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 April 20, 2012 - 11:04am


can used ms silverlight with browser?

Submitted by Anon on April 20, 2012 - 1:21pm

Just got my ATV2 5.0 jailbroken, got XBMC through NITOTV but its not working. Everytime I click the icon the screen freezes and the ATV autimatically restarts.
help please

Submitted by Anon on April 21, 2012 - 7:30am

yes ... when will there be an untethered jailbreak of apple tv 2 on iOS 5.1?

Submitted by Anon on April 21, 2012 - 9:54am

With 3 kids, I am really needing parental controls.

When the metadata is downloaded for movies, you can clearly see the moving rating...

Would be great if you could setup a pin number for any movie rated PG-13 and above...then when a PG-13 or R movie is selected to watch, you have to enter that pin in...

Submitted by ddobb on April 23, 2012 - 12:09am

Yes, this has happened to me as well. I am still on AppleTV 4.4.4. Airplay worked fine before I installed aTV Flash (black), now it doesn't. Did you ever figure out how to fix it? 

Submitted by Anon on April 25, 2012 - 4:25am

Hi, Loving the ATV Flash Black and appreciate the work but was wondering if you can add HULU to XBMC for us non techies??

Submitted by Anon on April 25, 2012 - 7:38pm

I am using ATV black version 1.3 on an untethered 4.4.4 version of Seas0npass. I can stream pictures and video content from my Synology NAS using FireCore's application "Media Player". 1) Create the shares on your NAS. 2) enable/install Media Player under Maintenance->Manage Extras. When it reboots, you will have heading "Media" in the center of the screen. 3) Go to Media->Settings to add the source/settings/passwords for your NAS. 4) If all works, you should be able to view your contact under Media-> My Files.

Submitted by Anon on April 26, 2012 - 1:52pm

I have jailbroken atv2 as the FC is coming up in the right hand corner. I can't get logged into atv2 through ssh to put XBMC onto it. Is there an easier way to put XBMC on it

Submitted by Anon on April 29, 2012 - 4:44pm

install NitoTv from atvFlash and than install xbmc off that. really easy

Submitted by markh.9569 on April 29, 2012 - 6:44pm

Had a power outage after the last update and tethered boot and now my units are needing to be re-booted.... This really sucks!! Wish I had not updated till an untethered option was available


Submitted by Anon on May 1, 2012 - 12:59pm

I have purchased and installed atv (black) for3 of my jailbroken atv2's(untethered and on the same atv black). I can access everything on all of them except for some reason on 2 of the units I cannot add a shared drive in the Media. All they do is constantly search but never find the drives. The other unit finds the share and works perfectly. The 2 that do not recognize are wireless in rooms away from the router. However, I have moved them and hardwired the connection with no luck. The 2 that won't recognize the share wirk flawlessly with everything else i.e. xbmc, plex, itunes,internet browser so I know they are not blocked by the router settings. Any else having this issue and if so have they found a solution?

Submitted by bvesio on May 2, 2012 - 12:38am

When the icons disappear, it usually means the Apple TV does not have a working internet connection.

Submitted by Anon on May 2, 2012 - 9:58am

just a thought, is it possible to downgrade an aTV3 down to 4.4.4 ??

Submitted by Anon on May 2, 2012 - 2:27pm

the thing I seem to forget is first turning the tv off.

Submitted by Anon on May 2, 2012 - 2:33pm

try eden beta 3 via ssh method see xctechs tutorials on

Submitted by Anon on May 2, 2012 - 2:33pm


Submitted by Anon on May 2, 2012 - 2:42pm

xctechs has many good tutorials on youtube to install any atv 2 jb apps or features

Submitted by Anon on May 2, 2012 - 3:02pm

first have tv turned off then do tethering steps

Submitted by Anon on May 7, 2012 - 8:29am


Just completed the jailbreak and all I get on the Tv is the iTunes symbol and a cable saying usb. Can anybody please advise. Thanks

Submitted by Anon on May 7, 2012 - 12:20pm

Restart season pass, click tethered boot, plug your atv in to the USB and push and hold menu and play buttons on the remote. Do not unplug the atv from the power or you'll have to do this every time.

Submitted by Anon on May 7, 2012 - 1:30pm

Does the ATV2 really have to be connected to power at all times for season pass to work? isn't there a way to get around this?

Submitted by Anon on May 7, 2012 - 6:15pm


Submitted by Anon on May 7, 2012 - 6:20pm

No. The only thing you can do is wait for an untethered jailbreak to be released.

Submitted by Anon on May 7, 2012 - 6:36pm

FireCore has nothing to do with XBMC.

Adding Hulu to XBMC is a simple process. Follow this step-by-step video:
With this file:
Then finish up with the instructions here:

The whole process should take you between 7-12 minutes.

Submitted by Anon on May 8, 2012 - 3:35am

This is pretty simple.
Just go to settings-Store, chose United States and log in with your apple ID & password.
wait few seconds and everything will go back to normal. (make sure internet connection is life)

Submitted by kohako on May 9, 2012 - 8:40am

I dont get how I can do this. If I install the new season pass on my computer in the office how do I keep the power on the whole time and get the ATV back into my bedroom ???

Submitted by Anon on May 9, 2012 - 4:20pm

Does anybody know if there will be an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0 (4099), soon?

Submitted by shawnee3 on May 10, 2012 - 2:07pm

Do you have a laptop. That's the best way to do it.

Submitted by bvesio on May 12, 2012 - 10:45am

Thanks, Firecore team, for getting Seas0nPass updated so quickly after the release of iOS 5.1.1.  It's working great!

