The folks over at FireCore just can’t stop releasing awesome updates to their Apple TV 2 jailbreak software. The latest update to aTV Flash (black) — version 1.6 — headlines with a new integrated subtitle download feature. This feature allows you to identify and download subtitles directly from the Apple TV, instead of going on a separate manhunt on your computer to find the files.

Along with the new subtitle feature comes support for playing DRM enabled iTunes content directly from the Apple TV. You will still need to use a username and password to authenticate, but at least now we have an option.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as changes go. Aside from plenty of additional new features, there’s also a host of bug fixes to keep your jailbroken Apple TV 2 running as smoothly as possible. Take a look inside for the full change log…

Full Changelog

  • Added integrated subtitle downloads from
  • Added support for purchased iTunes content (matching iTunes login required)
  • Added video deinterlacing option
  • Added Wake-on-Lan (WOL)
  • Added Portuguese (Portugal) translation
  • Added support for displaying subtitles in lower ‘black bar’
  • Added support for .WTV files
  • Added support for multiple simultaneous AFP connections
  • Improved bulk fetching & added automatic artwork caching
  • Improved automatic downscaling for large thumbnails
  • Improved metadata reloading for images
  • Improved buffering over AFP
  • Resolved various audio synchronization issues
  • Resolved possible overflow in 5.1 AC3 audio
  • Resolved issues with zoom for 4:3 movies
  • Resolved missing audio for .dvr-ms files (ASF containers)
  • Resolved rare SRT file crash
  • Resolved issues with slideshow animation
  • Resolved file specific metadata fetching issues
  • Resolved rare ISO file crashes
  • Resolved issue with displaying identical thumbnails for images with the same name
  • Resolved metadata loading issues for files containing non-latin characters
  • Resolved rare 5ch audio file crash
  • Resolved issues with incorrect metadata for files with ‘/S01E0.avi’ pattern
  • Resolved auto-start issues in Couch Surfer
  • Reduced memory footprint for large software-decoded videos and slideshows
  • Other minor UI improvements & bug fixes

While purchasing aTV Flash (black) isn’t absolutely necessary to enjoy the fruits of a jailbroken Apple TV 2, it does make the experience much more seamless. FireCore is also excellent when it comes to providing timely updates, and they’ve proven over the course of time that they really listen to the requests of their customer base.

If you want to know more about aTV Flash (black), or jailbreaking the Apple TV 2 in general, be sure to read some of our previously posted guides. Right now there is currently no jailbreak available for the most recent Apple TV 3, but we’re hoping that will change in the near future.

What about you? Are you a big Apple TV user? If so, have you considered jailbreaking it?

  • Sean

    I jailbreak all my iOS gear! Just waiting on the ATV3 jailbreak. Caus I needs to get my airplay-movie on!

  • Anonymous

    I received the fire core email and updated when it was released. Seems to run a little better. I almost exchanged both of my units for ATV3 but decided to keep my ATV2’s. I am happy since I all of my media is stored on a Buffalo NAS 4TB drive. The update installed really quickly too!!

  • Steve Frawley

    I will wait for support for Remote HD.

    • Rowmote does the same thing and is already supported. You just need to buy the app for it 😐

  • When I read “that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” I knew this was a Jeff article. Jeff, you sure like that phrase XD.

  • Jailbroke my Apple TV for about an 6 hours before realizing I didn’t need it. I thought there would be more cool tweaks like in Cydia but its just different programs that simply enhance some functions that are already there. Pretty much its good for those who don’t use iTunes or like to convert their videos or music lol. Basically XBMC seems to be the biggest reason to jailbreak an Apple TV.

    • Anonymous

      Video streaming from your computer to your appleTV is also a big thing with jailbreaking.

      • I have all my movies in iTunes already. They get picked up in home sharing under computers. No jailbreaking required.