Apple TV (ATV2) 5.0 Update

Today we're happy to release new versions of Seas0nPass and aTV Flash (black) that are compatible with latest 5.0 (iOS 5.1) software running on the ATV2. A ton of work has gone into getting everything updated, and a huge thanks go out to Brandon Holland (@640774n6) and Dustin Howett (@DHowett) who both contributed immensely in adding support for 5.0.

Is this a tethered or untethered jailbreak? What's the difference?

Seas0nPass currently provides a tethered jailbreak for the new 5.0 (iOS 5.1) Apple TV software. Functionally, both jailbreak types are identical, the only difference being that a tethered jailbreak requires the Apple TV to be connected to a Mac/PC when first powering it on. Since the Apple TV doesn't have a battery, and is rarely ever powered off, this usually only needs to be done once.

What's new in the 5.0 Apple TV software? Should I update?

  • New interface: - Fast, visual access to all content choices
  • Movie purchases in iCloud: Support for buying movies on Apple TV and playing back purchased movies from iCloud
  • Genius Recommendations: Recommendations for content on the iTunes Store based on previous rentals and purchases
  • Screensaver photos: New National Geographic photos built-in for screensaver
  • On-device sign-up: On-device sign up for content partners on Apple TV using your Apple ID

Updating to the new 5.0 software is not required, and all aTV Flash (black) features will continue to be supported on Apple TV versions 4.2 and later.

What about the ATV3, will this work?

Unfortunately not. Work is still ongoing for the ATV3, and we hope to have more news soon. For the latest updates be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Which plugins are currently supported on 5.0?

  • Couch Surfer (works)
  • (works)
  • Maintenance (works)
  • Media Player (works)
  • NitoTV (works)
  • Plex (works)
  • Remote HD (works)
  • Rowmote (works)
  • RSS Feeds (works)
  • Weather (works)
  • XBMC (works)
  • Overflow (not working)

Note: Non-working items require an author update for 5.0 compatibility.

Screenshots! Give us screenshots!

We listened to all the feedback we received and integrated the new icons in a way that should please virtually everyone. Check out the screenshots below for the final result.

Media loves to live in the top row.

If you don't have room, it will hang out in its next favorite spot.

All-new top bar navigation means navigating through your media has never been easier.

Superb! Where can I get it?

Seas0nPass 0.8.3 is available as a free download from

aTV Flash (black) 1.4.1 can 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. :-)


I just did the 5.2.1 Tethered Jailbreak is Plex still not compatible ?
I added the Plex Xbmc works pretty well. Is there an ETA on an Un Tethered jailbreak thanks .

Hey there, if anyone could help with my questions I would appreciate it. I recently bought a Apple TV 2 jailbroken it worked perfectly fine. I brought it to my hotel and tried to use it but i think with the internet login the apple tv will not work is there a way around this? Also, for some reason my apple tv seems to be frozen and will not move pass the loading screen. I tried to restart it but it still does not work. Thanks again.

add the couch surfer browser to your install. from there log into browser. Select a page and hotel page will appear. Update it and log out of browser. You now will have all icons and xvmc will work.

After install nito tv on my seasonpass jailbroken atv2 the FC (settings) icon on my apple tv is gone. Anyone else have this happen. How do I get it back.

Many thanks

This does happen after jailbreak the settings box will feature as firecore logo,this confirms the jailbreak has been succesfull,as XBMC and Nito are loaded the logo changes again,you have XBMC&Nito folders displayed so settings will revert to the usual appletv logo,so the settings can be displayed and the sleep now function can be optimised.

Just great!
3 atv2 upgrated, and just 1 minor prob during install of seasonpass, resolved with powercable.
We use media to stream from time capsule 2 atv.
Does anyone know what are the benefits of XBMC vs MEDIA?
Thanks for tiips

Please help. I had ATV succesfully JB for months with tethered boot. Power went out so decided to give the non tethered JB a try. using latest season pass to JB I started getting odd error of 1602 and error 9 trying different methods of Jailbreaks. After 1602 error I plug in the TV and it works but after reinstalling and launching XBMC it would crash immediately and take me back to ios main menu. Is the xbmc crash related to the error when JB? Or is this coincidence?

These errors pertain to the communication between the appletv and the device where the download software is situated,check wireless connection between laptop and appletv via the router.

i completed jailbreaking my apple tv 5.0.2
now how to get it to recognize app for access to european tv?

AFP connection faild :(

Just setup 1.6 and new jailbroken 4.4.4
I go into Media Player and it finds my mac (makki) then local host (makki.local) then it says login/pass fail but the thing is in sharing there is none in the login and password

What is wrong :(

my media tab is installed but it doesnt show up, so I can't stream anything. please help!

I'm having trouble jailbreaking with the new software on windows 7, season pass goes through all the motions to prepare and install the software but when it goes to the "restoring in iTunes, please wait while script is running" screen it opens itunes but never initiallizes the restore, keeps saying "restoring in itunes please wait while running script'' but itunes is doing nothing, looked at some forums and did everything it said, as far as most current itunes, and season pass, as well as restarting my computer, checking my security settings and disconnected other usb devices with still no luck, it says right when i open season pass to close McAfee Total Protection but i dont have that, i have McAfee Internet Security which im sure is the same thing, and i disabled everything and even disabled them in the processes part of task mananger. Now i may be wrong but im starting to think thats theres something wrong with the script season pass is trying to run for the restore. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I had the same issue on my desktop at home where I use Win7 and 10.6 iTunes. I tried every method: with and without power cable and so on... Nothing work!. Now I tried at the office laptop, Win7 and 10.5 iTunes and it works!!!!! Maybe the version of iTunes is the key!!!!!!

