Today we're happy to release a brand new version of aTV Flash (black) which includes a revamped player that is optimized for iOS 5.0 and later. This new player improves performance for virtually all file type resulting in noticeably smoother playback. We've also baked in a number of other goodies including NFS streaming, subtitle timing settings, additional translations and a mountain of other improvements and fixes.

What about the ATV3 and the untethered version for ATV2?

Work is still underway on both fronts, and we've had some encouraging reports come in over the past few days. However, it's still too early to give any kind of ETA but we hope to have more news soon. For the latest updates be sure to follow us on Twitter.

Easy access to subtitle options through the Playback Menu

Full Changelog

  • Revamped player with improved performance (Apple TV 4.4 and later)
  • Added NFS streaming
  • Added Catalan, Czech, Korean and Traditional Chinese translations
  • Added support for localized TV show pattern: TV Show/Season #/S##E##.extension
  • Added manual subtitle time correction (-10.0s to +10.0s)
  • Added support for embedded .FLAC cover art
  • Added support for .AC3, .DTS and .MOD files
  • Improved .EYETV file handling
  • Improved audio synchronization in slow and unstable networks
  • Improved slideshow operation with small images
  • Improved movie folders detection logic to ignore hidden files
  • Improved metadata fetching to support movies split into multiple files (dvd#, cd#, disk#)
  • Improved zoom mode operation for non-square pixels
  • Improved DVD menu handling
  • Improved .OGG file handling (now correctly treated as audio)
  • Improved error handling for connection issues
  • Improved buffering logic
  • Improved installation routine
  • Other minor UI improvements
  • Resolved format detection that was causing rare playback issues
  • Resolved issue with volume level resetting during rw/fw
  • Resolved floating crashes usually observed when using SMB with Windows 7 shares
  • Resolved conflicts with XBMC related to SMB
  • Resolved issues with metadata fetching for 'Show.Name.###.extension' pattern
  • Resolved crashes observed in folders with significant number of files
  • Resolved playback error on DVD and ISO files observed when file path contains '?' character
  • Resolved crashes when working with long file paths
  • Resolved rare issue with incorrect pre-playback screen layout
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes

Fantastic! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.5 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 haven't yet tried aTV Flash (black) you can learn about all the great benefits here.

Enjoy. :-)


Submitted by james on April 19, 2012 - 10:07am

This is currently a limitation of TheMovieDB which we are using for poster art and metadata. It does not allow us to distinguish between poster art in different languages, and will just choose the highest rated poster, even if that poster has only one rating.

For example, the highest rated english poster for The Bourne Ultimatum has a rating of 7.58 stars with 24 ratings (, whereas the top rated French poster has a 10 star rating but with only one vote. In this case the French poster would be used.

We're looking into a few options for improving this behavior and hope to have a fix soon.

Submitted by james on April 19, 2012 - 10:09am

This can be done by hiding one of the current top row items through the AppleTV parental controls.

Disabling iTunes Match, or the Rent/Purchase feature will free up a spot for Media in the top row.

Submitted by carlose.5872 on April 19, 2012 - 11:49am

I don't know how to config a NFS Share. I set the ip of the NFS server but aTV can't find any export. The server is ok cause I can access it from my Mac. 

Any clue?

Submitted by Anon on April 19, 2012 - 12:05pm

For those who want to know how to setup NFS streaming, there is a guide from firecore here:

Submitted by Anon on April 19, 2012 - 1:30pm

Ahhhh yes That works
Thank you very Much

Submitted by laurentd.1568 on April 19, 2012 - 4:48pm

Thanks for the upgrade.

Could it be possible for a future release to have an option to move the subtitles downwards and not only upwards.

I would appreciate this a lot.

I Have trouble playing video in couch surfer since the upgrade, any reason why?

Submitted by brett7 on April 19, 2012 - 6:09pm

This is not true. I updated and XBMC disappeared. 

Submitted by beiting on April 19, 2012 - 6:50pm

Man, aTV Flash was a great purchase. 

