By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2013
I’m a big fan of Infuse, a versatile iOS media player by jailbreak developers FireCore, the same team that brought you aTV Flash Black for the Apple TV. Why? Because consuming video in file formats that are foreign to iOS is high maintenance. I’m just reluctant to waste my precious time figuring it all out. Infuse elegantly takes the pain out of messing with the dull file conversion, syncing and hunting for subtitles and replaces that whole mind job with an enjoyable movie-watching experience.
Infuse supports 14 non-iOS video formats, features high-performance playback for 1080p content and has auto-download of cover art and other metadata from TheMovieDB and TheTVDB, with one-tap subtitle downloads from OpenSubtitles.org. It also implements the best AirPlay subtitle streaming I have ever seen on an iOS device, hands down. That Infuse supports multiple audio tracks/subtitles and integrates with trakt.tv to scrobble plays back to your account, submit ratings and post shouts doesn’t hurt either.
As not everyone was down with Infuse costing five bucks, not many people got a chance to enjoy Infuse goodies. Not anymore. Starting today, Infuse 2 for iPhone and iPad is free in the App Store, with advanced features available as an in-app purchase upgrade. Infuse used to rely heavily on skeuomorphism so I was curious to see how developers would transition its graphics-heavy interface to clean iOS 7 aesthetics… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2013
One of my favorite iOS media players, Infuse by jailbreak developer FireCore who brought you the aTV Flash Black for Apple’s $99 “hobby” box, has just received a nice little update bringing the software to version 1.5.
Today’s update has brought out two new noteworthy enhancements: gesture-based controls and TV show groups which basically cleans up your library by grouping all TV shows together by season.
FireCore also confirmed that a major Infuse 2.0 update is “coming this Fall”. I’ve included additional tidbits concerning both Infuse 1.5 and 2.0 right after the break so give it a quick read… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2013
FireCore, the guys who brought you the aTV Flash Black for jailbroken Apple TV boxes, back in April launched their iOS media player app, Infuse, on the App Store.
My initial review praised the attractive user interface and support for more than a dozen non-iOS media formats, but criticized lack of wireless media transfer capability and non-existent AirPlay support, including lack of subtitle streaming over AirPlay which has seriously hampered Infuse’s potential to become my go-to iOS media player.
Staying true to its promise, the team in the meantime has been hard at work expanding on the app’s initial feature set. I’ve been testing today’s 1.3 update for the past week or so and I’m happy to report that – much to my delight – the new version addresses most of the initial complaints I had with it.
Read on for the full reveal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2013
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… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 31, 2013
Folks with a jailbroken 1st or 2nd generation Apple TV should check out this sweet little deal going on over Stack Social. The deal site has the popular ATV software suite aTV Flash (black) on sale right now for under $20.
For those unfamiliar with Flash (black), it’s a popular software package that extends the capabilities of your Apple TV with tools like a web browser and a weather app, and it can play a wide range of media file types… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2013
I was quite excited about Infuse, a versatile and nice-looking iOS media player by FireCore, the team behind the aTV Flash Black. The one and only major gripe I had with the software is its absence of AirPlay streaming, which is quite a limiting factor if you want to watch your media on the big screen TV through your Apple TV. While AirPlay support is definitely coming in a future update, the team yesterday issued a small update fixing minor inconsistencies and tweaking a few features… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2013
Over the past few days I’ve been testing Infuse, an iOS media player by FireCore, the team that brought you the aTV Flash Black for your jailbroken Apple TV.
Given their expertise in bringing support for streaming dozens of file formats to Apple’s set-top box, it goes without saying I was very much looking forward to testing Infuse for iPhone and iPad.
The App Store is home to some nice media players, Plex being my personal favorite, but none fully taking the pain out of properly rendering iOS-unfriendly video file types on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.
In my personal opinion, Infuse addresses the media conundrum in one fell swoop while incorporating possibly the best subtitles support on iDevices to date and taking full advantage of Retina screens and Apple’s newest and most powerful mobile chips… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 14, 2013
A little over a week after the evasi0n jailbreak tool for iOS 6 devices initially dropped, the hardworking folks over at FireCore have finally provided us with a tool to do likewise for our Apple TV 2′s.
