We are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) 1.0 for the 2nd generation AppleTV. aTV Flash (black) supercharges your AppleTV, empowering it to do things you never thought possible! All new features are installed alongside the normal AppleTV features, so things like movie rentals, Netflix, and AirPlay will remain unchanged. 

Featured in aTV Flash (black) are tons of exciting new features, including an all-new Media Player, WebKit based browser, Last.fm radio, Weather, RSS feeds and more! Full details and screenshots can be found below, so keep reading.

 Expanded media support with all the extras

The new Media Player included in aTV Flash (black) empowers you to go beyond iTunes and play most popular media formats. This includes formats such as: AVI, FLAC, ISO, M2TS, MKV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, MPG, VOB, WMV and many others. 

Form and function remain in perfect balance, and you can enjoy all your media through natively styled menus that include simple access to extras such as AC3/DTS sound, subtitles, DVD menus, playlists, and many others. 

Automatic metadata and cover art

Cover art and metadata are downloaded automatically and added to your files with an end result of amazing! If you've already taken the time to add your own metadata you can you can use that too.

Native web browser

Surf the web with a native web browser that provides a rich web experience on the AppleTV. Included is support for things like HTML5 music and video streaming as well as easy to use bookmarks and history. Navigating the web is easily done with the included AppleTV remote or the free Remote app for the iPhone and iPad.

More than just music

Go beyond just listening to music and start truly experiencing it by utilizing the full power of Last.fm. While streaming Last.fm radio (or playing your own music) you'll have access to artist bios, and a seemingly endless amount of artist photos.

Weather and RSS feeds

Get quick access to weather and RSS news feeds. Your current weather location will be detected automatically, and other locations can be easily added as well.

Demo

What's changed since RC1?

  • Added support for FLAC and MTS files
  • Added support for files with 5.0, 4.0, 3.0 and 2.1 audio tracks
  • Added support for embedded covert art (m4a, m4v, mp4)
  • Added fanart backdrops for TV Shows
  • Added new folder artwork in Grid View
  • Added loop and shuffle playlist options
  • Added TV Show series cover art in Grid View and Top Shelf
  • Added top to bottom and right to left navigation in grid view
  • Added global setting for enabling/disabling subtitles
  • Added support for large photo collections
  • Added support for folders containing dot ('.') in their name
  • Added (watched) view options in List View (use Play/Pause button to switch view)
  • Added backup type options
  • Added relaunch prompt after restoring from saved backup
  • Improved folder cover art logic
  • Improved setup of new shares
  • Improved handling of invalid XML files
  • Improved cursor handling in DVD menus
  • Improved recently watched item handling
  • Improved metadata caching logic
  • Improved TV Show filename parsing
  • Improved Grid View stability
  • Improved metadata fetching speed
  • Resolved issues with audio file metadata fetching
  • Resolved floating crashes related to metadata fetching
  • Resolved issues with metadata overriding when starting playback from top shelf
  • Resolved issues with chapter selection screen layout observed on short files
  • Resolved issues with metadata reloading in Grid View
  • Resolved issues with TV Shows aired date
  • Resolved issues with hangs on certain DVD menus
  • Resolved minor memory management issues
  • Resolved issues with scrolling in Top Shelf
  • Resolved issues with folder names overlapping in Grid View
  • Minor UI improvements

Outstanding! Where can I get it?

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

Those who pre-ordered aTV Flash (black) can download the new 1.0 version through the Downloads tab in their account. Note: Those wishing to update from an early version will need to run the 1.0 installer from a Mac or PC.

Enjoy! Smile 

Comments

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 1:40pm

thanks!

Submitted by Hooops2001 on November 16, 2011 - 1:48pm

I will update my ATV2 tonight :)...I currently have XBMC and would like to try out the MEDIA CENTER option on flash (black). HOW do I retrieve movies and shows for the media center...is there a site where I can add the media server to my local computer? NOOB ?

Thanks in advance!

