aTV Flash Black, the software solution that adds a multitude of new features to a jailbroken Apple TV 2, finally released yesterday after many moons in beta testing.

The 1.0 release is pretty much the same as the version we showed you not too long ago, though there are a few changes that have been added since then.

If you have an Apple TV 2, aTV Flash Black is the surest way to get the most bang for your buck out of Apple’s self proclaimed “hobby” device…

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aTV Flash Black allows you to watch videos from your computer in a variety of formats, install weather plugins, and browse the web right from the confines of your Lay-Z-Boy sleeper sofa.

Here is a list of changes in this latest release:

Added support for FLAC and MTS files
Added support for files with 5.0, 4.0, 3.0 and 2.1 audio tracks
Added support for embedded covert art (m4a, m4v, mp4)
Added fanart backdrops for TV Shows
Added new folder artwork in Grid View
Added loop and shuffle playlist options
Added TV Show series cover art in Grid View and Top Shelf
Added top to bottom and right to left navigation in grid view
Added global setting for enabling/disabling subtitles
Added support for large photo collections
Added support for folders containing dot (‘.’) in their name
Added (watched) view options in List View (use Play/Pause button to switch view)
Added backup type options
Added relaunch prompt after restoring from saved backup
Improved folder cover art logic
Improved setup of new shares
Improved handling of invalid XML files
Improved cursor handling in DVD menus
Improved recently watched item handling
Improved metadata caching logic
Improved TV Show filename parsing
Improved Grid View stability
Improved metadata fetching speed
Resolved issues with audio file metadata fetching
Resolved floating crashes related to metadata fetching
Resolved issues with metadata overriding when starting playback from top shelf
Resolved issues with chapter selection screen layout observed on short files
Resolved issues with metadata reloading in Grid View
Resolved issues with TV Shows aired date
Resolved issues with hangs on certain DVD menus
Resolved minor memory management issues
Resolved issues with scrolling in Top Shelf
Resolved issues with folder names overlapping in Grid View
Minor UI improvements

Before you can start enjoying aTV Flash Black and its many features, you’ll first have to jailbreak your Apple TV 2 using Seas0nPass — an Apple TV jailbreak tool brought to your by the same development team, FireCore.

Fortunately, we have a tutorial that shows you how to jailbreak the Apple TV 2 as well.

If you’re interested, head over to FireCore’s website and pick up aTV Flash Black for $29.95.

Have you jailbroken your Apple TV 2? What do you think about aTV Flash Black; is it worth the asking price?