nitoTV – one plugin to rule them all

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on September 4, 2007


nitotv screenshot nitoTV   one plugin to rule them all

If there is one Apple TV plugin you should try out, look no further than the nitoTV plugin by nitoSoft. As far as we know, it is the only plugin project being actively developed for the Apple TV. The guys at nitoSoft has been furiously releasing updates at a break-neck pace. Unlike most plugins out there, this one is more refined than others.

Based on a port of mplayer, a popular open source movie player, nitoTV seamlessly integrates with the Apple TV interface to bring you a viewing experience like no other.

For starters, it lets you play movie files in just about any format out there; so for those of you complaining that Apple TV doesn’t support so and so format, take a look at this plugin. It even supports subtitle, something we’re still waiting for Apple to do something about with their movies and TV shows. Yes, sometimes, I just like to watch my shows in Thai and other times, in Japanese.

Don’t feel like spending the time converting all your DVDs to mp4 to play on the Apple TV? No worries, mate. The plugin will play your DVD content, be it from actual DVD from a mounted USB DVD drive or from a ripped ISO. You can even mount the ISO on a network drive. The last few revisions includes a “DVD Import” feature, which supposedly imports the content of a DVD without even conversion. We haven’t tried this out ourselves but it’s worth a look.

All in all, we think Apple can sure learn a thing or two from the development of this plugin. Are you listening, Apple?

To the folks at nitoSoft, we salute you for bringing this gem to our favorite platform.

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  • dave

    Does it do subtitles?

  • luck

    Yes, as mentioned in the post, it does.

  • spids

    NitoTV Rules, it’s by far the best plugin for aTV

    http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/NitoTV

  • panda monium

    this hack might just sell me an aTV. Apple take note!

  • Dennis/DK

    Anyone know how to install it? U need OSX on your apple TV to install it or something? :/ But AWESOME hack, just need something to get my apple tv to play divx. It’s just collectin dust :)

  • Larry

    It’s amazing how Apple don’t tell you the whole truth about there Apple TV. When I realised the you couldn’t stream and watch popular video formats from your computer, I felt really ripped off and pissed off I have to tell you. I hope Jobs isn’t turning into the another ‘Billy Gates’.
    I too would love to know how to install this amazing plug-in too.
    I only hope the instructions a supplied for fools to do it! Do all this is new to me.
    Help me get this thing dusted off also and into full service.
    Cheers
    Larry

  • alinardo

    It totally chokes on 720p mkv files. Is there anything that can play them without choking? Even the 40 MB samples choke.

  • ian

    id love to know how to install this ? can anyone help me , do i need osx to be installed on my apple tv ?

  • Blah

    Hmm.. Anyone who is complaining about the apple tv features have not been to http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/Main_Page This is just one of a few great plugins being developed by the awkwardtv team. If you go to the wikipage you find all the answers to installation…. Btw installing this only requires ssh to be enabled

  • Dennis

    Anyone have a irc net where you can get help or something like that? what is ssh? :P doh – n00b here

  • http://www.qbox.com.au QBOX

    I have not got an Apple TV at hand to try this out but looks like it could work.

    go to http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/NitoTV

    and download the

    0.2.5b7 Download Location: direct download link

    At least you get a .dmg installer and instruction as follows
    ———————————–
    nitoTV 0.2.5b7 installer read me

    (this read me is again stolen from the ATVLoader one, deja vu from the first release, right?)

    To install it, you will need to copy this folder to your AppleTV. You can copy it to the home folder of the ‘frontrow’ user if you wish, although its location doesn’t really matter.

    Next, you need to open an SSH connection to your AppleTV, like so:

    ssh -1 frontrow@

    When prompted for a password, enter ‘frontrow’.

    Now go to the directory where you placed this folder on your AppleTV and type the following command:

    sudo ./installme

    When prompted for a password, enter ‘frontrow’ again.

    The script will make the OSBoot volume writable, run the installer to install the appliance, then make the root volume read-only again. If your own setup has the root volume mounted writable all the time, you can simply do:

    sudo installer -pkg nitoTV.pkg -target /

    …to run the installer on its own.

    If there are any errors in this process, you can contact me on the AwkwardTV IRC channel, irc.moofspeak.net #awkwardtv

  • Barry

    isn’t SSH Secure SHell? A way of sending CLI commands to a remote system securely?

    This is derived from Unix Shells like Mac OSX’s BASH shell.

  • Tone

    Ive was able to get the plug-in to install and works great. The only thing that i haven’t been able to get working in the network feature. I have a buffalo NAS and want to link my apple tv to it. I tried adding different path locations with no success. What am i doing wrong???

  • Keith

    I definitely need help installing this… does anyone know of a site with step-by-step instructions?

    thanks a lot

  • luck

    Keith, there is a thread out on awkwardtv.org’s forum that the nito team has setup to answer these types of questions.

    http://forum.awkwardtv.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=392

    Hope this helps.

  • Larry

    I have installed the ATV Loader and successfully downloaded and installed the Nito TV plug-ins shortly thereafter. Now I get a ‘Error 48′ message when attempting to installing other downloaded plugins from Awkward TV. Does anyone know what ERROR 48 is?
    Thanks in advance.