Submitted by Hooops2001 on November 16, 2011 - 1:48pm

I will update my ATV2 tonight :)...I currently have XBMC and would like to try out the MEDIA CENTER option on flash (black). HOW do I retrieve movies and shows for the media center...is there a site where I can add the media server to my local computer? NOOB ?

Thanks in advance!

Submitted by james on November 16, 2011 - 1:48pm

Details for setting up and using Media Player can be found here.

http://support.firecore.com/forums/20320696-media-player

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 1:49pm

is it possible to get hulu on here?

Submitted by stevenh.308106 on November 16, 2011 - 1:49pm

Congratulations on the release!

Submitted by Pytek on November 16, 2011 - 1:52pm

Do beta testers still get it free?

Submitted by jpipdw on November 16, 2011 - 1:53pm

Is this untethered?

Submitted by Ed Brenner on November 16, 2011 - 1:55pm

Congrats gang!

Looking forward to an "untethered" jailbreak.

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 1:55pm

Do guys have an Android app to control the Media player? Would love to be able to select music songs from my phone.

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 1:56pm

Is it possible to allow another way of getting to the Watched/Unwatched toggle? If you're using the ATV2 with a universal remote that has separate play/pause buttons, there's no way (that I've found) to access that feature Frown ... it works great when I use my ATV2 remote, but I almost never use it ... just a thought! Smile

it'd also be AWESOME if we could choose grid view for movies and list view for TV shows, since viewing a series in grid view doesn't (to me, at least) make a lot of sense and it's difficult to tell which episodes you've watched at just a glance ... i guess, technically, i'd prefer the ability to view the season list in list view, but the list of TV shows and the list of seasons for a TV show be listed in grid view, then switch to list view for episodes ... if that makes any sense Wink lol ... great work, though! i'm very close to dumping satellite purely because of your software! Grin

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 1:58pm

Does anyone else here find the way these guys roll out updates confusing as hell? ANd why sometimes can you update by simply updating Maintenance, and this time you apparently have to reinstall or is that even accurate?

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:00pm

When will you guys bring out a hack for 5.0 software?

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:06pm

How can you release 1.0 before an untethered jailbreak is available?? Bad form.

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:08pm

Does Plex work on this version?

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:12pm

Hi James,

Looks great! Any possibility of adding HD or SD tags next to movie and tv names in the future?

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:18pm

Still no m4v subtitles support? Grrrrr...

Submitted by fatkev on November 16, 2011 - 2:18pm

Nope, what's confusing about it? You update the software, you get new features.

This is the first release outside of the beta/RC stage so I think it's fairly standard that it would be a fresh install.

No complaints here, keep up the good work!H

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:22pm

i usually do the updates via SSH while I'm at work, which always seems to work great (though you do have to restart the AppleTV process to see the changes) ... but i've done updates through the Maintenance menu, too, and everything's worked exactly as expected ... this one, obviously, is different, so it makes sense ... then again, i'm a software developer, too, so this is just the way i think lol

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:23pm

Are you ever planning to support eyeTV? It's ok if you're not, I'd just like to know so I can look somewhere else.

Submitted by rogerioa.1255 on November 16, 2011 - 2:24pm

I'm with you Jeff. I have no idea if I need to reinstall the whole thing or if I can just update it directly on aTV. Does anybody know for sure????

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:26pm

Still no xbmc?

Submitted by rogerioa.1255 on November 16, 2011 - 2:27pm

Ok, so should I uninstall the previous version before I install this one, or can I just install it over the old one???

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:28pm

Is EyeTV live tv fixed in Couch Surfer now?

it's been broken for a while.

thanks

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:29pm

Exactly! That's stupid.

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:30pm

Jeff is right! Just confused every time...

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:31pm

is rmvb supported?

Submitted by james on November 16, 2011 - 2:36pm

Sorry for the confusion. Version 1.0 must be installed by running the 1.0 install from a Mac or PC. No need to remove or restore anything - just run the 1.0 installer on top of your current setup.

