It's a brand new year, and we've wasted no time getting back to work making the AppleTV even more awesome. As a result, we're happy to present you with a fresh, new version of aTV Flash (black) which features a number of great new things including: video zoom options, grid view watched icons, quick access to recently visited pages, improved support for subtitles, and a truckload of other improvements and bug fixes.

Full details on what's new and how to update can be found below.

New Zoom Options

Three all new zoom options (Normal, Crop, and Stretch) allow you choose how videos are displayed. You can keep videos in their native format (widescreen or pillar box) or crop/stretch them to fill the entire screen. 

Grid View Watched Indicators

Watched indicator icons have been added to the grid view. These icons allow you to quickly see which content is new and ready to be enjoyed. (Note: These can be disabled through the Media --> Settings menu if desired)

Recently Visited Pages

Couch Surfer now displays thumbnail images in the 'top shelf' area of the main menu, which allows you to quickly get back to recently viewed pages.

Full Changelog

  • Added video zoom options (available through Playback Menu)
  • Added watched indicators to grid view
  • Added 'Recently Visited' section to Browser top shelf
  • Added support for MicroDVD .SUB files
  • Added screensaver during pause
  • Added file delete option
  • Added activity indicator for metadata clearing
  • Added 'tune' icon placeholder for audio files without metadata
  • Added episode number to the fetched name the list view
  • Added Reload Metadata' option in contextual menu for folders
  • Added 'no items' message to the 'Unwatched' filter of the list view
  • Added gray ticket image caching
  • Added loading screen when opening Manage Extras menu
  • Improved scrubber bar logic
  • Improved audio feedback for watched and pre-playback screens
  • Improved poster loading for large folders
  • Improved support for DVDs without menus
  • Improved subtitle support for right-to-left languages (e.g. Hebrew)
  • Improved installer device detection
  • Resolved minor memory management issues
  • Resolved issues with subtitles settings while playing a playlist
  • Resolved issues with yellow subtitles displayed for movies converted with Handbrake
  • Resolved conflicts with default audio player
  • Resolved issues with passwords that contain @ symbols
  • Resolved issues with metadata loading for files that contain '/' in folder or file name
  • Resolved buffer overflow in libafpclient observed when navigating folders with long names
  • Resolved issues with installer Bonjour detection
  • Resolved rare crashes during web browsing
  • Changed metadata format to S.# / Ep.# for TV Shows
  • Disabled metadata processing during movie playback
  • Corrected audio feedback when pressing Menu while in grid view
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes

Fantastic! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.2 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. Links for the new version can also be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

If you're not yet using aTV Flash (black) you can get started here.

Enjoy. :-)


Submitted by glenne.9670 on January 19, 2012 - 4:47am

The updates look good, but I'd like to see better Media control. Streaming .avi movies is non-existent for me and it struggles loading even small pics. Perhaps there's a fix - are others having the same problems?

Submitted by Anon on January 19, 2012 - 5:01am

XBMC crashes with the latest release you put out yesterday ( after the 1.2 release). It was working fine with 1.2. Please fix.

Submitted by Anon on January 19, 2012 - 8:08am

ATV Automatically switches resolution to 720p 50 hz in stead of 720p 60 hz. This causes extreme stuttering while watching movies. Maybe you guys can fix this?! It is a know problem on the apple support forum but no updates have fixed this problem. Maybe it is possible to force the resolution?

Submitted by james on January 19, 2012 - 8:56am

On the 4.4 and later AppleTV software you can manually set the refresh rate.

This option is found in the Settings --> Audio & Video --> TV Resolution menu.

Submitted by james on January 19, 2012 - 8:57am

Hmm, can you send in a bug report?

Submitted by james on January 19, 2012 - 8:59am

The zoom option is located in the Playback Menu. To access the Playback Menu simply hold the center (select) button while a video is playing.

We're working to add support for marking an entire folder as watched/unwatched. Stay tuned.

Submitted by james on January 19, 2012 - 8:59am

This is coming in the next version. :)

Submitted by james on January 19, 2012 - 8:59am

Slated for release in the next version. :)

Submitted by james on January 19, 2012 - 9:01am

Support for folder based organization/playback is in the works and will be available in the next version.

