Jailbreak AppleTV 4.4.1 with Seas0npass (tethered)

For those who don’t already know, Apple released version 4.4.1 of the AppleTV firmware. Because of this, our Seas0npass 4.3 tutorial will no longer work since 4.3 is not being signed. You will now have to use this tutorial in order to perform a tethered jailbreak on your AppleTV 4.4.1. Remember that since this is a tethered jailbreak you will have to perform the 3 tethered jailbreak steps at the bottom of this tutorial every time you power off your AppleTV(so make sure to leave it powered if you don’t want to have to connect it to your computer).

DOWNLOAD:
Seas0npass -- Win
Seas0npass -- OSX

Step 1: Unzip the ‘Seas0nPass.zip’ file and launch Seas0nPass.

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Step 2: Select the ‘Create IPSW’ button to start the jailbreak process.

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Step 3: The latest AppleTV software will be downloaded and used to create a custom ‘jailbroken’ software file.

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Step 4: When prompted, connect your AppleTV to your Mac/PC using a micro-USB cable (leave power disconnected), and hold both the ‘MENU’ and ‘PLAY/PAUSE’ buttons for 7 seven seconds.

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Step 5: iTunes will open automatically and start the restore process.

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Step 6: iTunes will confirm the restore when complete -- your AppleTV is now jailbroken!

Note: The current version will not add a Seas0nPass menu to the AppleTV -- this is something that will be resolved soon.

 

Using Seas0nPass for a ‘tethered boot’

Note: The tethered boot steps described below are required only if updating to AppleTV 4.4. These steps are not required for the 4.3 version.

Some AppleTV software versions require a tethered boot. This means the AppleTV must be connected to a computer for a brief moment during startup.

Note: The AppleTV MUST be disconnected from the computer (for at least a brief moment) after restoring in iTunes for the tethered boot process below to work properly.

Step 1: Open Seas0nPass and select the ‘Boot Tethered’ option.

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Step 2: When prompted, connect the AppleTV to your computer via USB. Wait for the rapid flashing light then connect the power. Once both are connected hold both the ‘MENU’ and ‘PLAY/PAUSE’ buttons for 7 seven seconds.

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Step 3: Seas0nPass will complete the tethered boot automatically. Once complete, remove the USB cable and connect the HDMI cable.

Note: Timing is key. Once the you receive the success message shown below, the USB cable should be removed and HDMI cable connected before the light on the front of the AppleTV stops flashing. (Don’t worry there is ample to do this, so you don’t need Superman speed).

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FireCore Releases Media Player 0.9

Earlier today, FireCore announced an update to their Media Player to allow for TV Show metadata, better streaming qualities and a ton of bug fixes. The official announcement and full list of new features and updates are below:

Happy Monday! Today we are pleased to announce the release of a hefty update of Media Player for the 2nd gen (black) AppleTV. Version 0.9 adds a handful of new features and a ton of performance related improvements and bug fixes. More details on what’s included can be found below.

What’s new in version 0.9?

  • Added hardware decoding for .m2ts files
  • Added TV Show metadata fetching
  • Added option to correct movie metadata
  • Added DSI ping for better operation with AFP shares
  • Added folder tagging
  • Added metadata view indicator
  • Added support for metadata overriding using xml files
  • Added DVD menu buffering
  • Improved data buffering and playback performance
  • Improved network error handling
  • Improved filename parsing for metadata fetching
  • Improved NAS drives support and increased connection timeout
  • Improved video loading process
  • Improved playback position detection
  • Resolved audio synchronization issues
  • Resolved problems when streaming from an AirPort Extreme
  • Resolved issues that caused the first subtitle section to be skipped
  • Resolved performance and crash related issues for certain DVD files
  • Resolved audio playback issues when the connection to Last.fm fails
  • Resolved potential issues in shares handling and filename processing
  • Resolved AFP related crashes
  • Resolved .dvdmedia extensions and folder images not hiding
  • Resolved floating crash during metadata fetching
  • Resolved critical compatibility issues with iOS 5
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Many other miscellaneous fixes

TV Show metadata and folder tagging

Media Player now supports automatically fetching series and episode information for TV Shows. This includes information such as episode name, cast, director, genre, air date, content rating and episode thumbnails. To enable TV Show metadata, the drive/folder that contains your TV Show files will need to be specifically tagged as TV Shows. Details on tagging a drive/folder are below.

