Apple TV hacks for 3.0.1

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by amnichols10, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. amnichols10 macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    I'm looking for an easy way to hack my :apple:tv so that I can run an external hard drive through the USB port in the back. Also if it's possible I would like to make it so that my Apple TV can play avi files. I have isquint so that's not a big problem.

    Was hoping there is a program or way that I can do it that doesn't envolve to much tech work. Thanks in advance.

    Oh yeah I have a MacBook Pro and I'm running snow leopard. Hope this helps
  2. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
  3. amnichols10 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
  4. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    I have 3.0.1 and successfully used the free patchstick to add avi support.
  5. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Yes, full 3.0.1 support
  6. aaron.celli macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2009
    I've just gone through this process myself. theres atv-usb which requires some tech bs or theres atv flash with is 50 bucks but simple and great
  7. covertsurfer macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2007
    With patchstick installed does that mean you can stream AVI's from your Mac?
  8. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    for that, you need their full version, which costs 40 bucks per year or 69.99 for a lifetime account.
  9. rfrankl macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    Why not just convert your .avi's using iSquint than you can stream them from iTunes.
  10. mcdermd macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2004
    I hate that people pay for this stuff ($$, $ATVFlash$) that's readily available for free with a little leg work.

    I'll post up the patchstick I use to hack my AppleTV. It works on 3.0.1. It will do four things:

    - Enable SSH
    - Install Perian's codecs (XviD, DivX, AC3, etc)
    - Enable USB Storage
    - Install ATVFiles (allows you to browse to and play any avi, mov, mpg, m4v, etc via an AppleTV menu)

    This works as of 3.0.1. I make no claims otherwise and won't be supporting this beyond this post. If something goes awry, try a factory reset. That said:

    Download and create an ATVUSB Creator USB stick. Select "ssh tools" and "bin utils". Do not select "XBMC" or "Boxee". When it is finished, mount the patchstick on your desktop. Download my packages. Unzip the file and replace the PATCHSTICK/payloads/patchstick/packages/ directory on the USB patchstick with the one from the zip file.

    Plug the USB patchstick into the back of your AppleTV. Unplug the power cord and plug it back in. Linux will boot on your AppleTV and patch the files on the hard drive. When done, unplug the patchstick then unplug/replug in the power cord. It should now reboot.

    At the main AppleTV menu you will now see a Files menu that will allow you to browse and play files on an external drive plugged into the USB port. You may now also play any avi files that were synced from your iTunes library after being made into an mov with the atvfooler script.

    Good Luck. Merry Xmas. Happy Birthday.
  11. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    xbmc (xbox media center) works really nicely on my apple tv and allows me to stream media from a windows home server. I don't have to keep any media on the apple tv.

    For 3.01 you do have to ssh into the apple tv and download a newer launcher program and then download the latest xbmc.
  12. mcdermd macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2004
    I dont keep any media on the ATV either. I stream everything to the two household ATVs with iTunes. No extra software needed.
  13. TuckBodi macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2007
    yeah, whoever pays for a patchstick, I got some swampland I'd like to sell yah...
  14. amnichols10 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    Here's a question. Would patchstick allow the :apple:tv to play Blu-Ray or HD rips above 720p? I notice that Blu-Ray rips don't play on the :apple:tv when I just drap and drop content to it.
  15. mcdermd macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2004
    I don't know of any hack to give the hardware the horsepower it needs to play 1080p content.
  16. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Follow this thread
  17. amnichols10 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    Good point. All this thinking about doing this and it never occured to me that this is most likely the case
  18. kingfisher1111 macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2009
    Using 3.0.1 hack,CAn I able to stream live TV from a browser based URL?
  19. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Yes. You can use Firefox. You have to install the required plugins, though (such as Flash).
    Flash does not work with CouchSurfer!
  20. dolce macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2009
    i have just upgraded to 3.0.1 and use itunes 9. i have atv flash installed and perian installed.

    ...however non of my video files have sound (all have been encoded on handbrake or apple tv fooler script) everything else has sound ie purchased movies from itunes store but my encoded stuff no sound. All worked fine on old setup but now doesn't. if i play movie files direct from itunes on my mac works fine, apple tv not giving sound though.

    is there something i have not done????
  21. mcdermd macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2004
    Make sure both audio tracks are not the same language.
  22. chopper72 macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2009
    FAO: mcdermd

    Hi dude, I followed your advice for the patchstick but my ftp client won't connect to Atv?
    I have used the ip address with login and pass as 'frontrow'?

    is there something else that i should be doing????

    thanks for any help. . . anyone.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2009
  24. mcdermd macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2004
    Use ssh in Terminal for a command prompt. If you have an aversion to the command line, use SFTP in your FTP client.

    I mean that you can create your own patchstick with very little research. What those guys are selling is all based on free tools that others in the community have developed.

    If you look at the instructions for ATVUSB creator, it has the option to install Boxee. You should research if it's compatible with the 3.0.1 software. I can't comment on it as when I tried Boxee it was painfully slow and didn't "just work". The only functionality I saw gained in Boxee (and only compelling reason to give it a try) was Hulu. That functionality no longer exists. Maybe it's different if you're running any Windows boxes. I don't know.
  25. marcora macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2009
    I am having the same exact problem here. I checked that the aac track added to my mov files to fool the ATV is in a different language... and it is (german).

    Any more ideas on how to solve this?

    Movies encoded using handbrake work fine though.



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