comes to Apple TV

You may have noticed, but we try hard to keep making aTV Flash (black) better and better through regular software updates. Our update cycle philosophy has always been to provide frequent, steady improvements, and to resolve as many issues as we can get our hands on.

Today we are happy to release aTV Flash (black) 1.7 which, among other things, features seamless access to is a free service that automatically tracks the movies and TV shows you watch, and provides recommendations for related content you may find interesting. Scrobbling and Ratings

With our integration on the Apple TV, watched movies and TV shows are automatically 'scrobbled' back to your profile. You will also have the option to submit ratings for each video right from the Apple TV menu. Support for 2-way sync is also in the works, and will be available in a future version.  

To learn more about, or to signup for a free account, please visit

Easily send Movie and TV Show ratings to

Supports simple (not pictured) and advanced ratings

What about the ATV3? Any news?

Unfortunately the jailbreak for the 3rd gen Apple TV has proven to be a bit elusive up to this point. Work is still ongoing, and we'll be sure to announce any developments as they become available. Be sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+ for up to the minute info.

Full Changelog

  • Added integration (scrobbling and ratings)
  • Added localized movie poster art
  • Added localized movie ratings
  • Added AirControl (beta) - an open control API for Apple TV
  • Added support for embedded DVB subtitles
  • Added advanced read-ahead buffering for SMB and NFS shares
  • Added Simplified Chinese translation
  • Added 'Update All' option
  • Added support for secure web logins
  • Improved metadata fetching speed
  • Improved video rotation detection for MOV files
  • Improved support for YUVJ420 & YUVJ422 formats (used by digital cameras)
  • Improved top-level menu layouts
  • Resolved crash when accessing ISO files on certain shares
  • Resolved potential streaming issues when using an unstable network
  • Resolved AFP related memory management issues
  • Other minor improvements & fixes

Nice! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.7 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 new to aTV Flash (black) you can learn about all the great benefits here.

Enjoy. :-)

Update: A few users are reporting issues with Plex running on the 5.0+ software. The Plex plugin for Apple TV is quite outdated, and we recommend removing it before installing any updates. If you're using Plex and are experiencing trouble a workaround can be found here please re-run the aTV Flash (black) installer.

Update 2: A workaround has been found to get Plex up and running again. More info can be found here.


My ATV3 does not have a "maintenance" option. What do I do? Thanks

So if I get this atv black 1.7 I can scrobble to using netflix or plex? If I watch a movie on netflix will it scrobble? Or if I watch it in plex will it scrobble?

Also what if I have different profiles? How can I scrobble a movie to a certain profile. For instance I have a kids and adults profile. So when I watch a movie I can see what exactly my kids are watching and when. I can do this on xbmc since I can setup two profiles and have installed seperatly on both.

With this new version it takes a verry long time to connect to my NAS (Synology). Before it was just a mather of seconds..

I had to reinstall everything, and once i got to work the whole thing again, i had to mark as watched all the movies i remember i watched. i lost a lot beacuse of my bad memory, but besides this.. should the movies i marked as watched on media player be seen as watched on my account? if they should, it s not working for me..

What you're describing is trakt 2-way sync, which is in the works for an upcoming version.

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that answer was for me?

Who else?


Any chance of a reply to my post on Sat 14th July please?

Plus I have also noticed that the media player is only playing video with no audio on AVI files. Pleas can this be corrected in the next release?

Any elaboration on: "Added localized movie poster art"

Thanks for a great update!

TheMovieDB provides poster art in a number of different languages - Media will now try and match the poster version (if one is available) to the language setting of the Apple TV.

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Great - are firecore ever going to develop a simple app / browser compatible for BBC iplayer ?

I don't want to have to use XBMC for iplayer, and couchsurfer really isn't up to it (navigation is really poor) & recently seems to have broken.

BB iplayer is a free content provider, that could be relatively easily implemented into a simple UI or via use of iplayer BIG SCREEN (as on PS3)...


Update 1.7 has destroyed my appletv 2. It restarts very often, even when only the menu is showing. I can't play video or music at the moment.

I tried to downgrade to 1.5 (1.6 was not 100%) but no luck.

What you're describing is definitely not typical. It's probably best to send in a bug report so we can look into what's going on.

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I can not update anything to 1.7.. when I try updating media player or maintenance it says "Installation failed" and the "view log" window is empty.. plex isn't installed and never was.. everything's running as usual on 1.6 running on 4.4.4, just can't update...

anybody else experiencing this as well?

I had the same problem. i just restored my atv2 back to the original settings through itunes. Then i went through the jailbreak process all over. After doing that i had no problems.

isn't there another way? re-jailbreaking also means setting up everything from scratch again, right?

or does the 1.7 only work with 5.0?

You may try power-cycling the Apple TV then re-running the aTV Flash (black) installer from a Mac or PC.

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tried that.. i am getting error 3.2

And still no VPN client?

And still no VPN client?

