aTV Flash (black) 1.4 & the New Apple TV

Wow, what a week! We had quite a few exciting announcements yesterday from Apple, not the least of which was a brand-new, 1080p capable Apple TV. We are uber excited about this new model and already have a handful of test units on order. Better hardware usually lends itself to better software, and the Apple TV should be no exception. Keep reading for more information on what all this means for you as well as your current aTV Flash (black) license.

What does the new Apple TV 3 offer? Should I upgrade?

At this point, it appears the only real difference between the ATV2 and ATV3 is the video resolution. The ATV2 has a max resolution of 720p, whereas the ATV3 supports 1080p. There may be new features introduced in the future that will be ATV3 only, but for now unless you're playing 1080p content you will not see much of a difference between the two models. The new menu layout that was demoed yesterday by Apple on the ATV3 will also be available on the ATV2.

What about the new 5.0 software? Can I update my Apple TV?

aTV Flash (black) is currently only compatible with Apple TV versions 4.2 - 4.4.4, and if you update you lose will your jailbreak and FireCore added features. However, if you have saved firmware signatures you can easily downgrade the Apple TV software at any time, so feel free to update to 5.0 and check it out.

Will aTV Flash (black) be compatible?

There will undoubtedly be a few obstacles to overcome in order to get everything up to speed, but based on our past experiences and progress thus far we're confident we can put the pieces in place to make it happen.

Once an updated version is ready we'll be rolling these changes into an aTV Flash (black) update, which will result in a universal application that is compatible with both the ATV2 and ATV3. The best part is users of aTV Flash (black) will be able to install it on either model without having to pay any extra fees.

That all sounds great, but what's new in aTV Flash (black) 1.4?

Last, but certainly not least, we have a new version of aTV Flash (black) available today to help tide you over until the new models arrive. Full details on what's included in version 1.4 can be found below.

Full Changelog

  • Added center channel audio boost (+6dB and +12dB) for 5.0 and 5.1 audio tracks
  • Added Finnish, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, and Swedish translations
  • Added '4:3 Crop' and '4:3 Stretch' zoom options
  • Added support for M3U and PLS playlists
  • Added EyeTV folder detection
  • Added TrueHD audio (downmixed)
  • Added 24-bit and 32-bit audio (downmixed) 
  • Added enhanced downmixing for 5.1 AC3 audio (Dolby Pro Logic II)
  • Added support for embedded MP3 covers
  • Added automatic EXIF-based image rotation
  • Added MP4s embedded subtitles
  • Added main menu clock
  • Improved poster art quality in list and grid view
  • Improved buffering logic for DVD files
  • Improved cover art fetching from Last.fm
  • Improved DVD menu highlighting
  • Improved photo viewer & slideshow
  • Improved slideshow to match native Flickr style
  • Improved Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish translations
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Resolved downmixing issues for specific audio tracks
  • Resolved playback issues for single ISO files in a folder
  • Resolved AFP login timeout issues
  • Resolved metadata issues for files that contain '/' in folder or file name
  • Resolved operation of the photo slideshow on iOS 4.x
  • Resolved issue with favorites removal when share password is changed
  • Resolved incorrect navigation in grid view on iOS 4.*
  • Resolved issue with DVD marked as watched after viewing menu
  • Resolved rare issue with incorrect pre-playback screen layout
  • Resolved rare crash in libdvdnav when playing DVD files
  • Resolved rare DVD playback error
  • Resolved rare 'Bad URL' error
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes

Beautiful! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.4 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. Links for the new version can also be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

If you're not yet using aTV Flash (black) you can learn about all the great benefits here.

Enjoy. :-)

PS - We'll be posting progress updates as they become available, so be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest news.

Comments

Hello:

I am hearing news about ATV3 Jailbreak to be released last end of Nov? Is that true?

Thanks

Any more news on the atv3 jailbreak?

Hallo Firecore. Cool

Update.

I sent a message using the contact form at
http://firecore.com/contact.

What about the ATV3 and the untethered version ATV3 for this .
When do you think it is available for ATV3?

MVH
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Hi Firecore Guys

Will there be any updates soon :)

Hi everyone,
I have an ATV2 with software: 4.4.3. Is there any hope for jailbreak?

Regards,

Hi,

Is there any new updates about the ATV3 version??

how do i watch DVD via aTV Flash black ?

any news on atv3 jailbreak

hopefully by the end of the month.

Thanks for your work guys, you are the best!
Any news about untethered jailbreak?

I have a apple 2 that i jailbroke with seasonpass.i triad to load ios 4.4.4 but some how. the 5.0 (4099) software is the one thant show up when i go. ABOUT---- its said model:m=MC572C?A apple tv software 5.0 (4099) is there any ting i can do to fix it? can i install the the new apple tv flash black? can i install XBMC? thanks for your help guys.

I´ve just installed the newest aTV Flash, but plex don´t show. why?

Just wanted the devs to know that interest is very high in seeing you guys crack ATV3.

Thanks for all the work you've done so far on ATV1 & ATV2 and good luck with everything coming up!

(An avid, waiting ATV3 user!)

Just purchased my first aTV3 and also eagerly awaiting the ATV3 release.

Keep up the good work!

(a wannabee future customer)

I am Sorry everybody .. maybe I didn't catch it yet... I have TV3 .. are there any thing I can do now with this update ...Thanks

A Zin

Where do I find the place to download the latest version of Apple TV flash (black) 1.4 I am running around in circles here????

