It's not quite Valentine's Day, but we couldn't wait to show how much we love you all - so today we have a fresh new version just for you. Version 1.3 includes an all-new firmware backup option, new translations, playback enhancements and a whole slew of other improvements and fixes.

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

Automated Firmware Backups

New in version 1.3 is an option to automatically backup firmware signatures. This feature will integrate seamlessly with the upcoming version of Seas0nPass, allowing for one-click restores to the firmware of your choosing.

Full Changelog

  • Added automated firmware signature backups
  • Added Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish translations
  • Added support for advanced (learned) remote commands
  • Added support for multiple external subtitles (,, etc...)
  • Added support for folder based organization/playback
  • Added support for embedded DVD chapters
  • Added chapters section heading to Playback Menu
  • Added global zoom setting
  • Improved playback performance for movies with invalid timestamps
  • Improved appearance of VobSub subtitles
  • Improved metadata fetching for localized file names
  • Improved audio track filtering
  • Improved playback bar to match native player
  • Improved metadata and bulk folder fetching stability
  • Improved Media > Settings menu layout
  • Resolved issues with folder name changing on metadata fetching
  • Resolved issues with buffering
  • Resolved rare DVD related crash
  • Resolved floating AFP issue that was causing connection issues
  • Resolved floating buffer overflow in software decoder
  • Minor changes to Grid View appearance
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes

Hooray! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.3 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 learn about all the great benefits here.

Enjoy. :-)


Submitted by Anon on February 9, 2012 - 12:08pm

Hi is SO FREAKING COOL that you have made more languages to the ATV software including my language (Danish) :) And the other features is cool keep up the GOOD work and make this the most perfect flash for the Apple Tv unit ever!!! :) Best regards from here...

Submitted by andreass.9746 on February 9, 2012 - 12:29pm

Would it be possible to make the zoom option a bit more "intelligent" and take action based on the video format? I would really like it to stretch the 4:3 videos automatically and leave other formats untouched.

Even with the new global zoom setting we still have to manually select the zoom setting each time we switch between 4:3 and other formats (which happens a lot as the kids like to watch the old 4:3 cartoons in stretched mode, but this is no good for new ordinary movies).

Submitted by james on February 9, 2012 - 12:36pm

This is planned for a future version.

Stay tuned. ;)

Submitted by james on February 9, 2012 - 12:38pm

Thanks, that is a great suggestion.

We can probably very easily add two additional global zoom options "4:3 Crop" and "4:3 Stretch" that would only apply to 4:3 content.

Submitted by Anon on February 9, 2012 - 1:58pm

Hi Ravi,
Great comment. What is the BEST way to organize your content so that the movie and tv covers are recognized? I'd appreciate any suggestions as right now I have a folder tree that doesn't work so great...

Submitted by Anon on February 9, 2012 - 3:42pm

After installing the update the aTV maintenance menu is in Italian! How do I change it back to English? I can not find any language options for this...grrrrr >:(

Submitted by Anon on February 9, 2012 - 3:56pm

That would be fantastic and really useful.

Submitted by bloodypom on February 9, 2012 - 4:54pm

I'm still lost James... what are these 'advanced' options that are now supported?

Submitted by davidb.1496 on February 9, 2012 - 5:24pm

Well - this update def improved MKV playback.

Before (1.2) - no way - useless.

But now - seems like it's running perfect. Complete with VOB subtitles in there.

Not if only I could get "tv show's" in the list view to show a frame rather than the metadata art I'd be completely happy.

Submitted by ahtashamm.9674 on February 9, 2012 - 6:43pm

Media Player fast/skip forward is still my concern. Any plan of changing it to VLC type of skipping a movie forward in steps of 30 seconds at a time. I like that way a lot.

Submitted by Potshot Loki on February 9, 2012 - 8:49pm

What does this mean, from the latest update? 

 "Added support for folder based organization/playback"


I would love to see folder resume playback when using it as a playlist.

Great job as usual!

Submitted by Potshot Loki on February 9, 2012 - 8:50pm

You could simply prevent the apple tv from sleeping.

Submitted by Anon on February 10, 2012 - 1:09am

phantastic job.awesome.would luv to have such frequent reliable and innovative product support for other software I bought...

Submitted by schaefer.christoph on February 10, 2012 - 4:17am


the most MKVs are now running fine ! But some aren´t. Is there a good alternative for MakMKV for Windows (7) ?

Submitted by schaefer.christoph on February 10, 2012 - 4:21am

MKV and 5.1 works fine with my ATV flash 1.3 ! Only a few mkvs are stuttering ( made with MakeMKV; I would like a alternative, but didn´t found a good one for Win 7)

Submitted by schaefer.christoph on February 10, 2012 - 4:26am

Which software have you used for your MKVs? I am looking for an alternative for MakeMkv for Windows.

Submitted by Anon on February 10, 2012 - 5:35am

A Flash player integration in the internet browser would really make FireCore much better!

Submitted by Anon on February 10, 2012 - 5:35am

A Flash player integration in the internet browser would really make FireCore much better!

Submitted by Anon on February 10, 2012 - 5:55am

I use makeMKV too, and after that I use handbrake to get the H264 and to lower the filesize a bit too.

Submitted by abaan on February 10, 2012 - 6:06am

WHen I install Atvflash 1.3 ,everytime in the right upper hook of the screen the sign "MENU EXTRAS" is coming up

all the time,how to avoid??