Submitted by gericb on April 19, 2012 - 8:52pm

Seems the install process of aTV 1.5 has changed.  Previous versions would search for the aTV and if not found, you could enter in the

IP address manually.  Now it seems that has been removed.  When trying to install the V1.5, it says it can't find the aTV and to be sure

it's On and AirPlay is enabled.  Just checked with my iPad 2, it connects and does display mirroring just fine, which validates the ON and AirPlay... yet still the V1.5 Installer is unable to find it.  The computer and the aTV are both on the same strong WiFi connection. 

Any clues?

Submitted by jasonmclachlan12 on April 19, 2012 - 11:16pm

i just updated to the 1.5 version, could be silly question but is the layout (graphics etc) meant to change to the same as the latests Atv3 layout? the coloured tiles etc. ?

Submitted by james on April 20, 2012 - 9:34am

The menu layout will be determined by the version of Apple TV SW you are running.

5.0 and later = icons

4.4.4 and earlier = no icons

Submitted by james on April 20, 2012 - 9:35am


Submitted by james on April 20, 2012 - 9:35am

Hmm - any firewall or security software?

Submitted by Anon on April 20, 2012 - 11:37am

Installed the update and now my Apple TV is stuck on Top Movies, even after restarting (unplugging). Any thoughts? Do I need to restore, re-jailbreak, re-install?

Submitted by ton on April 20, 2012 - 12:03pm

But what is the advantage of NFS over AFP?



Submitted by james on April 20, 2012 - 12:08pm

Can you try unpairing the remote?

Submitted by Anon on April 20, 2012 - 12:29pm

Thank you, it worked!

Submitted by Anon on April 20, 2012 - 12:46pm

No luck! Unfortunately those instructions are for the ATV1 and not ATV2 (which has different (less) options). Has anyone gotten NFS streaming to work that could share some sample settings?! Thanks!

Submitted by Anon on April 20, 2012 - 1:30pm

Is there an update in the works to make Remote HD work again?

Submitted by phill.8305 on April 20, 2012 - 2:38pm

Awesome job guys, loving the .dts file supprt, I am just enjoying Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon DTS 96/24 in its full glory!

Keep up the good work


Submitted by MarkCY on April 20, 2012 - 2:59pm

I'm not sure if I missed something, but I have the latest aTV flash (black) 1.5 installed and ATV2 firmware 4.4.4.  The AVT2 is indicating that "Your Apple TV is up to date".  Is it not possible to update to iOS5 at this point?  I was under the understanding that aTV flash 1.5 was now fully functional and supported on iOS5.  Please advise?

Thanks a bunch!

Submitted by sebastienl.4755 on April 20, 2012 - 7:15pm

hi, any chance of having alias work with ATV??

Submitted by Anon on April 20, 2012 - 9:20pm

Me too. Having trouble playing video on some sites in Couch Surfer Pro since the upgrade.

Submitted by bvesio on April 21, 2012 - 8:03am

Yes, aTV Flash works with iOS 5, but you can't perform that upgrade via the Apple TV; you need to run Seas0nPass again it via your computer:

Before doing this, you might want to make a backup of your settings via the Maintenance - Settings - Manage Backups menu, because you'll start out with a "freshly installed" system when you re-connect to your TV.

After you run Seas0nPass, don't forget to run the aTV Flash (black) application.  Then, do the tethered boot, connect to your TV, restore any backups you may have made, and enjoy.

Submitted by davige on April 21, 2012 - 8:03am

Why is it that ever since a couple of versions ago, only TV shows with multiple episodes appear in folders? Single episodes do not, sometimes with strange titles. How can I get back to ALL TV episodes in their specific show folders, even just 1 episode?

Submitted by MarkCY on April 21, 2012 - 11:59am

Thanks I appreciate the feedback.  Just to clarify, I'm on 4.4.4 right now and if I perform a "full backup" via the Maintenance settings prior to upgrading to iOS5, will it reinstall all of my pulgins and addons (eg. Plex Client, XBMC, Icefilms etc.) and customized UI settings once I restore that full backup?  XBMC and Plex in particular are highly customized and configured and I have over two dozed plugins installed and countless hours invested already. Just double checking before I proceed.