  1. Highlight the folder to be tagged.
  2. Hold the center select button and select the ‘TV Shows’ option.
  3. TV Show metadata will now be used for all media contained inside that folder.

Note: By default, subfolders will inherit the tag of the nearest parent folder. For Example: A folder called “My Fav Shows” has 3 folders inside it: 30 Rock, The Sopranos, and Top Gear. Marking the My Fav Shows folder with a TV Shows tag will cause TV Show metadata to be downloaded for all files contained inside the My Fav Shows folder as well as the 3 enclosed subfolders. Media Player will default to Movie metadata if no folder tags are specified.

Correcting movie metadata

Media Player tries its best to get metadata right on the first try, but unfortunately sometimes it may get it wrong. The good news is that now fixing incorrect movie metadata is simpler than ever! Just follow the steps below to get back on track.

  1. Highlight a file that has incorrect metadata.
  2. Hold the center select button and select the ‘Reload Metadata’ option.
  3. Choose the correct movie title from the list.



Outstanding! Now how do I get it?

With aTV Flash (black) installed, Media Player 0.9 can be downloaded on your ATV2 through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu. If you need to re-install aTV Flash (black) links for the latest version can be found under the Downloads tab in your account.

New users can pre-order aTV Flash (black) here.

Enjoy!

How to do an Untethered Jailbreak on AppleTV 2G 4.3 using Seas0nPass [Video Tutorial]

Hey everyone, this is a video tutorial to show you how to do an untethered 4.3 jailbreak on your AppleTV 2G using Seas0nPass. This is a very simple and straight-forward tutorial that pretty much anyone can do. Please following along with the video and if you have any questions or issues feel free to ask.

DOWNLOAD:
Seas0nPass -- Win
Seas0nPass -- Mac
ATV 2G 4.3 IPSW

TROUBLESHOOTING:

  • If you can’t get into DFU mode try doing a rest first(hold down menu and the down button for 6 seconds) and then attempt to enter DFU
  • If you still can’t enter DFU mode, try a different Micro USB cable(as I mention in the video, AppleTV is picky about what cable you use.

IceFilms XMBC Plugin Fix for when IceFilms is down

A few months ago we wrote a tutorial on how to install IceFilms XMBC plugin that allows you to stream Movies and TV Shows to your AppleTV. It came to our attention from our readers that there are sometimes issues with IceFilms streaming videos. Apparently this is due to the IceFilms server having issues for one reason or anther.

Here is how you can fix the problem:

Step 1: Download this alternate version of default.py

Step 2: SSH into your AppleTV and locate the IceFilms XMBC plugin directory plugin.video.icefilms

  • For Apple TV 2G it will be located in /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/addons/plugin.video.icefilms/ 
  • For Apple TV 1G it will be located in /mnt/Scratch/Users/frontrow/Library/ApplicationSupport/XBMC/addons/plugin.video.icefilms/
Step 3: Rename the current default.py that is located in this folder to default.bak(DO NOT DELETE IT).
Step 4: Copy the new default.py that you downloaded in Step 1 to this folder.
Everything should work now(there may be a few issues with the search function). Remember, that when IceFilms server is back up and running you will have to go back into this folder and restore the old default.py file to get things working again(this is why it is important not to delete the old default.py).

Play Blackjack on your jailbroken AppleTV using Couch Surfer Pro and HTML5

Many of the set-top boxes of today are very versatile, allowing owners to add applications and games at their own leisure. Apple TV 2G however, doesn’t allow this, strange given the scale of its much celebrated App Store, with hundreds of thousands of downloadable apps and games.

