As you may have already noticed, jailbreaking an Apple TV 2 brings a massive wealth of new features to an otherwise mundane little black box.

Not only can you view live sports, stream movies from you Mac or PC, and access weather forecasts, but now you can perform cloud backups, and stream music without using iTunes.

This is made possible with the latest beta release of aTV Flash (black), which is a major upgrade to the previously released beta. More details on how you can snag these new features, plus the full change log, right after the break…

Beta 7 includes three key new features, among many other updates:

Music Playback

Stream most files directly to your Apple TV without using iTunes. Album artwork and other data are automatically downloaded using Last.fm.

Cloud Backups

Now you can backup all of your 3rd party settings directly to the cloud to prevent painful “re-setup” after restoring your device.

Metadata Views

Three metadata views when viewing movies assures that you’ll get just the right amount of information for you, whether it’s technical or movie synopsis info.

Full Changelog

    Added support for music files (mp3, aac (adts), wav, aiff, m4a)
    Added AC3 and DTS (5.1+ surround) sound
    Added playback menu (hold select during playback)
    Added support for .srt subtitles
    Added support for multiple audio tracks
    Added support for chapters
    Added cloud backup for 3rd party settings
    Added three metadata views (overview, synopsis, technical)
    Added MPAA rating to metadata
    Added support for localized metadata
    Added support for local cover art
    Added option to refetch metadata for a specific file
    Added option to clear all metadata
    Added toggle setting for volume control
    Added access to DVD menus during playback (press menu)
    Added low buffer detection warning (prevents stuttering)
    Improved metadata fetching (courtesy of themoviedb.org)
    Improved progress bar controls
    Improved AFP/SMB reliability
    Improved DVD file playback
    Improved playback of larger files
    Improved buffering and re-buffering (when required)
    Improved FF/RW controls for larger files
    Improved audio decoding performance
    Improved center channel (voices) audio mixing
    Improved file sorting logic
    Improved performance and memory management
    Improved error handling
    Resolved screensaver/slideshow related issues
    Resolved playback issues for files with 20+ streams
    Resolved issues with AFP volumes with long file names
    Resolved floating issues with subtitles
    Resolved issues related to 3rd party remote apps
    Resolved floating crash in SMB library
    Resolved aspect ratios issues for certain video types
    Resolved file browsing related crashes
    Resolved metadata fetching related crashes
    Resolved audio queue related errors
    Resolved Top Shelf related playback issues
    Resolved playback related memory leaks
    Resolved DVD subtitle issues
    Resolved stalls observed with some files during and after FF/RW
    Resolved synchronization issues observed after buffering some files
    Resolved audio synchronization issues
    Resolved rare floating crash observed at the end of some files
    Resolved resume related playback issues
    Resolved various screensaver related issues
    Local files are now hidden when one or more remote shares are setup
    Minor UI and other miscellaneous fixes

If you already have the previous versions of aTV Flash (black) beta installed, a simple visit to the maintenence menu is all you need to upgrade to beta 7. Otherwise, simply follow our Apple TV jailbreak guide.

Personally, I think the cloud backup feature is awesome. It should make resetting up a breeze. What do you think about this latest update?

For more info, head over to FireCore’s site to learn more about pre-ordering aTV Flash black.

  • ATV flash black is awesome!

  • Vinay

    How get iTv on my ipod touch????