aTV Flash (black) 2.0

We are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) 2.0 for the 2nd generation Apple TV. Version 2.0 goes beyond just watching videos, and adds in a ton of new features that make browsing and watching media on the Apple TV more enjoyable than ever.

2.0 is a free update for all current aTV Flash (black) users, so keep reading for more details on everything that's new.

Browse by category

The new Library View will now index all your media (even if stored on multiple devices) and automatically organize movies, TV shows and music into easy to use categories such as: genre, release date, star rating, age rating and others. TV shows will also be group by series/season automatically so there's no more worrying about keeping your folders perfectly organized.

While we think this is a great new way to browse and enjoy your media, the original file/folder based browsing will remain intact and working as an alternative option.

Fully integrated search

Sometimes you know what you want to watch, and don't want to browse. With our new integrated search you can do just that. This powerful search tool allows you to search by movie, TV series/episode, song, artist, album or filename. Just start typing and the results will start being displayed instantly. 

Keep it all in sync

Also new for 2.0 is trakt.tv syncing. This is a great feature if you're trying to keep multiple Apple TVs in sync, as if you watch a movie on the first device it will also appear as watched on the 2nd. Additionally, if you manually mark a movie or show as watched on trakt.tv, it will automatically get marked as watched on the Apple TV. In a similar fashion, Last.fm scrobbling allows you track music plays in your Last.fm profile.

Full changelog

  • Added all-new Library View
  • Added integrated media search
  • Added trakt.tv 2-way syncing
  • Added Last.fm scrobbling
  • Added genre/artist based playlists
  • Added Recently Added display option
  • Improved handling of WTV files
  • Improved handling of DVD audio tracks
  • Improved AFP connections
  • Improved filename recognition
  • Improved subtitle handling
  • Resolved various navigation issues
  • Resolved rare DVD playback issues
  • Resolved rare subtitles positioning issue
  • Many other minor improvements and fixes

Does this work on the 3rd gen Apple TV?

Not yet. Work is still ongoing and we'll be sure to announce any and all news as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for up to the minute info.

Outstanding! Where can I get it?

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

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) you can update right on the Apple TV through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. The new 2.0 version is also available through the Downloads tab in your account.

Full details on setting up and using the new Library View can be found here.

Note: Apple TV version 4.4 or later is required for aTV Flash (black) 2.0.

Enjoy! :-) 

Comments

With trakt.tv, does this track what I watch from the across all of the atv, for example media, iTunes, xbmc? Or is it only what is watched in Media player?

The trakt.tv scrobbling & syncing is only available in Media Player, however XBMC has a similar plugin as well.

http://trakt.tv/downloads/xbmc

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Does XMBC work in this version of ATV Flash with 5.0.2?

Works fine here. Smile

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Wow! What did you do with AFP?!?! I can fast-forward waaaay quicker now, it's so much more responsive! Rewinding doesn't need nearly as much time for buffering any longer.

Good job!

With all these listed problems here, guess it is best to wait until they are fixed before buying this product.

I wouldn't wait. It worked smoothly for me on two aTV2s and I can't recommend it enough. My guess is most people don't comment unless they have problems so the results you see here aren't representative of most peoples experiences.

I'm wondering about the scan process... In the midst of a scan/metadata fetch right now, and it seems to be dumping movies and tv in together. Will everthing get sorted once the metadata is in place? I've noticed that for some things, the metadata doesnt actually work... perhaps a naming thing for the file, I dont know... but sometimes all I get is a still from the movie or tv show... would this have an adverse effect on how its presented in the menus?

All the watched movies and tv shows i already had on my atv should now be marked as watched in trakt.tv as well? Or i must mark as watched one by one on my atv to keep the same watched stuff on atv and trakt.tv..

hi,

i've made a favorit folder for both my movies and tv shows. The movie folder i a-ok but in tv shows there is no meta data, just the "grid" view. Then if i go through my Library and in to the "tv show" its all working fine but half the shows are missing?

You may check to ensure your TV Shows folder(s) are marked as TV Shows.

Full details on setting content types can be found here.

http://support.firecore.com/entries/20322512-media-101-basic-setup

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Hi, james

They are all marked Tv shows for tv shows and movie for movie... Undecided

AHA!! I had not changed the file type when I moved the drive. Thanks James, you're a champ :)

So I have my TV folder, which contains all of my TV shows, as a favourite and I have the Library view of all of my TV shows. The library view is beautiful will artwork, etc. but my library folder isn't. However, if I remove my TV folder as a favourite, it doesn't get processed into the library. So I either have both the TV folder and the TV Shows view in my favourites or I have just TV (which is ugly). Also, I don't want to process everything because the hard drive contains more files than I want on my AppleTV. And my TV folder is listed as containing TV content. Thoughts?

I think we are having the same issue superdifficult . Let me know if this is what you mean?

Your View looks like this:

Movies Television TV Shows My Files Library Search Settings

If you remove the (Television) from Favorites, (TV Shows) Favorite displays nothing.

So you're stuck with 2 Favorites (Television & TV Shows) for it to work properly.

So you're wondering if there is any way to keep (Television) HIDDEN as a source to SHOW ONLY (TV Shows) as a Favorite?

Exactly. To me, the sources for the Library should be chosen just like folders are for the normal view, not from favourites.

Also, this update is amazing. MUCH better performance, love the library view, over all a great update.

I'm having issues with TV stuff not being seen. Having fixed the issue of file type now being defined, the new system has failed to see two or three tv series on the drive. There doesnt seem to be any reason for it at all. I was wondering if there is some limitation? Plex and the media player (folder view) both see the folders which dont show in Library.

