Today we are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) Beta5 for the 2nd generation AppleTV.

Beta5 features improvements to virtually every aspect of aTV Flash (black) but our main focus has been on building and improving the Media Player feature. Media Player has received a big boost in Beta5, but is still under heavy development with many more exciting features and improvements still to come.

Keep reading to find out what's new in Beta5.

AppleTV 4.2.2 update

Yesterday (5/11) Apple released a 4.2.2 update for the 2nd gen AppleTV and Seas0nPass has been updated to provide an untetheted jailbreak for this new version. As usual, the latest version of Seas0nPass can be found at seas0npass.com.

Note: Updating to 4.2.2 is not required to install Beta5.

What's new in Beta5?

General

  • Added AppleTV 4.2.2 compatibility
  • Improved installer routine
  • Improved handling of failed installations
  • Improved error handling
  • Minor UI adjustments

Media Player

  • Added SMB streaming
  • Added photo slideshows
  • Added basic video playlists
  • Added 'Favorites' section
  • Added individual photo browsing and viewing
  • Added support for 'xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/folder' shares
  • Added support for guest/anonymous NAS logins
  • Added volumes list sorting
  • Added option to disable metadata fetching
  • Added option to hide file extensions
  • Improved handling of HD video files
  • Improved memory management
  • Improved DVD file detection
  • Improved remote share folder browsing (root folder issue)
  • Improved Remote.app support
  • Resolved artifact issues (green line near bottom of screen)
  • Resolved rare crashes related to AFP streaming
  • Resolved issues in share navigation resulting in incorrect 'menu' button handling
  • Resolved issues resulting in incorrect video playback after rewinding on 'fastest' speed
  • Resolved issues related to removing saved shares
  • Resolved duplicate AFP share entries
  • Resolved conflicts with XBMC
  • Minor UI fixes
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

Couch Surfer Pro

  • Added HTML5 audio support (for sites like http://tv.tunein.com/)
  • Added EyeTV streaming
  • Improved web pages scrolling and layout handling
  • Improved iOS-optimized JavaScript support
  • Improved highlighting of large web elements
  • Auto-complete history is now cleared when clearing history
  • New SSL indicator
  • Other minor bug fixes

Weather

  • Added 5-day forecasts
  • Added location search option
  • Added automatic location detection (if no saved locations exist)
  • Added day/night weather forecasts
  • Added 'Feels Like' temperature info
  • Minor UI fixes

Last.fm

  • Added lightweight audio streaming player
  • Improved memory management

What we're still working on

  • New lightweight audio/video player
  • Additional codecs
  • DVD chapter controls
  • AC3/DTS (5.1 surround) sound
  • Subtitle support
  • Multiple audio track support
  • Improved UI and file browsing
  • Better memory management

(If you missed it last time, a brief demo of Media Player in action can be seen here).

Great! Where can I get it?

Beta5 is available through the Downloads tab in your account. If you're already running aTV Flash (black) on your AppleTV all the new features can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu.

Enjoy! :-) 

Comments

Submitted by james on May 31, 2011 - 1:26pm

No exact ETA, but it should be out within the next few weeks.

The next update will be quite epic and well worth the wait. ;)

Submitted by angelor.7934 on May 31, 2011 - 1:46pm

The device is Jailbroken have tried both normal mode and IPAD both do not work with Justintv nor ustreamtv. Has anyone got this to work on their systems and how? Thanks in advance.

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2011 - 1:44am

Will there be VPN available on the new update?

Submitted by benc.20222 on June 1, 2011 - 12:02pm

Would be excellent if you can - this would solve my (and presumably others) dilemma about streaming to other devices within the house and needing yet another media server to cope with the uPnP / DaaP / AirPlay server.

Here's hoping 

Submitted by bromo on June 1, 2011 - 12:53pm

Hi--thanks for your responses here and elsewhere. The 5.1 issue was my problem but I can't seem to get Airplay video--audio only is working. (In other words, when I hit the Airplay icon on my ipad (v1) or iphone 3gs, audio plays but video images (or apps or games) don't show up on the tv.

Please advise (and yes--I did use SeasOnPass!)

bromo 

Submitted by jaycanuck on June 1, 2011 - 4:53pm

Just writing to say thanks for creating this for the new Apple TV. I just gave my 1st gen away and was pleased to see that I'd be able to keep wireless playback on the new unit. Excellent work. Still can't figure out a way to run my Aperture library from my Drobo....but..these are all small things.

Submitted by Anon on June 3, 2011 - 3:09pm

Will ATV flash black be supporting srt subtitles?

Submitted by Anon on June 5, 2011 - 12:49am

Are there going to be support for Flash video in Couch Surfer in the near future?
Or do you have this in your plan?
It is a must

Submitted by peterj.3872 on June 6, 2011 - 2:18am

First off, great product

 

Some questions/suggestions,

  • I don't know if I'm the only one having this problem but I can't play music files in the media player (but I could in the first version of Media Player). Will this be added again or, if I'm the only one having this problem, how can I solve it?
  • Flash player for couch surfer? I'd love to be able to play webtv on my ATv2

Thanks

 

 

Submitted by jhuckle@simoret... on June 6, 2011 - 3:54pm

I could really use some help? I haven't upgraded in a while cause everything worked! But couldn't resist trying Media Payer. Problem is I can't get it access my drive conected to my airport base station. Keeps saying wrong user name/password, yet I can sign in fine with XBMC. Am I missing something? Also, now XBMC has no sound and crashes on movies that I know played fine before upgrade. I have SSH and turned on both passthroughs as before, but still no sound.

