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  • AppleTV Gets It's First Jailbroken App: NitoTV


    It didn't take long for our jailbroken AppleTV's to get rocking with custom Apps. The first app to come to AppleTV is called nitoTV.

    nitoTV is a front end application for the popular mplayer media player. Using perian and Apple's DVDPlayback.framework, users can create playlists and add files or folders of their choice.

    So what else does NitoTV do? Well it's more than just a media player. Supposedly you can even use NitoTV to play nes, snes, genesis, game gear and gameboy advanced roms, view RSS feeds and 3-day Weather forecasts.

    At this point, you should be able to play almost any media file type. However, the installation process might have the unexperienced scratching their head. You will be required to SSH the files over to your AppleTV.

    Note: The current installer packages are NOT for AppleTV 2, but the original AppleTV. At the moment the only portion for AppleTV 2 is the weather portion. Don't get too excited just yet.

    While not everything is working 100%, this is still a big step forward for Apps on the AppleTV. NitoTV has tweeted "oh and ill do my best to have a basic nitoTV out soon with at least Weather and RSS feeds working.. other stuff will take longer.". So expect some updates in the near future for nitoTV.




    Grab the installer and read more below:

    AppleTV 2 - AwkwardTV
    NitoTV Take 2 - AwkwardTV
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AppleTV Gets It's First Jailbroken App: NitoTV started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      awesome. Do want!
    1. GreggSymington's Avatar
      GreggSymington -
      Ummm... I'm pretty sure the installer is for AppleTV1 and WON'T work on the new iOS based AppleTV2. Only a helloWorld type POC has been released http://nitosoft.com/ATV2/helloWorld.zip
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      how come that's an appleTV2 in the pic that it's running off of?
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      nitoTV has recently been updated. read the referenced link for the official wiki. Take 2 is what your looking for:

      NitoTV Take 2 - AwkwardTV
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Emulator too? Haha that's an awesome idea for the ATV!!
    1. GreggSymington's Avatar
      GreggSymington -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      nitoTV has recently been updated. read the referenced link for the official wiki. Take 2 is what your looking for:

      NitoTV Take 2 - AwkwardTV
      Here's a better section of the Wiki AppleTV 2 - AwkwardTV
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I'm confused... I downloaded it.. and it's "take three" and the SSH password in the instructions is "frontrow"? This can't be right.
    1. 9enisp's Avatar
      9enisp -
      I believe the only thing that nitoTV has developed for the new Apple TV is a weather "widget." It looks like they are working on a version of nitoTV to eventually run on it, but nothing has been released yet. Let me know if I'm wrong. I'd love to try out nitoTV however beta it might be.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Very confusing post nick. Too much old information on the links provided. Your OP leads one to believe this release does much more than being a weather app.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      I agree, this is a very confusing story. The Wiki page says it is not for Snow Leopard machines? (nitoTV take 2 - For AppleTV Take 2: 2.0 - 2.1.0 limited 2.2.0/2.3.x/2.4/3.0.x support Now with leopard support
      Current Version: 0.9.4
      0.7.9 Leopard (Leopard Only, not Snow Leopard)
      )
      Is this just not updated? But the info on JB'ing the ATV2 is?

      So has anyone figured this all out yet? LOL

      UPDATE - the download gave me "NitoTV Take Three" we'll see how this goes...
      UPDATED UPDATE - I see the story was updated to reflect the fact it is for ATV1...
    1. bftiedt's Avatar
      bftiedt -
      from what i read on his twitter is it is beta and not been released yet
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Ya nothing has been released yet. Any nitotv packages that are available for download are for the first gen apple tv.
    1. vthree's Avatar
      vthree -
      once xbmc is up i will be getting a new apple tv!!!
    1. Carniphage's Avatar
      Carniphage -
      The problem is that Nito and XBMC and Boxee all by-pass the hardware accelerated playback. So don't expect 720p playback.

      C.
    1. Clatchy's Avatar
      Clatchy -
      If this plays allows it to play .mkvs I will seriously consider getting an ATV 2.
    1. Carniphage's Avatar
      Carniphage -
      I doubt whether MKVs would work.
      But an app like AirVideo could allow real-time conversion!

      C.
    1. Clatchy's Avatar
      Clatchy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post
      I doubt whether MKVs would work.
      But an app like AirVideo could allow real-time conversion!

      C.
      Yeah but on the fly conversion loses alot of quality so I will just stick with my Hisence if it doesn't.
    1. Carniphage's Avatar
      Carniphage -
      I'd be happy if it just played content (with meta-date) off a file share.

      Something like Sapphire (but not rubbish)

      I don't want to use iTunes for my TV and Movie collection.

      C.
    1. FURBY8704's Avatar
      FURBY8704 -
      as long as i can connect my external HD with a decent media player to play movies. Im all game!....my appletv should be arriving soon.My custom IPSW is waiting
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Anyone else see AppleTV becoming a future iOS Gaming device? With the emulators... its only time until we get the wiimotes going, then they get old, and someone develops a gamepad for the appletv. I think I'll wait a little to see what the jailbreak community does with this little box before I take the plunge to get one.