They say time flies when you're having fun, and it's been nothing but as we watch the first version of aTV Flash (black) take shape. The first beta version of isn't far off, but we still have a handful of issues to resolve before it's safe for public consumption.

Read on for more details regarding our current progress as well as a few demo videos showing some of the apps in action.

Installer - 95% Complete

The new installer communicates directly with the AppleTV (no wires or USB drives required) and allows aTV Flash (black) to be installed onto the AppleTV in just minutes. Once installed additional apps (and updates) can be installed from the newly added 'Maintenance' item (as shown in the Couch Surfer video demo below).

Couch Surfer - 65% Complete

Couch Surfer is coming along exceptionally well. Most of the major hurdles have been overcome, basic browsing is working and we're striving to enable support for more advanced web plugins. A video demo of Couch Surfer running on the 2nd gen AppleTV can be seen below.

Last.fm - 85% Complete

Streaming Last.fm radio isn't far away - we've updated most of the critical components for the new AppleTV and also added a new slideshow layout. A video demo of Last.fm in action can be seen below.

Additional Video Codecs & NAS Streaming - 15% Complete

Not surprisingly this has turned out to be no trivial task - because of this we've teamed up with a few outside developers to move things along a bit more quickly. We'll have more info as things progress but unfortunately this probably won't make it into the initial beta version. The end goal however remains the same - robust support for non-itunes media (including DVD files).

So, when is the beta coming?

We're planning to have the first beta version available within the next 1-2 weeks - possibly even next week.

Can I signup for email updates?

Of course - we have an aTV Flash (black) specific signup form here.

As always, feel free to share your comments below.

Comments

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 2:28am

Totally agree, focus all your resources on optimised streaming (over 802.11 G) and support for DivX and MKV. Couchsurfer is a bit of a waste of time. Take a look at reviews of GoogleTV, most agree that it's not something you want to do from the couch.

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 3:10am

The installer needs a jailbreak before it can run on the system and the Apple TV black is jailbreakable using limera1n or Sn0wbreeze.

The jailbreak doesnt void your warranty as you can manage to restore the system back to pre-jailbreak state.

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 4:53am

This is awesome guys!
Looking forward to it :)

grtz from the Netherlands

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 5:19am

Good work but it would be very nice if you would concentrate more on "Additional Video Codecs & NAS Streaming" cause this is the only Part i wanna use on aTV Flash black.

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 5:37am

For all of you asking for Flash, FORGET IT... not going to happen... this is not something the ATV Flash team can do on iOS. The closest iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch have come is the Frash project by comex, which is in alpha and only works with flash ads and stupid flash games, and doesn't even do that well, but there will NOT be ANY Flash video playback through the browser or ANY Flash what so ever for that matter. Just not going to happen... Silverlight either... Would be great though if someone found a way to get the Netflix iPhone/iPad app to work on ATV2.

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 6:25am

i hoipe to see remote HD here too

Submitted by lucdesaulniers on November 18, 2010 - 8:48am

Uh?..You have Netflix on AppleTV2 pre-installed, no hack needed.

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 9:00am

Want to have a strong userbase ?

Just focus on adding 3 things :

- NAS browsing (smb)
- codec support (divx, xvid, x264)

with this, international users will join :
- subtitles support (srt and ssa mostly)

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 9:16am

ATV2 already has built-in NetFlix. What would be the point of adding the iPhone/iPad app via ATVFlash?

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 9:28am

Ridiculous question, but will I be able to stream "Conan" from the tbs.com website? Not sure what kind of codec or file type that is!

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 11:04am

In addition to samba, you also need UPnP for streaming

In addition to the previously mentioned formats, you need mkv

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 12:27pm

Another random question - but will the browser be able to play the direcTV superfan to go application? Allows viewing of all/any NFL games. They have browser based + iphone/ipad apps.

Submitted by thescragster on November 18, 2010 - 12:41pm

For all those having problems jailkbreaking their Apple TV/installing NitoTV or Plex, see the links below! :)

[edit] Please no spam here. Thanks. :-)

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 12:42pm

but whats wrong with the built in Netflix app that the atv2 has already?

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 2:11pm

I believe you are sadly mistaken my friend. Might want to check out a program called skyfire. I think it converts the flash to a different format before it allows playback..

Submitted by chapco on November 18, 2010 - 3:02pm

yah, im watching Netflix on my ATV2 every night and its not jailbroken yet.

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 5:07pm

I'm confused, will this not be free like every other jailbreak app? I've seen a few limited Cydia paid apps for the iPhone but all have somehow been cracked.

Please do not charge for this, I have no money or job to purchase this as much as I'd love to

I'm handicapped and stay at home all day long :(

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 5:34pm

Yet you can afford a Iphone and a Apple TV 2g?????

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 6:25pm

Will the initial beta offer the ability to connect to NAS/external frive for media playback? Having to keep my Mac powered on with iTunes running really sucks. My 1st gen ATV with aTVflash is wonderful and having the external 500GB HD attached makes it simple.

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 8:54pm

Why didn't you guys finish this project first before publicizing it. Now we're going to patch whatever you guys are trying to do. By next week, none of your codes will work with Apple TV. Should had kept it in silent mode. Now it's vibrating all over the Net.

Submitted by Anon on November 18, 2010 - 10:36pm

This is different than just a jailbreak. If that's all you want go get the tool at the dev teams site. You are paying for a utility to install the applications that are most popular within the community. Also the time they have to invest and the people they need to pay to assist with the utility. Let's not forget that they deserve to be paid for their time they invested in creating the software. I'm willing to be you wouldn't even think about a donation if they didn't charge...

Submitted by Anon on November 19, 2010 - 2:09am

And support for playlist (in case I have my iTunes library on the NAS, with the playlists etc. on it).

