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.
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.
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.
Mauricio Pastrana has figured out how to get color output via the composite video connector. This is good news for people who want to use the Apple TV with regular non-HD TV sets.
Here’s what he did:
- Plug your composite-yellow in the green “slot” (this will give you an image, but BW)
- head over to resolution and set it to 480i (not sure if this step is needed tho)
- now STAND on 480p and unplug the composite-yellow, plug an HDMI-DVI adapter
- press “ok” on the remote and count to 5
- unplug the HDMI-DVI adapter and replug the composite-yellow, when the image comes back, it comes back full color!
Great job, Mauricio.
As noted in one of the comments, you can also enable composite video via software using instructions found here.
Agentgonzo has just detailed how you can get Firefox to run on the Apple TV using a combination of hacks including keyboard/mouse hack, mouse pointer hack and application loader plugin.
Actually, this technique can be used to run just about any OS X application on the Apple TV.
Thanks, Agentgonzo, for putting the article together.
Brandon Holland has made available Road Trip, a GPS plugin for Apple TV.Â Â This plugin was featured in our previous post on Brandon’s mod to put his Apple TV in his car as an in-car entertainment system.
From Brandon’s email:
“It is currently sitting at version 0.2 and I am hoping to finish it all off into a finished product very soon. At the moment, Road Trip has the ability to detect any serial devices connected to the system (gpses) and allows you to connect to it, read the status, speed, longitude, latitude, ect. It can also show your location on a map fetched via expedia.ca which uses the mapblast servers. It can then track your location in realtime on the map that it downloads. Road Trip automatically figures out whether your in Europe or North America and loads the correct map from expedia. Next feature on the list to get done is map caching and auto loading when the location tracker goes out of the maps lon, lat range. I’m hoping to get it done very soon so that map packs or trips can be cached for a trip.”
Road Trip is currently in its very early stage of development.Â If you have any suggestions, bug reports or donations, you can send it to Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org.