Not just Firefox, Skype too

by editor @ 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 @ 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.

Get color output from Apple TV’s composite video output

by editor @ on October 12, 2007

composite hack Get color output from Apple TVs composite video output

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.

Thanks, drag0n.

How to run Firefox on the Apple TV

by editor @ on October 11, 2007

firefox appletv How to run Firefox on the Apple TV

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.

Road Trip GPS plugin now available

by editor @ on October 11, 2007

roadtrip available Road Trip GPS plugin now available

Brandon Holland has made available Road Trip, a GPS plugin for Apple TV.   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 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.  If you have any suggestions, bug reports or donations, you can send it to Brandon at

Thanks, Brandon.

Apple TV as an in-car entertainment system

by editor @ on October 5, 2007

appletv gps2 Apple TV as an in car entertainment system

Brandon Holland, the Canadian dude that gave us the wireless keyboard hack, is determined to get the most out of his Apple TV. So he turned it into an in-car entertainment system, complete with a custom GPS plugin that he wrote himself.

His email wrote:

I just recently finished putting an Apple TV into my car which is a 1990 Eagle Talon nicknamed “The Zapper” (Watch Futurama). The component output of the Apple TV is converted to composite using’s Component to RCA convertor. The output of the convertor is then displayed on my in-Dash 7-inch LCD. The audio is plugged into the aux of my deck. The Apple TV and video convertor are both run off of my 300-watt invertor hidden beneath the dash. The screen and the Apple TV are powered on and off using switches. I also wrote a GPS plugin for the Apple TV called Road Trip. It uses my USB GPS device to display its current location on a map. I am hoping to have the plugin online very soon. All of the media content on the Apple TV gets synchronized to my iTunes via wifi as soon as I park my car in the drive way! Everything works great!

Thanks, Brandon. Now, don’t you be watching any shows while driving, you hear?

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