We are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) Beta7 for the 2nd generation AppleTV.

Beta7 is a major update for aTV Flash (black) and brings a number of great new features to the 2nd gen AppleTV including music playback, Last.fm powered artist slideshows, cloud backups and more.

Keep reading to learn more about what's new.

Music Playback

A new music player has been built into Media Player, which allows you to stream most music file types from a Mac, PC or NAS drive without using iTunes. During playback, album art, track info, and artist images will automatically be downloaded from Last.fm. Artist images are used in slideshows that can be viewed while music is playing in the background. Support for folder playlists is also included.

During playback you can navigate away from the current track, and a new 'Now Playing' option will appear in the main menu which allows you to quickly jump back into your playlist. 

Cloud Backups

We've added a new cloud backup feature that provides a way to easily backup all your 3rd party (Firecore, XBMC, Plex, etc...) settings and data to the cloud. Once backed up, a list of your previously saved backups will be available allowing you to to easily restore one of them if needed.

Backups are stored securely in the cloud and will remain linked to the AppleTV's serial number - this means they will always be available even if you update or restore your AppleTV.

Metadata Views

Media Player now features three distinct options for viewing different types of metadata. The the left (<<) and right (>>) buttons can be used to cycle through the views when browsing through your media. More details on each view can be found below.
  1. General (default) view - This is the first view and contains a portion of the synopsis, and other info like who's in the movie and when it was released.
  2. Synopsis view - This is the second view and shows the full movie synopsis.
  3. Technical view - This is the third view and shows technical information about the video file.

Full Changelog

  • Added support for music files (mp3, aac (adts), wav, aiff, m4a)
  • Added AC3 and DTS (5.1+ surround) sound
  • Added playback menu (hold select during playback)
  • Added support for .srt subtitles
  • Added support for multiple audio tracks
  • Added support for chapters
  • Added cloud backup for 3rd party settings
  • Added three metadata views (overview, synopsis, technical)
  • Added MPAA rating to metadata
  • Added support for localized metadata
  • Added support for local cover art
  • Added option to refetch metadata for a specific file
  • Added option to clear all metadata
  • Added toggle setting for volume control
  • Added access to DVD menus during playback (press menu)
  • Added low buffer detection warning (prevents stuttering)
  • Improved metadata fetching (courtesy of themoviedb.org)
  • Improved progress bar controls
  • Improved AFP/SMB reliability
  • Improved DVD file playback
  • 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 file sorting logic
  • Improved performance and memory management
  • Improved error handling
  • Resolved screensaver/slideshow related issues
  • Resolved playback issues for files with 20+ streams
  • Resolved issues with AFP volumes with long file names
  • Resolved floating issues with subtitles
  • Resolved issues related to 3rd party remote apps
  • Resolved floating crash in SMB library
  • Resolved aspect ratios issues for certain video types
  • Resolved file browsing related crashes
  • Resolved metadata fetching related crashes
  • Resolved audio queue related errors
  • Resolved Top Shelf related playback issues
  • Resolved playback related memory leaks
  • 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 UI and other miscellaneous fixes

Jolly good! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new Beta7 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. If for some reason you need to re-install aTV Flash (black) onto your AppleTV links for the new version can be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

New users can pre-order aTV Flash (black) here.

Enjoy! :-) 

Comments

Submitted by james on September 12, 2011 - 8:42am

Details on setting up Media Player can be found here: http://support.firecore.com/entries/20322512-m...

Submitted by james on September 12, 2011 - 8:43am

You can use the standard Remote app from Apple, or try Remote HD or Rowmote.

Submitted by james on September 12, 2011 - 8:44am

Do you know the format of the drive?

Submitted by james on September 12, 2011 - 8:44am

Unicode subtitles are supported.

The subtitle encoding type can be adjusted through the Playback menu (hold select while a video is playing).

Submitted by james on September 12, 2011 - 8:45am

Links for the latest version can always be found in your account.

https://firecore.com/user

Submitted by ioannisz.1104 on September 12, 2011 - 8:54am

ty

Submitted by larsv.4412 on September 12, 2011 - 12:39pm

Yes, but I mean a remote app, where it is possible to see the metadata with album covers and movieposters - just like 'XBMC Commander'

Submitted by james on September 12, 2011 - 12:43pm

Ah ok. Nothing like that yet. Sorry.

Submitted by Jadi on September 12, 2011 - 1:04pm

Hello, you do good job for the apple tv. I'm wondering some 1920x1080 movies will play and some not, when can it be done and when not. (another thing, any clue when ISO files can be viewed?)

