are you planning to include VPN Hotspot Shield?

Hiya great work mate. Can you speed up the PC version of seas0npass. I dont have a mac and my apple tv is still not jailbroken.

Cheers.

1. Will the ATV2 build support Boxee.
2. Assuming the above is a 'yes', wiil Pandora be accessible by extension as easily as with Boxee on a full OS?

XBMC is great and all, but so far (I am a newbie at XBMC) it does not seem as intuitive at adding apps/sources. Boxee would be preferred.

Works like a dream great work thanks.

XBMC loaded and working great and enjoying the new freedom on my ATV2.

Only drama i had was with the tethered boot. Quickly discovered if you plug power cable in with th USB during the 10 sec period and only remove USB and connect HDMI once prompted to on my Imac all was good.

What an easy process.

Firstly, well done to the team for getting this far. I struggled with tethered boot in earlier versions of season pass, but .8 seems to be working well and I found the atv software very easy to set up.

Has anyone had any luck with the iplayer in the uk? I can access it on my iPhone via the mobile site, however if I navigate to this through couchsurfer the website recognises that it is not a phone. Is there anyway of spoofing the atv2 as a phone? Alternatively is there a way of accessing it through XBMC. Like many, my main reason for getting this software was to get direct access to my NAS (currently doing it via my mac with plex) and to access catch up tv in the uk (iplayer etc)

Is there anyway to play files along with their subtitles or CC on Plex or XBMC?

Hi! Is there any plan on enabling VPN on the next upgrade?

Dear Team,

Thanks for this update on your work progress. It has been 1 month that my Apple TV runs your software and works almost OK.

Question about "[...] HTML5 streaming via Couch Surfer has been improved greatly in recent weeks, and we're working towards making it even better [...]"

I have tried many HTML5 Websites and very few are working OK / gets loaded, even changing the User Agent to iPad

- First major example is Dailymotion (main youtube competitor in Europe). Dailymotion has a HTML5 instance for their website (www.dailymotion.com/html5) but video never starts with Couch Surfer (while OK with Chrome or Firefox on my laptop)

- Another example are the Mozilla Labs HTML5 games (gaming.mozillalabs.com/games/), where none of the games are running OK (all = NOK)

Do you have any idea where the issues may come from ? Any improvements coming soon ?

I thank you for your support,

Best regards.

FYI, this is what the default user agent shows up like for the Couch Surfer:
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_3; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.16 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0 Safari/533.16

For comparison, the latest on 10.6.6 is:
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_6; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.19.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.3 Safari/5

What is needed is Adobe Flash AirPlay streaming to Apple TV -- THEN WE DON'T NEED FLASH ON APPLE TV! ;-)

XBMC has caused my atv2 to crash several times. Only way to get it to work was a complete restore and install. No more XBMC until firecore is out of beta. Hopefully will be soon.

Yep, I'm on the old firmware (for non-tethered jailbreak as I dont have a mac) and after installing and successfully using xbmc for a few hours the atv restarted and now doesn't boot so I'm hoping I can do a firmware restore and start again...!

I have my AppleTV jailbroken.

Want to install ATVFLASH now.

Having a problem already wiith the Pre-Install checklist.

2. The Apple TV connected to TV and networking. BUT under MOVIES i don't see Top movies.

I just see IN THEATER

What is wrong?

I had the same problem. I'm definitely located outside the US.
My problem was solved setting Country to USA - then everything works as a charm! Even in your native language!

J

Are you located outside the US?

If so, you should be ok to proceed as long as In Theater appears in the Movies menu. Just be sure AirPlay is enabled before proceeding.

James
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Hi Guys,
Great work as I am enjoying my ATV2 more than ever. However, I'm having a problem installing XBMC. Per Hotlinx's post above, the first command:

echo "deb http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2 ./" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list

seems to work fine and brings me back to command line however when I try commands 2 & 3

apt-get update
apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

I get the error message: E: Malformed line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plex.list (dist)

I also tried to install through Manage Extras and got the same error message as well as: E: The list of sources could not be read.

Kinda stuck on this one and could use some direction. Once again, thank you all for your AWESOME work and can't wait for NAS! :-)

Which version of AppleTV software are you running? How was your AppleTV jailbroken?

James
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