Lastly, naive questions since I'm still new to aTV flash (black), is a tethered flash (computer to ATV2 via USB) the only way to upgrade to iOS5 vs. a pushed out update for existing customers at a future point?

Thanks again! 

Submitted by Anon on April 21, 2012 - 12:34pm

I'm suspecting that the CS Pro video issue may have something to do with Java/HTML5 compatibility change in the latest browser implementation. I wonder if we're able to downgrade back to v1.4.

Submitted by bvesio on April 21, 2012 - 1:51pm


I seem to recall reading a post that indicated that Backup feature did backup XBMC settings, but now that I am looking for confirmation (and a link to send you), I can't be completely sure.  Perhaps another user can confirm that it works (and that they've tested it recently).

I backup my XBMC settings manually, and I've never had a problem (everything gets restored -- add-ons, settings, favorites, etc).

I'm not sure how much of a techie you are or if you are using a Mac or PC, but if you are familiar with SFTP and SSH connections, then you can make the backup manually and you won't lose any of your XBMC stuff (backup the entire XBMC folder, not just the user data folder):

If you'd rather not bother with that, then i'd recommend you get prior confirmation from someone (perhaps a support ticket with Firecore) that the Manage Backups command will backup and restore your XBMC settings. Heck, I'd like to know the answer myself.

I should also mention that if you upgrade your Apple TV to iOS 5, you do need to be comfortable running a few commands via an SSH connection (on the Mac that means using Terminal; on Windows it means a program such as PuTTY).  That's because for now, XBMC needs to be installed manually on iOS5.  Again, if you'd rather not bother, just wait and eventually there will be an automated installer for XBMC.  If you are comfortable doing it, however, follow these instructions:

Regarding the second question, it depends on the type of update. Updates from Firecore, such as the aTV Flash (black) update 1.5 that was recently released, are done from the Maintenance - Settings menu. These updates are simple, they don't require a computer, and no tethered boot is required.

The second type of update is an operating system update from Apple, such as iOS 5.  For these types of updates, you usually need to backup, connect to the computer, run Seas0nPass to jailbreak, then run aTV Flash, then restore any backups.

The tethered boot is a separate issue. It's required on iOS 5 right now, but there are some great minds working on changing that. (I'm not one of them; just a fan).  it seems any time there is an important update related to the the Apple TV, we can count on James at Firecore to tweet about it, so if you follow that you'll stay informed.

Submitted by Anon on April 21, 2012 - 2:35pm

Concerning XBMC , before the aTV new version was released, people claimed they installed Xbmc using ssh commands.
I even found a program that would do it and I managed to install it on my ATV but the thing is it appears as a black Icon that doesn't work.
the only thing it will do is return you to the main screen.
I think it doesn't work and those who have it working are running old ATV software, pre iOS 5.

Search "XMBC installer (Apple Tv)" if you have a Mac but if you are running iOS 5 I guarantee it won't work.
you will see the Icon but it won't work.

I searched ever so hard for a reason or a solution but found zilch.

anyone that experienced the same problem and found a solution please do post.

Submitted by bvesio on April 21, 2012 - 2:57pm

Here's how to install XBMC using ssh commands:

The site has been updated to include info on installing XBMC on iOS 5 (it's the link I referenced in my prior post).  There's a video posted there, too, which is helpful.

XBMC does work on iOS 5 if you follow the steps documented above.  I, and many others on this site, have been running it successfully for weeks.

Submitted by Anon on April 21, 2012 - 3:07pm

Like the man said

Xbmc will appear as an Icon but will not work. It will only disappoint you.

Submitted by Anon on April 21, 2012 - 3:20pm

and after rebooting i had to tether boot again and saw the same black Icon again.

I'm so grateful I'd love to thank you with an aluminum spiked bat in a dark ally

Submitted by Anon on April 22, 2012 - 10:23am

1. How in the world are you getting 96/24 audio output when the Apple TV doesn't seem to support 96/24 output? Am I missing something here? According to James 96/24 files may be played, but are downsampled upon output because that's just what the AppleTV does.