A post by appletvblack demonstrates that one can attain a little gaming joy through a HTML5-based Blackjack game through the second-gen Apple TV. One game is hardly comparable to what you could get from an iPad, for example, but it is worth checking out nonetheless.

HTML, to give a little background for those of you that don’t know, is essentially language of the internet – the core structuring behind the web pages you see every time you open your Safari or your Firefox. There are various elements and commands which make every single thing you see on a page, such as this Blackjack game, work as it does. Your browser is essentially the middle-man, translating the code and presenting it to you in a language easier to interpret and interact with.

HTML5 is a more advanced, more cross-platform version of this language which is being introduced in places all over the net, and is the future of the internet’s core technology. HTML and coding in general isn’t something that everybody necessarily appreciates, but if you do fancy learning a little bit of how your internet is made up, there are many good resources such as w3schools in which you can delve into the blueprints of the internet as it were. Similar to driving a car without knowing anything of how it works – you certainly acknowledge the complexity more once you begin to look into the various components.

You will of course need a jailbroken second Gen Apple TV Device in order play the web-based Blackjack game, information of which you can find here. You will also need to install Couch Surfer Pro, which can be obtained from here.

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iOS 4.3 Brings Vimeo to AppleTV 2G and a few other changes

Today Apple quietly released an update for the second-generation Apple TV, adding support for browsing videos stored on the Vimeo service, as well as purchasing and streaming TV shows via iTunes in the Cloud. YOU SHOULD NOT UPDATE if you wish to have your AppleTV jailbroken. It is unclear at this time whether or not any of the current jailbreaking tools will work with this new update. Only update if you do not want to jailbreak.

Notably, for the first time since the second-generation Apple TV was released last fall, this update also appears to unify the “Apple TV Software” version and “OS Build Version”, which are now both listed as 4.3. Technically speaking, the “OS Build Version” remains the same as it was in the Apple TV Software Version 4.2 released in March, with only the specific build number changing; Apple TV Software 4.2 used OS Build Version 4.3 (8F191m) while today’s update brings the OS Build Version 4.3 number to 8F455. Unifying these two confusingly similar numbers was overdue and is appreciated.

Installing the Update

The Apple TV checks for updates automatically on a regular basis and will notify you if one appears and provide you with the option to download and install it. However, as with previous Apple TV software updates, you can also check for the latest version manually by choosing the “Check for Updates” option from the Settings, General menu.

It is also possible to apply the update through iTunes by connecting the Apple TV to your computer using a micro-USB cable and choosing the “Restore” option. Note that this is intended for recovery purposes rather than normal updates, however, and will reset your device back to its default settings.

The update is around 320MB and may take around 10 minutes to download and install, after which your Apple TV will restart with the new version.

TV Shows in the Cloud

Debuted earlier this year at WWDC, Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud service allows users to easily find and re-download certain previously purchased content from the iTunes Store, but was notably limited to only music, books and apps. Today’s Apple TV update now adds TV shows to the mix for U.S. users, who can now not only re-download this content from the “Purchases” section in iTunes but also stream previously purchased TV Shows to the Apple TV directly from the iTunes Store, and purchase new shows directly from the Apple TV. This step radically expands the quantity of TV content available to second-generation Apple TV users, who were previously able to rent shows only from a handful of networks.

A new “Purchased” option now appears at the top of the “TV Shows” menu in iTunes, providing users with access to a library of many of the shows they have previously purchased from iTunes, displayed as a grid with the most recent purchases at the top. Interestingly, the grid now varies from 6 to 7 shows per line of selectable images, and includes iOS-style “page” dots to let you swipe through collections of shows at a time, some really nice UI innovations that are making the Apple TV easier to navigate.

Selecting an individual show from the grid presents a list of episodes that have been purchased with the current iTunes Store account indicated with the iCloud logo to the right of the episode title. A menu option at the top of the screen allows users to add the show to their favorites for quick access or view more episodes available for purchase on the iTunes Store. Users can also filter the list by season using the left and right arrow keys on the remote; an indicator at the top displays which season is currently being shown—a nice touch that we hope finds its way to the normal iTunes TV Show listings in the “Computers” section.

