Happy Tuesday! Today we've got a hot and fresh new version of Media Player that includes a number of long awaited features. More details on what's included can be found below.

What's new in version 0.9.1?

  • Added support for embedded subtitles (MKV, M4V, etc...)
  • Added support for ISO (DVD) files
  • Added metadata correction for TV Shows
  • Added movie title in Top Shelf (instead of filename)
  • Minor UI improvements

Nice! How do I get it?

With aTV Flash (black) installed, Media Player 0.9.1 can be downloaded on your ATV2 through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. If you need to re-install aTV Flash (black) links for the latest version can be found under the Downloads tab in your account.

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

Enjoy!

Comments

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 12:59pm

This doesn't work on the original? Frown

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:00pm

Love the ISO file support. But when will we be able to unhide a previously hidden menu from the prefrences?

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 1:02pm

This is for ATV2 only. Sorry.

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 1:03pm

A workaround for restoring menus can be found here.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/5221#comment-2...

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:04pm

Is this release also targeted for the original Apple TV? I love to use this on the original ATV. I don't have a hockey puck ATV.

Submitted by mikee528 on October 11, 2011 - 1:05pm

Does it support Video_TS files from NAS?

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 1:06pm

Yes, both VIDEO_TS and ISO files are supported.

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:07pm

This sucks - no proper upgrade for the original ATV for such a long time... that 2 year maintenance fee sure was a great investment... would love to be able to play .mkv on my original ATV Frown

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:07pm

They have given up development on the original ATV

Submitted by shon on October 11, 2011 - 1:08pm

You guys rock! I'm so loving this program and I'm glad I shelled out the $99 for the puck. For those that have the original, if you can afford it, replace it. I have hundreds of movie files and had to have a computer in my home theatre to play them, but not anymore thanks to this program.

Submitted by silas n. on October 11, 2011 - 1:10pm

Can you confirm this?  A few month ago i paid for lifetime subscription update for Gen 1 ATV.  This is going to suck if Gen 1 is dead to them...

 

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:10pm

Is the option for making 4:3 strech to 16:9 ever gonna come ??

Submitted by lankysam on October 11, 2011 - 1:10pm

I am confused about subtitles and I was wondering if someone could answer the following.  Let us say I use handbrake and include subtitles.  In one case I use bitmap (VOBSUB) subtitles.  In another I use Closed Captions (text).

In the following configurations could you tell me which of the above (or neither) is supported (i.e. visible):

ATV1 media player (thru nito i think?)

ATV1 XBMC

ATV2 media player

ATV2 XBMC?

 

I thought that bitmaps are "burned" onto the video stream and can't really be turned off?  At any rate, I've been utterly confused about all the possibilities for a very long time.  I've tried experimenting but I don't know that I have gotten consistent results.  In the case of XBMC there is a plug-in(s) that enable downloading .srt files... this works very erratically (sometimes the plug-in appears to be broken; in others the audio and subtitle are more than 10 seconds apparent... thus they can't be synced w the XBMC offset).

Thanks for your help.

 

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:11pm

Hi... what about Slingbox? any chance?

Thanks

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 1:14pm

Not true! We're planning to bring a number of the new features currently being designed for the ATV2 to the ATV1 in the future.

Submitted by silas n. on October 11, 2011 - 1:16pm

Phew!  Thanks James, fingers crossed.B-)

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:18pm

YAY!!! subtitle, you guys rock!!

Submitted by steve.waite on October 11, 2011 - 1:19pm

Any changes to AFP streaming?

Submitted by alex.sanchezp on October 11, 2011 - 1:38pm

Any timeframe for these updates, my old Apple TV is wating for a good upgrade for a while now... specially for the APF protocol...

Keep up the good work guys!

Submitted by arnoldy.9673 on October 11, 2011 - 1:39pm

thanks!!  you guys rock.  I love iterative releases Smile

Submitted by apprehensive on October 11, 2011 - 1:46pm

I am assuming we need to avoid the iOS 5 update tomorrow?

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:47pm

Can the TBN files (cover files for XBMC) are not hidden in "All Videos"? Would be very good. Wink

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 1:55pm

When do you think you'll have flac support and support for DTS wav files (sound surround)?

Submitted by jucaboes on October 11, 2011 - 1:57pm

Hi, I been having the same trouble with subs. I am using plex and I am coding my movies with HandBreak configuring for ATV2 and putting subs as default. I am not using burned in because as you pointed out you won't be able to turn them off or on as desire. Plex says for ATV2 client this configuration won't show subtitles on any format. They do work on VLC and NITO mac client. I il try the media player and see how the subs work. I like to use m4v.

Submitted by WiteWulf on October 11, 2011 - 2:00pm

Me too on this one....and not just FLAC, I'm curious to know if you ever got anywhere with looking 24-bit and 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz HD audio files.

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 2:11pm

Right. Both Seas0nPass and aTV Flash (black) will need a few adjustments once the AppleTV version of iOS 5 is released (presumably tomorrow).

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 2:13pm

Yes, a zoom feature will be available in a post-1.0 version.

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 2:15pm

We're working to resolve the Lion --> ATV1 streaming issues, and these fixes will be available soon.

Aside from that, there is no ETA just yet for other ATV1 features.

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 2:15pm

We're planning to add support for additional audio formats (including FLAC) in a post-1.0 version.

Stay tuned.

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 2:16pm

A number of AFP improvements were included in last week's 0.9 version.

http://blog.firecore.com/5476

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 2:22pm

d'oh ... just deleted my only ISO, because i figured it'd be quite a while before MP supported them and my DVD player plays the DVD just fine ... great work, FireCore team!