Stay tuned. :)

Submitted by james on January 19, 2012 - 9:02am

Cheers. :)

Submitted by james on January 19, 2012 - 9:02am

Sending in a bug report may help in tracking down what's going on.

Submitted by Anon on January 19, 2012 - 10:13am

Good so far, would be nice if the zoom setting was saved across viewings of movies. Would also be nice if you could apply it to folder levels for Tv series etc..

Keep up the good work

Submitted by Anon on January 19, 2012 - 11:01am

I'm having the same problems with an iPad2 and iPhone 4s. It will initially work for a few minutes, then completely refuses to work even after rebooting all devices. Any ideas would be helpful!

Submitted by Anon on January 19, 2012 - 5:22pm

Great improvements with every new release.

Could you please add support for displaying subtitles on black/empty bars if the aspect ratio/resolution of the movie isn't full height? So the subtitle font will be always displayed on the same position and have the same size regardless of the movie.

Thank you!

Submitted by Anon on January 19, 2012 - 5:59pm

Im experiencing MAJOR crashing issue with XBMC after jailbreaking with both the latest aTV Flash & Seasonpass, did an upgrade few days back, believe it was with the old aTV Flash 1.1.1 and everything on that unit is perfect? Anyone know why this crashing is occurring all the time?

Submitted by kopaso on January 19, 2012 - 6:03pm

after the latest update my icefilm plugin - failed

please help


Submitted by Anon on January 19, 2012 - 6:56pm

Because Megaupload is dead, Icefilm will no longer work.

Submitted by arman0223 on January 20, 2012 - 2:40am

any idea if its work anytime soon?

Submitted by kenb.9013 on January 20, 2012 - 5:45am

Hi there has there been any updates on how to fix XBMC from crashing all the time???

Submitted by kenb.9013 on January 20, 2012 - 5:46am

Has there Been any updates on why XBMC keeps crashing all the time???

Submitted by zekewildflower on January 20, 2012 - 10:20am

This issue is pretty bad... xbmc crashes everytime!!

Submitted by Bassline on January 20, 2012 - 10:59am

For me XBMC works like a charm (season passed 4.4 + aTV black 1.1) . aTV is on cord for network and talks to an Debian squeeze driven samba and/or mediatomb quite nice. Some weeks ago I added a Cisco NAS which works fine too.
After having some problems with XBMC indexing UPnP containers I fully switched to SMB links. With the NAS XBMC crashed when using the SMB browse method but adding the servers ip / login manually made the server available for usage in every media selection menu.

Compared to my first XBMC experience on a XBOX 1 im really impressed by that little black Apple Box / seas0npass / aTV black + XBMC combo. It's not an I7 16G ram but it runs quite nice.

Submitted by Anon on January 20, 2012 - 1:29pm

The problem seems to be when xmbc starts its scrolling update on the bottom. I disconnected the Internet, then startup up xbmc. After a minute I plugged in my Internet and all works fine. Hassle. . Is there a way to disable it from Looking for updates??

Submitted by Anon on January 20, 2012 - 1:39pm

With no help from fircore, fixed it myself. It was a database corruption. SSH and delete the .db files from mobile-preferences-xbmc-userdata. Restart ATV, it may crash again when you restart but will work after that. Did for me.

Submitted by Anon on January 20, 2012 - 3:08pm

Mine crashes half way through a film, realy pissing me of now....

Submitted by Anon on January 20, 2012 - 3:20pm

Update be gone

Submitted by Anon on January 20, 2012 - 4:04pm

I'm having problems with Mkv files, there are twitching in the picture.
It works better before the latest update (I think?)

Submitted by zekewildflower on January 20, 2012 - 4:34pm

is this issue being addressed?? I have head of a few ppl now having it


Submitted by zekewildflower on January 20, 2012 - 9:51pm

mine updated on it's own now it works.



