How to use a Third Party Remote to control your Apple TV

Although the Apple TV’s remote control looks sleek, it leaves a lot to be desired. The tiny buttons on the awkward-shaped directional pad can make it difficult to browse through iTune’s library of thousands of movies and TV shows.

As you know, you can easily replace the remote with your iPhone using Apple’s Remote app. But did you know there’s another option? You can control your Apple TV with a third-party remote. And it’s actually fairly easy to setup…

If you have a universal remote, like one that came with your TV or cable/satellite box, you can perform these easy steps to program it to run your Apple TV.…

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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).…
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aTV Flash 4.3 for 1st Generation Apple TV Now Available

Firecore has announced the release of aTV Flash version 4.3 for the original Apple TV. Included are some new features, as well as a number of improvements to existing features and core components.

The new update includes File Sharing (SMB Server) that allows you to stream non-iTunes media stored on your Apple TV (including media stored on external drives) to other devices including a second Apple TV (silver or black) or a Mac/PC computer.

After installing the File Sharing package through the Maintenance –> Install Extras menu, the File Sharing option can be enabled through the Maintenance –> Settings menu.…

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How to install Remote HD on Original Apple TV (1G) tutorial

Setting up Remote HD is a breeze. Follow these simple instructions to get up and running in no time.

Disclaimer: Adding 3rd party software to an Apple TV is not supported by Apple. The instructions below describe how to unlock and install/upgrade Remote HD plugin as a 3rd party software.

You will need:

  1. An iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch running Remote HD
  2. An Apple TV to connect to (software version 3.0 or newer)

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Install/Upgrade Remote HD plugin on the Apple TV

    Remote HD’s Apple TV plugin must be installed and running on the Apple TV before you can control it with Remote HD.

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AirPlay Comes to Original AppleTV (1G) via RemoteHD

AirPlay Comes to Original AppleTV (1G) via RemoteHD

We’re pleased to announce, thanks to Remote HD, the 1st gen AppleTV is now able to act as an AirPlay compatible device! With Remote HD installed all the amazing features of AirPlay for the new black AppleTV are now available on the original silver models.

What can I stream?

  • Video, YouTube, video podcasts, and photos from iOS devices.
  • Video, and video podcasts from iTunes.
  • Video from other 3rd party apps if your iOS devices is modified to do so.
  • Audio streaming coming soon.

How does it work?

  1. If you don’t already have Remote HD purchase it here [iTunes link].
  2. Install Remote HD on your AppleTV
  3. Restart your AppleTV.
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How to install NitoTV on Apple TV Original (1G)

This is a quick and easy tutorial on how to install NitoTV onto the Apple TV 1G, this program is needed in order to enable external storage.

In order to install NitoTV, your Apple TV must be jailbroken, for a tutorial on how to do this, click here.

Step 1. Navigate over to ‘Software Menu’ along the menu of your Apple TV.

Note: this menu will only be there if you have jailbroken your Apple TV

Step 2. Under Software Menu, select ’3rd Party’

Step 3. Click on NitoTV, and select download.

The Apple TV will now download the installation file, once this is complete it will be installed.…

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