Apple TV 2 Gets Software Update 4.2

by tomek on March 10, 2011

Apple TV 2 Software Update 4.2Apple TV 2 software has been updated to version 4.2 (iOS 4.3), which brings new capabilities to those tiny black boxes that are still not jailbroken or are ready to lose the jailbreak. MLB.TV and NBA Game Time are now available as streaming content options, AirPlay has been updated to support video from iOS apps and websites and the support for Dolby Digital 5.1 on Netflix has been added (the full list of new features is below).

As you already know, if you don’t want to lose your jailbreak (and all the apps/plugins/add-ons you’ve already installed) you can’t update. But if you have SHSH blobs saved you can update to 4.2, check out the new features and then decide whether you stay with these ones or you prefer to go back to your old jailbreakable 4.1.1 (iOS 4.2.1) to enjoy some other great features it offers (XBMC, Hulu, aTV Flash and many more).

AppleInsider reports that users are reporting flickering issues with latest Apple TV software update. Check out the AppleInsider post and the growing thread in Apple’s Discussions forums for the latest.

To disable auto-apdates:
–          with nitoTV installed: nitoTV -> Settings -> AppleTV Updates – click “OK” to disable
–          with aTV Flash installed: Maintenance -> Settings menu

Full list of Apple TV Software Update 4.2 features:

  • NBA Game Time: live and on-demand games with an NBA League Pass Broadband subscription. Available are both live and on-demand games. NBA League Pass costs $100 for one-year unlimited streaming or $65 if you pick 7 teams to watch (check all the available options here). Non-subscribers can access real-time NBA scores and in-game stats, plus see the full-season schedule, standings, stats, and video highlights.
  • MLB.TV: live and on-demand Major League Baseball games in HD with an MLB.TV subscription ($100 a year for standard and $120 for the premium offering; details here).
  • AirPlay for apps and websites: wirelessly stream video from iOS apps and websites that are enabled for AirPlay, on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3.
  • Netflix Dolby Digital 5.1: support for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround  sound on Netflix streaming (Not available with all titles.)
  • New slideshow themes: new Scrapbook, Photo Mobile, and Holiday Mobile slideshow themes.
  • Improved on-screen keyboard.
  • AirPlay photo slideshow themes: All Apple TV photo slideshow themes are now available when using AirPlay to wirelessly send a photo slideshow from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to Apple TV.
  • HDMI color mode: atv software update 4.2 includes a setting for changing the color mode output over HDMI.
  • Connectivity and performance fixes.

You may also want to read:
How to Watch Hulu on Apple TV 2
How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 with greenpois0n rc6
How to install XBMC on Apple TV 2

  • I will wait for the jailbreak….or not upgrade at all. I am not going to give up my XBMC right now.

    Also, lets get an app store on it…with slingplayer please.

  • Colonica

    Even with the update setting on off, apple will still ask you to upgrade if you leave your apple tv idle. just say update later! Xbmc has been crashing, it needs to be upgraded to 10.1 version, how do we upgrade to xbmc 10.1?? Thanks!

  • Pyrofool

    you can stop the update prompt by installing updatebegone from NitoTV

  • Pyrofool

    this also stops XBMC from crashing

  • Colonica

    Thanks for that tip! How about xbmc 10.1 update?

  • Colonica

    Oh haha ok thanks again!

  • I just boght the Apple TV 2 to jailbreak and use XBMC, but I updated before reading this post… I lost my jailbreak and don’t know how to put it back!!
    Anyone, please help!!! 🙁

    Great, I found the solution myself!!!!
    I will post here, maybe it will help someone else.
    – Uninstalled the latest version of iTunes (I had also updated iTunes…)
    – Installed a previous version (in my case 10.0
    – Downloaded the original Apple TV 2 Firmware 4.2.1 (
    – Restored my Apple TV 2 using the original firmware.
    – Did the Jailbreak again using Greenpois0n 6.1

  • Boveda2k1

    having problems with xbmc crashing it goes back to apple tv 2 any suggestions

  • AppleTv2g Brain

    Hi ,this is what worked for me , update the xbmc
    after its going to tell you that nothing was change , dont worry , go to next step,

    2) install NitoTv,
    inside NitoTv got o option “install software” , i think in one of the first options there is a update refering to xbmc, install it , Voila , mine is working perfect now, hope this works for u.

  • Joeram013

    to all still having problems jailbreaking and running xbmc on the new appletv2, I had my working fine first with a tethered seasonpass jailbrake, then a non-thereted greenpoison, the both wont work right now, i was able to make it work again with a pwnage jailbreak using an old .iswp more details here

  • Pookie3

    Hi, new to AppleTV, wondering how to get 5.1 digital audio ? All updates are current but audio only goes to my amp as stereo 🙁  Via optical cable. Amp runs fine with my blueray player etc..

  • P-tje

    My apple is jailbreaked (4.3 seasonpass) But i don’t get Netflix on my appletv

    any help would be nice.


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