Today we're happy to release new versions of Seas0nPass and aTV Flash (black) that are compatible with latest 5.0 (iOS 5.1) software running on the ATV2. A ton of work has gone into getting everything updated, and a huge thanks go out to Brandon Holland (@640774n6) and Dustin Howett (@DHowett) who both contributed immensely in adding support for 5.0.

Is this a tethered or untethered jailbreak? What's the difference?

Seas0nPass currently provides a tethered jailbreak for the new 5.0 (iOS 5.1) Apple TV software. Functionally, both jailbreak types are identical, the only difference being that a tethered jailbreak requires the Apple TV to be connected to a Mac/PC when first powering it on. Since the Apple TV doesn't have a battery, and is rarely ever powered off, this usually only needs to be done once.

What's new in the 5.0 Apple TV software? Should I update?

  • New interface: - Fast, visual access to all content choices
  • Movie purchases in iCloud: Support for buying movies on Apple TV and playing back purchased movies from iCloud
  • Genius Recommendations: Recommendations for content on the iTunes Store based on previous rentals and purchases
  • Screensaver photos: New National Geographic photos built-in for screensaver
  • On-device sign-up: On-device sign up for content partners on Apple TV using your Apple ID

Updating to the new 5.0 software is not required, and all aTV Flash (black) features will continue to be supported on Apple TV versions 4.2 and later.

What about the ATV3, will this work?

Unfortunately not. Work is still ongoing for the ATV3, and we hope to have more news soon. For the latest updates be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Which plugins are currently supported on 5.0?

  • Couch Surfer (works)
  • (works)
  • Maintenance (works)
  • Media Player (works)
  • NitoTV (works)
  • Plex (works)
  • Remote HD (works)
  • Rowmote (works)
  • RSS Feeds (works)
  • Weather (works)
  • XBMC (works)
  • Overflow (not working)

Note: Non-working items require an author update for 5.0 compatibility.

Screenshots! Give us screenshots!

We listened to all the feedback we received and integrated the new icons in a way that should please virtually everyone. Check out the screenshots below for the final result.

Media loves to live in the top row.

If you don't have room, it will hang out in its next favorite spot.

All-new top bar navigation means navigating through your media has never been easier.

Superb! Where can I get it?

Seas0nPass 0.8.3 is available as a free download from

aTV Flash (black) 1.4.1 can 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. Smile


Submitted by cosmos503 on March 30, 2012 - 6:06pm

If the Apple TV simply reboots/reloads/relaunches (which is pretty common when jailbroken) do you still need to be tethered? What about when holding both Menu and Play/Pause for 10 seconds to reboot, will you need to be tethered then? Or is it ONLY when the power is lost or disconnected that you need to be tethered?

Submitted by fianod.7199 on March 30, 2012 - 6:09pm

cecemf good news you managed to turn back from 5.0 to 4.4.4 can you tell us how you did it, is it unthethered or not ??
The same I updated to 5.0 by mistake and would be glad to downgrade to 4.4.4 and wait for an unthethered and working xbmc update to 5.0

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 6:21pm

Why do you buy Firecore to run XBMC? That is a waste of money. The value in Firecore is their media player is faster and more stable, that is what you are paying for. Just jailbreak your ATV and install XBMC and go on with your lives, or keep paying Firecore because it helps pay their bills and me getting media player updates! Smile

Submitted by wanderley on March 30, 2012 - 6:31pm

You are absolutely right! ATVFlash + Synology NAS == AWESOME

Submitted by surfnode on March 30, 2012 - 6:34pm

Have tried SeasonPass restore with iTunes 6-7 times now and I keep on getting this error:

The Apple TV "Apple TV' could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (14).


Steps I have taken to resolve are restarting mac and trying different usb port.

I will have to try jail breaking on my wife's windows 7 laptop tomorrow to see if this makes any difference.

Any ideas?? Thanks

Submitted by mig2000 on March 30, 2012 - 6:43pm

I just tried the Boot tethered jailbreakand got the OK successful message after a full installation. But when I connect the HDMI to the Apple TV, I do not see no changes. It shows the original apple TV. And on top, when I try to run ATVflash, it tells me that the Apple TV has not been jailberak YET.

Any idea to what I a doing wrong as this is mu first time doing this?


Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 7:35pm

From what I have read and understand black ATV's don't have the hardware necessary to support USB drives. The micro USB port is limited in functionality. So NAS seems to be the only option with these units.

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 7:51pm

definetely ,disappear

Submitted by stricktmachine on March 30, 2012 - 8:17pm

im the same- have followed the instructions to the "T"...the only change i do get, is the "FC" logo in the top right on my home screen in apple tv when hooked up with the hdmi. that tells me that it is successfully jailbroken, yet the tethered boot doesn't seem to change anything. i don't have any of the new icons. can anyone tell me what i'm doing wrong??


Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 8:25pm

FC MEANS IT IS JAILBROKEN! Now you can add whatever you like via SHSH!

Submitted by adamh.9515 on March 30, 2012 - 8:30pm

Worked first try, very easy install. Great work guys.   Quick question, now that I've updated my ATV2 to the new software, will there be a difference when upgrading to the new ATV 3 ?

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 8:48pm

Mac OSX 10.6.8...I can not open seas0npass....Is anyone else having this problem?

Submitted by an3k on March 30, 2012 - 8:51pm

I cannot update since nearly everytime i go back to the main Media view my ATV crashes and reboots. This started with one of the last FireCore updates Frown
I only have the Media plugin installed so i really wonder whats the problem. I already did a reset in itunes, re-jailbreaked it and installed ATV black but i can't fix that problem.

Is this caused by a bug in ATV black or is Apple having fun with all the jailbreaking users? Hope there is a fix soon cause this is very annoying. Thanks!


However, i really love what FireCore is doing here. There are just some minor things i would like to see changed (eg. only having the added shares listed in Media and getting the other sub-menu entries moved to Settings or Maintenance) but in general ATV black is awesome and i definitely will renew my subscription.

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 8:59pm

aTV Black's Media Player + Time Capsule Hard drive full of movie backups = awesome!

Submitted by an3k on March 30, 2012 - 8:59pm

ATV 3 is a new hardware, you cannot update to it. you need to buy a new AppleTV to get it.

The only difference between ATV2 and ATV3 is:

ATV3 got a better CPU and perhaps more RAM

ATV3 officially supports 1920x1080 (iTunes, HDMI Output). Sure, with ATV2 you already can watch 1920x1080 files using Media plugin but you cannot scroll in time because after start playing again it will "Buffer" forever.

If you can life with 1280x720 Output and not being able to fast forward/reverse in 1920x1080 movies, save your money Smile

Submitted by jnist1957 on March 30, 2012 - 8:59pm

I finally have success. I had to Jailbreak two times, once untethered with iTunes completing a restore, then tethered. After that point, aTV Flash finally loaded and everything works fine.


Being that it's tethered, as soon as I unplug this ATV2, I'll lose everything I did, huh?



Submitted by nichtlustigfant on March 30, 2012 - 9:04pm

aTV Flash + ATV2 + QNAP-NAS --> it rocks !!!!

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 9:26pm

This product looks great, But i only have the new TV3.
Hope that the TV3 update is soon to follow!

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 9:28pm

Only reason XBMC & Plex isn't working yet is because firecore Rocks in their speed and delivery of updates! I would expect at some point those authors will play catch up. Major props to firecore, i knew that lifetime purchase was a good decision when I saw your product!

I will wait for untethered, but I am impressed that this update came out as soon as it did.

For my needs, haven't used xbmc since media player 1.2 came out. Not missing it one bit!

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 9:48pm

No what is worse is reading your post! assumption is the mother of all f*** ups. Just think reading a few blog lines could have saved us hearing about your dumb ass mistakes.

Just say "good job firecore" and sit down!

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 10:24pm

thank you guys, a few hours ago i got a comment regarding the supported seas0npass version to jailbreak 5.0. I was gonna reply it would be released soon Smile

Submitted by Anon on March 30, 2012 - 10:40pm

I too use it mainly for Plex, but as the author stated:

"Plex (not working) Note: Non-working items require an author update for 5.0 compatibility."

It is not fireCore's responsibility to maintain an update for Plex, that falls upon the creators and maintainers of Plex's source code. Head over to their forums for a better idea on the matter.

Submitted by cecemf on March 30, 2012 - 11:25pm

I just downloaded the new seas0npass click right in creat a new ipk then selected 4.4.4

After the iTunes was done restoring I got an error message, but after plugging back my apple tv to my tv it worked and it was back to 4.4.4

Submitted by jonathad on March 30, 2012 - 11:47pm

FInally got it working, had to update / restore in iTunes with a nice clean version of 5.0. Then jailbreak, then jail break again tethered, then flash. Took a couple of times, but it finally stuck and is working perfectly - THANKS!!!!

Submitted by cecemf on March 30, 2012 - 11:50pm

Re download and try again.
I'm on 10.7 and it works great

Submitted by cowright123 on March 30, 2012 - 11:50pm

Success!  Thanks for the new software release.  Will it be possible to include the option to turn off / hide unused icons in future releases?  Also looking forward to the time XBMC will be available for this version.

Submitted by cecemf on March 30, 2012 - 11:52pm

The jailbreak worked now you have to install atv 1.4.1 on your mac/pc and it will detect your apple tv via wifi and install the new feature

Submitted by cecemf on March 30, 2012 - 11:52pm

The jailbreak worked now you have to install atv 1.4.1 on your mac/pc and it will detect your apple tv via wifi and install the new feature

Submitted by cecemf on March 30, 2012 - 11:52pm

The jailbreak worked now you have to install atv 1.4.1 on your mac/pc and it will detect your apple tv via wifi and install the new feature

Submitted by cecemf on March 30, 2012 - 11:53pm

Or use the new sea0npass to downgrade to 4.4.4 and use xmbc

Submitted by Yanni on March 30, 2012 - 11:57pm



i had the same problem as you had and fixed it. read in the fourm for the answer. if you need help, let me know. i am yanni

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 12:20am

i would completely stop usig XMBC, if they just got their media player to play RAR files aswell as xbmc does, xbmc does also find the fanart in most cases , the media player built in you have to rename file to get it to regonice

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 12:22am


me.reoil1080.danish.mkv will work in xmbc but not media player it has to be recoil.1080p.mkv

Submitted by jasonb.8441 on March 31, 2012 - 12:26am

love the new update but having some audio issues since updating.  i get static from loud sounds in movies/shows.  anyone else getting this?

Submitted by gordonr.1446 on March 31, 2012 - 12:38am

I am racking my brain trying to get this to work. Not as simple as the last time I did this. It is amazing how stressed out you can get just trying to get it to work. lol I did try the untethered method and then hooked the ATV2 up to my TV. I kepted getting the iTunes/USB cable logo on my screen. Then I tried the tethered method and no luck. Here are my steps, please tell me what I did wrong.  

  • Untethered Method Latest version of iTunes Latest version of Apple TV Ran latest version of SeasonPass iTunes does full restore and say all is well. Hook ATV2 up to TV and get iTunes/USB
 What I am getting from the latest posts is this. Make sure you have a fresh version of Apple TV restored from iTunes.
Run SeasonPass untethered and then run it again tethered and then run ATV2 Black and it should detect my Apple TV. Anyone want to comment please.

Submitted by on March 31, 2012 - 12:44am

Sorry I can't get to work...

Everytime I get a picture on the TV telling me to connect to iTunes….

Submitted by aitken_bill on March 31, 2012 - 12:46am

I get the same thing. Frown

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 1:00am

No mate,
As long as the battery lasts, you' ll be good...
1 week doesn't kill it !

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 1:02am


Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 1:03am

in your first picture you're showing the Media button on the top level without the (useless) TV Shows button. how did you achieve this? also, when Media is on the top is the top drawer filled with recently watched movies?

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 1:25am

Mate, you have to have your power cord inserted as well as your usb during the tetherd boot. It took me a while to get that but it was in some precvious how to guides from firecore. Hope it worked.

Submitted by clintonvan on March 31, 2012 - 1:42am

i Have the same problem

Everytinme i Go To Media it reboots Atv

after that its fine.

busy doing a atv 5.0 now

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 1:46am

Having the Same with the static in some files.
Didn't upgrade to V5. I did update the media player, I guess the problem is in that app.

Submitted by sk on March 31, 2012 - 1:50am

I've followed all of the steps also the thetered boos using power cable but still no luck for me!

Submitted by sk on March 31, 2012 - 1:58am

Is it necessary to use aTV Flash (black) for jailbreak process? What is the requirement/use of this software?



Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 2:10am

XMBC has MANY plugins for online stream films & music from other sites. For example, from VK.COM myvideos folder.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 3:02am

I tired to JB an Apple refurbished ATV2 that's running the old GUI and reporting the firmware as 4.4.4 but when I tried saving the SSH blobs with TU it says the saved blobs are 5.1. Can't JB with latest version either. Anyone seen that before?

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 4:17am

Thank you very much for this. Very fast work Smile

Please dont take offence by the silly comments of people that dont understand the JB scene.


Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 4:21am

I just got an AppleTV on 3/30. This does not work at all. Untethered or tethered. DOES NOT WORK! Power cable in before. Power cable in after. DOES NOT WORK. Restored Apple firmware and then tried again. DOES NOT WORK!! Latest version of iTunes installed. DOES NOT WORK!!!

What else can I do!?!?! Seas0nPass says it's incompatible every which way I try this.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 4:23am

Worked for me on my 5.0, got NitoTV installed, I can see the ATV 2 install there, in the sub menu repo's tempted to try it, anyone else tried to run xbmc, seems the only reason the jailbreaak