FireCore releases aTV Flash (black) 2.3 with Apple TV 5.3 compatibility and more

By , Jul 2, 2013

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If you frequent iDB, chances are you’re familiar with aTV Flash, the popular Apple TV software suite that enhances your $99 set-top box by adding a web browser, a weather app, support for non-Apple media file types and other goodies. If you love your Apple TV jailbroken and flashed, pay attention: FireCore has just pushed a new version.

aTV Flach (black) version 2.3 includes a handful of new features, stability improvements and supports the recently released Apple TV software 5.3. There are also other goodies included in this update so jump past the fold for the full breakdown…

The biggest news, of course, is support for the Apple TV 5.3 software which was released two weeks ago to enable HBO Go, WatchESPN, Sky News, Crunchyroll and Qello streaming apps.

This aTV Flash version replaces your media player with ‘Infuse for Apple TV’.

Other notable additions include better Dolby (AC3) audio, improved metadata fetching and better detection of subtitle encoding, to name a few.

Changelong mentions the following fixes, improvements and new features:

• Added Apple TV 5.3 compatibility
• Added Croatian, Hungarian, Romanian, and Slovak localizations
• Media Player is now ‘Infuse for Apple TV’
• Improved Dolby (AC3) audio
• Improved metadata fetching
• Improved detection of subtitle encoding
• Improved reliability of settings backups
• A few other minor fixes and performance improvements

To update your existing installation, go to Maintenance > Manage Extras on your Apple TV. Links for the latest version of aTV Flash (black) can also be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

More information about aTV Flash (black), its features and limitations can be found at the official website.

Here’s a handy video tour from a year ago.

The software costs $29.95, which includes a 30-day money back guarantee and a year’s worth of free updates. Upon purchase, you’ll receive a license code that you’ll use to activate the app.

If you need help installing it, check out our handy step-by-step guide.

Note that aTV Flash (black) currently supports only the second-generation Apple TV – jailbroken, of course.

There’s also a version for the original silver Apple TV available.

FireCore mentions in a blog post that this release marks the first of many steps “as we work to bring a number of the great new features of Infuse to the Apple TV”.

For the uninitiated, Infuse is an awesome iOS media player that doesn’t just look gorgeous, but also enables support for virtually any media format you could think of on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

We reviewed Infuse two months ago and walked away impressed by its versatility, speed and subtitles support. FireCore has issued a few minor updates since, but we’re still keeping our fingers crossed for much-needed AirPlay compatibility.

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    • Pitchy

      no one cares who posts first. only middle school kids think this is a cool thing.

      • Andyxyoona

        Kindergarten* ;)

      • Name

        I’m the most popular kid at the playground now that I’m first

  • smurfytherabbi

    Is this the same as season pass??

    • Raul Henriquez

      Season pass is the actual jailbreak tool that they provide, once you use season pass you can install ATV flash, black and Silver.

      • smurfytherabbi

        But is there a jailbreak for iOS 5.3 yet ?

      • Raul Henriquez

        On the Apple TV 2 yes but it will be tethered for now.

        Quoting
        “Seas0nPass provides a TETHERED jailbreak of the 2nd gen Apple TV running the latest 5.3 (iOS 6.1.4 – 10B809) software that was released on June 19th, 2013.”

      • smurfytherabbi

        I have seasonpass and I can’t do it. Can you paste a link on here to install on Apple TV 2 5.3????

      • Raul Henriquez

        You have to pay for it maybe not seasonpass but ATV flash, black and Silver you do.

      • Burge

        You can not install fire core there the devs that make Atvflash silver/black

      • Raul Henriquez

        Excuse me ATV flash, black and Silver.
        are made by the company firecore. So yes you are right, let me correct that. I always call it firecore lol

    • Burge

      Season pass is the jailbreak tool
      I.e.like redsnow
      And that will let you install Atvflash(black) ..

  • nsfw

    I stayed on Apple Tv IOS 5.1 because XMBC was working better there. But has XBMC 12 started to work better on ios 5.2/5.3 that its worth moving up now?

    • Raul Henriquez

      Infuse or media player destroys XBMC, only thing good about XBMC is scripts. Nobody uses that anymore so who cares for it.

      • BC2009

        I fully disagree. Media Player was a total pain in the butt. Switched to XBMC and it was like manna from heaven.

  • Pitchy

    Damnit, we need a jailbreak for the aTV 3!!!

  • Hotrod

    So is 5.3 tethered?

    • Niclas

      Yes

  • Smeltn

    Still not working for the Apple TV 3rd Gen?!!

    • Pitchy

      3rd gen has not been jailbroken yet. I have heard they are getting close, but nothing concrete yet.

  • Chris

    I still use XBMC. I wouldn’t care so much for it if there was a solid way (and I mean HD version) of watching PPV events. If anyone knows of one I got an ATV 2 for sale.

  • Hotrod

    I can’t believe they left the “tethered” part out…that’s a big deal

  • erob0728

    AT2…if I upgrade will I lose my current (5.2) jailbreak or will the current Firecore JB be ok?

  • Gorgonphone

    I see no point when i can just use my jailbrojen ipad 4 on my apple tv3

  • F P

    I’m on 5.2.1 tethered jb , & my XBMC is working fine. Frodo 12.2.

  • F P

    Just updated to 5.3, jailbroken even. Now I have everything! Thanks Seasonpass & Firecore.