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.