AppleTVHacks Best of 2011

by tomek on January 13, 2012

Apple TV Hacks Best of 2011

UPDATE: Winner of “Apple TV Hacks Best of 2011 Award” Announced

2011 was a good year for Apple TV. Although it seems that everyone is already waiting for Apple TV set (are you?), some hackers and developers have worked really hard through the whole 2011 on jailbreaks and software that supercharged our silver and black boxes. Various hacks, jailbreaks, plugins and add-ons convinced us the Apple TV is more than just a simple hobby device that only lets you buy movies on iTunes and listen to some odd radio stations.

It’s time to select the best of the best, to choose “AppleTVHacks Best of 2011”!

We are asking for your votes for the best Apple TV (both 1st and 2nd generation) hack/jailbreak/plugin/add-on/software of 2011.  We chose the nominees; the award is people’s choice. The winner will receive “AppleTVHacks Best of 2011 Award” and will be featured on our site.

Cast your vote for a chance to win the following fantastic prizes:

iPod nano 16 GB (6th generation)

Win iPod nano

Apple TV 2 (newest version)

Win Apple TV 2

Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control (for Apple TV)

Win Kymera Wand Remote Control for Apple TV

Oregon Scientific RM901A Rainbow Clock

Win Oregon Scientific Rainbow Clock

Skin Sticker for Apple TV 2

Win Skin Sticker for Apple TV 2

Here are the nominees (in alphabetical order):

AirPlay for Windows Media Center, Thomas Pleasance’s free addin, enables AirPlay streaming (video and pictures; music is not supported yet) to your Windows PC running Windows Media Player. Simple to install and use, works seamlessly.

In 2011, FireCore’s aTV Flash (black) for Apple TV 2 has finally left beta. Version 1.0 came with all-new Media Player, WebKit based browser, radio, Weather, RSS feeds and gives you fast access to plugins like nitoTV, Remote HD, XBMC and Plex client. The only drawback – it’s not free ($29.95).

Read: FireCore releases aTV Flash (black) 1.0 to supercharge the Apple TV 2

Luckily for the owners of the original Apple TV, in 2011, FireCore continued to develop the software for the old shiny Apple TV boxes. Released in November, version 4.4 of aTV Flash brought support for the new Remote HD features (iOS 5 AirPlay streaming, support for playing DRM protected media, support for doubleTwist + AirTwist add-on), as well as the support for Mac OS X Lion and NFS file streaming.

Read: aTV Flash 4.4 for original Apple TV now available

Bluecop, a repository of XBMC video plug-ins, brings Hulu to Apple TV after fast and easy installation. It also features Amazon Prime, ESPN3, Free Cable, Cartoon Network, CBS, MTV, South Park Studios and The Daily Show plug-in addons.

Read: How to Watch Hulu on Apple TV 2

Developed by Chronic Dev Team (with a contribution from nitoTV), greenpois0n RC6 allowed us to perform an untethered jailbreak on Apple TV 2 running iOS 4.2.1. The development has not been continued for further Apple TV software updates.

Read: How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 with greenpois0n rc6

The most popular XBMC plugin gives you an instant access to the library of dozens of thousands movies and TV shows that can be streamed directly to your Apple TV.

@nitotv, one of the first Apple TV developers, not only contributes to FireCore’s Seas0nPass but also continues his great work on developing his own plugin – nitoTV (recently updated to version 0.8.1-3). NitoTV features Weather and RSS functionality and lets you install other add-ons and software, like XBMC, RemoteHD, Overflow, openSSH, BT Stack, Rowmote Helper and more. NitoTV is also available for the original Apple TV.

PwnageTool 4.3, a custom IPSW creator and jailbreaking tool created by iPhone-Dev Team, supported untethered jailbreak on Apple TV 4.2.1 and Apple TV 4.3. The tool has not been updated to support Apple TV 4.4 firmware.

