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

Submitted by Anon on September 11, 2012 - 11:03pm

Hi! I updated perfect, Im having easy trouble problems:

1- I make a favorite of a smb folder example (films), so then i choose it to make the library from there, all ok but that restart the apple tv! But the library was finish! So its works!!

2- You can add favorite from the library but i cant delete them!!

Thx
Crisler

Submitted by Anon on September 11, 2012 - 11:09pm

Nevermind i figured! So sory! So stupid

Submitted by Anon on September 11, 2012 - 11:29pm

installation went smooth.. says i'm running 2.0, but i can't find the "manage library" option under my manage shares link. i am using AFP to access my harddrive. is this why??

please help! (using latest Apple software too..)

Submitted by Anon on September 11, 2012 - 11:33pm

im sorry, stupid question.

i had updated maintenance, but not media player.. duh. awesome software, working GREAT NOW! thanks!

Submitted by Joe M on September 11, 2012 - 11:49pm

it scans my shared folders and puts every  file into the library, how do you select what individual folder you want in the library

Submitted by Anon on September 11, 2012 - 11:51pm

How can I update Apple tv 2nd generation to version 5.0

I have jail broken apple tv black 2nd gen with season pass and running atv flash black.

Regards

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 12:51am

James,
Does 2.0 media player support DLNA?
Thanks

Submitted by hectormmm on September 12, 2012 - 1:30am

I tried to update via Maintenance but i kept getting errors losing about 4 hours of pain trying to get it done without success. I would recommend you to repeat the process of jailbrake with SeasonPass, download the latest atvBlack and install it as you did before. That process only took me about 20 mins and i was done with no errors. Now i finally got version 5.0 running.

 

Good luck 

Submitted by hectormmm on September 12, 2012 - 1:41am

I´m really enjoying this 2.0 version, great job specially with Media Player, I´m even considering leaving Plex aside but i haven´t figure it out how you categorize series and movies.

For Plex I have folders for every movie and for every TV show and that was enough for Plex to do the ordering. With Media Player I tried to do the same but everything is messed up in my Library.

How can i help Media Player´s Library to do the ordering right?

Submitted by johnglover1981 on September 12, 2012 - 3:18am

Hey, I have a Apple 2 jail broken from Season pass, i have just tried to run this new update with no luck. The device just keeps rebooting itself. Any ideas?

Submitted by kyteflyer on September 12, 2012 - 3:26am

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.

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 3:58am

E: Write error - write (28: No space left on device)
E: Can't mmap an empty file

Someone says this can be solved by removing cache via SSH into aTV, and I think that make sens.
Please, somebody teach me how to ssh or SFTP into aTV and remove cache on aTV with some graphic explanation . I'm using mountain lion, aTV 2nd with firmware v. 5.0.2.
Cyberduck or Transmit might be useful, but don't know how to securely delete cache and make enough space for updates or backups.

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 4:57am

Very nice update, all is working fine (done via manage extras menu )! ;))

ATV jailbreak done with Seas0nPass

Thank you for your excellent job !

Submitted by nispe on September 12, 2012 - 5:49am

I installed the update. Everything worked very well. After I rebooted the Apple TV was no more. Only a black screen. I have it set to factory defaults. and if I want to jailbreak it now I get the error message the 1602nd

 

Any ideas? Tried it about 10 times already

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 6:36am

Jailbreak still works after 1602 error

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 6:53am

With filezilla programe y really easy!! There are a lots of tioials searching in google "clean cache atv2".

Hope you can clean it!

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 7:20am

please, give us a native EYE-TV App!

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 7:29am

Works great except a few things; one of them is,
after installed atv flash black 2.0, then the iTunes purchased DRM media files don't play.
Am I alone? want know whether it's a bug or something I have to solve it, like remove media player and re-install it or else.
(Does my metadata keep in tact if I remove and install media player again? As I heard, yes...)

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 7:38am

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.

Submitted by marcl.2047 on September 12, 2012 - 8:04am

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.

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 8:39am

Great but no impact for me... because I have an ATV3!!!!

