aTV Flash (black) Beta5 for Apple TV 2 Now Available

by tomek on May 13, 2011

aTV Flash (black), Firecore’s flagship product for the 2nd generation Apple TV, has been updated to Beta5. This time the developers’ main focus has been on building and improving the Media Player feature: according to Firecore, the Media Player has received a “big boost” in Beta5, but is still under heavy development with many more features and improvements still to come.

What’s new in Beta5?


  • Added AppleTV 4.2.2 compatibility
  • Improved installer routine
  • Improved handling of failed installations
  • Improved error handling
  • Minor UI adjustments

Media Player

  • Added SMB streaming
  • Added photo slideshows
  • Added basic video playlists
  • Added ‘Favorites’ section
  • Added individual photo browsing and viewing
  • Added support for ‘’ shares
  • Added support for guest/anonymous NAS logins
  • Added volumes list sorting
  • Added option to disable metadata fetching
  • Added option to hide file extensions
  • Improved handling of HD video files
  • Improved memory management
  • Improved DVD file detection
  • Improved remote share folder browsing (root folder issue)
  • Improved support
  • Resolved artifact issues (green line near bottom of screen)
  • Resolved rare crashes related to AFP streaming
  • Resolved issues in share navigation resulting in incorrect ‘menu’ button handling
  • Resolved issues resulting in incorrect video playback after rewinding on ‘fastest’ speed
  • Resolved issues related to removing saved shares
  • Resolved duplicate AFP share entries
  • Resolved conflicts with XBMC
  • Minor UI fixes
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

Couch Surfer Pro

  • Added HTML5 audio support (for sites like
  • Added EyeTV streaming
  • Improved web pages scrolling and layout handling
  • Improved iOS-optimized JavaScript support
  • Improved highlighting of large web elements
  • Auto-complete history is now cleared when clearing history
  • New SSL indicator
  • Other minor bug fixes


  • Added 5-day forecasts
  • Added location search option
  • Added automatic location detection (if no saved locations exist)
  • Added day/night weather forecasts
  • Added ‘Feels Like’ temperature info
  • Minor UI fixes

  • Added lightweight audio streaming player
  • Improved memory management

What Firecore is still working on

  • New lightweight audio/video player
  • Additional codecs
  • DVD chapter controls
  • AC3/DTS (5.1 surround) sound
  • Subtitle support
  • Multiple audio track support
  • Improved UI and file browsing
  • Better memory management

Beta5 is available through the Downloads tab in your account. If you’re already running aTV Flash (black) on your AppleTV all the new features can be installed through the Maintenance –> Manage Extras menu.

You may also want to read:
Apple Updates Apple TV 2 Firmware to 4.2.2, Untethered Jailbreak is Already Out
SHOUTcast Radio App Updated to Support AirPlay
AirPlay Implementation on the Old Apple TV is Now Complete
AirPlay-Enabled Apps: Air Video (review)

  • Anonymous

    WOW, great news, ” the Media Player has received a “big boost”” seems cool for me, as I always use iFunia video converter to do conveting my DVDs to watch on the Apple TV.
    Hmm, maybe I should update to the bata 5 at once!

  • Colonica

    Xbmc crashes everytime I play a movie thru smb. Is there an update for this problem?

  • Alex R

    I’m pretty new to this stuff; but how do I install this? I have my ATV 2 jb with Seasonpass already.

  • East123man

    XBMC crashes about every ten minuets or so when streaming media generally means there is a software update from apple. When the apple TV requests the update it freezes the apple TV. Check for a newer version on seasonpass and re-install the newer version, this fixed the issue I was having. Hopefully this helps!!

  • Benji

    I dont think you need this hack anymore as apple tv and the app store on the iPhone and iPad offer you to play all media, with the current update to mirror and airplay I feel that this product is now behind the times. I would recommend just waiting for the next version of software for iPhone and iPad and ATV2.

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