How to jailbreak Apple TV Original (1G) – using ATVUSB-Creator
This is a quick, easy and clear tutorial on how to jailbreak the original Apple TV. After you have jailbroken, you will be able to allow external storage, additional media codec’s and so on.
Step 1. Download ATVUSB-Creator.
Click here for the download link for Mac (Intel/PPC OSX)
Click here for the download link for PC (Windows XP/Vista)
Step 2. Launch ATVUSB-Creator.
Step 3. Plug in a flash drive
Plug a flash drive into your computer. (greater than 1GB preferably)
Step 4. Hit ‘Create Using’
Hit the ‘Create Using’ button. This will go head and install ATV USB Creator onto your flash drive.
Step 5. Install onto Apple TV
Once the installation has complete, unplug the Flash Drive from your computer and plug it directly into your Apple TV. Next we are going to restart the Apple TV. To do this, hold down both the Menu and ‘-’ button on your remote.
The Apple TV will now restart and should boot from the flash drive. An image of an Apple TV with a penguin will display on the screen. If this happens, you will know you have completed these steps correctly.
The Apple TV will go through a bunch of scripts and things which will be displayed on the TV. Ignore this.
Step 6. Remove Flash Drive
At the end of the installation, when the scripts have stopped running. Simply unplug the flash drive, hold down the Menu and ‘-’ button again to restart. Great! Now you will have successfully jailbroken your Apple TV.