Any help? I know its probably something I'm over looking, but.......HELP

Submitted by jhuckle@simoret... on June 6, 2011 - 3:55pm

Forgot to say that everything is up to date an I jailbroke with SeasonPass

Thank you

Submitted by minh huud.0772 on June 6, 2011 - 7:48pm

Can any admins shed some light about adobe flash support in near future??I bought this atv2 just for that purposes and to find out thing is not working right! Now I bought a lifetime support to find out that xbmc crash whenever I play h264 or mkv ending files. lots of these features are only available for US resedince and will not work for me. I can't even downgrade this dame thing to version 4.2.1 even follows and seraching procedures for the last 24 hours. If, however, firecore cannot support flash players anytime soon. Can you please refund my money. I may just return this crap atv and go for google tv.

Submitted by alexgorbatchev on June 8, 2011 - 3:14pm

If i preorder now, will I be able to download beta5?

Submitted by james on June 9, 2011 - 6:32am

Yes - after pre-ordering you'll have instant access to Beta5.

Submitted by rjanson on June 10, 2011 - 2:13pm

Hello, will there be an update for xbmc, too? I'm waiting for live tv support (PVR-addon / vdr) B-)

Submitted by GoPronto on June 10, 2011 - 2:57pm

Hi James

 

in the next version beta6, any chance of putting in some ethernet control please Smile

Submitted by Anon on June 13, 2011 - 6:03am

Upgraded to Beta 5 And have problems with XBMC and Media Player. Before update XBMC played every file type I have and Now with beta 5 can only play avi's. Cannot play wmv mp4 mkv or anything other than AVI. Have 3 apple tvs and only updated this one thankfully. ANY SUGGESTIONS

Submitted by Anon on June 14, 2011 - 12:02pm

I'm having the same problem with some videos playing back squished to 4:3 when they are 16:9. Yet other videos playback in 16:9 correctly. Any update on what the status of this fix is? Otherwise love the product!

Submitted by Smg71 on June 15, 2011 - 12:30am

Any update on the ETA of the next version?

Thanks

Submitted by dx9oscar on June 15, 2011 - 5:14pm

Found the answer in a previous blog post and it worked for me…

Use "root" for the username and whatever password you have assigned to your Airport Base Station's external drive.

Submitted by dedoelectrico on June 16, 2011 - 4:27pm

Thanks

Submitted by garyf.8253 on June 17, 2011 - 1:57am

Hi The Media player re-set to a green screen twice during a 2 hour movie.... but I guess you're working on that so it's ok for a Beta.

Also, network traffic is a bit stilted at times.. the movie is freezing... breaking in and out... the buffer might not be set up properly.. but there doesn't seem to be any way for user intervention to try to correct this.

 

I've removed all other wireless devices from the network to help, but to no avail. The NAS is wired up to the router.

 

Thanks guys.... we're nerly there!

Gaz

Submitted by kosso on June 17, 2011 - 2:39pm

Hi,

Great job on all this. Looks really promising. Just got a black Apple TV about 2 hours ago.. desperate to try the aTV Flash (black) beta.

Where can I get hold of it? There's nothing in my downloads tab?

thx.

Submitted by Anon on June 21, 2011 - 3:38am

Can you give us some udpate on status for the next beta ? It is about a month since the last one. I am still waiting to see good feedback to buy Smile
PS: Probably not a good place to ask but a killer factor for me would be to get to see my movies in the same "view" as the rental/buy one on the aTV with covers in a grid view ! aTV2 highly degraded usability to me since I have a huge movie collection (stored on itunes).

Submitted by Anon on June 21, 2011 - 4:32pm

I just jailbroke my ATV2 and installed flash. The Netflix layout now only allows me to login/logout and search compared to before where there was a plethora of searches and categories. Any insight to what may be going on?

Submitted by iawa2k on June 23, 2011 - 3:04am

Now over 3 weeks since this post and exactly 6 weeks since last beta, any further movement on this or is it dead in the water?

Submitted by scottw.9252 on June 23, 2011 - 8:32pm

XMBC keeps dropping video files from external HD in its library!!!!! WTF

 

Also, how do you get the media player part of ATV flash to work? Am I stuck using XMBC?

Submitted by Anon on June 29, 2011 - 8:25am

Hummm ... last update to this thread by a firecore team member 20 days ago ... I hope it is because you are all too busy finalizing the final release Smile

Submitted by iawa2k on June 30, 2011 - 5:38am

It is starting to feel like we've been dumped isn't it. Wink

Submitted by Anon on July 1, 2011 - 9:03am

firecore says on Twitter: Oh, and yes Beta6 will be out tomorrow! 22 hours 11 min ago

Submitted by freistil-tom on July 6, 2011 - 2:17pm

Can anybody help me getting my atv 2 back to normal use. The only thing that happend on my tries to jailbreak was, that now - after restore of the oroginal Software via iTunes - thw wifi connection does not work. And  I am not the only one with this issue. There are lots and lots of people with the same problem and without a workaround.

Maybe someone from fireCore could at least give us a hint to get the atv 2 fixed!!

Hard enough that we paid 20 bucks for less than nothing.

Anyone has got an idea about that problem?!

Submitted by Anon on October 4, 2011 - 7:46am

Can you watch videos from sidereel.com or cuevana.tv on the couch surfer from atv flash black?