Thanks

Submitted by rvmeush on September 13, 2011 - 5:09am

Is the Media Player supposed to be able to resume playback of a video at its last viewed location?   This doesn't seem to work although the "blue dot" next to the listing of videos is partially filled in indicating partial playback.

Submitted by james on September 13, 2011 - 10:03am

What type of file are you attempting to resume? Resume is supported for most file types - DVD files being the one big exception.

Submitted by Anon on September 13, 2011 - 2:35pm

when i use mplayer to watch a movie, it stops with each movie after several minutes and it shows an error on the screen.
I've tried to reset the whole thing but no improvement.
the filetype is AVI and it plays from my iMac using a airport express.

any tips what to do?
thanks

Submitted by james on September 13, 2011 - 3:09pm

Can you send in a bug report?

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by thijsvanzwam on September 14, 2011 - 3:47am

mediaplayer still hangs halfway an avi file. it says that there is an server error but the server from wich i play the file is still running.

it also happens when i pause a movie and then resume it after a couple of minutes.

where can i solve this?

Submitted by bountykiller on September 14, 2011 - 4:15am

Backing Up Settings to Cloud doesn´t work here. I tried it several times. I submit u a diagnostic info.

Thanks Bounty

Submitted by ioannisz.1104 on September 14, 2011 - 10:15am

can u explain me, why after my atv2 goes to sleep and next day i try to enter the atv menu i loose my APPLE videos and tv shows sections.?

i need to reboot it in order everything to work.

i have everything updated.

does this sleep /wake issue is known?

Submitted by james on September 14, 2011 - 10:22am

It sounds like your AppleTV is losing the internet connection when it goes to sleep, then not picking it up again when it wakes up.

What kind of router are you using?

Submitted by james on September 14, 2011 - 10:22am

If you can also open a support ticket it would help in troubleshooting.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on September 14, 2011 - 10:23am

Can you send in a bug report?

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on September 14, 2011 - 10:23am

If you can send in a bug report with more details about the files you're having trouble with it would be helpful.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by Mayhem SWE on September 14, 2011 - 5:45pm

I have a Harman/Kardon AVR255 receiver and didn't get any sound at all when trying to play movies with enabled AC3 tracks. Finally got around to upgrading the receiver's firmware to the latest available version tonight (a lengthy process which required lending a PC laptop with serial port!) and now it works!

Submitted by sergioc.2936 on September 15, 2011 - 3:20am

This stinks! Apperently I have jailbroken my ATV2 but when I open aTV Flash (black) it doesn't work and constantly get an "oops installation fail" stating that it's not jailbroken. I don't know what I'm doing wrong? I have run Seas0pass umpteen times. So far it feels like a waste of $20. I bought this on Sept 4th. B.S.:(

Submitted by krzywy on September 15, 2011 - 3:28am

While watching movies, an error pops up on screen (after ~ 20min). (AppleTV& Time Capsule), I have to start watching the movie again.

I can not go to the directory with pictures located on Time Capsule, ATV longthought, then the resets (catalog of movies is my 12GB with 10 subdirectoriescontaining from1-2GB).

Information about films in various languages​​, mostly in English, sometimes in the Polish or Czech. What determines the language of information about movies? For me the AppleTV preferred language is Polish. BTW very good work team fireCore! Waiting for a moment when I can finally uninstall XBMC:)
PS
I always send an error report.

Submitted by sergioc.2936 on September 15, 2011 - 4:03am

What a pain in the balls! :( No where did it say that you have to re-launch or re-setup your ATV2, I even googled. I did that, wondering "okay... this blows". Went to reinstall ATV Balck and what da ya know? The shit works. :) Time to play.B-)

Submitted by Anon on September 15, 2011 - 1:37pm

Hi good job , sometimes in some movies avi it's not showing the subtitles also It is detecting the srt file
Also is there a way to open a PDF file

Submitted by Anon on September 16, 2011 - 12:37am

Same issue with photos - when entering folder with lots of photos (over 20, i guess), ATV restarts. When playing folder as a slideshow, it plays only the first 10 photos, not all in the folder.

Submitted by marioh.6392 on September 18, 2011 - 12:45am

hi, all,

 

also after the installation from atv flash (black) 7, i can not play mp3´s.

 

When i go in the direction with my mp3 library then it´s written no items to play.

 

What should i do?

 

Thanks.