The big upgrade this time around regarding the Apple TV’s latest firmware, is Bluetooth keyboard support. It, along with a few additional minor features certainly makes it worth upgrading to the latest and greatest. Thanks to the Seas0nPass update released yesterday, you can now enjoy those new features along with an untethered jailbreak. Take a look past the break as we show you how to jailbreak the Apple TV running iOS 6.1… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 13, 2013
Good news for all of you second generation Apple TV owners out there. FireCore has just announced that the latest firmware for the set-top box, Apple TV 5.2, is now jailbreakable thanks to an update to the Seas0nPass tool.
Apple released the new software at the end of last month alongside iOS 6.1 for its other devices. The update includes Bluetooth keyboard support, Up Next and now, thanks to the jailbreak, pretty much whatever you want… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 11, 2013
Well, it’s Friday afternoon and the folks at FireCore have just given jailbroken second generation Apple TV owners something else to be excited about as the weekend approaches: an update for the popular software suite: aTV Flash (black).
The update, which brings the app to version 2.1, features several improvements including a new TV show playlist option, which makes it easier to pick up where you left off with your favorite show, customizable favorites, and more… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 27, 2012
Since Apple unveiled the third-generation Apple TV earlier this year, folks have been clamoring for it to be jailbroken. It has a faster processor, double the RAM and streams video in a higher quality — who wouldn’t want to take advantage of it?
And there’s no one itching for an Apple TV 3 jailbreak more than the folks over at FireCore, the makers of the popular aTV Flash software suite. Well today, the team spoke out about the progress (or lack there of) that is being made on the hack… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 3, 2012
Popular Apple TV 2 jailbreak software, aTV Flash (black), has been updated to version 2.0.1, and brings multiple bug fixes, along with improvements to trak.tv features, and nested favorites.
aTV Flash (black) is popular, because it allows you to quickly add many new features to a jailbroken Apple TV 2 in one fell swoop. It also features a built in maintenance mode for easily updating to the latest version.
Take a look inside for the full change log… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2012
Back in August, we reported that FireCore was working on a major update for its aTV Flash (black) application. The software enables jailbroken Apple TVs to perform a wide range of additional tasks.
Well, today, FireCore released that update in the form of aTV Flash (black) 2.0. It features a new library view, which makes browsing through your content easier than ever before, and much more… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 23, 2012
FireCore has just announced that it is nearing completion of the next major version of its aTV Flash (black) software, 2.0. The suite adds tons of functionality to jailbroken Apple TVs.
Version 2.0 will bring about many changes, including an all-new menu layout, integrated search, and more. And if you’re interested, the team is currently taking applications for beta testers… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2012
FireCore has released a significant update today for its aTV Flash (black) software. The suite allows jailbroken Apple TV users to playback different file types, surf the web, and much more.
With version 1.7, FireCore has added a number of new features and enhancements to the list, including trakt.tv integration and a new Ratings system. Keep reading for the full change log… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2012
It’s been nearly 24 hours since Apple pushed out 5.0.2 to Apple TV owners, and, at least at the time of this writing, it has still yet to post any details regarding the update. The ATV support page still shows 5.0.1 as the latest software.
But perhaps the changes in 5.0.2 were so minute that it didn’t warrant any kind of changelog. After all, the folks at FireCore have already managed to update their Seas0nPass jailbreak utility to support the new firmware… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2012
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… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 11, 2012
Today has been a great day for jailbreakers. Earlier this morning we saw the release of RedSn0w 0.9.11b1 bring the ability to downgrade the firmware of A5 devices, and now a new version of Seas0nPass has become available.
For those who aren’t familiar with the software, Seas0nPass is essentially the equivalent of RedSn0w for the Apple TV. And with version 0.8.4, you can now jailbreak your second-generation ATV on the latest firmware… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2012
FireCore announced today that it has released a new version of its popular Apple TV app, aTV Flash (black). The update brings the software to version 1.5, and includes several new additions.
Among the new features is NFS streaming and a revamped media player. And of course there is a laundry list of bug fixes and performance improvements. Full changelog after the break… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 31, 2012
Unlike iPhone jailbreaks, the Apple TV jailbreak isn’t as straightforward. For instance, after jailbreaking there’s no Cydia app icon to start installing your favorite apps and tweaks from various repos.
This is where a tool like aTV Flash (black) comes in. This handy package from FireCore allows you to install some of the most popular jailbreak apps directly on your jailbroken Apple TV without breaking a sweat.
Check out our video walkthrough inside… Read More