Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US and happy Wednesday to everyone else. :-) We've got some exciting progress to share so instead of writing a long-winded intro I'll just get right to the good stuff.

New AppleTV 4.1 Software (iOS 4.2.1)

AirPlay has finally made it to the new AppleTV via AppleTV software version 4.1. For the most part this is exciting news, though it has set us back a bit as there are some adjustments we'll have to make for the new version. It looks like we may also need an updated jailbreak tool - the tools have already been updated for the iPhone, so hopefully this shouldn't be too long in the making. If you have time go thank the guys from the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team for their awesome work. 

Couch Surfer - 80% complete

There's been lots of exciting progress with Couch Surfer over the past week, most notably being fluid playback of HTML5 video. Couch Surfer is still a bit rough around the edges, but as you can see in the video below we're getting close. (Note: the pause in the video is just to showcase the control bar that is available during playback).

Installer - Ready for beta

The installer is done, allowing aTV Flash (black) to be installed onto any jailbroken AppleTV directly from your Mac. Installation takes less than 2 minutes. We plan to have a Windows version available soon.

Last.fm - Ready for beta

This will need a few tweaks for the new 4.1 AppleTV software, but other than that it's ready to go.

Codecs/NAS Streaming - 35% complete

We've successfully been able to play non-iTunes media files (we've tried AVI, MKV and WMV) on the AppleTV. There are still a number of critical issues that need to be addressed, but progress so far has been extremely encouraging.

Comments? - share them below.

Comments

Submitted by Anon on November 29, 2010 - 12:14am

I'm assuming this is a joke because the atv 2g will NOT auto install updates. What happened was, you didn't read the install page when you woke it up and you hit the button on install now. Now, having said that, if you saved your shsh blob using tinyumbrella which everyone should do. Then no you are not screwed!

Submitted by Anon on November 29, 2010 - 5:23am

Any update on the release date?

Submitted by Anon on November 29, 2010 - 7:51am

Good luck with that Boxee Box is gettin awful reviews

Submitted by Anon on November 29, 2010 - 7:53am

You better do some research because it absolutely did autoinstall! Pressed the menu button once to wake up and install began. Dont assume you know everything when you dont.

Submitted by Quinn on November 29, 2010 - 2:17pm

I hope Remote HD is included with this 1st release. To bad it won't stream audio from the Apple TV ...

I am thinking that the great minds will include a lot of the features from aTV Flash such as the reboot finder, reboot apple tv, shutdown, etc.

After the release of lost.fm and the big disappointment of needing a paid account to stream to the aTV but free to my iPod, I have to wonder if it's worth the efforts to include it at all. I uninstalled it but lost.fm is still in the main menu.

Any luck on an attached USB drive? The streaming thing from your iTunes library hosted on another device ie: my laptop, really is a pain but from the original aTV is a great idea!.

Submitted by Anon on November 29, 2010 - 6:00pm

Great looking work. Im excited to see the new aTV Black running. I want to purchase another ATV with the software for a Christmas gift!!!!!

Submitted by tomc.50525 on November 29, 2010 - 7:04pm

How difficult was it to hack Plex on to your black aTV2? I've read some instructions to do so online and my eyes glazed over. 

Submitted by Anon on November 30, 2010 - 4:49am

QUOTE!!

I totally need a vpn hack for the new atv.
...and i hate being able to access the /etc folder and not having the slightest clue on what i could do!

Submitted by Anon on November 30, 2010 - 8:42am

Will XBMC be included in the ATV black install? I could care less about most of these other features XBMC is what matters to me! It's great on the ATV Silver i use it almost everyday PLEASE make sure it is in the final release for the ATV black!!!

Submitted by Anon on November 30, 2010 - 9:35am

DLTDHYAOTWO

Submitted by james on November 30, 2010 - 10:18am

XBMC won't be available initially, but could be added down the road.

Submitted by james on November 30, 2010 - 10:21am

We're still pretty early on with adding support for additional codecs - once we have something worth showing we'll be sure to post it. :-)

Submitted by Anon on November 30, 2010 - 5:46pm

Hi,

Just wondering if you will be able to watch video outside of iTunes using Apple TV and then have the audio play on external speakers via AirPlay... or something like that?

Thanks!!

Submitted by Anon on November 30, 2010 - 9:56pm

any chance of plex on atv black

Submitted by Anon on November 30, 2010 - 10:13pm

Looks Awesome!! Would be great if you could release the beta version with couch surfer. Can't wait anymore ..Apple TV is useless with browser!!

Submitted by Anon on December 1, 2010 - 4:25am

Don't JB until there is an Untethered Solution! I talked to Erica Sadun, and she made it 100% clear that we need to wait for an untethered solution. Being tethered on ATV2 is not good. I guess she had bad issues trying to get it into DFU mode after the JB.

Submitted by Anon on December 1, 2010 - 4:27am

It will be awhile, there is not even an option to plug in an external at the moment. While your ATV2 is plugged in and working, look at the back of it...NO WAY/Room to plugin the microUSB....

Submitted by Anon on December 1, 2010 - 9:19am

hi

will atv be able to stream from and nas server and provide the sound truh the hdmi cable to the television...?

thanks in advance

Submitted by Anon on December 1, 2010 - 9:27am

If this does not get at least Beta released soon, then a lot of people will find alternate routes to view their files (ie. Plex or Handbreak). Please release something soon. I love what you are doing with your product....but even I have started to debate about a Hackintosh for Plex Media Server, or even buying a Mac for that purpose.

If you get XBMC and Plex to work on this box then you will have a LOT of customers. However, time is of the essence and people are jumping off the boat.

Submitted by Anon on December 1, 2010 - 2:29pm

Really enjoyed ur answer ! :)

Submitted by Anon on March 10, 2011 - 2:59pm

I upgraded ATV 2 to iOS 4.3 and noticed Time Zone in Settings discovers my location despite I connect ATV thru VPN router.

After some googling I found Apple may use core location to find location ?

Can aTV flash fake or prevent ATV to find real location ?