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xbmc 13 gotham apple tv1 How to get XBMC on your HDTV via Apple TV 3 (or non jailbreakable Apple TV 2)

XBMC is probably the most popular and versatile media managing hub out there, thanks to its supports for a variety of content, provision for third party addons and compatibility with almost all operating systems. However, Apple doesn’t seem to think so, as there are no XBMC apps for iPhone or iPad nor any XBMC support on Apple TV, may be due to the misuse for piracy. But it seems unfair that the rest non-pirate good fellas have to suffer too. And although there is a way to get XBMC working on the original Apple TV, as well as on jailbroken Apple TV 2 (see more details at the end of this post), there are still millions of Apple TV 3 (and non-jailbreakable Apple TV 2*) owners left without the ability to get XBMC on their little, black boxes.

best gifts apple tv How to get XBMC on your HDTV via Apple TV 3 (or non jailbreakable Apple TV 2)

But while we can in no way add XBMC directly to the Apple TV 3, there sure is a way to enjoy XBMC content on the HDTV using a 3rd gen. Apple TV. Here’s how.

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openelec apple tv 1 XBMC on Apple TV 1: OpenElec 4 beta 7 with support for XBMC 13.0 Gotham now available

Nowadays it is hard to find something worth rejoicing for Apple TV 1 users. The best features, regular updates and the elegant looks are all for its black, tiny sisters, while the first gen. Apple TV is usually ignored. Surprisingly, even the jailbreak community has dumped this pioneer these days, but luckily enough, OpenELEC is a great side-route to take for everything-XBMC.

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voice search How to get Amazon Fire TV style voice search on Apple TV

So Amazon has finally dropped the curtains on its set-top box, the Fire TV, which comes as a direct competitor to the Apple TV. One of the major features boasted by Amazon is its voice search function. You’ll be surprised to know that you can get the voice search feature on your Apple TV, right now.

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amazon prime instant video apple tv How to watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on Apple TV

Finally, here is a worthy opponent for the Apple TV, the Fire TV from Amazon and quite evidently, games and Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming are a plus for the latter, right? Well, let’s wait a bit till Apple announces their next-gen. Apple TV so that we can make a fair Apple TV 4 vs Amazon Fire TV comparison. In the meantime, if you’re craving to get your Amazon Prime Instant Video subscription or rented movies on your Apple TV, here is a way.

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xbmc 13 gotham apple tv How to install XBMC 13.0 Gotham on Apple TV 2

Last week XBMC released the beta 3 of their next major update – XBMC 13.0 Gotham that was released back in March with a support for 3D movies, improved UPnP capabilities, “dramatic” Audio Engine improvements and various visual changes that improve usability and logic (check out the full list of changes). Here is a tutorial on how to install XBMC Gotham (beta 3) on Apple TV 2.

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DSCF2815 How to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go and other US only services on Apple TV outside the US   the only tutorial youll ever need

Netflix, Hulu Plus and other streaming services have revolutionized the way we consume video content, changing it from from the model where the cable operators show their own scheduled content to a VOD model where we ordering what we like, when we like. And having access to thousands of movies and TV shows at a fixed and reasonable monthly rate is every movie buff’s dream come true. But the major drawback is, of course, the unavailability of some of the main streaming services in all countries. Those outside the United States (Canada and UK too, for some services) will be fed by a “Your country is not yet supported” screen and many would be craving for a bypass method. So if you’re residing outside the US or are a travelling US citizen, read on.

AP2 ER 300x250 How to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go and other US only services on Apple TV outside the US   the only tutorial youll ever need

In this guide, I will show you how to stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go and other US-exclusive channels on your Apple TV, in countries where it is not supported officially.

(Note: HBO GO requires an HBO subscription available through participating US TV providers; by following this guide travelling US citizens can get HBO GO working abroad.) 

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