FireCore team: what filename format does MP expect for TV shows? I have some that get metadata just fine and others that it can't seem to find ... i'm guessing it's just an issue with my file naming and not MP itself ... last I looked through the forums, I didn't find anything all that helpful ... currently, my filesystem is laid out as:

/Movies/TV Shows/[TV Show]/[Season]/[ep number] [ep title].ext

Do I just need to add the season into the filenames or is MP smart enough to look at the folders in addition to the filenames to figure this stuff out?

Thanks for all your great work!

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 2:23pm

Glad to see you're on top of it already ... hopefully the combo of iOS5 and aTV Flash (black) will be an even better combo than iOS5 and aTV Flash already is Smile

Submitted by ricardom.3449 on October 11, 2011 - 2:26pm

After I upgraded to version 0.9.0 I started experiencing issue with REGULAR DVD MKV files. It is freezing or playing slow video. What is more confusing that "most" of my BLURAY MKV files play properly now, when in the previous version they were freezing.

We still have the same issues with some specific BLURAY MKV files, THE DARK NIGHT, CONTACT, AVATAR. they continue to freeze and the video stream is slow motion like.

I have submited a support request and attached the file information for these movies.

Please see if the issue with the regular DVD's plaing choppy can be resolved. This was working ok before the 0.9.0 update.

 

Thank you,

Submitted by sanbreda on October 11, 2011 - 2:33pm

It's a bit disappointing, to put it mildly, to see that the original loyal life time ATV Flash supporters for the white, original ATV, are now left in the cold! It's not something I had expected from James cs! 

Submitted by pmcd on October 11, 2011 - 2:42pm

Is there any hope of adding support for the Crystal HD card in a media player for the ATV1?

Philip

Submitted by pmcd on October 11, 2011 - 2:45pm

Are subtitles of the type idx/sub supported now, or just text subtitles?

Philip

Submitted by bnick3 on October 11, 2011 - 2:57pm

Wow, wasn't expecting an update that fast, great work guys.  MKV, ISO and vob's work great.  Music is working great as well.  Any thoughts/plans on adding an alphabetical listing to the artists list when playing music?  I have over 1,400 artists and it is tedious to scroll through the whole list.  It would be great to choose "M" and go to the artists starting with "M" for example.

I think I can get rid of my popcorn hour now!

thx

Submitted by tedbone on October 11, 2011 - 3:07pm

Wow! You guys are quick and solid with the updates!!! Can't wait to upgrade toight. 

THANKS!!!!

Submitted by rdbarahona on October 11, 2011 - 3:21pm

You're able to watch VOB files on Media Player? Whenever I try it gives me a non-supported format error (or something like that).

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 3:28pm

Currently supported embedded subtitles are: PGSsub, SSA, DVDsub, SRT and DVD

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 3:29pm

Hmm - which program was used to backup your DVDs? What type of device are you streaming from?

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 3:31pm

Sorry, I can see how it would seem that way. The plan all along was to get the black AppleTV up to snuff, then migrate a number of those features to the original AppleTV.

The timeline for the black AppleTV has take a bit longer than expected, but we definitely have not forgotten about the original AppleTV users.

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 3:33pm

Right now MP will only look at the filename (not the folder structure behind it). We're looking into a few options for expanding what MP sees when fetching metadata, but in the meantime if you use something like the example below fetching should work as expected.

Breaking.Bad.S01E01.avi

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 3:34pm

Hmm, sorry about that. We'll dig into your report and see if we can figure out what's going on.

Submitted by james on October 11, 2011 - 3:35pm

Yes, better searching features are planned for a future version.

Stay tuned.

Submitted by premg.8780 on October 11, 2011 - 3:48pm

Wow, fast release. Like the the embedded subtitle support very much.
Great work guys!!!!!

Submitted by rdbarahona on October 11, 2011 - 3:55pm

I use MacTheRipper and occasionally Handbrake. Many were backed up years ago off a Windows machine running DVDFab. I never had any problems replaying these same VOBs via XBMC on the 1st Gen ATV. Media Player doesn't seem to recognize any of them. XBMC on 2nd Gen ATV reads them but stutters like crazy.

Submitted by mrmacfixit on October 11, 2011 - 4:18pm

So have you guys given up on the original ATV?

Seems we only see updates/improvements for the Black ATV. :(

There are still plenty of original ATVFlash users out here, don't forget us.

P

 

 

Submitted by hellomike on October 11, 2011 - 4:39pm

THIS IS BULL SHIT  FIRECORE KEEPS COMEING OUT WITH UPDATES FOR ATV2ND GEN BUT NEVER UPDATES FOR ATV 1ST GEN WE GOT & PAID FOR ARE 1ST GEN WAY BEFOR THE 2ND GEN CAME OUT.  FOR ALL OF THE AHOLES @ FIRECORE WE WANT OUR UPDATES AND WE WANT THEM NOW. WE ARE DONE WAITING  GET ON THE BALL YOU GUYS TOOK OUR MONEY AND TOLD US THAT WE WILL GET LIFE TIME UPDATES WHERE ARE THEY.  MAYBE WE ALL SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND SUE FIRECORE.  MAYBE THAT WILL GET THEM OFF THEY ASS              

                                                                                                            MIKE

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Anon on October 11, 2011 - 4:49pm

I couldn't agree more. It's bad enough Apple screwed us, now, Firecore is doing the same thing. I want my prepaid updates!

Mike