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 is a free service that automatically tracks the movies and TV shows you watch, and provides recommendations for related content you may find interesting. Scrobbling and Ratings

With our integration on the Apple TV, watched movies and TV shows are automatically 'scrobbled' back to your 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, or to signup for a free account, please visit

Easily send Movie and TV Show ratings to

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 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.


Submitted by kkanuck on July 12, 2012 - 6:22pm

Can anyone tell me how can one go backwards to ATV flash 1.6 so Plex would work as it used to?  When I try to install 1.6 from a DMG file, it tells me there is a newer version and refuses to install. Can this version checker not be modified temporarily while folks like me who use Plex primarily can get 1.6 reinstalled for the time being?


I had to re jailbreak my infinite looping 1.7 nightmare and now am unable to install 1.6?  



Cheers for any guidance

Submitted by DarkKent on July 12, 2012 - 6:56pm

Out of all the things to work on for apple tv this is wat u add. This is startin to ceel like a wasted of money. I don't want my apple tv recomminding shit based off wat I watch. My business is my fuckin business.

Submitted by darianhomes on July 12, 2012 - 7:21pm


I use plex to watch my library from 2 external drive , could you please let me know how to use media player to connect to my external drives.

I can only get some file from my mac hard drive . 



Submitted by james on July 12, 2012 - 7:36pm

Full details on setting up Media Player to stream from your Mac can be found here.

Submitted by james on July 12, 2012 - 7:38pm

If there's a specific feature you'd like to see added feel free to reach out and tell us. We'd truly love to hear from you.

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 7:58pm

So can I reinstall plex after i re-run the 1.7 installer? This is really a mess right now- I use PLEX to stream because your media player lags and buffers all the time. I basically have an apple tv that I can't use anymore. I've switched back to having to hook up my mac to the tv. This needs an update stat.

Submitted by adrianw.6946 on July 12, 2012 - 8:00pm

A schoolboy error, and can't believe I didn't check the blog before diving in and installing 1.7!  Things have been so reliable I didn't even think there might be a problem.  Will check next time!  

Keep up the good work, but please fix the Plex issues ASAP!  Media Player is a good backup, but nothing more

Submitted by james on July 12, 2012 - 8:01pm

There's not much we can do unfortunately. :(

Update: Plex has been fixed.

Submitted by tumbao on July 12, 2012 - 8:33pm

Is it safe to update to 1.7 when PLEX isn't and never was installed?

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 9:44pm

I just did ... no problems for me ....
I only have media player installed though.

Submitted by zeppbond on July 12, 2012 - 9:45pm

yes its completely safe, i just did it, and its working ok( PLEX unistalled)

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 11:16pm

Can you rerelease the 1.6 installer and allow us to install it instead of 1.7?

Submitted by Anon on July 12, 2012 - 11:31pm

i uninstalled Plex, then did the update. all works fine, but atv is not scrobbling what i watch to my account... (and yes i entered my username and password for on my atv under the media settings)

do the filenames have to be named perfectly?

Submitted by Engberg on July 13, 2012 - 12:49am

I'm having the same problem :(

Submitted by gjnilsen on July 13, 2012 - 1:46am

Where does the integration show up in the player? I cant see any ratings when watching my files. I was at least expecting some change to the details when selecting different shows/movies.

Submitted by gjnilsen on July 13, 2012 - 1:47am

sorry for the double post

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 3:50am

Just tried to update to this new system, has always worked before, now when i try to update any item in maintenance it just says installation failed??? Am using apple black TV, first one. Looking at update maintenance, it seems i have v1.7-11, just to give you an idea as to where i am in update programme. HELP

Submitted by tonyl.6990 on July 13, 2012 - 4:09am

whoops ignore my last post, forgot to install the black flash

Submitted by markp.9559 on July 13, 2012 - 4:12am

You need to create a account on their website and then enter your login details on the settings for media player.

Submitted by drag0n on July 13, 2012 - 4:39am

AirControl is a great feature! 

Can you add API to start playing movie / music / playlist?

Submitted by markm.5512 on July 13, 2012 - 5:29am

no suggestions for me?  i installed update without plex installed, caught in reboot loop

do i need to jailbreak again?  thanks

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 5:52am

Wow buddy....spell much?

Submitted by _JOHN_ on July 13, 2012 - 6:28am

Exactly right.

Submitted by davidb.1496 on July 13, 2012 - 6:46am

You really should remove "Apple TV 3 update in the works! Order now and get access to both versions." from your home page. At this stage it can be viewed as deceiving; especially given the recent acknowledgement that ATV3 is proving to be harder than you originally anticipated.

I think it shows good ethics to make that acknowledgement - bravo - but that's all for naught if you leave that comment on the main page. That show of good ethics would turn to deception if left unchecked.

Submitted by Fofer on July 13, 2012 - 7:24am

Also check out the MyPlex plugin:

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 8:04am

I agree. There's nothing wrong with pointing out that Flash will "updated" to work on the ATV3 if a jailbreak is ever found, but there's no guarantee that will happen any time soon - if even at all. Without that jailbreak, "both versions" simply does not exist. That statement is treading dangerously close to false advertising as it stands.