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  • dna

    installed fine and works most of the time but several different movies (via VIDEO_TS) cause an error message. Here’s the message…

    “Invalid DVDPlayback.framework”

    “DVDPlayback version number is too low, the framework must come from 10.4.9 or greater”.

    anyone else getting this error message and what’s the work around? What specific files need to be copied over to rid this evil message?!? Thanks in advance! :)

    DNA

  • 5150

    installed fine and works most of the time but several different movies (via VIDEO_TS) cause an error message. Here’s the message…

    “Invalid DVDPlayback.framework”

    “DVDPlayback version number is too low, the framework must come from 10.4.9 or greater”.

    anyone else getting this error message and what’s the work around? What specific files need to be copied over to rid this evil message?!? Thanks in advance! :)

    DNA

  • http://nitosoft.com nito

    5150 – you installed the framework from an intel disc image earlier than 10.4.9, this version of the dvdplayback.framework will NOT work with nitoTV. You need to remove this version of the framework and run the smart installer with 10.4.9 image or newer. look at the wiki for more info.

    http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/NitoTV#Smart_Installer

  • Jonathan

    How in the world do I mount my windows NAS hard drives? I followed the steps in nito by typing in my IP address and going to “Guest”, it then says “enter volume path”. What do i type in here? I basically want to see all my media from my X drive. Any help? Thanks.

  • Lantz

    @Larry

    “When I realised the you couldn’t stream and watch popular video formats from your computer, I felt really ripped off and pissed off I have to tell you.”

    Larry, I’m not sure if I’m reading this right but it appears you’re saying two things, that the ATV doesn’t stream content AND that it doesn’t play some of the popular video formats.
    I just bought an Apple TV and had to look up how to do streaming because right out of the box it started syncing with one of my Macs. I want to stream because I have 3 Macs in the house and the 40GB drive wasn’t even big enough to hold the content of a single Library on one of them.

    http://www.apple.com/appletv/sync.html
    …stream from many.
    If you want to watch video from another computer, you can stream it live to your TV via Apple TV. Streamed media travels over your network to your TV — without taking up space on Apple TV’s hard drive. That’s perfect for multicomputer households or when the computer you sync with has more in its iTunes library than will fit on Apple TV. Just choose up to five additional computers from the Sources menu. As long as a computer’s on your network, it can stream to your TV.

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  • s

    Is this possible to install through Windows?

  • http://www.avmasters.net Michael Beck

    Does anyone know if this will still work with Apple TV 2?

    Thanks.

  • Alan

    Does anyone know if this will play RMVB file formats?

  • Alan

    Hi,

    Can anyone here confirm if this hack will allow me to play RMVB files on my Apple TV?

    Thanks

  • Sean

    Couple of questions:

    1. Does this plug-in work with take II.

    2.Does this plug-in allow you to ff, rr, pause, reqognize indexing in WMV?

    3.Does this plug-in allow you to ff, rr, in AVI’s?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Alan


    1. Does this plug-in work with take II.

    2.Does this plug-in allow you to ff, rr, pause, reqognize indexing in WMV?

    3.Does this plug-in allow you to ff, rr, in AVI’s?

    Thanks in advance!”

    1. yes – http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/NitoTV#Take_2_Status
    2. yes
    3.yes

  • Steven

    My question for you is will this software allow me to play the raw VOB files in a VideoTS folder from a network share?
    I store all of my movies in that format on a NAS at home and have 3 AppleTV’s pulling content over the wireless network. In order to do this today with the default software on the AppleTV I have to convert the VOB files to MP4 format using a software package called handbrake (it does take a few hours). Then I have to import the mp4 file into iTunes. Once in iTunes, I have to find the album art off the web and add it into iTunes. Once that is done iTunes has to be running on my PC – it acts as the streaming media server. I do not want to store any media files on the AppleTV except for photos – Its only 160GB and my NAS is over a TB. Plus, I have very limited space to throw a TB of storage behind each of my 3 wall mounted LCDs (no can do)
    Do you have suggestions here or do I just keep going through the pains of converting to mp4 or m4v format???

  • Pat

    Steve,
    I have the same exact issue. My DVD collection is ripped and available on my home NAS. I just don’t have a good way of getting to my HiDefTV. Enter Appletv with NITO. Anyone out there with the solution on just how to make this work?

  • Trevnat

    This alone convinced me to by Apple TV.
    It is seamless and plays virtually everything I have given it so far.

  • Hagan

    Same as 32 Pat and 33 Trevant. Dont want to convert my vobs, but want to play them through apple tv? Any help would be great thanks

  • Tecsi

    Same as 34, 33, 32. HD capacities ($180 for 1.5TB!) make converting to H.264 a waste of time. How about a bounty for this, similar to USB drive bounty?

  • nlrela

    Do I understand correct, that with this plugin I can play my iso’ from my NAS and that even DVD menu’s do appear ?

  • MS

    Is possible install Veetle TV in apple TV?

  • Josh

    Sure thing! But you may have to install XBMC first (a free plugin that is installable through nitoTV) to play them correctly.

  • John900doe

    Darned guys… I see post nearly 3 or 4 years old addressing questions about aTV 2′s. How long has the ATV 2 been out. I bought mine jaibraken (is that a word) with SB. GhostScript seems the way to go but I thought the ATV 2 was sorta new. Yes mine is “brand” new but has this ATV 2 model truly been out 3 or so years?

  • fred

    my question is I have veetle app on my iphone and it wont stream to my apple tv, why?

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