What? Get a grip. not showing any of my ratings or watched shows on the website. I created a new account on and logged into it in the media player. I am able to rate videos but they do not show up on my account. All of my folders/shows are set correctly as movie/tv as well. Is there something I missed?

What type of files are you having trouble with? Currently will only recognize commercial movies/tv shows, so files like home videos will not be supported.

You may also check to ensure metadata fetching is enabled in the Media --> Settings --> General menu. Videos without metadata cannot be scrobbled or rated on

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Hi API control fantastic, any chance of a keyboard API please


hi Like the API control is there now any chance of adding the Key Board controls..


I did some tcpdump-ing while playing with aircontrol. i identified a bunch of "undocumented" features, ilke accessing directly the settings menu, etc. is there a full-blown "aircontrol" api documentation around?

Since a previous update media player no longer picks up any of my music playlists on my NAS, neither m3u or wpl formats. This worked when I first installed atv flash - please can this be reinstated? Having atv flash with a NAS is great for music as I don't have to have a computer running iTunes, I can get to playlists via xbmc but would prefer direct access through my media player favourites.

Media has actually never support m3u or wpl playlists. We're hoping to add support for playlists like this in a future version, but don't have an ETA at this point.

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Ok, thanks for the update James, glad to know it is on your list. I must be mistaken but I was sure it did in the past as I rarely play anything other than playlists, it would be great if it could be added though as I really like the additional info and images that comes up on the artists when playing tracks using the media player.

Keep up the good work, ATV really does turn the little apple box into a powerful media player.

Hello all. I am having issues updating to 1.7. I am still running v4.4.4, should I upgrade to v5.1.1 in order to update? I am getting an error message saying not enough space on the unit. Thanks

Can I install media player from maintenance menu without updating maintenance itself, safely? Update: Followed the workaround, installed updated Plex first, then maintenance then everything else, worked like a charm.Laughing

So, Media Player does NOT scrobble to for TV-shows. And I am logged in, because it did scrobble a movie I watched yesterday. Is it because Media Player now fails to download metadata for tv-shows? I would think so...?

Yes, you will need to have metadata fetching enabled for scrobbling to work properly.

You may also check to ensure the content type is set correctly for your TV Shows folder(s). More details on doing this can be found here.

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Yes, thanks - that seems to work. Smile Kind of obvious when I think about it...

While XBMC has DLNA support and plays music and videos with the PlayTo app from my Nokia Lumia 900, does atv2 with fire core have DLNA support? It does not show up under devices unless I get into XBMC. Future update?

No on updated?? Only air control?

Details for setting up with the 1.7 version can be found here.

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Hi just updated to 1.7 got air control beta but no Running 4.4.4 that anything to do with it?

Details for setting up and using on the Apple TV can be found here.

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I really like how you guys are trying to place the blame on Plex. I thought that type of behavior was reserved for politicians.

The full story (and fix) can be found here.

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i'd be nice to have a feedback via aircontrol what is the currect focus.
e.g. when a button-down even have been fired, the actual text entry what is currently being displayed on the tv,
can come back as ascii (or utf8 encoded) string.

if it's an image, then send back the string [image], or if there's a textual representation of the image (like with the lousy icons on the atv interface) the textual info should be sent back. like settings, youtube, whatever.

or the image itself with content-type: image/jpeg or so. :-)

but i'll be a happy man with the text-only version.

You really should remove "Apple TV 3 update in the works! Order now and get access to both versions." from your home page. At this stage it can be viewed as deceiving; especially given the recent acknowledgement that ATV3 is proving to be harder than you originally anticipated.

I think it shows good ethics to make that acknowledgement - bravo - but that's all for naught if you leave that comment on the main page. That show of good ethics would turn to deception if left unchecked.

The phrasing on the aTV Flash (black) product page has been updated.

The intent with this paragraph was to make it clear that, once the 3rd gen update becomes available, aTV Flash (black) will work on both the 2nd and 3rd gen Apple TV and that there would not be a separate purchase required. (IE - use aTV flash (black) on your 2nd gen Apple TV today, and then be able to use the same package on the ATV3 in the future without having to pay extra).

Though I can see how this may have been misunderstood.

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I agree. There's nothing wrong with pointing out that Flash will "updated" to work on the ATV3 if a jailbreak is ever found, but there's no guarantee that will happen any time soon - if even at all. Without that jailbreak, "both versions" simply does not exist. That statement is treading dangerously close to false advertising as it stands.

no suggestions for me? i installed update without plex installed, caught in reboot loop

do i need to jailbreak again? thanks

AirControl is a great feature!

Can you add API to start playing movie / music / playlist?

whoops ignore my last post, forgot to install the black flash

Just tried to update to this new system, has always worked before, now when i try to update any item in maintenance it just says installation failed??? Am using apple black TV, first one. Looking at update maintenance, it seems i have v1.7-11, just to give you an idea as to where i am in update programme. HELP

sorry for the double post

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