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 8:27am

i'd be nice to have a feedback via aircontrol what is the currect focus.
e.g. when a button-down even have been fired, the actual text entry what is currently being displayed on the tv,
can come back as ascii (or utf8 encoded) string.

if it's an image, then send back the string [image], or if there's a textual representation of the image (like with the lousy icons on the atv interface) the textual info should be sent back. like settings, youtube, whatever.

or the image itself with content-type: image/jpeg or so. :-)

but i'll be a happy man with the text-only version.

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 9:57am

Seriously guys, re-release the 1.6 firmware modified to let us install it even though it's not the new version. This is bullshit and you know it. I had my apple tv set up absolutely perfectly to work with plex no buffering. Your media program buffers on SD content for me, while plex streams 720p content without ever buffering. I should have checked the comments before installing, but I assumed you guys tested this.

Not only that, but the doesn't even work. I'm signed in and nothing scrobbs. Wasted hours of my time- too frustrating.

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 9:59am

I really like how you guys are trying to place the blame on Plex. I thought that type of behavior was reserved for politicians.

Submitted by gjnilsen on July 13, 2012 - 10:00am

I did, but ratings does not show up in list view.

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 10:03am

Hi just updated to 1.7 got air control beta but no Running 4.4.4 that anything to do with it?

Submitted by chrisb.1805 on July 13, 2012 - 10:08am

No on updated?? Only air control?

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 10:20am

While XBMC has DLNA support and plays music and videos with the PlayTo app from my Nokia Lumia 900, does atv2 with fire core have DLNA support? It does not show up under devices unless I get into XBMC. Future update?

Submitted by james on July 13, 2012 - 10:25am

Details for setting up with the 1.7 version can be found here.

Submitted by james on July 13, 2012 - 10:29am

The phrasing on the aTV Flash (black) product page has been updated.

The intent with this paragraph was to make it clear that, once the 3rd gen update becomes available, aTV Flash (black) will work on both the 2nd and 3rd gen Apple TV and that there would not be a separate purchase required. (IE - use aTV flash (black) on your 2nd gen Apple TV today, and then be able to use the same package on the ATV3 in the future without having to pay extra).

Though I can see how this may have been misunderstood.

Submitted by james on July 13, 2012 - 10:31am

If you're using List View, ratings can be accessed through the popup menu.

  1. Highlight the video you wish to rate
  2. Hold the center (select) button
  3. Choose the 'Rate Video' option

Submitted by frode.jorum on July 13, 2012 - 10:44am

So, Media Player does NOT scrobble to for TV-shows. And I am logged in, because it did scrobble a movie I watched yesterday. Is it because Media Player now fails to download metadata for tv-shows? I would think so...?

Submitted by james on July 13, 2012 - 10:53am

Yes, you will need to have metadata fetching enabled for scrobbling to work properly.

You may also check to ensure the content type is set correctly for your TV Shows folder(s). More details on doing this can be found here.

Submitted by frode.jorum on July 13, 2012 - 1:00pm

Yes, thanks - that seems to work. :) Kind of obvious when I think about it...

Submitted by faf407 on July 13, 2012 - 1:02pm

I agree. I need Plex and had to restore to factory, re-jailbreak. I have a copy of aTV Flash (Black) 1.5.1 installer but it will not install because there is a later version. Would you please release a 1.6 version that will install.

Submitted by tmoney on July 13, 2012 - 5:12pm

Can I install media player from maintenance menu without updating maintenance itself, safely? Update: Followed the workaround, installed updated Plex first, then maintenance then everything else, worked like a charm.:D

Submitted by Anon on July 13, 2012 - 6:49pm

Hello all. I am having issues updating to 1.7. I am still running v4.4.4, should I upgrade to v5.1.1 in order to update? I am getting an error message saying not enough space on the unit. Thanks

Submitted by Anon on July 14, 2012 - 5:12am

Since a previous update media player no longer picks up any of my music playlists on my NAS, neither m3u or wpl formats. This worked when I first installed atv flash - please can this be reinstated? Having atv flash with a NAS is great for music as I don't have to have a computer running iTunes, I can get to playlists via xbmc but would prefer direct access through my media player favourites.

Submitted by pokerevo on July 14, 2012 - 11:48am

I did some tcpdump-ing while playing with aircontrol. i identified a bunch of "undocumented" features, ilke accessing directly the settings menu, etc. is there a full-blown "aircontrol" api documentation around?

Submitted by GoPronto on July 15, 2012 - 3:33am

hi Like the API control is there now any chance of adding the Key Board controls..




Submitted by GoPronto on July 15, 2012 - 3:45am

Hi API control fantastic, any chance of a keyboard API please



Submitted by Anon on July 15, 2012 - 7:53am not showing any of my ratings or watched shows on the website. I created a new account on and logged into it in the media player. I am able to rate videos but they do not show up on my account. All of my folders/shows are set correctly as movie/tv as well. Is there something I missed?

Submitted by aaron18 on July 16, 2012 - 12:06am

And still no VPN client?

Submitted by aaron18 on July 16, 2012 - 12:06am

And still no VPN client?

Submitted by tumbao on July 16, 2012 - 7:12am

I can not update anything to 1.7.. when I try updating media player or maintenance it says "Installation failed" and the "view log" window is empty.. plex isn't installed and never was.. everything's running as usual on 1.6 running on 4.4.4, just can't update...

anybody else experiencing this as well?