$50 off Apple TV at Costco

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 8, 2007

fifty dollar rebate costco $50 off Apple TV at Costco

It’s time to stock up for Christmas.  Costco is offering $50 instant rebate on the Apple TV.  The deal will run until either November 23rd or 26th, according to the Costco rep I talked to.  Since Costco is already selling Apple TV’s for $250, this means you can get one as low as $200.

Could it be because of the slow sales?  Or is it that a new version is coming out?  Whatever the reason, if you’ve been wanting to get one cheap, here’s your chance.

Enabling ssh and adding plugins the easy way

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on November 1, 2007

Every now and then, I still get emails asking me if there is an easy way to enable ssh on the Apple TV. Yes, we have tutorial for that but that one requires an uncivilized way of opening the Apple TV up, take out the hard drive, put it in an enclosure, etc. (you know the whole drill). That’s just old school and so cruel to your Apple TV. Besides that method actually voids the warranty on your Apple TV.

It is much easier to use the Patchstick method, which has been around for a while now. All you need is a USB stick and an Intel Mac. You have probably seen the Patchstick in action on the Jaman post a month back. However, Jaman’s version is specifically designed to get the Jaman player on to the Apple TV and nothing else.

Francesco Cerofolini has written a simple tutorial (in both Italian and English) of how you can get your Apple TV ssh-enabled. It is pretty much the same as what I have written for the Jaman post. The Patchstick file used in his tutorial also adds access to the Plugins directory from AwkwardTV. This makes it much easier to install new plugins from AwkwardTV.

To many of the frequent readers of the site, I know that this is nothing new. However, my intention was to simplify hacking for a lot of the newcomers out there.

Aspect ratio correction using displayutil utility

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on October 25, 2007

Here’s a tip from one of our readers, Jordan Shinall from Gainesville, Florida.

Jordan tried connecting his Apple TV to an LCD monitor via a DVI connector (using an HDMI-to-DVI connector). His monitor’s resolution was 1440×900; this was confirmed in the settings menu as “1440x900p”. When he changed the display resolution to 720p, the “1440x900p” disappeared from the menu. Not only that. Since the aspect ratio of his monitor is 16:10 and 720p’s aspect is 16:9, the image displayed got stretched vertically.

To remedy this problem, he used a utility called “displayutil” by Jonathan Bringhurst. The utility was meant to be used under OS X but since Apple TV’s OS is a specialized version of OS X, he tried using it anyway.

After many attempts of running the utility on the Apple TV, he stumbled upon the following combination:

./displayutil -r1440x900 -b32

kill `ps aux | grep Finder | grep -v grep | awk {\’print $2\’}`

./displayutil -r1440x900 -b32

Here is his logic:

Now the important thing here is to type in the display util line first so that it is kept in the bash history. Then when you enter the second line (which just parses the ps output for the pid of the Finder and kills it) hit enter and then immediately hit the up arrow twice and then enter. What you are trying to do is sill the Finder and run display util before it has a chance to restart. If you did it correctly, you should see a grey screen fade in and out for a moment. When the Finder loads again, head into the settings to verify the resolution.

So far this solution worked out for him. There might be a better way. If you think you have a better solution, let us know.

You can download displayutil utility here.

channl.tv plugin now available

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on October 22, 2007

channl tv2 channl.tv plugin now available

So you love watching video clips on the internet. You bookmark them and then share them with your friends and family by sending the links to your favorite clips. But don’t you just wish there is a better way to manage your favorite Youtube and Google Video clips?

Enter channl.tv. The service allows you to bookmark video clips from Youtube and Google Video and categorize them into different channels, just like your TV.

Unlike conventional TV, channl.tv only has your favorite channels. You add and delete your own channels and “shows.”

The best part is that channl.tv has also released a plugin for syncing and playing these “shows” (video clips) from your channl.tv account. If you already have ATVLoader on your Apple TV, then the plugin should already show up on the plugin list. If not, you can head on over to their FAQ page to find out how you can install the plugin.

Lastly, the AwkwardTV team has posted an interview with channl.tv’s Bruno Keymolen about the service and its plan. So go on over to that site to read more about it.

Not just Firefox, Skype too

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on October 17, 2007

skype on appletv Not just Firefox, Skype too

James Mandy of the InvertedReality blog just got Skype working using the pretty much the same technique for getting Firefox to work.

I did get a few emails asking if Skype would work on a hacked Apple TV. Well, here’s the proof that it can.

Now, all you need now are just a mic and a webcam and you’ll be Skyping on your big screen.

Play DivX movies from a NAS: a step by step guide

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on October 12, 2007

divx nas Play DivX movies from a NAS: a step by step guide

Playing DivX files is nothing new to the Appe TV hacking community. It was probably one of the first hacks done since the release of the Apple TV. And playing files from a NAS (network-Attached storage not “Nas” the rapper) is nothing new either. But it is good to see a step by step guide on how to combine a bunch of hacks to get this working.

Thank you, Jonnytech, for putting this together.

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