We've had our nose to the grindstone as we work to add features and squash bugs, so without any further ado we're happy to present you with a brand new version of Media Player.

What's new in version 0.6?

  • Added AC3 (5.1+ surround) sound
  • Added access to DVD menus during playback (press menu)
  • Added low buffer detection warning (prevents stuttering)
  • Improved playback of larger files
  • Improved buffering and re-buffering (when required)
  • Improved FF/RW controls for larger files
  • Improved audio decoding performance
  • Improved center channel (voices) audio mixing
  • Improved DVD file playback
  • Improved file sorting logic
  • Improved performance and memory management
  • Improved error handling
  • Resolved DVD subtitle issues
  • Resolved stalls observed with some files during and after FF/RW
  • Resolved synchronization issues observed after buffering some files
  • Resolved audio synchronization issues
  • Resolved rare floating crash observed at the end of some files
  • Resolved resume related playback issues
  • Resolved various screensaver related issues
  • Local files are now hidden when one or more remote shares are setup
  • Minor metadata fetching improvements
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

How do I get it?

Media Player 0.6 can be installed on your ATV2 through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu.



Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:10pm

When will it support srt subtitles?

Submitted by antoni on July 21, 2011 - 1:17pm

Excellent Notice, I already have a real better performance for streaming with 0.5 version, I will test the 0.6 today.  Please add the subtitles support ;)

Submitted by james on July 21, 2011 - 1:18pm

We're working hard to add support for subtitles.

Will be available soon. :)

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:20pm

i'm also wondering about srt subtitles support....

Submitted by LarsLauritzen on July 21, 2011 - 1:22pm

Will the new version be able see my Win PC and play files from it ore is it only for a server/mac

Submitted by peterj.3872 on July 21, 2011 - 1:22pm

When will mp3-files be supported?

Submitted by james on July 21, 2011 - 1:23pm

Yes, you can stream directly from a Mac or PC as well.

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:24pm


Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:24pm

Second the MP3 support....

I was excited about the update b/c I thought that MP3 support was here, but it was not listed :-(

Any insight into when that feature will be available?

Submitted by james on July 21, 2011 - 1:25pm

Hopefully soon, lately we've just been focusing on improving video playback.

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:28pm

Hi, will rm, rmvb be supported soon? are they in the road map?


Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:32pm

Hello everyone,
I use an online storage service (put.io) where all my movies are stored.
Can the media player stream my files from couch surfer ? (I'm used to watch my movie via streaming from this website (put.io).
If not, this would be THE killer feature for me.
Thanks for your answers

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:33pm


Submitted by scotts on July 21, 2011 - 1:33pm

Is this upgrade for ATV2 only or ATV1 as well?

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:34pm

When 24 bit / 96 audio will be supported?

Is this player also capable of "bit perfect" output?


Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 1:35pm

I need support to mount an iTunes folder from a samba drive, and play it, also mount a iphoto library and do the sme Now that would complete it and I could drop apple tv gen 1, atv2 relies too much on iTunes with home sharing running, it's just isn't an option 24x7

Submitted by joseph .7360 on July 21, 2011 - 1:47pm

looking forward to a test run.. hey folks don't get to far ahead with requests. this step by step improvement grid  is working well. BTW, not sure what subtitle problems you are having, but I ran my copy of 13 Assasains as a video_ts dvd with english subtitles and it worked fine on version 5, except for the red color.  

Submitted by james on July 21, 2011 - 2:04pm

Thanks. The mis-colored subtitle issue should be fixed in this version. :)

Submitted by james on July 21, 2011 - 2:05pm

This is just for ATV2, sorry.

Submitted by benc.7948 on July 21, 2011 - 2:23pm

That would be awesome!  I wouldn't need to use XBMC anymore if you guys had that feature  :D

Submitted by jarredduq on July 21, 2011 - 2:37pm

Is there anyway to add de-interlacing to MPEG2 decoding?  Native DVD looks terrible.  This is probably a limitation to the Apple TV2 itself, I'm assuming...

Submitted by glenr.89482 on July 21, 2011 - 2:40pm

First thing, nice job on the new media player.

My movies have a stereo track as the first audio track and the AC3 track as the second.  So, now that the media player supports AC3, how do I point it to the second audio track??

Submitted by SuddleD on July 21, 2011 - 2:52pm

Are you really requesting Real Media file support?! Didn't that die out in like 1999?

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 3:17pm


I fully support your effort, but I am still not able to play any audio files on my player.... :(

Any idea how to fix it or help on this?
I am always getting no items available for playback, no matter what audio format are the files.