That would be the killer ... !

Submitted by Anon on November 19, 2010 - 5:29am

I am currently stationed overseas and cannot watch Netflix on ATV2. I would like to see a VPN client that would change my IP address to U.S. based IP address. StrongVPN.com allows you to use VPN on iPhone and iPad. Similar VPN integration on ATV2 would be nice.

Also, it would be nice to have support for additional video files, such as Windows Media, SilverLight, Quick-Time, VLC, Flip4Mac, etc.

Submitted by Anon on November 19, 2010 - 7:29am

Anyway we can watch netlflix on "old" non HDCP HDTVs. I bought my ATV and suddenly it tells me my HDTV (50" plasma) is too old (no HDCP)

Submitted by Anon on November 19, 2010 - 9:41am

Will the aTV flash (black) support Adobe Flash in the browser?

Submitted by Anon on November 19, 2010 - 11:45am

How are you moving a pointer on screen in the browser app? Is that with the infrared remote control?

Submitted by Anon on November 19, 2010 - 1:49pm

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...As always, feel free to share your comments below....
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And then? Nobody's of the aTV Flash team gives answers, reaction or a sign of life!

Submitted by GoPronto on November 19, 2010 - 2:44pm

i guess they are very busy writing software not answering blogs , i would much rather they carried on with the software than answering all these comments, they have been very good in the past asnswering every ones questions , so let them finish the first release ..

Submitted by Anon on November 19, 2010 - 7:23pm

Get the Air mouse app from the app store works really smooth

Submitted by Anon on November 19, 2010 - 7:25pm

Me and you got the same problem Bro

Submitted by james on November 19, 2010 - 9:35pm

In the demo we're using the Remote app from Apple to enter text and control the pointer.

Submitted by james on November 19, 2010 - 9:36pm

Sorry, this is probably not something we can address with aTV Flash (black).

Submitted by james on November 19, 2010 - 9:37pm

This won't be available initially, but it is a feature we're working hard to add.

Submitted by james on November 19, 2010 - 9:38pm

Thanks - Additional codecs and streaming is one of they key items we're working on. Stay tuned. :-)

Submitted by james on November 19, 2010 - 9:42pm

aTV Flash (black) will be a free upgrade for current aTV Flash users. We're also planning to make it available to those that signed up for our beta testing group.

One of the main features we're working to enable is streaming from NAS devices (such as your Time Capsule). This would allow you to stream from the internal Time Capsule drive, or an external drive connected to the TC.

Submitted by james on November 19, 2010 - 9:45pm

Many questions have been answered, is there something specific on your mind?

Submitted by james on November 19, 2010 - 9:49pm

We're working to enable more web plugins, but as of right now we don't have a definite list of what will or will not be supported.

Submitted by Anon on November 20, 2010 - 6:38am

A question:
it's possible for the old Apple TV the airplay? You're working on it?
Many Thanks

Submitted by Anon on November 20, 2010 - 7:40am

so cooli and cute

Submitted by Anon on November 20, 2010 - 9:37am

I would love to be able to stream direct from my NAS drive. Even if it's just using the default codecs to start with, e.g. mp4/m4v, it would speed up my streaming and save me from having my laptop on.

Submitted by Anon on November 21, 2010 - 5:45am

Hi,

I just return to see if there was an update. Please inform us again of the process!!

We are really into this project!

Thanks.

Jose

Submitted by Anon on November 21, 2010 - 6:03am

Hi Guys,

really looking forward to this - 1 question, when apple releases iOS4.2 will there be an issue upgrading the ATV 2G? I realise probably have to jailbreak the unit again, but was wondering about the ATV Flash software - Are you guys using the iOS4.2 GM release to ensure compatibility?

Many thanks

p.s. Where do I sign for Beta? ;-)

Submitted by DC_Zol on November 21, 2010 - 9:07am

How do you get the Airmouse to work with the ATV? (you don't have a server running for it, unless there's a jailbreak app to do that?)

Submitted by DC_Zol on November 21, 2010 - 9:09am

Thanks for that, I never realised I could use that B-) - hate all the typing using the ATV remote :(

Submitted by Anon on November 21, 2010 - 4:47pm

I have just got a Readynas NV+, with I-Tunes server capability, but unfortunately, I need to have a PC Turned on with I-Tunes running to see I-Tunes on my New Apple (Black) TV.

It looks like the new solution will fix this (i.e. no need to have PC turned on) - if so, bring it on !!! :-)

Submitted by Anon on November 22, 2010 - 5:47am

Can you post a new update. How do you sign up for Beta?

Submitted by Anon on November 22, 2010 - 11:27am

One killer feature for this device is to enable higher sampling/bit depth streaming natively. The first gen ATV could do this with a hack to enable Audio/MIDI setup. I'm not sure how easy it would be to trick the ATV2 into allowing 24/96 Airplay at least via HDMI. I doubt the SPDIF optical output is physically able, since it already resamples all audio to 16 bit/48kHz.

Many audiophiles would be very happy to at least see 24/48kHz output via SPDIF. I would be ecstatic for 24/96 via HDMI.

Submitted by Anon on November 22, 2010 - 4:11pm

Frustrated by all these "Why does NAS not work with aTV" forums, I just ran into this one here, sounds really great, go ahead and good luck for the remaining obstacles!

Submitted by Anon on November 22, 2010 - 5:50pm

Will updating to the latest version of iOS for the aTV released today interfere with beta testing your software?

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Submitted by Anon on November 22, 2010 - 5:57pm

I want to play the APPLE HTTP-LIVE-STREAMING video files on AppleTV 2G.
Who knows how to this?

Please let me know!!!!!