They say ‘no news is good news’ but the truth is ‘no news’ is torture, so it’s time for a progress update.
Seas0nPass for Windows
The first beta version of Seas0nPass for Windows has gone out to those who signed up for the Seas0nPass beta earlier this week. Barring any major setbacks, or show-stopping bugs we’re hoping to have a public version available next week.
GreenPois0n and the untethered jailbreak
Contrary to some reports, the recently release RC5 version of the GreenPois0n jailbreak tool (from the Chronic Dev Team) does not yet support the AppleTV. Fortunately the latest word is that the upcoming RC6 version will include support for an untethered jailbreak of the AppleTV. Once this new version is released the untethered jailbreak will also be available in an updated version of Seas0nPass. Choice is always good. :-)
Big thanks to the guys at Chronic dev for all their hard work!
Even though progress updates have been a little light as of late, we’ve been very busy since the release of Beta2. While most of the features we’ve been working tirelessly to complete aren’t quite ready for public consumption, the list below outlines the improvements that have been made available since the release of Beta2.
Added one-click XBMC install
Added support for iOS 4.3
Improved installer to better handle iOS updates
Improved installer error handling
One-click diagnostic report submissions
Couch Surfer Pro
Added support for touch and double-click events
Improved web page rendering
Improved web history; filtered duplicates
Improved handling of video elements
Eliminated ‘flickering’ during page loads
Resolved issues with auto-completion
Minor UI improvements
Added support for Scrobbling 2.0
Minor UI improvements
aTV Flash (black) Beta3 is available today. You can update on the AppleTV through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. Download links are aslo available in your account.
We still have a lot of exciting things slated for release later this month. The original goal of making the best software possible has not changed, and your continued patience and support during this process is sincerely appreciated.
Happy Friday! Today we have a lot of exciting news to share. First off, Beta2 of aTV Flash (black) is now available. Beta2 includes full support for the 4.1 AppleTV software, a handful of new features and many all-around improvements. Additionally, we have an early preview of a new feature you're sure to love.
Read on for more details on what's in Beta2 as well as a new teaser video.
ATV 4.1 jailbreak - is there one?
The iPhone Dev Team has announced a jailbreak for the new 4.1 (iOS 4.2.1) AppleTV software is nearly complete. Up to this point the only available option for jailbreaking the 4.1 software has been a 'tethered' jailbreak which can be difficult to use and is not recommended for most users. We're hoping to integrate a jailbreak into a future version of aTV Flash (black), but for now Beta2 is ready and waiting once the new jailbreak is released.
What's new in Beta2?
In addition to adding full support for the 4.1 (iOS 4.2.1) software we've been able to add some great extra features. More details below.
Installer & Maintenance
Added Windows compatible installer (requires Windows XP or later)
Improved error handling during installation (no more mysterious password prompts)
Improved version checking for app downloads
Minor bug fixes
Added optimized navigation when using the standard Apple remote
Added search and url suggestion engine
Added user-agent toggle setting
Many additional improvements
Added streaming support for Australia, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand
Added 'Growl' style notifications
Improved Last.fm scrobbling
Many additional improvements
How do I get Beta2?
aTV Flash (black) Beta2 is available as a free download in your account (the download links in your account will always point to the latest version). If you're already running the first beta, you can update directly on the AppleTV through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu.
Early preview of additional codec support
Last but certainly not least we have made some exciting progress as we work towards enabling support for additional media formats. We still have a quite a few challenges to overcome and this feature is not yet ready for beta testing. Check out the teaser below for more details.
At long last we're proud to announce the release of the first beta version of aTV Flash (black) for the new AppleTV. This version features a number of exciting features, with many more to come. It took a bit longer to complete than anticipated, but it's a great start to what we hope will be a powerful software suite for the new black AppleTV.
During the beta phase we will be working to improve current features and add new ones, so we would appreciate any feedback you may have. More info on how to submit feedback can be seen near the end of the post.
Read on for more details on what's included and how to get the beta.
The first version of aTV Flash (black) is compatible with the 4.0 AppleTV software only. The new 4.1 software requires a few adjustments but we plan to have compatible version available soon.
Update: Currently aTV Flash (black) is for Mac only. We plan to have a Windows compatible version within the next few days.
Update #2: The Windows version of aTV Flash (black) is now available.
aTV Flash (black) will be available at the discounted discounted price of $19.95 during the beta (pre-order) phase. Once the final version is ready for release the price will return to the normal level of $29.95. The original aTV Flash is also being reduced to $39.95.
What's in the beta?
Surf the Web - Experience the web in all its glory and stream HTML5 video from many popular sites (note: not all HTML5 sites supported yet).
Discover New Music - Find new artists you'll love by accessing Last.fm radio stations, artist bios and slideshows.
Plex Client - Stream media from Plex Server running on your Mac. (big thanks to quiqueck for putting this together)
Info on Demand - Keep track of current weather and news feeds on your AppleTV.
One-click Updates - Install, remove or update plugins in a snap through the native AppleTV interface.
What's coming soon?
Go Beyond iTunes - Enable playback of additional media formats.
Access Media Anywhere - Stream media from most NAS devices.
Much, much more...
How do I get it?
Current Users - aTV Flash (black) is available as a free upgrade. After logging into your account you will have an extra download link for aTV Flash (black). Your normal aTV Flash license and download links will remain unchanged. Additionally any available renewal specials can also be found in your account.
New Users - aTV Flash (black) is available for pre-order at a discounted price of $19.95. All pre-orders get instant access to the beta.
Beta Signups - Those that signed up for the beta will be receiving information on how to download and install the beta via email. We're working hard to get this done ASAP so please be patient.
Help us improve
Please keep in mind this is beta software, and some features may will not be 100% complete. We're committed to providing the best software possible and your feedback helps us greatly in achieving this goal. If you have an idea on how we can improve or have found something that's not quite right please tell us.