Submitted by Anon on February 10, 2012 - 10:20am

You spend so much time on minor enhancements without working on the BIG PICTURE.
Until you work out a Flash capability, aTV Flash will continue to be a small backwater app with few buyers.

Submitted by james on February 10, 2012 - 10:23am

The language settings can be adjusted through the Settings --> General --> Language menu.

Submitted by Anon on February 10, 2012 - 10:59am

First of all, great work on the updates.
Although, on 1.2 and 1.3, I can't get the subtitle (in .srt format) to work. If I pause the tv show/ movie and enter in that pref pane by holding the center button, it says the subtitle is selected, but nothing shows up. I've even tried on movies I previously seen working. This happens through the Media Player app.
Can you help? Do you need any more info?
Thanks in advance.

Submitted by Anon on February 10, 2012 - 11:03am

i access my files shared on a synology NAS via AFP. Since the latest update, every file names get shorten with "..." most of the time, the "..." appear right after the first word in the name (like "The ..." for "The Invicibles.xvid.avi") and sometimes i only get "..." as a file name. When the item is highlighted, text disappears.
I will try reconfiguring the share as AFP and also will activate the SMB on my NAS.

Submitted by james on February 10, 2012 - 11:47am

Which encoding type are you using?

You may try adjusting the encoding type setting in the Playback Menu to see if you have better results.

Submitted by Anon on February 10, 2012 - 1:34pm

a hard reboot fixed the issue!

Submitted by krylon80 on February 10, 2012 - 2:14pm


Submitted by m.m.8607 on February 10, 2012 - 10:20pm

flash? never heared of that codec....must be something from the 90s...

Submitted by m.m.8607 on February 10, 2012 - 10:25pm

here mp always wants to start something inside a folder and after 1-2 minutes i get a playback error warning. even on files which played with v1.2.

can't use/try mp, going back to xbmc.


new/changed behaviour of software MUST be optional, not forced.

Submitted by Anon on February 11, 2012 - 12:33am

Have you tried handbrake? Remeber to have vlc installed. You probably already have vlc anyway ;p

Submitted by Anon on February 11, 2012 - 1:04am

Great product so far with fantastic ongoing support. You know what would round out the great selection of apps? Facebook, picasa and pandora!! What are the chances...

Submitted by BuderflyAng on February 11, 2012 - 3:27am

I just bought a jailbroken TV how to I find out if it has aTV on it? I saw someone post that they were sailing one that has the new aTVblack with HBO and nickelodeon, MTV etc. I want that on mine! Can I get that by adding this aTV Black if it is not already installed with aTV? 

Submitted by stevea.7874 on February 11, 2012 - 3:58am

plex is so crap why bother

Submitted by james on February 11, 2012 - 7:41am

Hmm, can you tell us more?

Submitted by kropfm on February 11, 2012 - 9:16am

Hi there

Thanks for the good work you keep doing. However ever since I updated the 'MEDIA' bit to 1.3 it won't play ISO files anymore. It starts and buffers on end. Then a message comes up telling me that my network may not be fast enough. It was fast enough when used version 1.2. The look and feel was remarkably improved but no playback.

Luckily XMBC still plays my ISO films. Any ideas?

Look forward to hearing from you!


Submitted by m.m.8607 on February 11, 2012 - 10:05am

of course.

Submitted by joselos on February 11, 2012 - 11:41am

In the next version could include this:

In addition to access to the canals of France on the web, as France 24 and Millennium TV in Mexico?


Submitted by james on February 11, 2012 - 12:32pm

Sorry, about that. Would you mind sending in a bug report?

Submitted by Anon on February 11, 2012 - 2:42pm

Thanks for your suggestion, but I've already changed the encoding to universal UTF-8 so that it supports Portuguese subtitles, but no luck.
For example, a movie starts, and the first subtitle (normally the movie title) appear, but then, they never show up again...
What could that be?



Submitted by td on February 11, 2012 - 4:53pm

Since updating to atv Flash Black 1.3, while watching a movie in Netflix I constantly get bumped out of the movie and sent back to the main Apple TV 2 menu.  

Not sure anyone else is experiences this, nor found anything related in the forum.  I'd love to post a log file if someone can guide me a bit as to how and how to post it.

Other than this, love Firecore - keep up the great work!!

Thank you,


Submitted by Anon on February 11, 2012 - 6:19pm

Has "Marking folders as watched/unwatched" been added in this version?

Submitted by Phixtit on February 11, 2012 - 8:04pm

Missing this feature. :(

Submitted by james on February 11, 2012 - 8:23pm

Your may try using one of the Western European settings instead of UTF-8 to see if you have better luck.

Submitted by baldo2365 on February 12, 2012 - 3:21am

Really great job, now even plex works great.............

Submitted by uncbaggie on February 12, 2012 - 3:43am

usenet + media player have pretty much rendered our cable tv useless, but we could really use parental controls in media player.  they don't need to be smart (ratings based).  simply having the ability to password/pin lock out certain folders would be enough.  please?

Submitted by kropfm on February 12, 2012 - 11:12am

I'll gather all data and send in a bug rep.

Submitted by jfalkingham on February 12, 2012 - 11:46am

I've been loving aTV Flash - any way to add in slacker radio or pandora support?

Submitted by Anon on February 12, 2012 - 12:35pm

I second that. In fact the position of the subtitles and the automatic download of them is the only reason I use XBMC.
you are making a great media player at firecore.

Submitted by superdifficult on February 12, 2012 - 1:56pm

Folders work great save for the instance of a movie that is split in 2 there a way to add support for this? Does it already exist and I just don't know about it?