Instead of working on ATV2 upgrade, keep your enery to work on ATV3 jailbrake and solve the issue of million of people

Submitted by hectormmm on September 12, 2012 - 8:53am

I already figure it out following instructions of

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

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:34am

Yes, metadata will remain intact if Media Player is uninstalled.

If you can send in a bug report we can look into the DRM issue.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:36am

Here's a bit more info if you want to give it a try.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/6842#comment-31836

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:37am

AFP, NFS, and SMB are currently supported, and DLNA is planned for a future version.

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:42am

If you only want to add specific folder(s) you can do so by creating a specific share for each folder.

Details on doing this can be found here.

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

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:43am

Unfortunately backups are tied to a specific Apple TV serial number, so they cannot be shared between devices at this time. Sorry.

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:44am

Probably best to send in a bug report on this one.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:45am

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

http://trakt.tv/downloads/xbmc

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:45am

Seas0nPass is a jailbreak tool. aTV Flash (black) is a suite of applications that can be installed once the Apple TV has been jailbroken with Seas0nPass.

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 9:46am

Works fine here. :)

Submitted by cesarvog on September 12, 2012 - 10:46am

Great job. Updated nicely from the Maintenance app. Did not have much time playing with it, but everything I tried so far seemed to work (XBMC, Plex, Nito).

I have a question though: Is there any difference between the Plex Client version bundled with ATVFlash 2.0 and the one released a few days ago at http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/46519-plex-update-01000-b0b2ed28/

Which one is newer? How about each one's features?

I have manually installed the one from the above mentioned page AFTER I updated everything to ATVFlash 2.0. The newer Plex still works great, no problem with that, but I saw some messages at the SSH session running from my Mac's terminal window, mentioning the Plex Client on my ATV2 was being DOWNGRADED...

Can you pls clarify? 

Submitted by MexiCanuck on September 12, 2012 - 10:47am

I stand to be corrected, but I believe that the people who work on jailbreaking are not the same people at Firecore. This is not a matter of stopping work on one to work on the other. The jailbreakers are doing their thing, as a labour of love, without compensation. Firecore operates as a business to make it easier for us to maximize the benefit of having an ATV that we have been able to jailbreak due to the free efforts of others.

Submitted by Phixtit on September 12, 2012 - 10:54am

Great Work James! I LOVE this Update! (To hell with Plex or XBMC) haha Frown
I Love that you've incorporated mostly all the features a few of us suggested ages ago, into Version (2.0).
There is still 1 feature needed though:

"An option to Mark a TV Show Folder as Watched or Unwatched & it Marks all the 24 or so Episodes inside the TV Show Folder as Watched or Unwatched".

Instead of Manually Marking Each Episode as it takes forever to do so. I remember you saying it would be a possibility for Version 2. I hope you didn't forget about it & that it is still on your To-Do list. Wink Any thoughts...???

Submitted by Gainesway on September 12, 2012 - 12:03pm

For those of you confused about the TV Shows folder. Here are simple instructions to get the process going.

On your NAS or wherever your shows are. Create a folder to drop TV Shows into.

For instance if you have yours files listed like this C:TV Shows it won't recognize TV Shows

It should read like this C:Television/TV Shows

Now in TV shows folder make a sing folder for each show. Then drop all seasons into it.

Now launch Media Player on ATV

Go to My Files.
Scroll down to Remote
Depending on how you have shows set up. Always click on the folder that is before TV Shows.
In the example above it is "Television"
Press and hold select button and scroll down to "Content Type" now select TV Shows
While still in that menu scroll up to "Add To Favorites"

Press menu to exit

Now Go Back out to Media Player home screen.
Go to Settings
Click manage Library
You will see that Television folder there just click on it.
It will start gathering in.

Good Luck

Submitted by Phixtit on September 12, 2012 - 1:12pm

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?

Submitted by mklnlsn on September 12, 2012 - 1:47pm

Hi, james

They are all marked Tv shows for tv shows and movie for movie... :/

Submitted by simonf.0017 on September 12, 2012 - 1:47pm

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..

Submitted by Rlimagon on September 12, 2012 - 2:10pm

james, got it, thank you!

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 2:57pm

This update helps folks who have lots of movies and tv shows sitting on their computer/NAS hard drive. Where do you get all these movies? What is the point of downloading when you can watch all of it online via the XBMC apps?

