Hot on the heels of the new Seas0nPass release we're happy to present to you a brand new version of aTV Flash (black). Version 1.6 adds a bunch of great new features including integrated subtitle downloads, expanded codec support, refined video playback, improved networking, additional translations and a truckload of other improvements and bug fixes.

Integrated Subtitle Downloads

By popular request we've added one-click subtitle downloads, courtesy of Now instead of spending hours searching for the right subtitles they can be easily downloaded right from your Apple TV in a matter of seconds. Check out the screenshots below to see this feature in action.

Need additional subtitles? Just click 'Get More...'.

Choose from thousands of available subtitles.

Full Changelog

  • Added integrated subtitle downloads from
  • Added support for purchased iTunes content (matching iTunes login required)
  • Added video deinterlacing option
  • Added Wake-on-Lan (WOL)
  • Added Portuguese (Portugal) translation
  • Added support for displaying subtitles in lower 'black bar'
  • Added support for .WTV files
  • Added support for multiple simultaneous AFP connections
  • Improved bulk fetching & added automatic artwork caching
  • Improved automatic downscaling for large thumbnails
  • Improved metadata reloading for images
  • Improved buffering over AFP
  • Resolved various audio synchronization issues
  • Resolved possible overflow in 5.1 AC3 audio
  • Resolved issues with zoom for 4:3 movies
  • Resolved missing audio for .dvr-ms files (ASF containers)
  • Resolved rare SRT file crash
  • Resolved issues with slideshow animation
  • Resolved file specific metadata fetching issues
  • Resolved rare ISO file crashes
  • Resolved issue with displaying identical thumbnails for images with the same name
  • Resolved metadata loading issues for files containing non-latin characters
  • Resolved rare 5ch audio file crash
  • Resolved issues with incorrect metadata for files with '<TVShow Name>/S01E0.avi' pattern
  • Resolved auto-start issues in Couch Surfer
  • Reduced memory footprint for large software-decoded videos and slideshows
  • Other minor UI improvements & bug fixes

Great! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.6 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 new to aTV Flash (black) you can learn about all the great benefits here.

Enjoy. :-)


Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 3:13pm

XBMC is not working with firecore update version 1.6.

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 3:16pm

if someone PAYS for something then they have right to know what's up... and respect for their work is paid in cash!

Submitted by pmcd on June 1, 2012 - 3:16pm

Seems great. Will external idx/sub subtitles ever be supported?


Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 3:19pm

Is PLEX isupport/functionality ntact on this release?

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 3:22pm

I specifically asked for this. WOL can wake media server so it doesnt have to be on all the time. This way I can wake whs to play my movies stored on the server.

Submitted by JanUndin on June 1, 2012 - 3:33pm

I just uninstalled media player and now Xbmc works fine. Thanks.

I still don't understand how or where to download subtitles..?

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 3:40pm

Also chiming in on the "XBMC broken" bandwagon with version 1.6. I stayed with iOS 4.4.4 to avoid any PLEX issues as well (See Plex Wiki notification). Now with the 1.6 update XBMC is down. Please release a fix ASAP as XBMC accounts for 90% of my ATV2 usage!

Advise DO NOT update unless Firecore acknowledges and releases a fix if XBMC is important to you!

Submitted by soren03 on June 1, 2012 - 3:57pm

Thanks guys!! Every time there is a new update, it just works!! :)

Submitted by georgb.9017 on June 1, 2012 - 4:00pm

Works without problems. Great job!

Submitted by kunnykun on June 1, 2012 - 4:03pm

why does it not show up in my download section yet?

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 4:16pm

Press and hold the middle button down on the silver Remote, when watching a movie.
Then you get the menu ;)

Submitted by squall74 on June 1, 2012 - 4:26pm

Yes, XBMC not working - did not read this and just upgraded this morning.

Can I downgrade to 1.5?

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 4:30pm

This is great but when are we going to see a version for ATV3? I've already replaced my original ATV's with ATV flash (silver) in hopes of a quick release for the ATV3 and have been stuck in limbo since the ATV3 release . . .

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 4:37pm

Agreed. Please we beg you, have a shot at aTV3 :)

Would love to experience all of these superb features on it! :)

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 4:59pm

awesome update! I'll be downloading when I get home. are we able to hide too row icons in the version (or even just add the Media icon as a 6th icon to that too bar)??

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 4:59pm

top row*

Submitted by jnist1957 on June 1, 2012 - 5:20pm

I am ssooooo stoked about this!


Now my iTunes movies and TV shows can go on the NAS, and away we go!


Great job, FireCore!  You guys ROCK!!!

Submitted by tomiy1 on June 1, 2012 - 5:54pm

Try more like 800 folders...and you're looking for a movie title that starts with the letter "M"! =P  (takes forever to scroll there) 

Submitted by ressolix on June 1, 2012 - 6:01pm

supposedly I have updated my atv flash 1.6 but I see no improvement in the issue of automatic captions please explliquenme than anything else I do, the software on my apple tv is 4.4.4 (3330), apple tv2.

