XBMC Frodo (12.0) is officially released

by umOuch on January 31, 2013

If you are one of our faithful fans who have XBMC Eden (11.0) installed on your jailbroken Apple TV 1, Apple TV 2, or any other device for that matter, we have some exciting news for you: the development team over at xbmc.org has been hard at work, this past month, preparing to release the latest iteration of their multimedia center software known only as Frodo (12.0). This update comes complete with a great deal of improvements, bug fixes, and extended hardware support. The real question is what will this mean for us Apple TV junkies. Well, this new build offers:

  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine (OSX/iOS not yet available)
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types and more interesting and complex skins
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved AirPlay support across all platforms, including AirPlay audio in XBMC for Windows to match the other platforms
  • Improved controller support in Windows and Linux
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Video library tags to complement movie sets
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Default video languages now match the language being used by XBMC
  • Translations now powered by Transifex

For you Apple TV fans, one of the biggest adjustments is the extended support for H.D. audio. This latest builds helps enable you to make the most of the audio capabilities that the Apple TV has to offer. Aside from these listed improvements, you will see many changes under the hood. Some of these are great to see, others are a bit frustrating. One of the more exciting features, to me, is the inclusion of something known as skin.widgets. This tool makes skinning a much better experience. If you want to get a real idea of what this means for skins in Frodo, look no further than SiO2 by a developer named fastcolors. This skin is designed with you in mind.

Read also:How to change skins in XBMC on Apple TV

In contrast, one of the frustrating items is the fact that we lose the use of last.FM playback in this latest build. They explained this on their blog, at xbmc.org, as something that was unavoidable do to the changes in the coding, but it is missed none the less. It is also worth noting that there are quite a few add-ons/skins that are not currently supported in Frodo. Usually, this is not a problem as developers can easily make changes to get their add-ons/skins working in the latest XBMC build. Sadly, there are quite a few devs, of some well known add-ons/skins, that are no longer actively keeping their items up to date. This means that we may lose some of our favorite add-ons/skins in the upgrade. Time will tell.

All in all. It is worth the update. As a rule, we should always upgrade as it only improves the overall experience. If an add-on, or skin, is missed enough, someone will get it working again!

  • Is there anything special we have to do install 12.0 on ATV?

  • Does the 12.0 version also supports quick access to Time capsule?

  • UmOuch

    Essentially, you can follow any of our HOW TO INSTALL XBMC guides and you will be set up with 12.0

  • Arthur A

    use nitoTv to update it.

  • Oh good, the beta crashes on one of my ATV2’s, hope the final release fixes that.

  • Beta? XBMC 12.0 Frodo is now a final release

  • LeonardoMBorges

    After the update my xbmc isn’t working, I’ve already tried to reinstall and it still crashing. What can I do?

  • Hispania

    Uninstall PLEX to avoid reboots

  • Is anyone having issues after updating? Wanna update but I know the beta version had lots of issues.

  • Did u fix the issue?

  • Meee

    Unfortunately Frodo does not support Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) which is what the ATV1 is based on. (From http://forum.firecore.com/topic/9460 )

  • sacretagent

    upgrade plex on your atv2 to the newest manually and then install frodo again
    after that it should work … it worked for me

  • leonardomb

    Yes, I did what @32ccd0974b0e9a566558c617130c371a:disqus said. Uninstall Plex and it should come back to normal. Thanks for the advice.

  • leonardomb

    After that you can reinstall the Plex using this tutorial: http://www.appletvhacks.net/2012/02/03/how-to-install-plex-0-10-on-apple-tv-2-tutorial/

  • Are we talking the Plex application or the the Plex plugin in XBMC?

  • thanks im gonna update mine now!

  • editor

    Frodo will run on atv1 only if it is running linux. Check out this article to learn how to install OpenELEC (linux OS) on atv1


  • Dodger long

    Hi will an Apple TV 2 jailbreak with fordo work in malta?

  • storman22

    My nito comes back with an error on my v5.0 atv2. My older atv2 with 4.4.4 updated no problem, how can I update the 5.0 atv2? Do I need to remove and reinstall xbmc-atv2 from Nito? Or ssh update? Thx for your help.

  • No shit Frodo is the final….I am happy Frodo was released because the beta crashes on me.

  • Frodo took care of my issues, I went to the beta version of 12 and that was crashing on me. Love Frodo.

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