Submitted by LarsLauritzen on July 21, 2011 - 3:49pm

Well i can find my PC but i can´t find any file´s that i can play hmm... is there any guide for this in the forum, bacause i´m starting loosing my hair :)

Is there a sertend folder thats there should be used for the files, i can read that the iso, img etc. is´nt supported yet, soo is it only files that´s supported by itunes that can be used.

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 3:51pm

I guys,hoping u can help every now and then xbmc on my atv1 comes u witherror message 'can't connect to remote server'. This happens quite often, I go into smb file share and my workgroup folder isn't there even though it is being shared by my computer, then maybe after 5mins to an hr it decides to show it's self and I have to redo alikate the files I want to watch.
Please help as it is really frustrating and I can't find anything about it on the support forums.

Submitted by Pytek on July 21, 2011 - 3:55pm

The player runs fine here except for some occasional rebooting which the system does. Is this related to memory being used up or what?

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 3:58pm

Same here, if there is no possibility to choose audio track, what is the point of supporting AC3 or DTS? Almost all files have 2 stereo and 5.1 sound. By default stereo only plays.

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 4:02pm

Hi Guys. It's still without AC3..whats my problem..where can I change the settings?

Submitted by vishvas.j on July 21, 2011 - 4:17pm

Great update.. Although really looking forward for audio files, especially FLAC audio files. Really hope u guys would add the support. Thnks!

Submitted by alexivanring on July 21, 2011 - 4:18pm

Updated and still cannot play video files smoothly.  They are unwatchably jittery.  Jailbroken with Season Pass and everything updated...any tips??



Submitted by james on July 21, 2011 - 4:21pm

Which version of AppleTV software are you running?

Submitted by james on July 21, 2011 - 4:22pm

The AC3 and DTS options can be found in the Media --> Settings menu.

Submitted by james on July 21, 2011 - 4:22pm

We're still looking into a few similar issues. Should be resolved soon.

If you haven't yet sent in a bug report it would be helpful.


Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 6:05pm

I still do not see the "recently played files" in the top shelf anywhere. I have overflow installed as well, could this be conflicting?
Thanks for the update, DVD menus are actually working fairly well now and there are noticeable playback improvements. Keep up the good works. I am looking forward to .srt subtitle support too.

Submitted by ianw.9254 on July 21, 2011 - 6:28pm

Hi guys, love the new resent update on the medis player...fab. Any chance of getting extra control for the ipad?


Love my app tv but any chance of getting LoveFilms.com as NetFlix doesn't work within the Uk???

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 6:53pm

Does this app support voiceover? xbmc does not and it is a requirement for me.

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 7:36pm

I want to switch of my nas from atv via a ssh script. Can you please advise if there is any ssh client utility on atv if not the please add this feature. Thanks

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 8:44pm


DTS / AC3 working fine here !!!

awesome, love you guys.


please add STR subtitles / DUAL AUDIO capability to be chosen.


Submitted by jonunez@gmail.com on July 21, 2011 - 8:58pm

+1 for the rmvb support. It's still very popular in Latin America

Submitted by donm.8989 on July 21, 2011 - 9:13pm

Updated and now when I go to media... *CRASH*. Every single time.

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 9:18pm

How about making CouchSurfer work like ClickToPlugin and find H.264 video alternatives on websites where Flash is.

In other words, make THESE videos work on CouchSurfer!:

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 9:32pm

It works fine the programers are doing you a favor not letting see video on that site.

Submitted by al.066 on July 21, 2011 - 10:25pm

The files can be in any folder. Currently, aTV Flash (black)'s Media Player already supports video formats beyond those of iTunes (e.g. MKV containers). What type of videos are you trying to play?


(And did you already jailbreak your aTV and install aTV Flash (black) Beta6?)

Submitted by bernhards.5306 on July 21, 2011 - 11:41pm

Try Remote HD on the Ipad to conrol your aTV

Submitted by GoPronto on July 21, 2011 - 11:53pm

new beta 0.6 installed

using VOB files

Still having "low memory  issues"  also if you press pause  then play th audio and video  get out of sync.

Submitted by Anon on July 21, 2011 - 11:54pm

Same here, crashes all the time when wanting to play from AFP or SMB Share

Submitted by Arthur on July 22, 2011 - 12:29am

Too bad, still no mp3 support.

Submitted by eXisTa on July 22, 2011 - 12:55am

That's right, it's the only feature I need to say goodbye to XBMC.

Submitted by Anon on July 22, 2011 - 1:11am

Still no subtitle support :(