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 formĀ here.

As always, feel free to share your comments below.

Comments

Submitted by Anon on November 22, 2010 - 9:16pm

In the same boat, Can we update the iOS 4.2 ...to checkout airplay? I can flash old ipsw file, but want to be sure...please clarify

Please sign me up for beta testing!!!

Submitted by Anon on November 22, 2010 - 10:23pm

What I would like to know with regards to Netflix, and Apple TV already having netflix preinstalled is if ATV flash will allow watching usa netflix outside of the usa?
That feature alone is worth the purchase price, even if it did nothing else!

Submitted by Anon on November 22, 2010 - 10:34pm

What I would like to know with regards to Netflix, and Apple TV already having netflix preinstalled is if ATV flash will allow watching usa netflix outside of the usa?
That feature alone is worth the purchase price, even if it did nothing else!

Submitted by Anon on November 23, 2010 - 1:07am

Do I need a micro usb cable in order to jailbreak and install atv flash? Or does atv flash all together over ethernet?

Submitted by Anon on November 23, 2010 - 5:53am

Give us an update please!

Submitted by Anon on November 23, 2010 - 7:56am

Why no update since the 19th................... People are dying for an update and an ETA!

Submitted by Anon on November 23, 2010 - 4:55pm

No.

The NetFlix region you can view is specifically bound to your NetFlix account. So if you live in Canada, you'll get the Canadian NetFlix offerings. If your account is US Regionalized then you will get the USA Offerings. All other countries will be subject to whatever NetFlix offers in that country specifically.

Submitted by Anon on November 23, 2010 - 8:19pm

All I care about is whether I'll be able to watch regular Hulu (not Hulu Plus) with aTV Flash Black. Either via Boxee or some other way. If I can, I'll be buying it immediately. Everything else is just nice extras.

Submitted by jd on November 24, 2010 - 2:54am

Hi James where can I sign up for bete testing? Thanks.

Submitted by Anon on November 24, 2010 - 5:04am

Please, consider DTS audio support!!!

Submitted by Anon on November 24, 2010 - 5:05am

(Only Passthough)

Submitted by Aviator7 on November 24, 2010 - 5:29am

Hi,
possible to connect USB hard-disk (like aTV 1st gen) to read DIVX movie ?

Submitted by Anon on November 28, 2010 - 1:22pm

VPN pleeeeeeeaaaase...!!!!!
Would love to be able to watch Netflix in Europe..!

Thx a billion

Submitted by Anon on November 29, 2010 - 10:00am

All I want is a working VPN client for the ATV2. Netflix would be a killer feature for me (currently living in Denmark).

To the guys who would like a vpn client as well, I will post a solution to my blog if I ever find one ( http://www.andreas-heiberg.com ).

Submitted by Anon on November 30, 2010 - 10:07pm

Please just release free beta version with Couch Surfer...you can all all other features later.

Submitted by Anon on December 1, 2010 - 11:46am

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Submitted by Anon on December 1, 2010 - 4:59pm

In the video, how is the user typing in the google search box? Can you type on the iphone with Apple Remote?

Submitted by james on December 1, 2010 - 5:28pm

Yes - the Apple Remote app can be used to enter text and move the cursor when using the browser.

Submitted by ml778 on December 5, 2010 - 2:34pm

Program is junk, can not use my external hard drives

Submitted by Anon on December 9, 2010 - 4:53pm

Hulu and Hulu Plus definitely need to be in this. Hopefully it's own app, but even through Boxee if it has to be.

Submitted by Anon on November 20, 2011 - 10:49pm

For me to pay for this i need:

DLNA Client Support!

Other Likes would be
VPN Ability
Hulu
Spotify!

Submitted by Anon on April 22, 2012 - 5:19am

use jerrycards.com for netflix outside of Europe.