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.
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.
You may have noticed, but we try hard to keep making aTV Flash (black) better and better through regular software updates. Our update cycle philosophy has always been to provide frequent, steady improvements, and to resolve as many issues as we can get our hands on.
Today we are happy to release aTV Flash (black) 1.7 which, among other things, features seamless access to trakt.tv. trakt.tv is a free service that automatically tracks the movies and TV shows you watch, and provides recommendations for related content you may find interesting.
trakt.tv Scrobbling and Ratings
With our trakt.tv integration on the Apple TV, watched movies and TV shows are automatically 'scrobbled' back to your trakt.tv profile. You will also have the option to submit ratings for each video right from the Apple TV menu. Support for 2-way sync is also in the works, and will be available in a future version.
To learn more about trakt.tv, or to signup for a free account, please visit http://trakt.tv/.
Easily send Movie and TV Show ratings to trakt.tv
Supports simple (not pictured) and advanced ratings
What about the ATV3? Any news?
Unfortunately the jailbreak for the 3rd gen Apple TV has proven to be a bit elusive up to this point. Work is still ongoing, and we'll be sure to announce any developments as they become available. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for up to the minute info.
Added trakt.tv integration (scrobbling and ratings)
Added advanced read-ahead buffering for SMB and NFS shares
Added Simplified Chinese translation
Added 'Update All' option
Added support for secure web logins
Improved metadata fetching speed
Improved video rotation detection for MOV files
Improved support for YUVJ420 & YUVJ422 formats (used by digital cameras)
Improved top-level menu layouts
Resolved crash when accessing ISO files on certain shares
Resolved potential streaming issues when using an unstable network
Resolved AFP related memory management issues
Other minor improvements & fixes
Nice! Where can I get it?
If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.7 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 new to aTV Flash (black) you can learn about all the great benefits here.
Update: A few users are reporting issues with Plex running on the 5.0+ software. The Plex plugin for Apple TV is quite outdated, and we recommend removing it before installing any updates. If you're using Plex and are experiencing trouble a workaround can be found hereplease re-run the aTV Flash (black) installer.
Update 2: A workaround has been found to get Plex up and running again. More info can be found here.