Read: Untethered iOS 4.3.1 Jailbreak for Apple TV 2 Released (updated)

Remote HD, an Apple TV plugin that works with a dedicated iOS app, gives you complete access to your Apple TV. It works like an Apple Remote, but it can do a lot more – one of the greatest features is Remote View that brings your Apple TV’s display to your iPhone/iPad or iPod touch. In 2011, Remote HD added support for Apple TV 2 and brought AirPlay functionality as well as iOS 5 and iTunes DRM-encrypted video support to the first generation Apple TV.

Read: Remote HD now supports Apple TV 2
Remote HD 5.0 plugin keeps old Apple TV kicking with iOS 5 support

Seas0nPass, a jailbreak tool designed by FireCore specifically and exclusively for the AppleTV 2, has been consequently updated during the whole year to jailbreak the newer and newer versions of Apple TV firmware. Both Mac and Windows, it also includes a simple tethered boot option when an untethered jailbreak is not yet available.

Read: How to jailbreak Apple TV 4.4.4 using Seas0nPass – untethered (tutorial)

Considered as the unofficial PwnageTool for Windows, sn0wbreeze works with Windows XP, Vista and 7. Version 2.5.1 supported untethered jailbreak for Apple TV 4.2.1. Further Apple TV software versions are not supported.

Read: How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 with sn0wbreeze (untethered)

In 2011, XBMC has finally been released for the Apple TV 2. XBMC supports a very complete spectrum of audio and video multimedia file formats and codecs right out-of-the-box. The 2011’s release also features full hardware decode for 720p/1080p movies as well as network files sharing. Add-ons like Icefilms, Bluecop and Navi-X make XBMC on Apple TV a must-have.

Read: XBMC for Apple TV 2 now available

Let the voting begin!

Here is how to participate:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Marcelo Novaes

    I want Siri to be ported to aTV2

  • kareeka

    I think there will be a more powerful apple TV, i mean with screen and everything, with siri, and all these features, what te apple tv 2nd gen, plus the features of ATV flash, and of course AppStore.

  • SteveDun

    An updated aTV would be nice, but more importantly is the addition of an app store. With other iOS devices to be used as controllers, there is opportunity here for arcade games, browsers, and many other apps that I know I would buy!

  • Fabrizio

    I think It will be another year before the apple tv set comes out. But I believe an apple tv 3 will come out in 2012 with 1080p support

  • Aceedburn

    I’d like an A5 chipped ATV. 720p is good enough and lastly the ability to play 720p .avi files would be awesome!

  • Guido

    I’d like to use IOS apps on my ATV2

  • App Store on ATV is bound to happen anytime soon I think.

  • ability to stream flac and 1080p

  • ability to stream flac and 1080p

  • Appletv 2nd gen wins hands down

  • Szakalviki8

    I love ATV Flash for the new apple TV 🙂

  • Joy

    Thanks & Good Luck to all! 🙂

  • Have a great day !!

  • saminder gumer

    hello. i want the apple tv to stream more channels.

  • Michelle Bentor

    hoping for a great year!

  • Kristen W

    Love my apple tv. Soo much better than going thru the wii or blue ray!

  • Ramaal83

    i would love to see Apple TV 3 will come out soon in summer or spring 2012 

  • Don’t keep this apple away from me . Am not a Doctor 😀

  • Nelson Rivera


  • Angelica Narvaez

    hello! 😀 <3

  • Paraisodosnerds

    Great giveaway! I’ll follow the future posts of the website 😀

  • destiny deadwylier

    Hello! Not sure what I expect still hoping to try it!

  • Jeff

    Hello! Hope to Win!!!

  • Dorothy Rivera

    hello! I ready want this.

  • Prudence Fahie

    Fingers crossed.

  • Can’t wait to see what developments come from the Apple TV apps!!!

  • Joshua Reynolds


  • Janine L.

    We just got an Apple TV for Christmas and I’m still getting used to it and all the fun things it can do!

