Happy Tuesday! Today we are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) 1.1 for the 2nd generation AppleTV. This new version includes a healthy dose of goodness by adding things such as custom view options, web page auto-load, playback improvements, and a huge pile of bug fixes.

Full details on all the great new features as well as how to update can be found below.

New View Options

For the most part we found people love the grid view, but for some media types a list view may be more desirable. Now it's possible to have the best of both worlds!

Once the default view type has been set through the Media --> Settings menu, a different view can be set for a specific folder or group of folders. To access this option simply highlight the folder you wish to adjust, hold the center button (to open the popup menu) and choose the desired view type. The chosen view will be used when viewing the contents of that folder, as well as any subfolders contained inside.

We've also added a sort by date view option. This option can be found in the Media --> Settings menu, and when enabled will cause the most recent media to appear at the top.

Improved Couch Surfer with Auto-Start

Couch Surfer has gotten a number of improvements, not the least of which is a brand new auto-start feature. This feature enables the AppleTV to automatically load a 'homepage' anytime it's powered on. Support for automatically reloading the specified page is also included. This allows the AppleTV to be used as a low-cost digital signage solution.

Full Changelog

  • Added support for .IMG files
  • Added option to mark specific folders as grid or list view
  • Added subtitle position setting
  • Added support for larger thumbnail images
  • Added support for UTF-8 paths in DVD files
  • Added web page auto-loading feature
  • Added screen position setting in Couch Surfer
  • Added show/hide menus option
  • Improved audio synchronization in DVD and AVI files
  • Improved metadata fetching logic
  • Improved filenames parsing logic
  • Improved playlist logic that marks files as watched
  • Improved buffering performance
  • Improved ISO files handling (resolved network error warning)
  • Improved error handling for DVD files
  • Improved growl notifications display logic for audio files
  • Improved warning messages for unplayable files
  • Improved grid view stability
  • Improved fanart loading
  • Improved memory management
  • Improved installation routine
  • Improved installer device detection
  • Resolved issues with long DNS names
  • Resolved issue with extra period appearing at the end of some DNS names
  • Resolved crash observed when audio subsystem could not be initialized
  • Resolved issues with chapter handling logic
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Many other miscellaneous fixes

Excellent! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.1 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. If you need to re-install aTV Flash (black) links for the new version can be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

New users can order aTV Flash (black) here.

Note: Installing 1.1 requires AppleTV 4.2 or later.

Enjoy! :-) 


Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 11:39am

Nice! Another great update! Thank you! :) :) :)

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 11:50am

Hey, I am new at jail breaking and apple TV. Just managed to jailbreak my apple TV to version 4.4.3 (3323)

I have installed Nito, no problem. Seem to work ok.

I have installed XBMC but as much as it looks installed, when I try to use this application, it does not work. When I choose the XBMC application on the apple tv 2 menu, it tried to open, the screen turns to blue, then back and takes me back to the apple tv2 menu.

Any idea?

Thank you in advance.

Submitted by jakudo on December 6, 2011 - 11:50am

Thanks a lot! Love the aFlash TV (black)!!! :)

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:14pm

Does this fix the "only getting 480p resolution when using DVI to HDMI" problem introduced a few versions ago? That's still hurting me!

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:14pm

Are we ever going to be able to ADD a hard drive to the micro USB that can hold my movie library like it should?

I have both the old and new ATVs and prefer the old just because it has a HD... maybe? Possibility?

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:15pm

The official version of XBMC does not work on aTV 4.4. You need either to downgrade or get a nightly build.

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:16pm

Thanx for the update. Please ad Tabs in the next version of couch surfer so that these annoying ads that open unwanted open in a new tab like in safari for the iPad. It makes the browser much more usable. Thanx alot.

Submitted by Zero2Cool on December 6, 2011 - 12:17pm

@digitalfan: on 4.4.3 you need the nightly build from XBMC !

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:17pm

You freaked me out with the email blast that said Yahoo! aTV Flash....
Thought this was some terrible new release that featured more Yahoo! content :(

Submitted by Bitwize on December 6, 2011 - 12:17pm

Fantastic update!  Thanks for being so creative, responsive, and proactive :)  Y'all are killer coders!

Couple of questions/suggestions...

Any possibility of storing the auto-generated metadata elsewhere?  e.g.  save to a folder via SMB share (of course with write access enabled).

Also, I currently have 8 hard drives (8 sub-folders) shared under my "Movies" share (via SMB).  It would be nice if these eight drives/folders could be combined into a single "Movies" sub-menu option under "Media."  So when I select "Media" --> "Movies", ALL of my movies would be displayed...versus having to select a sub-folder to view a partial list of movies.  Basically, aTV Flash would recognize all media folders designated as the "Movie" media type and display them in a uniform list/grid.  Could be a settings option that combines/collapses folders or shares.  Does that make sense?

Thanks again!

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:17pm

Ditto. Been wishing/waiting for external USB drive support for a long time. Crossing my fingers!

Submitted by tintin on December 6, 2011 - 12:20pm

The continued development is great but if you have any influence at all I would much prefer more effort being applied to getting an untethered jailbreak for the latest iOS through Season Pass.



Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:23pm

Any chance of adding Spotify to aTV Flash?

Submitted by CescoAiel on December 6, 2011 - 12:26pm

That is physically impossible. The micro USB is a client port. To connect a harddisk it would need to be a host USB port.

Submitted by burak2102@gmail.com on December 6, 2011 - 12:27pm

Guys, how do you watch DVD on ATV2?

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:28pm

Hi, just a suggestion, try a NAS drive hooked up to your router. I've got a WD NAS 1TB with all my movies and photos, works well with the ATV plus you can access it from anywhere so not just limited to the ATV. Cheers.

