You may have noticed, but we try hard to keep making aTV Flash (black) better and better through regular software updates. Our update cycle philosophy has always been to provide frequent, steady improvements, and to resolve as many issues as we can get our hands on.

Today we are happy to release aTV Flash (black) 1.7 which, among other things, features seamless access to trakt.tv. trakt.tv is a free service that automatically tracks the movies and TV shows you watch, and provides recommendations for related content you may find interesting.

trakt.tv Scrobbling and Ratings

With our trakt.tv integration on the Apple TV, watched movies and TV shows are automatically 'scrobbled' back to your trakt.tv profile. You will also have the option to submit ratings for each video right from the Apple TV menu. Support for 2-way sync is also in the works, and will be available in a future version.  

To learn more about trakt.tv, or to signup for a free account, please visit http://trakt.tv/.


Easily send Movie and TV Show ratings to trakt.tv


Supports simple (not pictured) and advanced ratings

What about the ATV3? Any news?

Unfortunately the jailbreak for the 3rd gen Apple TV has proven to be a bit elusive up to this point. Work is still ongoing, and we'll be sure to announce any developments as they become available. Be sure to follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+ for up to the minute info.

Full Changelog

  • Added trakt.tv integration (scrobbling and ratings)
  • Added localized movie poster art
  • Added localized movie ratings
  • Added AirControl (beta) - an open control API for Apple TV
  • Added support for embedded DVB subtitles
  • Added advanced read-ahead buffering for SMB and NFS shares
  • Added Simplified Chinese translation
  • Added 'Update All' option
  • Added support for secure web logins
  • Improved metadata fetching speed
  • Improved video rotation detection for MOV files
  • Improved support for YUVJ420 & YUVJ422 formats (used by digital cameras)
  • Improved top-level menu layouts
  • Resolved crash when accessing ISO files on certain shares
  • Resolved potential streaming issues when using an unstable network
  • Resolved AFP related memory management issues
  • Other minor improvements & fixes

Nice! Where can I get it?

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.7 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. :-)

Update: A few users are reporting issues with Plex running on the 5.0+ software. The Plex plugin for Apple TV is quite outdated, and we recommend removing it before installing any updates. If you're using Plex and are experiencing trouble a workaround can be found here please re-run the aTV Flash (black) installer.

Update 2: A workaround has been found to get Plex up and running again. More info can be found here.

Comments

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 12:48pm

Agreed.  AirControl is EXTRAORDINARY.  I'd say it's much, much more interesting than the "headline" trakt.tv integration!

I love controlling my AppleTV via the virtual remote on my laptop.  The AirControl application even has a "Growl-esque" window that can be displayed with the album art and song/artist name.  This is GREAT stuff.  And being able to type text on a real keyboard (ie: for searches, or for pasting in long URLs for Couch Surfer) is FANTASTIC.

Thanks for this, FireCore.  I've been wanting something like this for a long time and you're off to a GREAT start with it.

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 12:50pm

Despite all the Plex mess (and what a headache that is) I do feel compelled to shine some accolades too:

 

This new "AirControl" beta is EXTRAORDINARY.  I'd say it's much, much more interesting than the "headline" trakt.tv integration!

I love controlling my AppleTV via the virtual remote on my laptop.  The AirControl application even has a "Growl-esque" window that can be displayed with the album art and song/artist name that is playing.  This is GREAT stuff.  And being able to type text on a real keyboard (ie: for searches, or for pasting in long URLs for Couch Surfer) is FANTASTIC.

Thanks for this, FireCore.  I've been wanting something like this for a long time and you're off to a GREAT start with it.

Submitted by bruinenfit on July 12, 2012 - 12:58pm

Why can''t I SSH into my Apple TV?

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 12:59pm

how did you get the right timing to ssh in i just can't get in for some reason reboots to fast

Submitted by _JOHN_ on July 12, 2012 - 1:12pm

Me too... Endless reboots after installing really the program I use the most.. Plex.

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 1:16pm

Oh NO!!!! There is definitely a problems with this maintenance update. My Apple TV was working perfectly well before the update and now it goes into a endless boot sequence!

Hope someone from Firecore is reading these comments.

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 1:16pm

The update went well for me - no plex installed - only mediacenter and player

Submitted by Taruga on July 12, 2012 - 1:17pm

Firecore should do a fix for this, I have no appletv and I can't get to connect with SSH. Damn you !!!!

Submitted by derekb.1773 on July 12, 2012 - 1:20pm

Help, please!

Submitted by frode.jorum on July 12, 2012 - 1:22pm

Ok, that worked. Puh. But disappointed I can't use Plex...