The update just killed my unit! Have to start over. It just keeps rebooting and rebooting over and over again

Were you running the latest Apple TV software or an older version?

As stated above, 2.0 requires Apple TV 4.4 or later. If you're running a version older than this no updates will appear in the Maintenance menu, but it's still possible to install 2.0 by re-running the installer from a Mac or PC. Doing this is not advised as it can lead to unpredictable results.

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APTV2 v.2 - 5.1
Everything just fine :))) Thank you!!!!

Great update guys! Keep up the good work.

Everything working well on my 2 ATVs.

I am planning for when the ATV 3 version is available, and starting to get all my movies and music to a network share.

With the FireCore flash products, do I need a separate media center application to house all my movies and music? If so, which have been found to be the best to use?

I have a windows 7 pc that will be the 'server' that the network share will be housed on.

Thanks,

Jim

No, you just need them in folders on an available network. I have simply stored in folders called TV Shows and Film on a NAS server.

Can't ssh into atv since update!

Anyone having issues with their ATV2 rebooting constantly since this last update?

Aha. I found it would only reboot when the ethernet was plugged in (no WiFi setup). As soon as I plugged in the ethernet cable - it would start endlessly rebooting. This started after I updated Media Player, Weather and Plex.

Decided to RE-jailbreak my ATV2. After the re-jailbreak - everything seems to be working fine now! Woo Hoo!

After that - I updated my other ATV2. It didn't have any problems (didn't need to re-jailbreak that one).

Do you recall which version of Apple TV software you were running on the problematic unit?

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Thank your for the update.

It seems I succesfuly updated to 2.0 (says so in the about txt) but I'm stuck with the old ATV home look. No icons grid like in your screenshots. How's that?

Cheers.

I had the same issue. It's because you need to update your ATV software to the newest available. aTV does not do that automatically

The menu layout will be determined by the Apple TV SW version you are running (5.0 and later will be the new icon based layout, while 4.4.4 and earlier will be the old horizontal layout).

To update the Apple TV software you can run the latest version of Seas0nPass.

http://support.firecore.com/entries/387605

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Hi, my Macbook with Mountain Lion does not recognize my apple TV to Airplay mirroring. is this happens due to the jailbreak? Thanks in adavance

Also only MacBooks from the last year will will work with airplay mirroring :)

Which Apple TV version are you running? Mountain Lion will require the latest 5.0.2 version in order for mirroring to work.

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I have noticed that "Trailers" is no longer available. Not running IOS5 on this ATV2 because I wanted to keep the weather on the home screen. However, "Trailers" seems to have vanished a few weeks ago under the Movies category and I was wondering if anyone else had reported something similar.

Our ATV2 in the bedroom with the latest IOS works fine, trailers and all. Any chance of getting the weather back on the home screen like the previous version had? REALLY REALLY enjoy that feature!

Apple moved trailers to its own folder.

guys, how did you make Media the first icon on your aTV home screen? If I can't move it to the first row, the recently added option for the media shelf is kind of useless.

Thanks for the great work!

Media can be moved up by simply hiding one of the normal top row items through the Settings > General > Parental Controls menu.

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Thanks for the link. I have no desire to SSH though, so I'd say this will really become a feature once we have this running on iOS 6 (which, presumably will let us move the icons from the home screen).

I don't want to spoil the party mood, but the library function is a joke. I have approx 25 TV shows and maybe 150 movies on my Nas. The Movies lists (in almost random order) about half of the movies, most of the TV shows (mixed with the movies, lacking Meta data). The TV shows category is empty. The Other category contains all the remaining movies and shows. I think that I will stay with the old way of presenting shared folders.

You may check to ensure your TV Shows folder(s) are marked as TV Shows.

Full details on setting content types can be found here.

http://support.firecore.com/entries/20322512-media-101-basic-setup

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Hi James..I did that.. All my folders are properly defined..but MP still does not recognize 7 of m tv shows and man of my movies...they are all dmped into the Oher category...before you ask.. I've already checked that the tv shows exist on the tvdb.com.. As a matter of fact, Plex picks them up and download the metadata without any fuss... Please advise..

Not recognizing TV episodes...

So this is likely my fault but I have a SMB share named TV in it is a folder with (for instance):

Folder Name: Breaking Bad

Nested Folder Name: Season 1

Episode: Breaking Bad.S01E01.mkv

So: TV/Breaking Bad/Season 1/Breaking Bad.S01E01.mkv

They are showing up (uncategorized) in the "Other" section... any ideas?

In "Library Settings" it shows:

Movies: 404

TV Episodes: 0

There should be no movies and only TV episodes on this share

In your case, you will want to make sure the 'TV' folder is marked as TV Shows.

Full details on setting content types can be found here.

http://support.firecore.com/entries/20322512-media-101-basic-setup

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Tried that... Holding the center button on My Files->Remote->TV just emits a beep no content menu...

See other post here.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/8829#comment-55040

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Great Job Fire Core! Update works great.
Please stop complaining about ATV 3 or running old Firmware and not beeing able to update to 2.0
Jesus ... There is a FAQ and support section, so please start reading.

Great features, but we need this to work for ATV3...

So why don't you go ahead just create it if you think it's that easy. Let them do their work. Like Apple, they will release it when it's ready.

Hi, Ive had issue running Vimeo for a few months now. Just get a 'Vimeo is unavailable. try again later'. Has anyone else reported this? Thx.

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