Site reorganization

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 21, 2008

I’ve been putting this off for too long.   The complaints have been mounting about how hard it is to find the information you need.   And the absent of forums is also forcing our readers to communicate via comments instead.

So I am now in the process of reorganizing the content of the site to make it easier to find what you need.  I will also be installing a bulletin board software so our readers can finally communicated more effectively.  If I have time, I might even start a video  podcast explaining all the different hacks available on the site.

The goal here is make things easier on you, the readers.  Hacking the Apple TV should be fun and not something to lose sleep about.

Just be patient.

Safari HD Updates

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 19, 2008


Even more love from Brandon.

He has just updated Safari HD with the ability to access http password protected sites. So for those of you that have already downloaded the previous version, try again.

The URLs are still the same:

  • Safari HD Installer for version 1.1
  • Safari HD Installer for version 2.0
  • Safari HD 1.1 core files

Now go and get some sleep, Brandon. Don’t tire yourself out.

[Update] All links removed to comply with Apple’s lawyers requests.

Safari HD is now available

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 17, 2008


3 cheers for Brandon Holland! Safari HD is officially released. Now you can browse the web right on your big screen TV from the comfort of your couch.

Safari HD is available for both Apple TV 1.1 and 2.0. All you need is an ssh-enabled Apple TV. The installer script should take care of installing all the components for you. It’s pretty straight-forward, really!

To use the 2.0 version, you first need to do a safe update from version 1.1 of the Apple TV software to 2.0. Currently, there is no way to directly patch the Apple TV via the PatchStick method once you have updated to 2.0. The instructions on how to do a safe update is available on AwkwardTV.org here.

The plugin also comes with a Bookmark file called Bookmarks.plist so you can add bookmarks for use with Safari HD.

For those that downloaded the files from our site before they were available officially (you know who you are), please download and install again. Brandon has since fixed the problems found in the 1.1 version of the software.

By the way, Brandon has put in a lot of time into this plugin. We encourage that if you find his software useful, please make donations to Brandon. It will only keep good quality software like this one coming.

  • Safari HD Installer for version 1.1
  • Safari HD Installer for version 2.0
  • Safari HD 1.1 core files

Let us know of your experience. We can’t wait to hear from you.

A note to Brandon. Hey, maybe you can work on a visualizer next.

[Update] For those who have already installed Safari HD, send us some screen shots of it running on your Apple TV. We would like to share them with the other readers of the site. Send them to [email protected] .

Thanks in advance.

[Update 2] All links removed to comply with Apple’s lawyers requests.

Safari HD: good on Macs, great on Apple TV

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 7, 2008

Safari HD

Long time readers of this blog know how much I would love to see a web browser plugin for the Apple TV.

I guess my prayers have been answered. Brandon Holland (yes that same guy who’s been contributing a lot lately) has just informed me that he’s working on just that: a Backrow version of Safari.

His target date is March 1st. He said this is due mainly to his bandwidth allocation for this month. I guess his Skype Plugin proved to be pretty popular.

Access UPnP Media Servers with Home MediaCloud

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 6, 2008


UPnP Media Servers have been around for awhile now. You can store all kinds of media like photos, music and video files on them. It is just a convenient way to store all your media files and have them accessible from anywhere on your network. Of course, you do need a UPnP client to access these servers. These clients are available on many hardware and software platforms but so far none for the Apple TV. Well, thanks to Bruno Keymolen, the Apple TV is no longer left out.

Introducing Home MediaCloud, a UPnP Client for the Apple TV. Now, not only can you access those media files from your PS3, Xbox 360, Macs and other devices, you can do it via the Apple TV too.

Like most hacks available here, you do need an ssh-enabled Apple TV (with software version 1.1). You also need to install a few libraries in order to get it to work. And, lastly, to support a wide range of video formats, it is advised that you also install Perian and Flip4Mac on your Apple TV.

Any questions or suggestions, you can contact Bruno directly.

Skype plugin is here!

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 2, 2008


Just got an email from Brandon that the plugin has been released. The file image is available here.   It is in DMG format for Macs only.

If you have already hacked your Apple TV to run the ATV Loader, which accesses Awkward TV’s plugin directory, then you can just install it from there. Just select the Skype plugin entry and install. Can’t be any easier than that.

As mentioned previously, the plugin works as a front end for Skype. So you need to already have Skype installed on your Apple TV in order for this to work.

Brandon is providing this plugin without any documentation or instructions for now. So, please proceed with caution. He should have some instructions available soon.

If you like the plugin, we highly recommend that you donate to Brandon. The guy has been doing some good work for our community and deserves some compensation.

Now, go make some calls.

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