aTV Flash (black) 1.0 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) 1.0 for the 2nd generation AppleTV. aTV Flash (black) supercharges your AppleTV, empowering it to do things you never thought possible! All new features are installed alongside the normal AppleTV features, so things like movie rentals, Netflix, and AirPlay will remain unchanged. 

Featured in aTV Flash (black) are tons of exciting new features, including an all-new Media Player, WebKit based browser, radio, Weather, RSS feeds and more! Full details and screenshots can be found below, so keep reading.

 Expanded media support with all the extras

The new Media Player included in aTV Flash (black) empowers you to go beyond iTunes and play most popular media formats. This includes formats such as: AVI, FLAC, ISO, M2TS, MKV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, MPG, VOB, WMV and many others. 

Form and function remain in perfect balance, and you can enjoy all your media through natively styled menus that include simple access to extras such as AC3/DTS sound, subtitles, DVD menus, playlists, and many others. 

Automatic metadata and cover art

Cover art and metadata are downloaded automatically and added to your files with an end result of amazing! If you've already taken the time to add your own metadata you can you can use that too.

Native web browser

Surf the web with a native web browser that provides a rich web experience on the AppleTV. Included is support for things like HTML5 music and video streaming as well as easy to use bookmarks and history. Navigating the web is easily done with the included AppleTV remote or the free Remote app for the iPhone and iPad.

More than just music

Go beyond just listening to music and start truly experiencing it by utilizing the full power of While streaming radio (or playing your own music) you'll have access to artist bios, and a seemingly endless amount of artist photos.

Weather and RSS feeds

Get quick access to weather and RSS news feeds. Your current weather location will be detected automatically, and other locations can be easily added as well.


What's changed since RC1?

  • Added support for FLAC and MTS files
  • Added support for files with 5.0, 4.0, 3.0 and 2.1 audio tracks
  • Added support for embedded covert art (m4a, m4v, mp4)
  • Added fanart backdrops for TV Shows
  • Added new folder artwork in Grid View
  • Added loop and shuffle playlist options
  • Added TV Show series cover art in Grid View and Top Shelf
  • Added top to bottom and right to left navigation in grid view
  • Added global setting for enabling/disabling subtitles
  • Added support for large photo collections
  • Added support for folders containing dot ('.') in their name
  • Added (watched) view options in List View (use Play/Pause button to switch view)
  • Added backup type options
  • Added relaunch prompt after restoring from saved backup
  • Improved folder cover art logic
  • Improved setup of new shares
  • Improved handling of invalid XML files
  • Improved cursor handling in DVD menus
  • Improved recently watched item handling
  • Improved metadata caching logic
  • Improved TV Show filename parsing
  • Improved Grid View stability
  • Improved metadata fetching speed
  • Resolved issues with audio file metadata fetching
  • Resolved floating crashes related to metadata fetching
  • Resolved issues with metadata overriding when starting playback from top shelf
  • Resolved issues with chapter selection screen layout observed on short files
  • Resolved issues with metadata reloading in Grid View
  • Resolved issues with TV Shows aired date
  • Resolved issues with hangs on certain DVD menus
  • Resolved minor memory management issues
  • Resolved issues with scrolling in Top Shelf
  • Resolved issues with folder names overlapping in Grid View
  • Minor UI improvements

Outstanding! Where can I get it?

aTV Flash (black) is available for purchase and instant download here.

Those who pre-ordered aTV Flash (black) can download the new 1.0 version through the Downloads tab in their account. Note: Those wishing to update from an early version will need to run the 1.0 installer from a Mac or PC.

Enjoy! :-) 


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Does this release support secure RSS feeds for video, as used in podcasts?

Where's the NHL app? I just got this... amazing update however I'm almost willing to just go back because I lost my NHL app... top used app on my AppleTV. Yes I'm Canadian. Please fix!

I am having problems installing the aTVFlash Black. I purchased the product
through MacUpdate but now I am getting an error message when I try and

"Whoops, the ATV/black install cannot proceed
this is due to one of 2 things:
1. You're not connected to the Internet. (WHICH I AM)
2 this version of aTV Flash (black) is out of date (I HAVE VERSION 1.0).
Please download the latest version from
sorry for inconvenience”

Unfortunately I can not go to the website to download the latest version
since I purchased it through MacUpdate. Please advise.

I am having problems installing the aTVFlash Black. I purchased the product
through MacUpdate but now I am getting an error message when I try and

"Whoops, the ATV/black install cannot proceed
this is due to one of 2 things:
1. You're not connected to the Internet. (WHICH I AM)
2 this version of aTV Flash (black) is out of date (I HAVE VERSION 1.0).
Please download the latest version from
sorry for inconvenience”

Unfortunately I can not go to the website to download the latest version
since I purchased it through MacUpdate. Please advise.

So SLOW fetching... Unusable if you have more than one movie!


@James - Any chance of adding a Preview Button?

Still waiting for that untethered seas0npass jailbreak before I'm going to buy this. Hope it's due soon.