I have gone to my downloads in my account and nothing gives me the option to download the 1.4 version. I think that they expect me to purchase this software again( which I will never do!!!!)

If anyone has a solution to this dilema please relay it to me

Hi how do i get nito tv to work ?? it just keeps coming up with install software every time i open it

Is there like an e-mail wait list : so we can get a mail when the Atv-v3 version is out?

Yes, what he said!

I have tried re-booting my jail broken AT2 on 4.4.4. It worked fine and then I was getting script errors. So I tried to restore or down grade to 4.4.3. Now when I use Seasonpass it does not let me use any of the listed softwares, and says something like "this device is not eligable". Is there away to just do a complete reboot, even if I have to doe the unlock and jailbreak over? Please someone respond who has done this. Thanks a lot.

im stuck on 4.4.3 and really want to use the mirroring function from my ipad and mbp, but can't update to 4.4.4 or 5.x yet, hurry up!! ;-)

I also got the 4.4.3 and I can use the mirror function from my iPad (5.0.1).

The mirroring function is not all that great. If you have 4.4.3 you are not missing much in the 4.4.4. The mirroring is really choppy. Reflection works great for mirroring and even enhances what is being mirrored.

Great Job Guys! Just wondering if future versions of movie player will be able to read embedded mp4 tags and reorder movie listings per row to increase cover size. On a 32" TV, movie covers are hard to make out.

Great software guys! I really thank you for unlocking the Apple TV to its full potential.

One suggestion: the possibility of having bigger cover previews in grid view with less films at the same time and with the film's full name.

Keep up the good work.

I would SO MUCH love Kiss to see the EYETV application functionality of the iPad app to be migrated to ATV... To see live TV from the Mini with Eyetv. Schedule recordings and to see the recordings. I would LOVE it :-)

Regards, Karsten

I have a problem with the Metadata and Cover Art at TV Shows (I am using the the atv flash 1.4 in German, but now explain it in English)
I have a Folder named "Games of Thrones" and in this folder the m4v-Files called
Game Of Thrones S01E01 and so on.
The Metadata works fine but the covers for the folder and the files doesn´t work, but when I go to the main menu of the apple TV I can see, after playing one of the files, that the file is shown above, besides the other already played files, with the right cover ! What ca I do, that the right cover is also shown in the folder?

Thanks folks for the great shop so far !

Any estimated date as to when the new iOS and Apple TV will be supported?

2 years or never.

I read this under support:

Seas0nPass does not yet support the new 5.0 (iOS 5.1 - 9B179b) software that was released on March 7th, 2012. An updated version is in the works and will be available soon.

I am in New York.
Where I can the jailbreak ?

When will the new update for ATV 3 available ? can't wait for it :)

Johan.

I need a new media player to stream HD files to my projector. I still can buy an ATV2, but would prefer the ATV3. I would not mind to wait for aTV to be fully compatible with aTV3, but does it currently work at all?

excelenteh

Will you come out with a migration tool that brings over settings for people upgrading to the new Apple TV? I would like to keep my video watched status and would rather a tool to bring them over than doing it all manually for a few hours.

Ideally at some point it would be nice to be able to sync watched status online or have a persistent database accessible by multiple Apple TVs so you could set up the old ATV in a bedroom and know what you've watched and haven't on both.

Has any one tried firecore/JB the ATV3 yet?

It doesn't work an the atv3. It says software incompatible when you try to install 4.4.4 jailbreak.

Will tav black work on the new atv3

Metadata fetching for tv Shows doesn't work anymore. Only the file names show up. I reported this issue but didn't get any reply yet.
Beside this a realy good update.
O.

please update the aTV flash to support the RMVB video format.

why would you want that ancient crappy video format?

Hi,

I have used the atv flash for almost 2 years now and is very happy with your work - can't live with out it ;-)

But, I have just installed the new media player - and is still struggling with it not being able to show the danish letters Æ, Ø & Å when using danish srt. files. I have checked the srt. files with a PLEX player and they work fine.

I had hoped, when the AppleTV went global, the problem would go away because the AppleTV could be setup to danish.

I searched your faq's and support site but can't find any solution.

Are you guys aware of the problem? and is there a fix underway? :-)

Best regards

Mikael

You may try adjusting the encoding type. Details on doing this can be found here.

http://support.firecore.com/entries/20673923-subtitles-and-audio-tracks

James
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Hi James,

Switched encoding type to Nordic - works beautiful now Laughing

You are a star!

Thank you and keep up the good work.

Regards

Mikael

I just upgraded my ATV2 to v1.4 but now my TV show listing is all screwed up - shows are just listed in some random order. What happened??? I have a large collection of TV shows and finding a particular show is virtually impossible - nothing is in order.

Sorry about that. Would you mind sending in a bug report?

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

James
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I was very happy to see the new global 4:3 crop/stretch zoom options. Unfortunately it does not seem to have any effect on my movies, mainly old cartoons that MediaInfo reports are in "720*576 (4:3)", "704*576" or "720*592 (4:3)" and I still have to manually enter the playback menu and switch Zoom mode from Normal to Stretch to fill the TV screen.

Hmm, we'll take a look and see if we can replicate the issue here.

James
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Maybe it's just me (or a different issue), but I need to change my tv resolution to 1024x768 (instead of 720p) or the sides of my videos will be cutoff even when I select "stretch"

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