Submitted by jhuckle@simoret... on September 18, 2011 - 2:35pm

Hi. I like the music feature, but I just noticed that AirPlay from the apple tv to say an airport extreme is not there? Used to use it with my silver apple tv. Am I missing something or did Apple remove this feature?
Thx

Submitted by jhuckle@simoret... on September 18, 2011 - 3:58pm

Sorry I meant airport express

Submitted by rajivj.8974 on September 19, 2011 - 8:26pm

Backups are now 0 kb. Whats up with that?

Submitted by Anon on September 19, 2011 - 10:04pm

it's total crap. some of us have hidden menus from last version, this version removes all possibility, leaving us that have hidden menus no way to UN-hide our menus. I disabled a few because i just wanted them out of the way, and now i cannot get them back. developers confirm that they removed this feature, and no information on how to help out people who used this feature in the past.

Submitted by titusmc on September 20, 2011 - 8:38am

Is there a special way to name TV show video files to help metadata fetching, or is metadata limited to movies at this point? 

 

Also, If there is no fetching for TV shows, can I attribute local metadata to an .mkv file somehow, or must I use the .m4v container?

Submitted by GoPronto on September 20, 2011 - 1:22pm

just let itunes restore back to factory reset , then re jailbreak and add ATV  flash :) 

Submitted by davige on September 20, 2011 - 9:12pm

Updated to latest Maintenance release & newest version of Plex. Plex has disappeared from my menu even though it says installed. What happened to "Hide Menu Items"?

Submitted by Anon on September 21, 2011 - 2:50am

Will you guys look at including Spotify Premium in the next update? They have announced that they have now released their API to developers, this would mean an instant purchase for me personally, and I guess a lot of other people. I would really appreciate it.

Submitted by Anon on September 21, 2011 - 8:37am

I confirm that Plex is after the latest Maintenance release & newest version of Plex not longer visible :-((

Submitted by nickr.5960 on September 23, 2011 - 9:41am

Ok. Just updated to beta 7 and lost my plex client from the menu screen. Manage Extras reports that it's installed and v8.2.1 but no show. I've tried to downgrade using this from the Plex forums

apt-get install com.plex.client-plugin=0.8.1

but still no show after rebooting twice.

Subsequent upgrade from terminal using

echo "deb http://www.ambertation.de ./downloads/PLEX/" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plex.list
apt-get update
apt-get install com.plex.client-plugin

has no effect either and nor does an upgrade from the Manage Extras menu.

Any ideas?

Thanks

 

 

 

Submitted by james on September 23, 2011 - 1:04pm

Are you running the latest 4.3 AppleTV software? I think the 0.8.2 version of Plex is designed for this version only.

Submitted by Anon on September 24, 2011 - 10:55am

Top Movies stopped working entirely. I also can no longer SSH into my system. Please help

Submitted by Anon on September 24, 2011 - 3:34pm

More problems with Plex v8.2.1
Can't watch movies anymore !!!!
Everytime when I click on any movie ( avi, mkv,etc ), ATV rebooting.
Please advise
Yes - I have the latest version ATV 4.3

Submitted by Anon on September 25, 2011 - 5:42am

Hi, Enjoying the product a lot.

One area I can't get working is the cloud backup. I select backup from the menu and say ok to backup now. Then it returns to the menu with the spinning disc. After about 3 minutes I get a "low memory" error and the unit resets. Going into the restore backup menu at any time just provides a blank screen with the "Restore BackUp" title. Pressing any buttons causes an immediate reboot.

Any thoughts?

Regards

Peter

Submitted by james on September 25, 2011 - 8:47am

Hmm - sorry about that. Can you send in a bug report?

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on September 25, 2011 - 8:47am

Best to go tell the Plex guys here: http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/forum/76-a...

Submitted by james on September 25, 2011 - 8:48am

TV Show metadata is coming in the next version.

http://twitpic.com/6pbmk4

Submitted by james on September 25, 2011 - 8:48am

Can you send in a bug report?

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by james on September 25, 2011 - 8:49am

Are you running the latest 0.8 version of Media Player? Which version of AppleTV software?

Submitted by james on September 25, 2011 - 8:49am

Can you send in a bug report and include the problematic srt file?

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by mtorr060 on September 28, 2011 - 4:26am

please add a VNC client to view and VNC servers on the network like a computer. This would come in handy for presentations

Submitted by james95121 on September 28, 2011 - 12:03pm

how do i update to newest version?

Submitted by james95121 on September 28, 2011 - 12:04pm

how do i add srt file to the avi file when wathing it on media player