Patchstick 3.0 from AppleTV & More, available from now

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 16, 2009

AppleTV&More, the Montreal based specialist for Apple TV enhancements, has released the version 3.0 of their “patchstick”.

patchstickhome Patchstick 3.0 from AppleTV & More, available from now

From their press-release:

Patchstick 3.0 provides a flexible software solution that is customized to take the hassle out of the patching process.

The Patchstick 3.0 comes with an online update process, is fully reversible, retains standard functionality, adds remote access and support for all available codecs (wmv, mpg, avi, divx, xvid, …) and enables access to networks shares and more.

Patchstick 3.0 comes with 2 custom plugins, the LaucnhMore! and atvdigiframe plugin, and it allow to manage the installation of ATVFiles 1.2.0, Sapphire 6.5, XBMC, Boxee, HotSpot Shield and other available plugins for firmware version 2.3.

There is a Free version of the Patchstick, that can be found at google code.

The Paid solution contains all future updates and allows to install and deinstall the software plugins, and can be found here.

We did not had time to test it yet, if you have been playing with it, send us your impressions in the comments.

Apple TV sales Triple. Why ?

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on February 5, 2009

apple tv 150x150 Apple TV sales Triple. Why ?In those difficult days, full of lay-off, profit warnings and other depressing news,  learning that a product has increased sales by 300% in Q4, is big news.

Apple TV sales were up over 3 time vs the year-ago quarter.

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How-to post at Lifehacker about Boxee and Appletv

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 30, 2009

Interesting post at Lifehacker.com by Kevin Purdy, describing a how-to convert an appleTV into a full featured media center thanks to Boxee.

Read more at Cut the Cable For Good with Boxee and Apple TV

Apple adds HD video donwloads for UK users

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 29, 2009

Looks like previous post about Apple TV revamp will start by adding HD Downloads for AppleTV owners in the UK via iTunes.

The first offerings in high def are episodes of the current series of ABC’s Lost, which will be sold for £2.49 each.

This compares to the standard USD $2.99 rates charged for HD downloads on the US version of the Apple digital store.

A season pass will be £41.99.

A free five-minute HD trial is available from the store to give UK users a flavor of what’s on offer.

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It’s time for AppleTV revamp ?

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 23, 2009

Apple reaffirmed support for AppleTV after announcing first quarter sales of the digital media receiver were three times higher than for the same period last year.

When asked about AppleTV, acting CEO Tim Cook was fairly emphatic about the device’s future.

“We still consider this a hobby, however, it is clear the movie rental business has helped AppleTV and there are more and more customers who want to try it,” he said.

“We fundamentally believe there is something here for us in the future. We will continue to invest in it.”

Strong video sales also helped the iTunes store to a record quarter.

Source: HDTV.biz-news.com

ATVDigiframe plugin to use AppleTV as a DigitalFrame (updated)

by editor @ AppleTVHacks.net on January 23, 2009

Based on comments made by the company behind the product to appleTvHacks.net

Our plugin allows to setup any period of time between 2 slides in the “Slideshow” screensaver mode of AppleTV. The time can be set up in 1 second steps from 1 second to 9999 hours. The standard Apple TV application cripples the slideshow mode and only allows 2,3,5,10 or 20 seconds of time between 2 slides, which is not really usable for displaying digital art. Our ATVDigiframe plugin integrates seamlessly and matches the minimalist style of the AppleTV UI.

settimeunit ATVDigiframe plugin to use AppleTV as a DigitalFrame (updated)

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