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 Anon on March 31, 2012 - 4:25am

it just dont work on an apple tv 3, only on 2,

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 4:28am

Perhaps you didn't read the bit which clearly explains that this does not work with the new ATV3.
There is no jailbreak for ATV3 yet.

Submitted by abunuri on March 31, 2012 - 4:33am



all of you who see the 'connect to Itunes' screen after the jailbreak, you are very close!

you just need to now follow the 

Using Seas0nPass for a 'tethered boot' 

guide in this link


it takes less than a minute and you are in!

key is to recoonect it to your TV quickly after it finished.


good luck!



Submitted by gordonr.1446 on March 31, 2012 - 4:40am

Does the hdmi cable that hooks up to the ATV2 have to also be connected to the TV?

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 5:00am

I can't get this to work. I'm currently on the latest iOS version but every time I try to jailbreak it just results in a factory reset. I have tried to delete the ipsw file but nothing seems to work. Please help!

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 5:18am

It says in the article that the jailbreak is not compatible with ATV3... Read the article!

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 6:01am

Actually it seems that the jailbreak has worked. I tried to plug-in my Apple TV without performing a tethered boot and the "connect to iTunes" symbol showed up. The problem is I have no fireCore icon? I'm using Swedish as language. Do I need to have English or what can be the cause?

Submitted by zedmel on March 31, 2012 - 6:12am

Great, working fine on my atv2  thanks a lot for the job.   I find this jailbreaked firmware smoother than the 4.4.4 and faster specially when streaming pictures with iphoto. 

But.... always something to say ;)   Is it possible to add the possibility to unable  icons from the main screen  (vimeo, youtube, flicker, etc....)  I'll be grea, for those which does not use it.


Good jobs Smile

Submitted by phantomtri on March 31, 2012 - 6:42am

i bought the account

but where do i find the new version 5

i dont see at all where to download it can you help

Submitted by mamaneu on March 31, 2012 - 6:45am

I use portuguese subtitles on player and i do not have all the signs, like Ç, ão, etc.

How can i get this?

It's possible install VLC ?

How ?

Thanks for your help

Submitted by ostent on March 31, 2012 - 6:46am

Great work, but a big warning - DO NOT RESTORE FROM BACKUP if you have some Favorites!

Because the passwords are not stored with the backup, the media player will not be able to connect to your NAS. And this is the first thing the media player tries to do when you start it. You will not be able to reach the settings menu to change something, because the media player always tries to connect to the favorite at first!

I have to remove the Media directory "/User/Library/Preferences/Media" on the Apple TV. 

@Firecore - seems to be a design issue. You should move the settings of the media player to the maintenance-section, so that it is always reachable.

Submitted by hoggdoc on March 31, 2012 - 6:55am

Does this version solve the memory issues.  If I attempt to watch a High Def video using media viewer somewhere along the way I will get a memory running low warning and the way to clear the memory and watch the rest of the video is to unplug the ATV2.  I understand it only has 512 mb of RAM, but I have gone through the add-on management and uninstalled lot of features, but still have memory issues. 


Does anyone else have this issue?  Also I get random what I call restarts when the screen goes black then after a short time the main menu shows up as though I just had started the ATV2.

Submitted by devlinks on March 31, 2012 - 7:41am

This is because Apple no longer signs SHSH blobs for < 5.0. It's still possible to jailbreak however, but you'll news a PC to do it. Ask google about it Wink

Submitted by patrikg.29649 on March 31, 2012 - 7:50am

Great, works as promised!:)

Looking forward to ATV3 flash sometime in future.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 7:51am

Maybe this helps for some of you? I tried to jailbreak several times, but after the tethered boot I wasn't seeing the firecore logo instead of the options icon. After the fourth time I was so sure I was doing exactly as I was told that I just tried to install aTV black anyway, and it worked! So if you're not seeing the fire core logo it doesn't always mean your device isn't jailbroken!!!

Sorry for the bad english, dutchie here! Wink

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 8:07am

i have a jailbroken apple TV but it only shows computers and settings??
what can i do to show the other icons?? plz help

Submitted by beltenebros on March 31, 2012 - 8:51am

Great work, looking forward with fingers crossed for ATV3 jailbreak ...

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 8:57am

I keep getting error 1600 when itunes restores my ATV? any one can help

Submitted by tvolponi on March 31, 2012 - 9:21am

I have the same problem !!!

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 9:25am

Can confirm, I also can not see the red icon but I have got a JB and ATV Black installed.

Submitted by anon.9281 on March 31, 2012 - 9:49am

Holy cow... I'd like to watch how you make toast in the morning... do you shove the bread into the toaster in a rolled ball?

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 10:04am

Yes, I believe so.

I was having problems, but then I was able to get it to work using the instructions here, and then installing aTV Flash Black.

1. Use Seas0nPass to install custom firmware.
2. Disconnect aTV from computer.
3. Use Seas0nPass to perform tethered boot. (Firecore logo should be in place of the Settings logo.)
4. Install aTV Flash Black.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 10:04am

How do you use new Seasonpass to downgrade to 4.4.4 I am currently on 4.4.2 with SHSH saved. What would be the best way to jump to 4.4.4 now days? Would really like to go untethered. Thank you.

Submitted by slikmik on March 31, 2012 - 10:08am

ANY idea how long b4 untethered?

