ericIII, from the awesome AwkwardTV gang has constructed the first useful plugin (known as a ‘frapplication’) for the Apple TV.
It allows you to play video content stored on the AppleTV, but not inside the iTunes media file structure. This is a great first step towards integrating additional software features right into the Apple TV:
A couple plugins we would like to see are:
- A quit menu. We would like to be able access the other features that are being enabled for the Apple TV (alternative media players, 3rd party applications etc.) whilst keeping quick and easy access to the standard Apple TV GUI.
- A games menu. This would be a nice addition for people with kids, simple games that can be played using the remote.
- An RSS reader. Quickly and easily read news from your favourite websites on your TV, whilst eating cereal.
- A Record menu! This one would be a biggie, built right into the Apple TV, the option to record programs using a schedule.
What would you like from a plugin built right into the Apple TV?
Apple TV Hacks are please to announce the second in our series of bounties! $500 has been put up by Sokol & Associates for the first team to get the open source PBX system, Asterisk, running on an Apple TV.
Asterisk is a complete IP PBX in software; PBX being a telephone exchange system like you may find in your office. It runs on a wide variety of operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and Sun Solaris and supports Voice over IP in many protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware.
In addition the winner will also receive an all access pass to the AstriCon conference and exhibition this fall in Phoenix, Arizona (worth $550).
1) We must be able to reproduce the hack based on detailed instructions provided.
2) The hack must use the stock Asterisk 1.4.2 code.
3) The hack must include the new Asterisk GUI.
4) Asterisk must start at boot time and run as a system service.
5) The hack must be previously unpublished.
“At $299, it would make an ideal embedded PBX platform.”, says Steven Sokol, and who could disagree? Combined with all the other features, both built in and being added through hacks, the Apple TV could fast become the single box solution to a whole host of problems and even more irresistable at a low price point.
Joost, an iTunes competitor can now be run on an Apple TV. Joostteam and ars technica both have articles.
Joost, though still in beta, is the brainchild of the same people behind the Kazaa and Skype. It will offer Cable TV shows straight to your computer, via the internet by way of (legal) peer to peer filesharing. Obviously, this could be a brilliant function to have on your Apple TV!
Apple TV OS can now run on a Macbook! AppleTVHacks.net was able to patch to the Apple TV Finder.app, and now has an operating Apple TV:
You can use your remote as normal, it shows up in iTunes on other computers:
Install a fresh copy of regular OS X (not the Apple TV version, the Mac version), or clone one. Just make sure you have everything backed up. Download a copy of the patched Finder file (we can’t help you here). Now, copy the Finder.app from your Apple TV drive, and transplant the patch file (which is just the binary part of the app) into it, and set the permissions:
sudo cp -pr ./Finder.app /Volume/FreshOSX/System/Library/CoreServices/.
sudo cp /path/to/patched/Finder .
sudo chown root:wheel Finder
sudo chmod 755 Finder
Next you must copy over 2 additional Frameworks from the Apple TV to the OS X install:
It appears if you attach the USB drive with a duplicate of Apple TV OS, boot the Apple TV normally, attach the USB drive, and then do a recovery reboot (holding ‘menu’ and ‘-’ keys on the remote) that the machine will begin to boot from the USB drive.