XBMC 11.0 Eden for Apple TV – Review

by umOuch on March 29, 2012

XBMC 11.0 Eden for Apple TV

XBMC 11.0 “Eden” is finally here. That’s right Apple TV users: we finally have a stable release for both Apple TV 1 and the Apple TV 2. There are no more nightlies, betas, or release candidates! If you happen to be one of the new 1080p Apple TV 3 owners out there, feel reassured that when your device is jailbroken this release will also work for you.

Depending on when you last updated your installation you may or may not notice much difference on this release. If you are like me, and you love keeping up to date with the latest that XBMC and its developers have to offer than you will not notice any notable differences between this release and the last release candidate. If, on the other hand, you are one of the many people out there that has remained on Dharma 10.1, waiting patiently for their next stable release, you are in for a pleasant surprise.

What’s in store for users in Eden (11.0), that differs from Dharma (10.0)?

There have been multiple updates to the XBMC installation in this latest release.  Well, quite simply, this release turns your Apple TV into the device you have always wanted it to be! Though there have been many different ways of getting XBMC on your Apple TV’s over the past few years, they have all felt a bit weak. In Dharma 10.0, we were often met with script errors, crashes, and a variety of other errors. With Eden (11.0) you will find a build that feels like it is native to your hardware. The menus are snappier, the backend is much more stable, and even the default skin has been given some serious love and care.

Some of the features that you can look forward to playing with:

  1. Extremely customizable default skin – Confluence.
  2. A tremendous speed increases, thanks to dirty regions (advancedstterings.xml) and a new JPEG decoder.
  3. AirPlay has seen many improvements as well. You can now turn AirPlay off and on from inside XBMC, add password protection, and it has even become much more stable in its ability to stream Audio, Video, and Photos.
  4. We have seen improvements to JSON-RPC (api) making iOS remote controls so much better! This gives developers more control over your XBMC installation, which in turn leads to far better third party remotes for your media center. For an example, I would highly recommend XBMC Constellation!
  5. Add-on Roll back is a new, interesting, feature as well. Perhaps one that caught my eye more than most was this new ability in Eden. XBMC mentions this new feature on their BLOG saying:

Put simply, just as we believe XBMC is yours, we believe addons are yours as well. Most people leave addon auto-updating enabled, to get the latest and greatest code. But auto-updating can be a double edged sword. What happens when an addon is updated and the user doesn’t like the update? With the program XBMC itself, the user could simply uninstall the most recent version and install an older copy.  With addons, users were out of luck. Until now.

All in all this release is worth the download. If you have not yet done so, you should consider installing XBMC 11.0 Eden as soon as possible. You can download it from here.

umOuch (Andrew Brasher) 

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Apple patent reveals advanced TV remote

  • Marco

    Hey, thanks for your blog mate, it’s awesome!
    I’ve been using the release candidate for a couple of months and I’d like to update XBMC to this latest version but I really don’t want to erase my preferences, libraries, etc…

    Could you create a guide to safe-update our AppleTV 2 (720p)? I can follow instruction about FTP and SSH, but I can’t do it myself. 

    Is there any way to update the software engine but not all the other configurations (network paths, posters, etc)?

  • dave

    could anybody comment on how xbmc compares to plex?

  • WRojas

    Hi, I’ve never done a jailbreak before and I’m so exited to do it, I would like to know how to do it step by step.

    I’ll appreciate your help,Thanks,

  • umOuch of XBMCHUB

    XBMC is what PLEX was built off of. Similar ideas, but XBMC is the Mother of PLEX.

  • umOuch of XBMCHUB

    It is quite easy. If you update via SSH you will lose nothing. it will simply update the version of the software you are running.

    SSH into the ATV2

    and run the following:

    apt-get updateapt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

  • I’m not finding it all that stable but there are some very nice features.  the “Metropolis” skin is so gorgeous that I almost don’t need to watch anything at all.  I’m still finding that the ATV2 is too slow play HD…is that just me?

  • umOuch of XBMCHUB

    This is one of the reasons you are finding it slow, perhaps… is the skin. The prettier the skin (image rich) the slower the ATV. As to the HD content… mine streams very well. The only time I see a stutter is when streaming 1080p over my home network, but this is because I do not have a crazy high SPEED at my home.

  • Sismik11

    Does anyone know if the new Eden supports DVD-ISO playback on ATV2 or ATV3. Seaching the web I can see that XBMC on ATVs has some problems playing DVD-ISO files.

  • Tw1333

    I installed Eden but I cannot find a way to access the system settings. Perhaps it was the skin that I had in place before I installed the update, but I’ve looked every which way and I just cannot find any system settings. What am I doing wrong.

  • Tw1333

    I shouldgenerational my previous post that I am running XBMC on an Apple TV first-generation.

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  • Info

    Thank for a nice guide, I just worked the first time.

  • scottydoo89

    “access denied” can anyone explain? ATV2 is hooked up to my tv and on the network. I enter its ipaddress into my putty command and get connected, but from there on access is denied. Ive tried the default password “alpine” but no use can anyone assist me? I would be greatful for any advice!

    Little more detail: Ive jailbroken my ATV2 using SeasOnPass, all went well. Now im trying to install XBMC 11.0… but access denied…

  • Lloydy_007

    Hello everytime I try any of the addons on XBMC it’s just cums up with script error all the time
    Anyone help I’ve been trying to get help for about 8 months now

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