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    FireCore - the makers of the aTV Flash package for the original Apple TV - say they're a week or two away from a beta version for the Apple TV 2G. Called aTV Flash (black), the package will allow browsing and last.fm streaming, as well as access to media on Network-Attached Storage (NAS) drives. You can order the aTV Flash now, and get a free upgrade to the (black) version when it's available.

    The original aTV Flash is a mod to the "silver" Apple TV that allowed for web and non-iTues content to be played on the device. The updated (black) version will be a wireless install to a jailbroken second-generation Apple TV. Once installed, a "Maintenance" item will be added to the Apple TV menu system which will allow content and - most importantly - other apps to be streamed to the unit.

    The Installer is said to be almost complete, at 95% according to the FireCode guys. Last.fm is at 85% and the "Couch Surfer" browser is further behind at 65%, with basic functionality already working but more support for web plugins needed. Support for video codecs and NAS streaming is still a work in progress at 15%, and will not make it into the beta. FireCore says they're working with "outside developers" to help them along.

    The beta may be available as early as next week, so if you have a "black" Apple TV, it's not too early to get signed up and possibly preorder a copy. The availability of a common way of streaming apps to the Apple TV will really jumpstart development of jailbroken apps for the device.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Browser, Last.fm & Apploader Coming for 2G Apple TV started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. ajo610's Avatar
      ajo610 -
      time to buy me an apple tv
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      This was posted on engadget over 2 hours ago... Interesting though.
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      I got a ROKU "xds" for the Wifey but I may move it to the bedroom if aTV will stream MKVs with good quality. We shall see.
    1. vhicke's Avatar
      vhicke -
      How do you use the Internet with the remote. If so that sucks. Need a keyboard some how.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by vhicke View Post
      How do you use the Internet with the remote. If so that sucks. Need a keyboard some how.
      You can natively use your iphone/ipad/ipod as a keyboard via Remote.app. Makes typing titles and account names much easier in Netflix, YouTube, etc.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      If it didn't cost half as much as the Apple TV ($50), I would be onboard. I'll wait for other developers to come forth. I have mine jailbroken and have added the weather app already... more will be on the horizon soon enough.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajo610 View Post
      time to buy me an apple tv
      So true
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      this is cool... but personally i need my atv to stream stuff not to go onto the web...

      im sure I'm not the only one, but when I'm watching tv I either have my laptop or my ipad next to to do some quick surfin
    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      hm. the apple tv can be jb and its startin to get some decent apps on it. i just mite consider buying one, if the trend continues
    1. vhicke's Avatar
      vhicke -
      Not paying $50 for this....Once they update software for apps...There will be made apps that will be better then this....Hope they make it free since the jailbreak they used to add the code was.....
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      if i could do screen sharing with my mac i wouldn't need any other apps
      thats what the atv needs
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale2 View Post
      if i could do screen sharing with my mac i wouldn't need any other apps
      thats what the atv needs
      it would be a nice feature but wouldnt be efficient enough
      it has been tried with the iPad(iDisplay in the app store, it allows you to use your iPad as a monitor for your mac) it works wirelessly but it so slow at reacting.

      The appletv would be the same case, it would be better to just buy a 25ft vga cable and a mini display to vga adater and hook it up to your Flat screen (which is what I ended up doing)

      during commercials i switch the source to the VGA component and check MMI and facebook right from the Tv and use iTeleport to control it right from my iPad
    1. eddie1142's Avatar
      eddie1142 -
      You guys are very late on this one.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajo610 View Post
      time to buy me an apple tv
      Same here!!!!
    1. definitive's Avatar
      definitive -
      Any News on this?

      D