  • Jimwendte

    I would like to win! Apple TV rocks!

  • Danny C

    I can’t believe you forgot about plex. I vote for Plex for ATV2

  • Rafael

    new tv set!

  • Very nice list of hacks. Hoping to pick up an appletv2 tonight and mess around with some of these 🙂

  • aTV Flash (Black) is the only reason I bought my Apple TV, wanted an easy way to stream my videos from my NAS to my TV and now I can!

  • Gimme!!! 😀

  • Happy Lunar New year!! Today is the chinese lunar new year! wishing all a prosperous new year!

  • Ken

    I love tav black not sure how much better it could get…..self updating would be nice!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I expect this 2012 will be awesome!! 🙂

  • Next years killer app will be the ability run iOS apps.

  • Gottsacker

    Excited to try this tonight.  We have hacked the ATV2, have XBMC and it works good.  Figured out how to stream AVIs from the computer…for $99 this is the ticket! Only question; is HULU working well for others?  Do you need HULU Plus?  Or can you just use the regular HULU?  Thanks.

  • Gottsacker

    You can play AVI, streamed from you computer with windows media player.  After trying to compress all my avi’s and it taking hours…I finally got it working this weekend…streams right off the laptop and works great! 

  • christian quintanilla

    aTV Flash (black) is the best !!!

  • Christopher_applegate

    Icefilms was by far the most valuable to me.

  • Aceedburn

    Yeah I know,mi meant directly through icefilms. Thank for the heads up though.

  • Annette D


  • Carol

    Hello and thanks for the chance to win

  • Lee Taylor


  • Marilyn Wons

    I only expect the best from Apple products in 2012

  • Sharold Friedrich

    Hi nice contest

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  • Denise S


  • aTV Flash (black) is the most complete

  • Susan Smith

    Thanks for the giveaway

  • Anonymous

    Hello and thanks so much for this giveaway.

  • Maik


  • abfantom

    Awesome giveaway!  I’d love to win this

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  • yay

  • Jaquerichards

    I expect the best of everything this year! 🙂 Thank you.

  • Thanks for the great giveaway!  I’d love to win!

  • awesome giveaway! i dont own an apple tv… yet!

  • Margarita

    Thank you for the great opportunity to win wonderful prizes!

  • Jacqueline Griffin

    I have no expectations but would love to try it! And HELLO! Have an awesome 2012! =)

  • Thanks for this giveaway.

    nickieisis3 at gmail dot com

  • deena vanbergen

    Thanks for the giveaway. Twitter name dkdjeep…google plus name dkvanb…deena vanbergen, it wouldn’t let me add these on the rafflecopter

  • Heavenly_angel202007

    I would love to try it out. Never had and I don’t know anyone who has it it would be interesting to see what is it and how it differs.

  • Heavenly_angel202007

    I would love to try it out. Never had and I don’t know anyone who has it it would be interesting to see what is it and how it differs.

  • karen hunter

    Hello and thanks for such a wonderful giveaway

  • Nina Janke


  • Sylvia Ortiz

    Hello 🙂

  • Sarasandy

    Apple 3

  • Louis

    waiting for Apple TV 3

  • Adriana

    More abilities to accessorize!

  • Hello.  I’m sure you’ll do well in 2012.  Thanks.

  • 40denise Taylor

    Thank you for the great giveaway I would love to win one of these.

  • Brandilyn Carpenter

    I don’t know that I have expectations for Apple TV, but I would love to have one!  Thanks 🙂

  • Michelle

    I love our Apple TV and particularly the streaming Netflix.  Great invention!

  • pam r.

    hello 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hello!  Great giveaway.

  • rmo210


  • Hello!

  • Jennifer Speed

    thanks for the opportunity to win these great items.

  • Hi! I’ve been considering Apple TV for awhile. It looks like a great way to go.

  • Sara b.

    Honestly don’t know what to expect but I’m sure it will be smaller and sleeker.