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 10:13am

Yes don't plug it into the mains - Find a USB cable and computer port that can power it

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 10:54am

Why can't I update from 1.4 to 1.4.1 in the Maintenance/Manage Extras section. It says update, but when I do I get failed attempts to update. Why? Does the new software not update as usual?

Submitted by sunrat204 on March 31, 2012 - 11:02am

Well that sucks... getting error "The Apple TV 'Apple TV' could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (1604)".

Any advice?

Using apple TV 2 5.0 (4099)

iTunes 10.6.17

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 11:11am

Youll be fine if you get the 1603 error. It will work, just plugin yout atv

Submitted by yasint on March 31, 2012 - 11:16am

do we have a date on XBMC to work ?

Submitted by christianbarsoe on March 31, 2012 - 11:20am

Interested in knowing this also... tethered gives me problems. Now stuck with a ATV2 with new software which I cannot jailbreak.

Tethered boot doesn't work for some odd reason :( 

After all was ok and I received the message "safe to remove your USB", I quickly replaced the USB with the HDMI cable while ATV2 was still flashing.... and then nothing. ATV2 just continues flashing Frown (lost patience after a few minutes)

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 11:22am

After every Power Shutdown I see the itunes logo, and need make new Boot tethering. WTF? Need back my stable 4.x. :((( People, DON'T UPGRADE TO NEW VERSION it's VERY UGLY.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 11:37am

Boy, I've tried many many times using diff USB ports and always get a 1601 or 1604 after the restore script in itunes does it thing. aTV2, 5.0, itunes 10.6.1 and OSX 10.6.8. Cable seems to work fine when restoring back to apple ios...

Any suggestions? Do I need to try this from a PC?


Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 11:39am

Using 0.8.3 (470) also

Submitted by Bata on March 31, 2012 - 11:39am

When I want to restore AppleTV2,1_5.0_9B179b_SP_Restore on ATV 2 I get "apple tv restore error could not be restored. this device isn't eligible for the requested build"

OS: Lion 10.7.3

Itunes: 10.6.1

what do i do...?

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 11:46am

You have a apple TV 3... There is no jailbreak yet

Submitted by HardRom on March 31, 2012 - 11:58am

I had your second issue- not sure what caused it, but after I watched anything, the box would reboot- sometimes if I left it alone for a while (hours) and then tried to navigate through my movies and such, the box would reboot.

I fixed it days ago by restoring to a stock 4.4.4 and rejailbreaking- works Perfectly now- XBMC has been running for days, updating content; no issues.


If you have your blobs saved you can reinstall a modified 4.4.4

Submitted by mdfire on March 31, 2012 - 12:08pm

Have to say this update is excellent. Well done Firecore. My ATV2 is really now how I want it. Tethered doesnt really bother me as I leave it on all the time. If only I had a tethered JB for my ATV3 which is sitting idle upstairs:(

Submitted by mdfire on March 31, 2012 - 12:10pm

I was getting that. I turned off all firewall and antivirus. I was also using a USB extension lead and removed that. It then worked.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 12:19pm

Plug it in to your TV it should work

Submitted by LarsLauritzen on March 31, 2012 - 12:32pm

I tried the same more then five times, right from the start of Jailbeaking ATV2 i end up every time ATV flasing, and when i disconnect it stop flasing then i connect HDMI etc. and every time i get the Itunes logo Connect to Computer.

Somthing is wrong.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 1:23pm

No big deal it being tethered. However I'll wait for xbmc. I bought an ATV3 without realizing I couldn't JB. Returned it bought an ATV2 from eBay. Worked out for me.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 1:24pm

No big deal it being tethered. However I'll wait for xbmc. I bought an ATV3 without realizing I couldn't JB. Returned it bought an ATV2 from eBay. Worked out for me.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 1:35pm

xbmc dev

"Code changes for ATV2/iOS5.1 went into our mainline. We now will have to discuss on how to push this to the cydia - based on the Eden code. So basically there will be a eden build with iOS5.1 support in cydia - at least thats the goal."

Not far off now I think.

Submitted by klain73 on March 31, 2012 - 1:36pm

Exactly, i tried 5 times but is still not functioning! iTunes Logo all the time, no error during the jailbreaking process... What may i do?

Submitted by Emiliospyro on March 31, 2012 - 2:06pm

Great job guys!! Two hands up !! Keep up the good work !!

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 2:08pm

Agreed, I hate the new interface. Fine for iPhone and iPad, not atv.

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 2:25pm

I need help to get my atv2 in dfu mode I have tried everything help please.

Submitted by jnist1957 on March 31, 2012 - 2:29pm

Is there any way to lock my settings so that when the grandkids come over, they don't mess with my settings?


Thanks so much. A heck of a job you did so quickly. Waiting for non-tethering.


God bless you guys!

Submitted by Anon on March 31, 2012 - 2:44pm

How did u get your apple tv in dfu mode

Submitted by happyendin21 on March 31, 2012 - 3:49pm

HI all, 

First of all thanks so much for the hard work on this jailbreak.  and your atv flash software.  I am jailbroken and have run atv flash black, I have media but it is in the second row.  Not sure how to disable a top row icon to make room for it.  I also was wondering if anyone knows how i can connect to my xbmc media library with the media app.  Is there a way because it runs on linux and is not a smb share.  Thanks in advance for the help.  And if this info already exists please just point me in the right direction.