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 1:24pm

Wow keep us posted on this, I won't be updating until then.

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 1:26pm

I found that mine rebooted over and over and eventually came up with the apple logo!

Now to have to be quick on the next bit otherwise you get the logo and you get kicked out of shh.

Down load putty and ash into the appletv when you do a teacher boot through the pc.

One it says it's completed the boot.

Then use putty to ssh in and use the following command

apt-get remove com.plex.client-plugin

Mine then rebooted and started working straight away.

A****

Although for trakt.tv.... Not really interested.

But good to see that something is still coming ;)

Good work guys

Submitted by derekb.1773 on July 12, 2012 - 1:28pm

Wow! Still no assistance! I have tried rejailbreaking, no ssh ability!! I can't believe this!!!

Submitted by fireitup316 on July 12, 2012 - 1:32pm

IT WORKED FOR ME,I UPDATED EACH ONE ,I HAVE COUCH SURFER,LAST FM.RSS FEEDS,WEATHER,NITO TV,XBMC ALL INSTALLED 

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 1:40pm

If you are happy with your current config and cannot bear to be without certain features why do you install a new upgrade on release date? Wise up, I say.

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 1:54pm

Problem resolved! ... it seems to be Plex Client plug-in (I had installed it in my Apple TV)

Go into Terminal

iMac-Office:~ Rafael$ ssh root@192.168.1.4
The authenticity of host '192.168.1.4 (192.168.1.4)' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is ee:f5:43:91:5a:57:78:8a:fa:06:b3:76:51:ef:a6:e6.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added '192.168.1.4' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
root@192.168.1.4's password:
Apple-TV2:~ root# apt-get remove com.plex.client-plugin
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
org.tomcool.smframework
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
com.plex.client-plugin
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 20 not upgraded.
After this operation, 1369MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
(Reading database ... 4881 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing com.plex.client-plugin ...
Apple-TV2:~ root# exit

Submitted by andsens on July 12, 2012 - 1:59pm

Great stuff with the AirControl. Although I would like idempotent actions instead of simple remote control actions. Like "Mark item XXX as watched", "Play XXX" etc.

You have an error in the documentation by the way:
http://<Apple-TV-or-IP-Address>/?<Action>=<Value>

should be
http://<Apple-TV-or-IP-Address>/<Action>=<Value>

without the '?'

Submitted by tmoney on July 12, 2012 - 2:17pm

James, is it possible to remove plex app from maintenance menu before doing the update?

and, can you then re-install Plex?

Submitted by james on July 12, 2012 - 2:19pm

Yes, Plex can be removed through the Maintenance before updating.

  1. Navigate to Maintenance --> Manage Extras
  2. Highlight the Plex item and press the right arrow button to remove it

I would not recommend re-installing it at this point.

Submitted by james on July 12, 2012 - 2:20pm

Good catch!

Fixed.

Submitted by tmoney on July 12, 2012 - 2:22pm

Ok, thanks, I think I'll hold off for awhile, I need Plex.

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 2:37pm

yeah, like i'm gonna get this!

Submitted by mdfire on July 12, 2012 - 2:37pm

I couldnt SSH in as I didnt know the ip address. Downloaded latest aTV Flash and ran it which showed up the IP address. Using putty it was then very easy to remove plex. Once removed it rebooted immediately and all is now good.

Submitted by hihakeem on July 12, 2012 - 2:41pm

Same here with reboot issues! any solution coming up soon? Plex is what I use most in aTV flash! 

Submitted by andsens on July 12, 2012 - 2:43pm

My first AirControl script: https://gist.github.com/3100819
It marks a given number of episodes as watched.

I wish I could do this manually on Season or Series level, then I would not need this script.

I am currently migrating from XBMC to MediaPlayer. Still have to mark 400 movies as watched.... hmpf

Submitted by andsens on July 12, 2012 - 2:45pm

Or even better, what about trakt watched synchronization? Then both Plex, XBMC and MediaPlayer can synchronize watched movies and episodes between each other.

Submitted by brankopack on July 12, 2012 - 3:03pm

I solved by deleting Plek plugin....:)

very good work and Plexbmc

http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Add-on:Pl...

Sorry for bad English

Submitted by budsan on July 12, 2012 - 3:09pm

Please don't release updates until you have tested them completely with other apps, at least warn us! My Apple TV is toast because of this update and having Plex. I cannot SFTP, it fails. I understand the need to release if you're excited about the new updates but now I'll likely have to reset my apple tv and hope you get this resolved (as other will too). Word to the wise, read comments before updating everyone! Please don't remove comments if you don't like what you see, it does no one any service if you want comments. I love your software, just don't burn us!

