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 Anon on July 16, 2012 - 7:36am

Great - are firecore ever going to develop a simple app / browser compatible for BBC iplayer ?

I don't want to have to use XBMC for iplayer, and couchsurfer really isn't up to it (navigation is really poor) & recently seems to have broken.

BB iplayer is a free content provider, that could be relatively easily implemented into a simple UI or via use of iplayer BIG SCREEN (as on PS3)...

Thanks

Submitted by Anon on July 16, 2012 - 8:12am

I had the same problem. i just restored my atv2 back to the original settings through itunes. Then i went through the jailbreak process all over. After doing that i had no problems.

Submitted by Hurmoth on July 16, 2012 - 11:14am

Was that maintained by Plex or was it an open source plugin?

Submitted by tumbao on July 16, 2012 - 12:03pm

isn't there another way? re-jailbreaking also means setting up everything from scratch again, right?

or does the 1.7 only work with 5.0?

Submitted by james on July 16, 2012 - 12:24pm

You may try power-cycling the Apple TV then re-running the aTV Flash (black) installer from a Mac or PC.

Submitted by james on July 16, 2012 - 12:27pm

What type of files are you having trouble with? Currently trakt.tv will only recognize commercial movies/tv shows, so files like home videos will not be supported.

You may also check to ensure metadata fetching is enabled in the Media --> Settings --> General menu. Videos without metadata cannot be scrobbled or rated on trakt.tv.

Submitted by james on July 16, 2012 - 12:27pm

Details for setting up and using trakt.tv on the Apple TV can be found here.

http://trakt.tv/downloads/firecore

Submitted by james on July 16, 2012 - 12:28pm

The full story (and fix) can be found here.

Submitted by tumbao on July 16, 2012 - 6:23pm

tried that.. i am getting error 3.2

Submitted by evdrassel on July 18, 2012 - 11:34am

Update 1.7 has destroyed my appletv 2. It restarts very often, even when only the menu is showing. I can't play video or music at the moment.

I tried to downgrade to 1.5 (1.6 was not 100%) but no luck.

Submitted by miket.1357 on July 18, 2012 - 3:24pm

Any elaboration on: "Added localized movie poster art"

Thanks for a great update!

Submitted by Anon on July 19, 2012 - 7:31am

James,

Any chance of a reply to my post on Sat 14th July please?

Plus I have also noticed that the media player is only playing video with no audio on AVI files. Pleas can this be corrected in the next release?

Submitted by james on July 19, 2012 - 7:54am

TheMovieDB provides poster art in a number of different languages - http://www.themoviedb.org/movie/22-pirates-of-... Media will now try and match the poster version (if one is available) to the language setting of the Apple TV.

Submitted by james on July 19, 2012 - 7:57am

Media has actually never support m3u or wpl playlists. We're hoping to add support for playlists like this in a future version, but don't have an ETA at this point.

Submitted by james on July 19, 2012 - 7:58am

What you're describing is definitely not typical. It's probably best to send in a bug report so we can look into what's going on.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4291

Submitted by Anon on July 19, 2012 - 11:54am

Ok, thanks for the update James, glad to know it is on your list. I must be mistaken but I was sure it did in the past as I rarely play anything other than playlists, it would be great if it could be added though as I really like the additional info and images that comes up on the artists when playing tracks using the media player.

Keep up the good work, ATV really does turn the little apple box into a powerful media player.

Submitted by tomyt3 on July 21, 2012 - 3:00am

I had to reinstall everything, and once i got to work the whole thing again, i had to mark as watched all the movies i remember i watched. i lost a lot beacuse of my bad memory, but besides this.. should the movies i marked as watched on media player be seen as watched on my trakt.tv account? if they should, it s not working for me.. 

Submitted by james on July 21, 2012 - 8:18am

What you're describing is trakt 2-way sync, which is in the works for an upcoming version.

Submitted by tomyt3 on July 23, 2012 - 11:54pm

that answer was for me?

Submitted by Anon on July 25, 2012 - 4:59am

With this new version it takes a verry long time to connect to my NAS (Synology). Before it was just a mather of seconds..
Why??

Submitted by Anon on July 31, 2012 - 8:21am

So if I get this atv black 1.7 I can scrobble to trakt.tv using netflix or plex? If I watch a movie on netflix will it scrobble? Or if I watch it in plex will it scrobble?

Also what if I have different trakt.tv profiles? How can I scrobble a movie to a certain trakt.tv profile. For instance I have a kids and adults trakt.tv profile. So when I watch a movie I can see what exactly my kids are watching and when. I can do this on xbmc since I can setup two profiles and have trakt.tv installed seperatly on both.

Submitted by marksthomas on August 6, 2012 - 1:42pm

Who else?

Submitted by marksthomas on August 6, 2012 - 1:42pm

What? Get a grip.

Submitted by Anon on September 11, 2012 - 2:56pm

My ATV3 does not have a "maintenance" option. What do I do? Thanks