Try to :

1) Authorize Computer in iTunes

2) Set up Home Sharing for Apple TV (in itunes and in apple tv)

3) Try Seas0nPass again


Hi Nick,

I'm having the same problem over here! When starting iTunes without Seasonspass, iTunes will notice the Apple TV 2 and asks for a restore (which I'm not doing :)
But if Seasonspass starts iTunes after patching, it will do nothing at all.

Hi there,

similar problem over here. I have applied seas0npass tethered on my ATV2 (5.0.1), installed XMBC, did the putty thing, etc. Everything worked well until I had to remove the power cord from my ATV for some reason. I expected that I only have to reboot via seas0npass to be able to use it again. SP asks me to put the ATV into DFU mode, when I hold down the buttons, lights are flashing rapidly, but nothing will happen besides the regular error flashing after a few seconds.
I tried to reset my ATV2 via itunes, but itunes always aborts referring to error 1611.
Can anyone please help me to get my ATV back working (jailbroken or regular)? I am pretty lost and did not find any solution on the web.

Many thanks

The appletv needs to be 'talking to the router' wirelessly,and the laptop will already be connected wirelessly and have downloaded the seasonpass,so the routine is to load seasonpass and when you are prompted put the appletv in 'dfu mode',and after it has uploaded the 'done'message is displayed.


I need to change the default fonts in the XBMC in the ATV2. Any one have an idea how? Please help.

It depends on the skin you have chosen.
You can't freely change the fonts in XBMC.

How could I have my radio station in the South Pacific transmit it's streaming signal so that Apple TV could receive it?

is there still no untethered jailbreak available ?

is there any word to whether plex is working yet for the update?

Is Plex working with the lastest release or not?

In this entry it says: Plex (works) but reading comments on this blog some says it does not, so does it work or not?


The latest Plex beta works on 5.0, but I'm not sure when it will be officially released. Most of the developers are more focussed on other parts of the Plex project right now. The beta is now about as stable as the Plex ATV client ever was, so perhaps FireCore can be convinced to include the beta for 5.0+

Also very interested?? Still on old iOS until plex is running fine. But I want new interface!

Thanks, Firecore team, for getting Seas0nPass updated so quickly after the release of iOS 5.1.1. It's working great!

I dont get how I can do this. If I install the new season pass on my computer in the office how do I keep the power on the whole time and get the ATV back into my bedroom ???

Do you have a laptop. That's the best way to do it.


Just completed the jailbreak and all I get on the Tv is the iTunes symbol and a cable saying usb. Can anybody please advise. Thanks

Restart season pass, click tethered boot, plug your atv in to the USB and push and hold menu and play buttons on the remote. Do not unplug the atv from the power or you'll have to do this every time.

Does the ATV2 really have to be connected to power at all times for season pass to work? isn't there a way to get around this?

No. The only thing you can do is wait for an untethered jailbreak to be released.

Does anybody know if there will be an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0 (4099), soon?

just a thought, is it possible to downgrade an aTV3 down to 4.4.4 ??


I have purchased and installed atv (black) for3 of my jailbroken atv2's(untethered and on the same atv black). I can access everything on all of them except for some reason on 2 of the units I cannot add a shared drive in the Media. All they do is constantly search but never find the drives. The other unit finds the share and works perfectly. The 2 that do not recognize are wireless in rooms away from the router. However, I have moved them and hardwired the connection with no luck. The 2 that won't recognize the share wirk flawlessly with everything else i.e. xbmc, plex, itunes,internet browser so I know they are not blocked by the router settings. Any else having this issue and if so have they found a solution?

Had a power outage after the last update and tethered boot and now my units are needing to be re-booted.... This really sucks!! Wish I had not updated till an untethered option was available


the thing I seem to forget is first turning the tv off.

I have jailbroken atv2 as the FC is coming up in the right hand corner. I can't get logged into atv2 through ssh to put XBMC onto it. Is there an easier way to put XBMC on it

install NitoTv from atvFlash and than install xbmc off that. really easy

Hi, Loving the ATV Flash Black and appreciate the work but was wondering if you can add HULU to XBMC for us non techies??

yes u shure can

FireCore has nothing to do with XBMC.

Adding Hulu to XBMC is a simple process. Follow this step-by-step video:
With this file:
Then finish up with the instructions here:

The whole process should take you between 7-12 minutes.

With 3 kids, I am really needing parental controls.

When the metadata is downloaded for movies, you can clearly see the moving rating...

Would be great if you could setup a pin number for any movie rated PG-13 and above...then when a PG-13 or R movie is selected to watch, you have to enter that pin in...

Just got my ATV2 5.0 jailbroken, got XBMC through NITOTV but its not working. Everytime I click the icon the screen freezes and the ATV autimatically restarts.
help please

try eden beta 3 via ssh method see xctechs tutorials on


can used ms silverlight with browser?


Can anyone tell me what the best naming convention is to get TV shows to pick up the correct metadata?

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