Once 1.0 has been installed, all future updates can be installed directly on the AppleTV through the Maintenance menu.

In other words, it's not possible to update from beta to 1.0 through the Maintenance menu.

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:38pm

Stupid would be punishing everyone for the few that can't handle a tethered jailbreak

Submitted by filips01 on November 16, 2011 - 2:38pm

Congrats!

Submitted by james on November 16, 2011 - 2:40pm

We're not currently involved in the development of XBMC.

However, XBMC can be installed through the Maintenance menu on the 4.3 and earlier software versions.

Submitted by donbecky on November 16, 2011 - 2:40pm

Thanks,

I don't even watch TV, I just like tinkering with TV.

Seriously, looks really good.  Soon we will see if all this jailbraking will work from a virtual machine.

Submitted by pmcd on November 16, 2011 - 2:41pm

Thank you. Congratulations!

philip

Submitted by james on November 16, 2011 - 2:42pm

Support for mixing grid and list views is coming soon.

Submitted by james on November 16, 2011 - 2:43pm

No Android apps at the moment. Sorry.

Submitted by petera.2110 on November 16, 2011 - 2:48pm

 thanks for the update , i too wondered if i had to reinstall the software , imagine my surprise when i downloaded the software onto my mac book , opened the file up, and my apple tv  reset itself ,i went back to manage files  and found it ready to update   ,i checked the version # and its 1.0

Submitted by petera.2110 on November 16, 2011 - 2:50pm

thanks for the update , i too wondered if i had to reinstall the software , imagine my surprise when i downloaded the software onto my mac book , opened the file up, and my apple tv  reset itself ,i went back to manage files  and found it ready to update   ,i checked the version # and its 1.0

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:51pm

Is playing from .rar archives implented? If not are you planing for it?

Br
Jonis

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:52pm

I upgraded mine to latest iOS because I needed the screen-mirror feature.
Would I still be able to jailbreak my aTV2?

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 2:54pm

Great achievement!

1 question some dvd when trying to quit using the menu botton dont quit but they starts buffering again. The only way to quit a dvd is to restart the apple tv which is a luttle annoying as i am using tethered boot.

Submitted by baiaz on November 16, 2011 - 2:55pm

I  tried to add Oslo, Norway as a weather location - but it does not work. I tried to add Oslo, Oslo, Norway, Oslo.no and when I save and go back - It turns up Condition for Sunnyvale, California.

when I go out to the mail menue, it says Evanston

IL, United states

Why do I want to know what weather it is there I dont know! So I must be doing somethng wrong

Submitted by 180 on November 16, 2011 - 3:01pm

still no sound when intending to watch mkv files with 5.1   Frown

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 3:01pm

Is this available to update through the apple tv if you already have the older version installed?

Submitted by Delta_T on November 16, 2011 - 3:05pm

Good job! Thanks. Version 1.0 is an important accomplishment
And to those that are complaining and asking silly questions: Stop your whining already. Firecore (and James) is doing a great job, aTV Flash it's an ongoing project. Features that are not available now might be added in the future.

It's amazing and nobody's happy: http://youtu.be/8r1CZTLk-Gk

Submitted by Aldarion on November 16, 2011 - 3:07pm

No external USB drive support... Not really useful yet.

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 3:09pm

Is AirPlay mirroring with iPad 2 supported?

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 3:13pm

I agree.

The moment you have external drive support I will get rid of my first generation and go get a 2nd.

I keep waiting and hoping.

Submitted by Anon on November 16, 2011 - 3:16pm

NOPE I get the same thing. Can't delete the ones listed there either.

Submitted by james on November 16, 2011 - 3:17pm

Hmm, it sounds like you may be using nitoTV's weather.

The FireCore Weather plugin can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. Once installed, a new Weather item will be available under the Internet menu.

Submitted by james on November 16, 2011 - 3:19pm

Yes, as long as you're running AppleTV 4.4 or later AirPlay mirroring is available.