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  • Jailbreaking Apple TV 4.1.1 with Seas0nPass


    The developers at FireCore have released Seas0nPass, a tethered jailbreak for the second-generation Apple TV running 4.1.1 (iOS 4.2.1). Like PwnageTool or Sn0wBreeze, Seas0nPass creates a custom IPSW that gets loaded on your device. The tool is extremely simple and easy to use, automating all the steps except actually entering DFU mode (like most JB tools, it will guide you through that as well). It will even download the stock IPSW from the internet for you.

    Seas0nPass is free and open source: you can download the source code from Github.

    Make sure you have a microUSB cable before beginning.


    How to Jailbreak Apple TV with iOS 4.2.1 using SeasonPass:


    Step 1: Download Seas0nPass and extract it from the zipfile.

    Step 2: If the Apple TV is not already jailbroken, click on 'Create IPSW.' Seas0nPass will download the iOS firmware and create a custom IPSW.

    Step 3: When IPSW creation is complete, you will get a screen that says "Waiting for device to enter DFU mode." Connect the microUSB cable to the Mac and to the Apple TV and hold down the 'Menu' and 'Play/Pause' button for 7 seconds to enter DFU mode.

    Step 4. iTunes will open automatically and prompt you to restore.

    Step 5: Once the restore is done, the Apple TV must be disconnected from your computer in order for the tethered boot process to work correctly. Afterwards, you proceed using the same steps you will use every time you boot the Apple TV.


    How to Boot Tethered with Seas0nPass


    Step 1: Open Seas0nPass and select the 'Boot Tethered' option.

    Step 2: You;ll get a screen that says "Waiting for device to enter DFU mode." Connect the microUSB cable to the Mac and to the Apple TV and hold down the 'Menu' and 'Play/Pause' button for 7 seconds to enter DFU mode.

    Step 3: When you get the "Tethered boot complete!" screen, disconnect the microUSB cable and connect the HDMI cable.


    And that's it! Happy hacking...
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Jailbreaking Apple TV 4.1.1 with Seas0nPass started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. andsoitgoes's Avatar
      andsoitgoes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      PLEX from what I can see is a Mac only program... is there an equivalent Windows program that the ATV2 will stream from?
      That is what I am interested in.

      I have a pc with a truckload of streaming programs, but since plex is mac only, the jb does squat for me.

      I really, really wanted to replace my popcorn hour with an appletv, but with all of this, I think I just need to give up and go towards the boxee box.

      Damn
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      This is good news. Still need to get one
    1. neildunne's Avatar
      neildunne -
      Quote Originally Posted by jtanner View Post
      Can someone please explain the tethered part of this jailbreak to me?

      ... just to clarify, I understand the concept of tethered, I know what it means but I want to know how this affects the AppleTV... eg with the iPhone, this means if the battery goes flat, you need to reboot etc then you must tether it to your computer.... but with the AppleTV, when do you have to do this? only if I unplug it?? Or everytime I tell it to sleep, will I have to tether it to wake it up??
      You only have to boot tethered bud if you remove the powercord from the ATV. Its a ball-ache of a process as you have to use a laptop or Mac placed next to where you will be using your ATV to tethered boot it. As yet i can't install it either as i'm a pc user, but i've done a lot of reading and questioning on firecore's forums...........Hope this help a little :-)
    1. jtanner's Avatar
      jtanner -
      Quote Originally Posted by neildunne View Post
      You only have to boot tethered bud if you remove the powercord from the ATV. Its a ball-ache of a process as you have to use a laptop or Mac placed next to where you will be using your ATV to tethered boot it. As yet i can't install it either as i'm a pc user, but i've done a lot of reading and questioning on firecore's forums...........Hope this help a little :-)
      Ah ok then.... so unlike the iPhone tethered issues, this isn't really (or shouldn't be) much of an issue - given that most would be unlikely to actually turn it off at the wall lol.

      Thanks for the info - think ill give this a go once I get a micro-usb cable
    1. kadernal's Avatar
      kadernal -
      you can do this for free. what a ripoff.

      while plex might not be great as of now, it includes mostly all of the features that make it worthwhile.... scrubbing, artwork, info for movies and tv shows, and music are all now working. check out the plex forums for a more info. there are only a few people working on it over there so if you are interested and have coding experience you should hop over there and try to lend a hand.
    1. alx94's Avatar
      alx94 -
      what apps can we install on jailbroken apple tvs?
    1. DaveiPhone's Avatar
      DaveiPhone -
      Currently ATV flash just makes it easier to install stuff that you could manually install. Seas0npass is just the standard tethered jailbreak, with a nice GUI.

      PLEX is really the only good current reason to jailbreak the ATV. It lets you stream .avi, divX and so on, to your AtV and really gives a much nicer interface than frontrow, by automatically scraping all the metadata for your movies and tv shows from the Internet. So you can see cover art, episode titles and synopsis, etc. Plus, it allows you to view Hulu and other web based video in non-Apple approved formats.

      That said, once 4.3 is released with 3rd party Airplay enabled, all that could be irrelevant. Even now, you can install AirplayEnabler on a jailbroken phone and stream .avi and .divX via AirVideo. There are some limitations, but it actually works quite well, even over remote wifi if you have a decent connection at both ends. I've been streaming movies and tv to my vacation house (which is over 1000 mi from my home running AirVideo server) via my 3GS to an ATV2, and it works extremely well, great picture quality, and no interruptions or sync problems at all.

      If Apple ever allows 3rd party apps to be run on the ATV, it would be possible to just run an AirVideo client right on the box. That would be really sweet!
    1. headstrain0z's Avatar
      headstrain0z -
      Quote Originally Posted by iMustJB View Post
      Still no Windows JB...
      That's because Windows sucks giant arctic mountain cat shaft. Yeah.
    1. andsoitgoes's Avatar
      andsoitgoes -
      Quote Originally Posted by headstrain0z View Post
      That's because Windows sucks giant arctic mountain cat shaft. Yeah.
      One of your whopping 8 posts happens to be THAT gem?

      Sheesh.
    1. Paloloboy69's Avatar
      Paloloboy69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I think there's some extension package that you can install.
      Think?so I'm going to go through all that trouble cause u think?
    1. Mforem15's Avatar
      Mforem15 -
      So i began by using season pass, did everything i was supposed to and i got an error 1600. Tried it again and got an error 1604. So i went in to the host file and deleted the lines and it worked. I redid the jailbreak everything went well. Booted it tethererd and connected it to my TV. it looked like it was still in DFU mode(the lite was blinking very quickly) and when the screen came up all i got was the Connect to Itunes screen. So i disconnected it and went back to itunes and tried to restore to its original settings. After about an hour of messing with it i got it back to the original settings. Ive run seasonpass again and still it shows the connect to itunes screen on my tv. Any suggestions? am i missing something or should i just try and use pwange.
      Thanks