XBMC now installable on jailbroken AppleTV2

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    spencers

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    ulbador

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    Wow.. This is impressive. Been looking for a reason to buy one of these, and this is it.
     
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    i'm having trouble getting it installed. if anyone could lend a had that'd be great.
     
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    If I had an ATV2, I'd be more than happy to help. However, I just have a dedicated ION/XBMC Live system.
    But I'll try. Where are you stuck?
     
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    after i execute apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2 winscp says host is not communicating for more the 15 seconds.... so it doesnt install.
     

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    Interesting... I'll look into that. That's weird it would hang like that. Sometimes it will ask if you are sure you want to install, prompting for you to press Y or N.

    I went ahead and typed out the install procedure and information about each step.

    First, make sure your iDevice is jailbroken. Before you start, you need to know how to SSH into your iDevice.
    You also need to know the root password (default is alpine), and the current IP address of your iDevice.

    Open terminal on your mac, and connect to the iDevice by typing
    Code:
    ssh root@192.168.1.115
    obviously you'll change the IP address to the one of your iDevice.

    Then add the repository by typing
    Code:
    echo "deb http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2 ./" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
    Then get the updated list of files from the repository
    Code:
    apt-get update
    Now install XBMC by typing
    Code:
    apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2
    If you run into problems, you might have to run the commands as sudo
     
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    maximus96

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    Nice!! If this works well I'll have to buy an Apple TV
     
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    yea its jailbroken i've install atvflash (black) and i ran all of those.
     

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    Typically install commands end with:
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
    You'll notice that it will wait for you to press Y in order to continue.
     
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    great!!, now hopefully untethered 4.2/4.3 JB comes out soon ...
    Can't wait to try this
     
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    but mine doesnt say that. it just looses the connection. But firecore added XBMC to install directly from the atv2 so i'm all good now. thanks for your help
     
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    spencers

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    That's great! I just saw the tweet.
    http://twitter.com/firecore
     
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    Curious to see how it handles the 1080P, Buying Atv2 tomorrow!
     
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    Will this allow playback of MKV? How about SSA subtitles? Either way, it's pretty awesome! Could anyone provide me with a link for a good guide to Jailbreak my ATV(2)? Thanks!
     
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    "DXVA" for Mac OS / iOS

    The API that Ravnås discovered is labeled VideoToolBox, and it's used for hardware video decoding, encoding and scaling of the video size to match the final display size, Davilla said. VideoToolBox not only works on the Apple TV and iOS, but Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 as well.

    "It's the API Apple 'should' have exposed instead of VDADecoder," Davilla explained. "VDADecoder is just a thin wrapper around the VideoToolBox API and is how the use of VideoToolBox was discovered."

    "This API is going to blow wide open the video decode and encode ability on ATV2, iOS and [Mac] OS X apps. It is a private framework API and the usual warnings about using private frameworks apply. However, given that the API has been stable back to 10.5, it's not going to be changed very much by Apple."

    http://www.tuaw.com/2011/01/20/xbmc-for-ios-and-atv2-now-available/
     
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    It does run .mkv files. It runs basically anything. I only have it on my iPad so far and it works pretty well.

    The controls are a bit to get used to (double tap for right click, scroll bars on the right hand side only) but they'll work on getting better gesture control later.

    For now...it works. It really works. 1080p. No transcoding. Freedom from iTunes. Apple TV2 is now actually useful because it is a super cheap device that can run XBMC very well.
     
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    how are the controls via the little remote with so little buttons? i was used to controlling it on a xbox1 controller with all the different buttons and triggers working different functions
     
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    I'm assuming if I use XBMC, i lose the ability to playback any TV shows I've bought from the iTMS?
     
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    So this mostly just does what the Apple TV already does?

    Oh, it plays formats I don't have. Ok.

    Man, if the Apple TV is "a hobby" this is like a hobby for the hobby. Or something. I guess it makes the tinkerers happy.
     
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    So the ATV2 can run 1080p without a problem but Apple has just not allowed it.

    Can't wait to see if they do the same on the next upgrade.

    I was wondering can the Arm A9 run FPS at 1080p or less or is that to much for that system?
     
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    CRIPES!! I have a king's ransom in just-in-case cables. Freakin' mountain. Mountain I say! Not one damn micro USB.
     
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    Couple questions:

    Can XBMC play Video_TS folders? (I really do not want to transcode all my DVDs)

    Can I move all my media library (music/videos/photos) to a hard drive, hook up to Airport Extreme base station via USB and XBMC read out of that drive? (I want to get away from my Mac being on at all times to watch something)

    Thanks for any feedback.
     
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    xbmc is the best media center on the planet - AppleTV iOS is basic in comparison
     
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