As the snow starts to melt here in Denver, we're starting to see many of the exciting features that have been under such heavy development over the past few months begin to mature and blossom. Read on for more details on the current state of aTV Flash (black) and what's coming next.

Seas0nPass for Windows

We're happy to announce the public release of Seas0nPass for Windows. Like the Mac version, Seas0nPass is a helpful tool that allows you to jailbreak your AppleTV with the latest firmware, and easily go through the 'tethered boot' process if needed.

Seas0nPass for Windows is free and open source. The Seas0nPass application and user guides can be found at Seas0nPass.com. The source code will be available shortly on Github.

New 4.2 (iOS 4.3) update

As mentioned in the previous blog post Apple released a new 4.2 (iOS 4.3) software update for the AppleTV last Wednesday (3/9). While Seas0nPass and aTV Flash (black) are compatible with this new version, some 3rd party plugins such as XBMC and Plex are not fully working yet. If you rely on either of these plugins we recommend sticking with your current version until compatible updates are available.

If you haven't done so already, the AppleTV auto-update feature can be disabled through the Maintenance --> Settings menu. 

Additional codecs and NAS streaming

Below is a new preview of our video player in action. In the demo a full DVD (VIDEO_TS) movie is being streamed from a remote AFP based NAS drive over wifi. Playback is handled entirely on the AppleTV, and requires no server-side transcoding. Full 5.1 sound is also supported.

While this feature has taken a bit longer to complete than originally anticipated we plan to have a preview 'alpha' version (with support for a limited number of file types) available next week. It's taken a lot of work to get this far and we sincerely appreciate your patience.

Comments are welcome below.

Comments

Submitted by Anon on March 24, 2011 - 5:29am

Does the video_ts playback require a single vob file or will it playback all 'film' vob's one after the other?

Submitted by Anon on March 24, 2011 - 8:04am

I wonder when the untethered will come!!!

THANKS

Submitted by james on March 24, 2011 - 10:21am

It will support a full folder of VOB files, so once you start the movie it will continue to the end without having to stop and select a different VOB file.

Submitted by james on March 24, 2011 - 10:22am

AppleTV 4.2.1 (iOS 4.3) compatible versions of Seas0nPass will be out later today. Smile

Submitted by james on March 24, 2011 - 10:23am

An 'alpha preview' of the NAS streaming feature will be available in Beta4 which will be out on Friday (3/25).

Submitted by james on March 24, 2011 - 10:24am

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll pass them along.

Submitted by Anon on March 24, 2011 - 12:03pm

You should jailbreak the device first. Seas0nPass, GP and PwnageTool are your friends.

Submitted by Anon on March 24, 2011 - 1:29pm

Is there an ETA on 4.3 untethered jailbreak?

Thanks,
max

Submitted by jeringas on March 24, 2011 - 2:25pm

theres gonna be the option to connect a hard drive to the atv2 to see movies and stuff? like the atv1? instead of streaming.

Submitted by Anon on March 25, 2011 - 10:02am

Excellent.
Are you still on course to release a working version of the video player next week?

Thanks

Submitted by YellowSharkx on March 25, 2011 - 10:15pm

James!I'm using the   0.3.5.1695  Seas0nPass in AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F202_SP_Restore.ipsw:DVersion 4.2.1(2100)B-)  I managed to telnet and FTP, but:(I lost my JB because I put atv to sleep.:(How do I install nitotv?Thank you  

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2011 - 4:52pm

Hi guys, I'm thinking of getting an apple tv this week and will jailbreak it for all the fab features it offers. One question I'd like to ask is will jail breaking allow me to stream movies from my network storage drive to the apple tv?

Submitted by paulm.66007 on March 30, 2011 - 8:59pm

Yes

Submitted by paulm.66007 on March 30, 2011 - 9:00pm

I wonder when ATV will deliver a native app to stream content. Grin

Submitted by Anon on May 10, 2011 - 8:28pm

You may need to laptop screen

Submitted by Anon on June 30, 2011 - 6:31pm

No. The USB port (MICRO-USB) on the back is not accessible for external drives

Submitted by Brian089 on August 29, 2011 - 11:49pm

Not enough info

Submitted by Anon on October 27, 2011 - 6:47pm

yes please!