Submitted by barnabym.1675 on December 6, 2011 - 12:28pm

Still no fix for stuttering playback of interlaced MPEG2 video?   :-(

This is a pretty big issue - all SD DVD content is in this format.....

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:28pm


Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:28pm

There some way to watch DIVX files? Thanks!

Submitted by paulp.4963 on December 6, 2011 - 12:29pm


Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:29pm

Couldn't agree more!

Submitted by frode.jorum on December 6, 2011 - 12:30pm

Second that. I haven't had the chance to check out the aTV Flash yet, because I can't get the tethered jailbreak to work on my ATV. And I've paid for it, baby. 

But keep up the good work. I may find it it useful someday too.

Submitted by atvflash.scytale on December 6, 2011 - 12:31pm

You guys are awesome.  I have replaced both my HTPCs with ATVs and that was only possible because of Firecore.  My wife loves the small and silent boxes, and thanks to you we can still play all of our network media.  It has totally been worth the money; keep up the great work!

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:31pm

Um, host mode vs client mode is not baked into the hardware, it's 100% firmware/software controllable.

Submitted by jeffreyr.9347 on December 6, 2011 - 12:32pm

How do you get the nightly build ?

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:32pm

Well that has screwed my AFP link to my Buffalo Linkstation. Stalled on 'loading' files...had to pull power supply out.

Restarted, deleted Share, reinstalled as an AFP share...still no good.

smb, seems OK.

Submitted by alexsirota on December 6, 2011 - 12:32pm

You guys rock -- looking forward to checking out the improved parsing logic for Movie names to retrieve information.

  • Improved metadata fetching logic
  • Improved filenames parsing logic

BTW, I am using 4.3 of ApplTV OS and not missing the 4.4x features AT ALL. Plus untethered booting is just awesome. Unless you absolutely need the iCloud features of AppleTV 4.4.x stay with 4.3 which the Seas0npass automatically downloads and installs during jailbreak.

Submitted by mrtips on December 6, 2011 - 12:32pm

Rip the DVD to a Video_TS folders and host that folder on a network drive. (.dvdmedia bundles work too)

an app like this will help:



Submitted by SoccerGuy3 on December 6, 2011 - 12:33pm

Great! Love the constant updates and improvements. One for the wish list... hulu!

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:33pm

Hey does Media player support DVD format disc Ex. VIDEO_TS folders? If not anyone know of a way to rip the full DVD disc for movie, extras, subtitles, etc? Thanks Love aTV Flash been using since release in beta :)

Submitted by Fr0sTy333 on December 6, 2011 - 12:33pm

make sure you're dvd drive on your pc is shared and has the dvd in it, then from your apple tv, go to media, then add your pc as a shared device according to the IP address. once you save the settings, your pc should pop up on there and you should be able to access all shared folders, including the newly shared dvd drive.

Submitted by james on December 6, 2011 - 12:34pm

Hmm, can you tell us more?


Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:34pm


Submitted by antoni on December 6, 2011 - 12:35pm

You can create a .iso image file from the original DVD and then, put that image file on your Network Storage.

Submitted by james on December 6, 2011 - 12:35pm

Ha. Sorry about that. :)

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:36pm

Any word on when Blu Ray ISO will be supported??

Submitted by cratner on December 6, 2011 - 12:36pm

+1 - goes without saying, really. :-)

Submitted by GoPronto on December 6, 2011 - 12:36pm

Got the update for media player , grid view is still not usable takes far to long to load cover art, , also the metadata fetch does not seem to be retriveing the dvd art .



Submitted by james on December 6, 2011 - 12:37pm

Thanks for the suggestion. A feature to integrate multiple sources into one menu/list is planned for a future version, but we don't have an ETA just yet.

Submitted by ravsha on December 6, 2011 - 12:37pm

Yes it does. Try DVDFAB to rip dvd to a file. Select the Copy DVD option and it will copy the whole content.

Submitted by Fr0sTy333 on December 6, 2011 - 12:37pm

aTV flash needs upnp support! my pogoplug is dying to talk to the apple tv since xbmc doesn't play back anymore! ice films is a great alternative so far tho....

Submitted by davel.3307 on December 6, 2011 - 12:38pm

Using a jailbroken 4.3 ATV black....

This isn't addressed enough, so here's the easy question:

If I upgrade to 4.4 and jailbreak/install atvflash etc, am I still required to do a tethered boot every time I shut the appleTV off? 

Submitted by Fr0sTy333 on December 6, 2011 - 12:38pm

probably not at all since the apple tv can't play 1080p natively due to hardware restrictions. 720p rips play just fine!

Submitted by Fr0sTy333 on December 6, 2011 - 12:39pm


Submitted by mikee754 on December 6, 2011 - 12:39pm

What OS?

Submitted by Kozi on December 6, 2011 - 12:40pm

What about Mirrowing in iPad/iPhone ? Its not working with a(TV) Flash Black :(

Submitted by Stormy2084 on December 6, 2011 - 12:40pm

I use a mac to rip, and like RipIt (http://thelittleappfactory.com/ripit/). I've used MacTheRipper in the past, but ripit does a great job. Plenty of other options to rip discs for PC if that's your thing. RipIt creates a AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders. I keep these on a Seagate GoFlex NAS (a folder for each movie). Once aTV flash is installed, I point the media over to the NAS and it "just works". DVD menus and all. This oversimplifies a few bits, but this is generally it.

Submitted by edenc on December 6, 2011 - 12:41pm

A USB drive is not possible on ATV2. You can access all your files from a NAS drive. That's what I've done and it's working great.

Submitted by Anon on December 6, 2011 - 12:44pm

I agee. Stuck on 4.4.3 Tethered boot:(