atv3

State of the ATV3

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.

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.

All the best.

-James

aTV Flash (black) 1.4 & the New Apple TV

Wow, what a week! We had quite a few exciting announcements yesterday from Apple, not the least of which was a brand-new, 1080p capable Apple TV. We are uber excited about this new model and already have a handful of test units on order. Better hardware usually lends itself to better software, and the Apple TV should be no exception. Keep reading for more information on what all this means for you as well as your current aTV Flash (black) license.

What does the new Apple TV 3 offer? Should I upgrade?

At this point, it appears the only real difference between the ATV2 and ATV3 is the video resolution. The ATV2 has a max resolution of 720p, whereas the ATV3 supports 1080p. There may be new features introduced in the future that will be ATV3 only, but for now unless you're playing 1080p content you will not see much of a difference between the two models. The new menu layout that was demoed yesterday by Apple on the ATV3 will also be available on the ATV2.

What about the new 5.0 software? Can I update my Apple TV?

aTV Flash (black) is currently only compatible with Apple TV versions 4.2 - 4.4.4, and if you update you lose will your jailbreak and FireCore added features. However, if you have saved firmware signatures you can easily downgrade the Apple TV software at any time, so feel free to update to 5.0 and check it out.

Will aTV Flash (black) be compatible?

There will undoubtedly be a few obstacles to overcome in order to get everything up to speed, but based on our past experiences and progress thus far we're confident we can put the pieces in place to make it happen.

Once an updated version is ready we'll be rolling these changes into an aTV Flash (black) update, which will result in a universal application that is compatible with both the ATV2 and ATV3. The best part is users of aTV Flash (black) will be able to install it on either model without having to pay any extra fees.

That all sounds great, but what's new in aTV Flash (black) 1.4?

Last, but certainly not least, we have a new version of aTV Flash (black) available today to help tide you over until the new models arrive. Full details on what's included in version 1.4 can be found below.

Full Changelog

  • Added center channel audio boost (+6dB and +12dB) for 5.0 and 5.1 audio tracks
  • Added Finnish, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, and Swedish translations
  • Added '4:3 Crop' and '4:3 Stretch' zoom options
  • Added support for M3U and PLS playlists
  • Added EyeTV folder detection
  • Added TrueHD audio (downmixed)
  • Added 24-bit and 32-bit audio (downmixed) 
  • Added enhanced downmixing for 5.1 AC3 audio (Dolby Pro Logic II)
  • Added support for embedded MP3 covers
  • Added automatic EXIF-based image rotation
  • Added MP4s embedded subtitles
  • Added main menu clock
  • Improved poster art quality in list and grid view
  • Improved buffering logic for DVD files
  • Improved cover art fetching from Last.fm
  • Improved DVD menu highlighting
  • Improved photo viewer & slideshow
  • Improved slideshow to match native Flickr style
  • Improved Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish translations
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Resolved downmixing issues for specific audio tracks
  • Resolved playback issues for single ISO files in a folder
  • Resolved AFP login timeout issues
  • Resolved metadata issues for files that contain '/' in folder or file name
  • Resolved operation of the photo slideshow on iOS 4.x
  • Resolved issue with favorites removal when share password is changed
  • Resolved incorrect navigation in grid view on iOS 4.*
  • Resolved issue with DVD marked as watched after viewing menu
  • Resolved rare issue with incorrect pre-playback screen layout
  • Resolved rare crash in libdvdnav when playing DVD files
  • Resolved rare DVD playback error
  • Resolved rare 'Bad URL' error
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes

Beautiful! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.4 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. Links for the new version can also be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

If you're not yet using aTV Flash (black) you can learn about all the great benefits here.

Enjoy. :-)

PS - We'll be posting progress updates as they become available, so be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest news.

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