2. If I am actually correct (and I'm often not!), would just like to point out the hilarity of someone who thinks they're playing a superior audio format, claiming that said format is glorious when in fact they're actually listening to regular, old, 44.1/16-bit audio. You'd be the poster child for high-resolution-audio skeptics. Placebo much? :p

Submitted by spigie66 on April 22, 2012 - 2:08pm

I have bought a apple TV black 2, i followed all instructions..Watched YouTube but it did not seem to work with your software..These are the problems!! It is  running apple TV software 5.0 (4099) it does not power when using micro lead, so i have to put power in, hold buttons 7 sec, then pull power out, it runs through the apple iTunes does all its suppose to do restore, then it completes I plug into TV and it has not worked i need help. Please.

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

its a tethered jailbreak.. Follow the instructions for that :) You have to boot the Atv from the computer when iTunes has done the work! Reed the how to again...

Submitted by Anon on April 23, 2012 - 2:06am

Same problem here (XBMC black icon).. unbelievable.. no info what-so-ever on this issue.. only suggestions...

Submitted by procom on April 23, 2012 - 9:15am


Does Couch surfing pro will have an update for the HTML5 video?
No full screen, autoplay, like Safari iPad

Submitted by Anon on April 24, 2012 - 5:32am

Hello there, i have question about localzations:
There is written : Added Catalan, Czech, Korean and Traditional Chinese translations. Where can I switch to one of those languages? I cant find it in menu. Do i have to download it and rewrite strings via ssh?

Submitted by james on April 24, 2012 - 9:05am

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

However, Catalan, Czech and a handful of other languages are only available on the 5.0+ Apple TV software.

Submitted by raul on April 24, 2012 - 1:01pm

Oh, thank you.. I have not noticed that information. So pitty, OS5 is still just tethered, so no localization in this point...  

Submitted by Anon on April 24, 2012 - 3:51pm


I am new to aTV Flash. Will my installation of XBMC use the new improved media player? Thanks.

Submitted by tumbao on April 24, 2012 - 4:28pm

Since I updated to 1.5 I cannot access ATV via Filezilla any more. Also can't connect my XBMC Remote.. Got the IP right.. any suggestions?

Submitted by Anon on April 24, 2012 - 8:49pm

Do not update to iOS 5 if you want to continue to use ATV Flash. The JB is unsteady and mine hangs several times and I have to restore to factory settings and cannot use ATV Flash for now. Waiting for the update..............

Submitted by Anon on April 24, 2012 - 9:06pm

As with placebo, if it works for him, don't rain on his parade. You can bask in the glory of knowing you have caught a mistake no one else has. You're the man...

Submitted by JesperS on April 25, 2012 - 11:58am

Any chance for a systemwide volume control in the future? I really miss the feature when streaming Podcast, Netflix etc. I have powered speakers connected and no A/V System.

Submitted by robertirani@rob... on April 25, 2012 - 6:21pm

Mine is 100% fine !! Love it, with IOS 5. It is rock solid. Just absolutley hanging out for the untethered jailbreak, as in Northern Melbourne, our power company have serious issues with trying to keep our fauna out of their substations, causing at least once a month a power outage. My ATV2 is now on a UPS, but most of our outages are in excess of 4 hours.



Submitted by Anon on April 26, 2012 - 12:32pm

Hi peeps, when i watch a clip on YouTube, and it comes to the end of the clip my Apple tv 2 just resets its self to the main menu, been doing this for a week now. i have the latest update, anyone had the same probs, any idea.

Mark B

Submitted by durvalfilho on April 27, 2012 - 9:23am

The next update could include 'sort by release date' in Media Center. There are only two basic choices: sort by date and sort by name. It would be very nice if we could sort by movie release date.

Submitted by Potshot Loki on April 28, 2012 - 6:51am

This has been the best update yet for me. I would get a crash after I played 1 or 2 from media player. Now I have gotten 2 crashes since I updated it (when it came out).


Great Job

Submitted by Anon on April 28, 2012 - 3:01pm

I installed the upgrade and now I cant see the Media Player in the menu!!! whats happened?