Submitted by ashum on September 12, 2012 - 3:45pm

I've been waiting for RMVB compatibility for a long time.  I'm wondering if that is in the workings or not.  There are some places that just have video files in this format and I would like to be able to watch them on my TV via ATV.

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 3:47pm

Thanks for the response James. Hopefully soon.
Jay

Submitted by kyteflyer on September 12, 2012 - 4:51pm

I posted this but its now fallen to page 2 and I have failed to find a solution on my own...  I have my TV folder now properly defined as TV, and series inside that, with the seasons for each series inside those.  the Library view is showing nearly all but not *all* the series I have inside the TV folder.  For some reason there are three which will not show.  Is there a limitation on the number of series the Library will see?  Or is there something else I might follow up on to sort this issue out.  I absolutely LOVE the new format, and it really makes Plex redundant for me, except for this particular problem.

Please advise on the missing series issue, and thanks in advance.

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 7:47pm

Do all TV shows have the same naming format?

Your best option will be to open a support ticket so we can help troubleshoot this further.

http://firecore.com/contact

Submitted by james on September 12, 2012 - 8:07pm

It's still something we're hoping to get to, but unfortunately it didn't make it into 2.0.

A nice side effect of the trakt.tv syncing is that if you jump on trakt.tv and mark files as watched they will also appear as watched on the Apple TV. This is especially helpful with TV series as you can mark an entire season (or the whole series) as watched with just a single click.

Submitted by Anon on September 12, 2012 - 8:36pm

Thanks, Crisler! That would be of great help and I will try it after office work.
Are "private/var/mobile/library/Cache/AppleTV/Video/Local&Rentals/" and "------------/Video/others/ right place I should delete cache files?
I wil try and if I succeed, then will leave a comment. Thanks again!

Submitted by superdifficult on September 12, 2012 - 9:32pm

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.

Submitted by Veldrane on September 13, 2012 - 2:31am

Great update. Thank you for that!

However, I have a question: Since the update my files are renamed in a format recognized as the metadata.

Example 1: The movie "ID: A" Metadata is recognized as "The Bourne Identity" and as soon as I classify my folders MOVIE folder as the movie will be in the list view then simply renamed. If I purely see a few weeks later in this folder, it said that "Bourne Identity," but I do not remember the correct title of the film ("ID: A").

Example 2 series will also be changed to the ListView. I have a folder in which several episodes of various series are included (Lost S02E04, Eureka S04 E05, Boardwalk Empire-S02 E10 ... etc).
I classify this folder as a TV show, he is receiving the correct metadata, but again, the files will be renamed to "Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 10 .. I know it no longer belongs to which series this episode because they just renamed is in the list view. This was previously not the case.
If this is a desired process, which is by many so intended, it would be great if in the options on the media player, this function can be turned off, so still the correct metadata are received, but the files are not renamed.

In the current state I am forced to create a separate folder for each series and the files then move accordingly. But if a folder is a single file, it is after all no more pure in this folder, as is represented in each file of the folder as a media file. Thus this is again affected by renaming the metadata.
Moreover, I can delete the file in the folder, since I then delete the folder, even though I still want to keep.

I know it may sound a little weird, but it's not all easy to explain. My English is not so good, but I still hope for an answer that helps me.

Many thanks for that!

Submitted by grabman on September 13, 2012 - 3:57am

Same at this end, all I get is a blank screen and my AV unit flashing up messages about no video etc.  will have to wait to weekend now to sort it all out.....

Submitted by naggeneen on September 13, 2012 - 9:16am

Hey Guys,

 

Amazing update!  I'm loving the new media jukebox functionality and have just one suggestion... how about an easier way to re-classify the genre(s) in which a movie belongs without having to create an entirely new XML file in the local folder named the same as the movie file?

 

I only mention this because it's a little funny to find Disney's "The Little Mermaid" classified in with "Science Fiction" and would love to be able to shift the genres for these kinds of classifications into something that makes more sense for me like "Family" or (or maybe be able to just remove it from "Science Fiction")!

 

Thanks again for all the great work!  Kudos!

 

- Naggeneen