Submitted by Phixtit on January 20, 2012 - 10:16pm

Thanks for the reply. Keep up the good work! :)

Submitted by Phixtit on January 20, 2012 - 11:01pm

I like your ideas! :)

Submitted by Phixtit on January 20, 2012 - 11:02pm

I like this idea! :)

Submitted by zekewildflower on January 21, 2012 - 12:08am

Hey it's a glitch caused by the black out there is a fix for it.... Just follow the steps below:

1: Unplug your router or ethernet cable (wifi)

2: launch XBMC

3: Plug your router or ethernet back in

4: Go to videos; Add ons; Get more

5: Install youtube or any other addon and wait for it to complete

6: Exit back to the main screen and relaunch xbmc

Submitted by Phixtit on January 21, 2012 - 5:15pm

Is it possible to sort by Date for Movies folder and not TV Shows folder?

Submitted by keza00 on January 22, 2012 - 1:10am

Is there any chance that there will be an option to display full dvd jackets (front and back) in an upcoming release. It only displays the middle half at the moment. I don't really want to go through all my movie folders and change them to just the front cover. With over 300 movies that would drive me nuts. If you could include this as an option in media player then it would be the best product for apple tv on the market

Submitted by lassel.2549 on January 22, 2012 - 5:15am

ok thanks 

Submitted by dcteague on January 22, 2012 - 8:37am

I saw someone post that the usb and hdmi wouldn't fit together - this isn't correct.  If there's a plan to omit the external hdd because of this, please don't assume that its not possible because of the plug issue.  This is one of the only reasons I wanted to buy the ATV Flash so that I could store my content on external HDD sources without having to stream through non-itunes based services (i.e., Xbmc, etc.).  I simply want the stock ATV functionality, with the ability to store content on an extenral NAS without having to stream via airport extreme, airplay, or an active computer stream.

Submitted by Anon on January 22, 2012 - 11:06am

Can i see free movies with aTV Flash (black) please HELP!!

Submitted by on January 22, 2012 - 2:42pm

Is media player 0.9.4 still latest version? Doubting because of new announced update in this blogpost... And where do I find my current Atv version number?

Submitted by Anon on January 22, 2012 - 6:11pm

what is the alternative to ifilms since the lates update?....anyone?

Submitted by Anon on January 22, 2012 - 6:28pm

so hulu,icefilms,epixHD all get script cable only one working for me what the deal here or we just in Holding pattern??

Submitted by Anon on January 22, 2012 - 7:20pm

goto roll back under addons where you uninstal and just hit roll back icefilms working

Submitted by davel.3307 on January 22, 2012 - 7:21pm

You guys could put an end to countless hours of frustration if, at the top of the page, you would simply put a large banner:  "We strongly recommend NOT doing this on a PC, it likely won't work and hence, render your Apple TV useless until you find a mac."

3 cords, 3 different PCs, 2 different Operating Systems = A LOT of possible combinations and --NONE-- of them work.  ALL of them had to be fixed by finding a Mac and unf*cking the mess the Apple/PC issues created.  

Submitted by Anon on January 23, 2012 - 9:40am

Having problems recognizing .sub file. I see it on screen and tell the player to select it. It is selected but still not showing in the movie.

Submitted by petera.2110 on January 23, 2012 - 2:42pm

i have tried that , it does not work for me , any suggestions as to what to try next


it works on my media ,but not in netflix is that how it should be ??

Submitted by Anon on January 24, 2012 - 5:02am

it would be nice to have the ability to skip to the next item in a video playlist folder by keeping the left/right arrow pressed in the atv remote (now it only fast forward/fast rewind). Do you think it will be possible to include it in the next update?

Submitted by thegorg on January 24, 2012 - 7:17pm

HI since i have done the upgrade, i am having all sorts of problems with timing out when trying to install things, like HD Remote and other items in the maintenance area. i carnet install the browser or anything. It has been a week since the update and was wondering if anyone else had the same.


also, any idea how to get XBMC working, it can not see my external drive on my mac lion machine too.


Thanks anyway, it is running great apart from these very few issues.



Submitted by Anon on January 24, 2012 - 7:36pm

hey i do not see roll back under addons, but i see uninstal i uninstal icefilms and install it back but still does not works, help me out bud i have six atvs not working.

Submitted by Anon on January 26, 2012 - 5:00am

I second the request for spotify through atv, please.

Submitted by Anon on January 26, 2012 - 8:18am

Well, it is called Apple TV, not PC TV. You're lucky it works at all.