  • Anonymous

    Hello!!  🙂  I’m not sure what to expect but knowing Apple I’m sure it’ll be something great.

  • Anonymous

    My expectations for 2012 regarding Apple TV is that maybe, hopefully I will win one so I can try it! 🙂

  • estella miller

    Hello! Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  • Marlene V.

    More of the same but upgrade their current line up. And perhaps some new products next year.

  • Anonymous

    Hello 🙂 (kitty cartouche)

  • Kathleen Conner

    Hello–I’ve never tried an Apple TV,but I love Apple

  • John Billiris

    Hello, thanks for the contest

  • thank you for the giveaway

  • Hsimone

    hello and thanks for the giveaway

  • Thanks for this giveaway!

  • Irma Hernandez

    Thank you for the giveaway…

  • Glenna Faccenetti

    Hello and thanks, I really have no expectations.

  • Anonymous

    Really cool prices, an Apple TV would really be helpful.

  • Robin

    awesome…hope i´m gonna win

  • Kewl Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes!

  • A Friend

    Great Prices and an awesome site. Please always keep going!

  • Selene Montgomery

    I’ll just say hello!

  • Anonymous

    Howdy  thanks for the giveaway

  • BleachOne

    This looks like fun!!

  • fiddystorms

    great site, informative content and prizes too!!! great work guys

  • F3R

    I expect two tv models from apple, a 42″ and 55″ (maybe bigger?)
    i expect siri integration, beautiful metal/glass design and expensive price

    it will be a hit due to siri and its integration with other apple devices such as iphone/macbook. Best case scenario macbook will be able to be mirrored on tv wirelessly

  • Scrofishor

    awseome giveaway! 

  • Linda Kish

    Thanks for the chance to be included for your giveaway.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  • Nick


  • I need that wand!

  • Hello!

  • Weber Philip

    Nice giveaways!

  • Peterandvicki10

    Thanx for the give away yea can’t wait to see who wins

  • Brianna Clifford

    How exciting! What great giveaways!!

  • Bobs2fun

    Cool az

  • Gavin Ng

    I’m waiting for a 1080p hack for ATV in 2012!

  • participated, hope to win……

  • Mark Ringwald

    I would love to win a ATV2

  • Jennie P.


  • Djphooka


  • O.

    Awesome! Will try Plex.

  • Davldcrowe18

    great summary of atv2 options. I used firecore and the latest Plex beta. Much household happiness now. If you don’t have a second computer for Plex, firecore will allow you to stream directly from you NAS.

  • Huffcw

    Nice list all in one place

  • Cassie

    hiya! no expectations specifically for apple tv…. but expectations for other apple products!! ([email protected]

  • Alexandre Alves de Araujo

    Hello 😉 and thanks for the giveaway.

  • i also vote plex, it’s what i use 90% of the time i’m using my aTV

  • Aaron Plank

    Looking forward to trying some hacks.

  • hello world 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I vote plex!

  • Gorkrb


  • Benny

    Is there still no VPN solution for the AppleTV?

  • Anonymous

    XBMC is great. So is Plex. None would would work without JB. Such a hard choice.
    I vote for XBMC.

  • Steveconn7

    Thanks for the chance to win.  I think SeasOnPass is the best due to continued updating.

  • Good luck to u

  • Jose Cerrejon

    Mmm, maybe Airplay with iPhone 4.

  • Deleon460

    I need a apple tv 2

  • xbmc

  • Isaac Grant

    Great contest, thanks for the great news you have about apple TV. Good luck to the winner!

    Isaac G.

  • great contest good luck to the winners.  especially if I’m one of them!

  • great contest good luck to the winners.  especially if I’m one of them!

  • Mzbonzi

    very excited to see who wins, thx for the giveaway!!

  • Haley Preasmeyer

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  • Harold D

    Hello, Big things i hope

  • How do we know if we win?

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  • Qwerty1984

    You’re absolutely right!!!

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