Bought a new micro USB cable from micro center. The jailbreak went smooth on 4.4.3.
I really think most of the problems out there are related to bad micro cables

Will there be an update to season pass soon to do a untetherd jail break for ios5?

Also any news on the TCP/ip control protocol :)


I have done a fresh install of atv black 1.0, I installed couchsurfer, restarted the atv then when I went to go back into the manage settings to install the media player it hung for a while and the crashed it does this ever time I try to select manage

It was doing it before when i upgraded from beta 7 to 1.0

Any ideas?

Hi Guys,
I have atv 4.4.3 and jailbreaked it. I was able to update the 0.9.4 version of media player but I can't see an update notice through the menu to the 1.0 version. any idea?

Sorry for the stupid question, I just saw the notice for preorders.

Thanks and great job


Am i missing something or is aTV Flash really incapable of reading .DMG-files? I hope i am the one making some mistake as about 3/4 of my 600 + movie collection is in .DMG format :(

Correction, i meant .IMG, not .DMG.. It still says 'No playable content' when i navigate to my movies that aren't in .ISO-format.

Not currently, but .IMG file support is in the works and will be available soon.

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Good release! :-)

Feature Request for Media Player when play movies/etc as playlist:

- Media Player marks the watched item also as "watched"

- When start "Play as Playlist" the player also starts from first unwatched item or at least ask to restart from 1st item in list.

best regards

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll pass along the ideas and see what we can do.

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Has anybody had any problems with airplay? I have sound working but never any video? Is this something I am doing wrong or is it not capable of doing this yet. aTV Flash (black) 1.0

No issues at all, able to airplay YouTube Videos right from my iphone4 to the aTV Flash (black)

Nice. Thou i'll wait to buy it untill you support rar-playback and the options to make 4:3 movies stretch to 16:9.

What's the deal with the new FLAC support? Are there any limitations/restrictions?

I ask because I have a test FLAC from Supertramp's album "Crime of the Century." It is 24bit at 96khz and weighs in at 124.2 MB. Sounds great on my MacBook Pro, using mPlayerX. But when I try to play it via Firecore's Media Player, it just looks for metadata, and then returns to the Media Player menu. Doesn't play any sound at all. My AppleTV has a ethernet connection and videos I play back using the same setup work just fine.

Any tips?

It may be related to the 24bit file. If you're able to send in a sample we can take a look.

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Do you offer a cross grade price for people who already have the Silver ATV Flash (gen 1) to Black ATV Flash (gen 2)?


Has anyone uses the web browser to play music from I currently use Airplay to stream Mog to my ATV2 from an iPod Touch, but I find that Airplay over wifi is a little glitchy. :)

I just tried. I was able to log in, but I cannot select or play any music. Similar thing happened with

Will XBMC work on this update?

This version is compatible with Apple TV Software Update 4.4.3 ?
Or it's better to wait for an update for aTV Flash (black) ?

aTV Flash (black) is compatible with 4.4.3, though the jailbreak for this version is still tethered.

More info here:

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It means that every time it's powered off, I need to reinstall aTV Flash again?

**IF YOUR APPLE TV HAS 4.4.x INSTALLED, everytime it's powered off you need to do a tethered bootup (This is not made clear enough and is a HUGE drag - ) I'm stuck with 4.3 until they can fix it because my laptop (after hours of trying) can't find my device in DFU mode as it boots up - making a tethered boot impossible.)

Hopefully, they figure it out because it's hockey season and 4.3 doesn't have the NHL channel. BAH!!!!


The one feature that is missing that I really would like to have is support for files *.wtv and .dvr-ms.

There seems to be some support through XBMC but it's too jumpy to be any good.

I'd like to be able to stream my media center recorded files to my primary tv through your product. Any chance of supporting this?


Possibly. If you have a sample file you can send in a may be helpful.

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Sure, I can do that. I'll do a custom recording for only a minute or so of video to make the file size smaller.

The DVR-MS is primarily an MPEG2 file with a wrapper that includes meta data, subs and other stuff.

WTV is the new format for windows 7. I am guessing it's the same, although I wouldn't be surprised if included support for H264 or had enhanced DRM. I'm not super technical.

What email address do I send it to?

Great. If the file is relatively small, you can open a support ticket and attach it.

Otherwise, uploading the file to something like Dropbox and sending in the link would work as well.

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When i use the media player, the meta Fetching is very Slow. It doesn't seems to save the metadata, and begin from start again, building new covers every time i start...i have around 1000 iso. Movies on my synology NA's, is it a memory/processor problem -or too much movies?
The covers only show up when im scrolling Down in a very Slow speed.

Exactly the same here! I have a Synology NAS and about 600 movies, the most of them Video_TS.
The Media Player start to build the covers again when I select the it... Why? I tried to save it, but always the same!

I have a large library as well & I notice the same thing too

Fetching speed is one of the aspects we're working to improve. Stay tuned.

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