Selecting an individual episode will display a summary of the episode with a “Play” button allowing the user to immediately start watching that episode, streamed directly from the iTunes Cloud rather than a local iTunes library.

Users can also now browse, search for and purchase TV shows on the iTunes Store. TV show rentals remain available from the few studios that were previously providing them in much the same way as before, however these shows will also include an option to purchase them instead at the normal purchase price. With the limited success that Apple has had convincing TV studios to get on board with the TV show rental business, it seems likely that the purchasing model will be the way forward.

As before, the choice between HD and standard definition quality is a global default found in the “iTunes Store” section underSettings, General, now listed as “Video Resolution;” the setting found here will affect all of the purchase, rental and playback options in the Movies and TV Shows sections.

Note that shows can only be played back from the iTunes Cloud in HD if they were originally purchased in that format, however as with streaming from iTunes users can choose to play back the standard definition version of a show that was originally purchased in HD.

As with TV Show rentals, the ability to purchase TV shows on the Apple TV and stream previous purchases from the iTunes Store appears to be limited to users in the U.S. at this time. As of this writing, it also appears that previously purchased content may not be available for streaming from all networks, even if it’s available for purchase. Considering the number of errors we encountered while accessing the purchasing sections on the iTunes Store, it is unclear whether this is merely a technical limitation or a sign that not all TV networks are yet on board with the iTunes in the Cloud features.

Vimeo

The other major new feature in Apple TV 4.3 is the addition of Vimeo support, which can be found in the Internet section, right below YouTube.

 

Users can browse and watch content from featured Vimeo channels and categories or sign in with their Vimeo account to access their personal Watch Later queue, subscriptions, liked videos, or their own content.

 

Unlike the YouTube section, Vimeo videos are shown in a thumbnail grid, and selecting a Vimeo video will present a summary screen showing some information about the video and providing options to play the video, like it, add it to the Watch Later queue or subscriber to the author’s Vimeo channel. Related videos are also displayed below the selected video in a manner similar to the summary screen for a TV Show episode.

A new section has also been added to the Parental Controls in General Settings allowing Vimeo to be disabled or hidden entirely. It’s also worth noting that the Netflix parental restriction has been moved down the list to appear above Vimeo, and the setting for Rentals has been changed to “Purchases and Rentals” reflecting the new on-device purchasing capabilities.

Conclusions

Beyond the addition of access to purchased TV Shows for users in the U.S. and Vimeo support in general, this latest Apple TV update does not appear to provide any other significant changes. Streaming content from iTunes continues to work in much the same way it did in the prior version, and it’s worth noting that this is the first Apple TV update that has not been released on conjunction with an iOS update, possibly explaining why the OS Build Number remains at 4.3—Apple has in the past seemed eager to keep the Apple TV OS Build Number in line with the current iOS version for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Although a major Apple TV update will no doubt be arriving this fall with the release of iOS 5—the software’s name may be Apple TV 4.4 or 5—it’s nice to see an interim update bringing support for significant new features, demonstrating Apple’s continued commitment to supporting and expanding the Apple TV beyond its initial capabilities.

Photo Stream and AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2 Coming to Apple TV 2

Among the tons of the new features that will come to our iDevices this fall along with iCloud and iOS 5, there are two Apple TV2-related features. The first one is Photo Stream – a special Photo Stream album on your Apple TV 2 will let you access your photos stored in iCloud. iCloud’s Photo Stream service automatically uploads the photos you take or import on any of your devices and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices and computers.

The other feature is AirPlay mirroring that lets wirelessly display everything you do on your iPad 2 right on your HDTV through Apple TV 2. According to Apple’s iOS 5 promo video, this will let you airplay not only photos, videos and websites (it’s already available on Apple TV 2) but also video games. To allow the Apple TV 2G to make use of the AirPlay mirroring, the new Apple TV 4.4 software will be released. The beta version of this new firmware has been released to the developers yesterday.