Apple TV 4.4 Software Released

by tomek on October 13, 2011

Your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have been generously updated by Apple with over 200 new features yesterday, and the Cupertino-based company didn’t forget about its “hobby device”. Apple released the Apple TV 4.4 software update, which adds Photo Stream, AirPlay mirroring, NHL live games, Wall Street Journal news, support for subtitles in Netflix, new movie trailers section and some new slideshow themes.

With Photo Stream in iCloud, your last 1000 photos automatically appear in a special Photo Stream album on your Apple TV 2.  No matter which device you used to take the picture. No syncing. No sending. iCloud’s Photo Stream service automatically uploads the photos you take or import on any of your devices and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices and computers.

AirPlay mirroring lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S to your HDTV. It lets you to mirror every app to the big screen, including web browsers and games.

Other new features:

  • National Hockey League: watch live games. View highlights, scores, and more.
  • Wall Street Journal: watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts.
  • New Slideshow themes: enjoy your photos on your HDTV with new slideshow themes: Photo Wall, Flip-up, Shifting Tiles.
  • Netflix: added support for subtitles when available.
  • Trailers: browse and view hundreds of the latest theatrical trailers

As always – don’t update to 4.4 if you don’t want to lose your jailbreak. @nitoTV and @firecore are already working hard on the new jailbreak. We’ll have a tutorial on how to jailbreak your Apple TV on firmware 4.4 as soon as the new jailbreak is out.

Our readers report that Apple is still signing the 4.3 software, which means that if you didn’t update and your atv is still running 4.3, you can jailbreak it using SeasOnPass 0.7.7 or sn0wbreeze.

You may also want to read:
AirPlay Mirroring Coming to iPhone 4S
How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 or iOS 5 Beta with Seas0nPass 0.7.7 (untethered)
How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 with sn0wbreeze (untethered)

  • Elvin

    I have iPAD 1 and Ipod 4th gen with IOS 5 and I was able to see video and audio via airplay from the youtube app on the iPAD 1 with my JB ATV2 but I was not able to get HULU plus working…You think if I update to 4.4 this would work? I still like XBMC over Airplay but would LOVE to have both options:)

  • Anonymous

    I feel the ATV2 jailbreak will come sooner that the iOS 5 untether.

  • Neorez

    Hi Elvin, can you tell me how how get HULU plus working?

  • does it have a patch for the Philips tv’s ?

  • Guest

    Why not use the Hulu addon?

  • Pingback: Apple T.V 2 Upgraded to version 4.4 « The Apple and The Oranges()

  • John Travolta

    can’t wait anymore ! 😀 hurry ups guys, jailbreak jailbreak jailbreak ! 😉 

  • teocr

    Hello! I’m about to buy a ATV2 but I think is so possible that it comes with 4.4 pre-installed. Could I buy it or it is better to wait for the new jb?

    Regards from Costa Rica!

  • fast2break

    I purchased an ATV2 yesterday and it still had 4.3 on it. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of existing stock with 4.3.

  • Joshua Clarke

    You could buy it now…but you might have to wait a while for the jailbreak to come out.

  • Joshua Clarke


  • apple as stop signing 4.3 now, i tried to jailbreak my apple tv running 4.3 and had no success, i got so fed up i upgraded to 4.4, now patiently waiting for the jailbreak

  • Tangomar

    I am sorry to say that ATV2 features suck when compared to Roku2.
    The channel offer is ridiculous. Apple is too much focused on itself (iTunes) and not looking to what the competition is offering. Another scarce firmware update like this and I am going to sell it.

  • Pingback: Apple TV 2 Software Update 4.4.1 – Released and Pulled -

  • OdysseyDFX

    Can anyone tell me if this fixed the floating photos slideshow not playing random from all the photos ? It used to just pick a few hundred and always randomise those but i’m hoping this latest update fixes that ?

    I’d be very grateful for a response ?

  • Apple TV2 Fanatic

    You cant get Hulu or Hulu + working on a jailbroken AT2 because of some coding to hulu’s site.  There was a developer by the name of bluecop who at one point had a working script but the change that hulu made blocks the jailbroken ATV2 from watching hulu.  One way to watch hulu on an ATV2 is to use playon.

Previous post:

Next post: