The wait is over, and today we're happy to release updated versions of aTV Flash (black) and Seas0nPass that support the recently released 5.2 (iOS 6.1) Apple TV software. Big thanks goes to the evad3rs for making much of this possible.
Hooray for Bluetooth!
To the delight of many loyal users, Apple officially added support for Bluetooth keyboards in Apple TV 5.2, and we've been working non-stop to provide a seamless experience in aTV Flash (black) 2.2. Now features such as web browsing, media playback, library browsing and more can all be controlled using a wireless keyboard. Don't worry, the normal remote will still work as well.
Full list of changes
NEW! Added support for Apple TV 5.2 and Bluetooth keyboards
Minor improvements to backups
Minor improvements to DVD playback
A handful of other bug fixes and improvements
Note: Some 3rd party plugins such as Plex, Remote HD, Rowmote, and XBMC are not yet compatible with the 5.1+ Apple TV software.
Update 2/21: XBMC is now available for Apple TV 5.2!
Update 3/4: Rowmote has been updated for Apple TV 5.2!
What's the best way to update?
aTV Flash (black) 2.2 is compatible with any ATV2 running 4.4 and later, so updating to 5.2 is not required. However, should you so desire, the best way to update can be found below.
Backup your settings through the Maintenance > Manage Backups menu.
Run the latest version of Seas0nPass to update the Apple TV to 5.2.
Download and install the new 2.2 version of aTV Flash (black).
Install any desired items through the Maintenance > Manage Extras menu.
Restore the previously saved settings through the Maintenance > Manage Backups menu.
If you're new to aTV Flash (black) you can learn about all the goodies here.
Happy New Year! To help start 2013 off on the right foot we've got a fresh new version of aTV Flash (black) for your enjoyment. In this new version we've worked to included a number of highly requested features as well as a slew of other improvements, fixes and all-around goodness. We're also working on some other really great things that will be available in the coming weeks/months, but for now a few highlights of what's included in the 2.1 update can be found below.
TV Show Playlists
Now it's easier than ever to pick up where you left off with your favorite show. After you decide which show to watch, simply hold the center button and choose the playlist option. That's it! You'll be taken to the first unwatched episode, and will continue playing until your run out of shows or your eyes turn into puffy white marshmallows, whichever comes first.
Super Customizable Favorites
Favorites provide a handy way to get to what you want as quickly as possible. They're displayed right in the main menu, and just got a whole lot better in version 2.1. Need a quick link to season 4 of The Office? Check. How about having a list of celebration videos that contain the word word birthday? Done. With these new options for Favorites there's really no limit on what you can do.
Full List of Changes
NEW! TV Show Playlists - easily pick up from the last unwatched episode
NEW! Custom Favorites - create favorites from almost anything, including search terms
Big speed improvements while browsing movies/shows
Library and Search items can now be hidden from main menu
Now showing ‘Writers’ instead of ‘Producers’ on pre-playback screen
.ite folders are now hidden from view
Hidden files are no longer included in slideshows
Better metadata fetching
Better trakt syncing and scrobbling
Better handling of network settings and errors
Many search related improvements
Many subtitle related improvements (special characters, performance, etc...)
Fixed rare Last.fm scrobbling issue
Fixed rare problems when playing audio files
Fixed a few memory related issues
iOS 6 support
Many other bug fixes and improvements
Cool stuff! Where can I get it?
As usual, updating can be done right on the Apple TV through the Maintenance > Manage Extras menu. If for some reason you need to re-install, links for the latest version can be found in your account under the Downloads tab.
If you're new to aTV Flash (black) you can learn about all included goodies here.
Note: Version 2.1 requires an ATV2 running Apple TV version 4.4 or later.
Since the release of the ATV3 in March of this year we've received a ton of interest from folks wanting to get aTV Flash (black) up and running on their new devices. From a development standpoint the hardware was almost perfect...1080p capable, with a faster processor and more RAM...what else could you ask for? Well unfortunately the powers that be have not (yet) shared our enthusiasm for running 3rd party apps on the Apple TV, and the burden of jailbreaking these devices (in order to get apps onto them) has remained unchanged since the release of the ATV2 in 2010.
As you may recall we were very optimistic about the ATV3 when it originally launched back in March, and while this optimism remains unchanged it's clear things have not progressed as quickly as anyone would have liked. The biggest hurdle that has yet to be overcome is also the most essential - the jailbreak. While we tend to think of ourselves as pretty resourceful, the security related expertise that is required in order to release a jailbreak for iOS based devices like the ATV is just not in our wheelhouse, and we're simply left to encourage the capable few as best we can. No one is more anxious than us to get the ATV3 opened up to 3rd party apps, but due to the reasons mentioned above we're not able to provide any kind of release timeline right now.
With all that said, we still think an Apple TV with aTV Flash is the best bang for your buck media center on the market, and things will only improve once the ATV3 is ultimately opened up to apps (whether that be via a jailbreak or an official app store). However, this means that for the time being the fun will be limited to the ATV1 and ATV2 which are fully supported by the current versions of aTV Flash and aTV Flash (black) respectively. Both these models can easily be found on many sites such as Amazon and eBay, though the ATV2s usually carry a bit of a premium. (Amazon: ATV1 / ATV2) (eBay: ATV1 / ATV2)
In closing, we're extremely grateful to all those who have continued to support us over the past few years, and even though we don't have an ATV3 version to announce at this point we do have a number of exciting new things in store for the remaining portion of 2012. Keep your eyes on this blog as well as our Twitter feed for all the details.