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 6:14pm

Nope... it breaks it...

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 6:17pm

excellent, thank you very much for continued support :) great job

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 6:37pm

How does one get help from these people?

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 6:37pm

When can we get VPN? Please make it soon!!!

Submitted by vegansavage on June 1, 2012 - 6:44pm

Try - - I tried the free trial and it works really well, will probably end up signing up for it, only $4.99 per month.

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 6:45pm

Update: looks like the common bug appears to be that Media Player and XBMC encounter conflict issues with the 1.6 build. Removing Media Player solved the non-start/crashing issue with XBMC. Appears both can't coexist with 1.6.

Submitted by davidb.0650 on June 1, 2012 - 7:01pm

I have a non US (Canadian) account and iTunes content does not seem to work for me either.  Same error message...

Submitted by whitefish on June 1, 2012 - 7:14pm

This new update 1.6 just killed my Media Share folder / I have no way to stream from my iMac anymore: What's up with that:  Can I get this back Please:



Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 7:27pm

Is there ever going to be a SEARCH option?

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 9:07pm

I have Media Player and XBMC and both work without any issues......

Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 9:52pm

Thank you, removing media player worked for me.


Submitted by Anon on June 1, 2012 - 10:27pm

I upgraded out bedroom ATV2 to the latest iOS and newest untethered jailbreak. I like the updated interface, but lost the ability to see the weather in the top screen where the movie/tv/music info is shown. I have left our living room ATV2 at the previous iOS and untethered jailbreak to retain this ability.

Any idea if it will be something we can do with the latest iOS?

Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 12:12am


Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 12:21am

Just waiting for a promo code to take the plunge. Any post Memorial Day sales on the horizon?

Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 1:01am

Same question here. Subtitle feature can't be found!

Submitted by easygordonnn on June 2, 2012 - 1:16am

You might not need VPN.

I heard about from a buddy of mine in my unit (I'm stationed in Germany).  It's a DNS redirect that makes the remote server think you're in the States so you can watch American streaming sites (like Netflix, Hulu, AmazonPrime, ESPN).  Also, since you put the settings in your router, it works for all the devices in your house -- your AppleTV, your iPad, your computer, your iPhone, your Xbox.  You can use Pandora, Rhapsody, all of that streaming goodness from the States!

It's cheaper than most vpn systems.  Since it's a redirect, it doesn't have the latency of a vpn.  And you get a one week free trial.  Netflix on my AppleTVs runs flawlessly!

Hope this helps!


Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 1:47am

same here

Submitted by simonjohn.1 on June 2, 2012 - 2:27am

Just like to say to avoid problems you need to first update  with seasonpass 5.0.1  then install the latest flash black 1.6 then up grade through maintenance to get it all working fine


Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 2:28am

Uninstalled Media Player and XBMC is now working again. Looking forward to update that fixes this!

Submitted by antonplankton on June 2, 2012 - 2:58am

OK, thanks very much :)


Will the iOS also be upgraded (to 5.0.1.) by simply installing the aTV Flash (black) 1.6?

Submitted by robertd.7359 on June 2, 2012 - 3:10am

XBMC issue for was solved simply by reinstalling XBMC. Much to my relief !!

P.S. Spoke too soon. XBMC crashing this morning ??? Will need to take the advice to jailbreak with latest Seasonpass first then 1.6.

Submitted by antonplankton on June 2, 2012 - 3:31am

Can you run the SeasOnPass 5.0.1. JB right on top of previous JB versions (say SeasOnPass 4.4.4)? That is, without going back to the original Apple software first, or any other preparations..

Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 3:45am

Yes, i did that myself. Works great.

Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 5:58am

I use it on all my devices. Works like a charm. None of the usual proxy hiccups. Free trial, no contract, great customer service. No brainer.

Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 5:59am

Any ideas / info on Plex support?

Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 5:59am

Any ideas / info on Plex support?

Submitted by Ventrex on June 2, 2012 - 6:01am

No you have to install/update it by seasonpass. (jailbreak)

Also it is best to upgrade you atv via seasonpass and then install atv flash again. Just to make sure everything is "clean". Installed

Submitted by joachimb.4002 on June 2, 2012 - 6:07am

I seem to have the same problem. After the update to 1.6 the Media Player has disappeared from the menu. I have tried removing XBMC and reinstalling Media Player (after comments that they might interfere) but this did not bring it back (while XBMC, after re-installing seems to be working fine). Please help. ATV 2 is running on software version 4.2.2.

Submitted by Tenchi on June 2, 2012 - 7:54am

WAH same problem here.. Makes my ATV 2 completely useless with out this.

Submitted by Anon on June 2, 2012 - 8:19am

Yessssssss!!! The AFP connection issue is finally over. Everything working great again. I also noticed that the buffering is much better now.

To make the Media work, I had to add a new one and enter my username and password.

Thanks guys!!!

Submitted by antonplankton on June 2, 2012 - 8:22am

Thanks, Fretz! I'm on holidays now, but can't wait to get home and run the 5.0.1 jailbreak and install the aTV Flash (black) 1.6  :)