Submitted by walter m.4942 on July 12, 2012 - 3:12pm

why plex not work?

Submitted by james on July 12, 2012 - 3:17pm

Yep. 2-way sync with trakt is already in the works. ;)

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 3:19pm

Are you serious? You're pissed at not getting help on a support forum for a whole hour? Your life must be truly pathetic.

Great work guys!

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 3:20pm

You know what'd be great?  An AirControl script (or better yet, Safari extension) to send the current URL to AppleTV's CouchSurfer Pro.

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 3:22pm

I am happy with my current config and the new features sound very good.  I certainly can "bear to be without certain features" (we all can.)  But when it breaks, we complain here, as this is the place where the software came from.  Someone's got to take charge and be on the bleeding edge. There's some wisdom for you to chew on.

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 3:30pm

Help, i am on Windows, what to do in Putty

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 3:42pm

I have posted this issue (Plex incompatibility with ATVFlash Black 1.7) on the Official Issue Tracker:

 

https://plexapp.lighthouseapp.com/projects/675...

 

Please chime in with more info, so the devs there can hopefully address it.

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 3:44pm

Thanks for the mention of Plexbmc.  I wasn't aware that existed.  I'll have to check that out in the meantime as a replacement for the now-incompatible Plex on my jailbroken ATV2.  Unfortunately I see no mention of the "MyPlex Queue" on that page, which is pretty much the primary reason I enjoyed using Plex.

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 3:46pm

I am grateful for the field testing you are doing whilst my system is running sweetly. Chew on buddy.

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 3:49pm

My system is running sweetly, got the Plex issue fixed, and now I am enjoying the awesome AirControl, trak.tv integration, and Firecore's other enhancements that came with 1.7.  Now I'm adding Plexbmc to the mix.  

Truth be told, I enjoy life in the fast lane and am proud to be braver than most.  You're welcome.  :)

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 3:50pm

i did the ssh and command to remove plex, received a message that plex not installed so no need to remove, appletv still in rebooting loop

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 3:55pm

What exactly is Plex?

Submitted by mauron.8191 on July 12, 2012 - 3:56pm

ATV frozen after installing plex in the new 1.7 version. Restored previous version to work with plex.

Submitted by sebastienl.4755 on July 12, 2012 - 4:00pm

Everything works. I uninstalled plex.

Where is te update all option??

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 4:00pm

Try unplugging the AppleTV, wait 2-3 seconds, and then re-plug in.

Submitted by atvflash.scytale on July 12, 2012 - 4:04pm

This would be awesome, great idea!  AirControl would do the trick; browser integration could be accomplished with a bookmarklet.

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 4:15pm

Yes, right now I am launching Couch Surfer Pro (on my ATV) and navigating to the "enter URL" screen.

Then I am going to my browser (on my Mac,) and copying the URL (not the leading "http://" part as that's already entered in Couch Surfer.)

And then I am launching AirControl, tapping the "T" button, and pasting in the URL.  Works fine.  But as you mentioned, being able to do it all from a bookmarklet, or Safari extension, would be so much easier and more elegant.

 

I started a thread about AirControl here: http://forum.firecore.com/topic/8574

I really do hope to see some great new interactivity and features with AirControl (and perhaps some nice improvements to the Mac app too.) This is a great development!

 

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 4:16pm

It's at the top of the Maintenance menu.  I assume it's there when there's actually something to update?  It was after I updated Maintenance to 1.7, and I used it to update the rest of my installed components.

Submitted by markm.5512 on July 12, 2012 - 4:17pm

now i reinstalled flash 1.7 from my laptop, unplugged and plugged in appletv2, still get continual loop

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 4:27pm

Just asking, how do you know? it hasn't been released yet...when i mirror movies from the iphone they look very good HD

Submitted by Fofer on July 12, 2012 - 4:29pm

Wiki link explains it best: http://bit.ly/NkJWn7

Submitted by LadyS on July 12, 2012 - 5:40pm

"You may have noticed, but we try hard to keep making aTV Flash (black) better and better through regular software updates. Our update cycle philosophy has always been to provide frequent, steady improvements, and to resolve as many issues as we can get our hands on."

Great that you are working so hard on keeping "your baby" in good shape. Would be good if you would show the same effort for ATV1!!!!
No update in over 6months ... DON'T SELL THE SOFTWARE FOR ATV1 if you are not working on solving existing bugs or updates. At least I didn't buy the lifelong membership. I knew there must be something wrong and companies can't be trusted to provide full support once one's paid.