Submitted by Anon on May 14, 2012 - 7:43am

is there any word to whether plex is working yet for the update?

Submitted by Anon on May 14, 2012 - 12:13pm

is there still no untethered jailbreak available ?

Submitted by Anon on May 14, 2012 - 8:53pm

Also very interested?? Still on old iOS until plex is running fine. But I want new interface!

Submitted by Anon on May 16, 2012 - 4:06pm

How could I have my radio station in the South Pacific transmit it's streaming signal so that Apple TV could receive it?

Submitted by drfrogsplat on May 17, 2012 - 5:12am

The latest Plex beta works on 5.0, but I'm not sure when it will be officially released. Most of the developers are more focussed on other parts of the Plex project right now. The beta is now about as stable as the Plex ATV client ever was, so perhaps FireCore can be convinced to include the beta for 5.0+

Submitted by Anon on May 21, 2012 - 8:58pm

yes u shure can

Submitted by hchiu on May 24, 2012 - 1:59pm

I need to change the default fonts in the XBMC in the ATV2. Any one have an idea how? Please help.

Submitted by peregrines on May 25, 2012 - 2:34pm


Submitted by Anon on May 26, 2012 - 1:34pm

I'm having trouble jailbreaking with the new software on windows 7, season pass goes through all the motions to prepare and install the software but when it goes to the "restoring in iTunes, please wait while script is running" screen it opens itunes but never initiallizes the restore, keeps saying "restoring in itunes please wait while running script'' but itunes is doing nothing, looked at some forums and did everything it said, as far as most current itunes, and season pass, as well as restarting my computer, checking my security settings and disconnected other usb devices with still no luck, it says right when i open season pass to close McAfee Total Protection but i dont have that, i have McAfee Internet Security which im sure is the same thing, and i disabled everything and even disabled them in the processes part of task mananger. Now i may be wrong but im starting to think thats theres something wrong with the script season pass is trying to run for the restore. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Submitted by Anon on May 26, 2012 - 2:57pm

Hi Nick,

I'm having the same problem over here! When starting iTunes without Seasonspass, iTunes will notice the Apple TV 2 and asks for a restore (which I'm not doing Smile
But if Seasonspass starts iTunes after patching, it will do nothing at all.

Submitted by tomyt3 on May 29, 2012 - 11:33pm

Do i have to put the name of the episode also?? isn't enough with Homeland.s01.e01 ??? I tried even changing the name to Homeland.s01.e01.Pilot.mkv and it doesn t work either

Thanks a lot

Submitted by KAMOL on May 31, 2012 - 11:02am

Try to :

1) Authorize Computer in iTunes

2) Set up Home Sharing for Apple TV (in itunes and in apple tv)

3) Try Seas0nPass again



Submitted by lancecartelli on June 3, 2012 - 12:33am

my media tab is installed but it doesnt show up, so I can't stream anything. please help!

Submitted by Anon on June 13, 2012 - 3:37pm

AFP connection faild Frown

Just setup 1.6 and new jailbroken 4.4.4
I go into Media Player and it finds my mac (makki) then local host (makki.local) then it says login/pass fail but the thing is in sharing there is none in the login and password

What is wrong Frown

Submitted by Anon on July 9, 2012 - 12:38pm

It depends on the skin you have chosen.
You can't freely change the fonts in XBMC.

Submitted by Anon on July 29, 2012 - 8:14am

i completed jailbreaking my apple tv 5.0.2
now how to get it to recognize app for access to european tv?

Submitted by Anon on August 7, 2012 - 12:49pm

Is Plex working with the lastest release or not?

In this entry it says: Plex (works) but reading comments on this blog some says it does not, so does it work or not?


Submitted by Anon on August 7, 2012 - 5:05pm

Please help. I had ATV succesfully JB for months with tethered boot. Power went out so decided to give the non tethered JB a try. using latest season pass to JB I started getting odd error of 1602 and error 9 trying different methods of Jailbreaks. After 1602 error I plug in the TV and it works but after reinstalling and launching XBMC it would crash immediately and take me back to ios main menu. Is the xbmc crash related to the error when JB? Or is this coincidence?

Submitted by on September 17, 2012 - 11:56pm

Just great!
3 atv2 upgrated, and just 1 minor prob during install of seasonpass, resolved with powercable.
We use media to stream from time capsule 2 atv.
Does anyone know what are the benefits of XBMC vs MEDIA?
Thanks for tiips

Submitted by Anon on September 18, 2012 - 8:47am

Hi there,

similar problem over here. I have applied seas0npass tethered on my ATV2 (5.0.1), installed XMBC, did the putty thing, etc. Everything worked well until I had to remove the power cord from my ATV for some reason. I expected that I only have to reboot via seas0npass to be able to use it again. SP asks me to put the ATV into DFU mode, when I hold down the buttons, lights are flashing rapidly, but nothing will happen besides the regular error flashing after a few seconds.
I tried to reset my ATV2 via itunes, but itunes always aborts referring to error 1611.
Can anyone please help me to get my ATV back working (jailbroken or regular)? I am pretty lost and did not find any solution on the web.

Many thanks

Submitted by Anon on September 19, 2012 - 1:33am

I had the same issue on my desktop at home where I use Win7 and 10.6 iTunes. I tried every method: with and without power cable and so on... Nothing work!. Now I tried at the office laptop, Win7 and 10.5 iTunes and it works!!!!! Maybe the version of iTunes is the key!!!!!!