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  • XBMC on Your Apple TV 2


    This is great news for those of you with jailbroken Apple TV's. Since the release of our jailbreak, there hasn't really been much going on in terms of new software to utilize. The folks behind XBMC (formerly "Xbox Media Center") have managed to bring their software to the Apple TV 2. This means you can decode that awesome 1080p HD content, and utilize the hardware inside your little box.

    Due to the nature of developing for Apple TV, this isn't entirely an easy hack for the beginners. You will be required to use terminal commands, but if your familiar with this it should be a breeze.

    Instructions are located here, which should help you through it all.

    Install XBMC on ATV2 - XBMC


    UPATE: also available for iPhone/iPad by adding this source to Cydia and installing
    http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/ios/
    This article was originally published in forum thread: XBMC on Your Apple TV 2 started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by roque13 View Post
      everytime i add the source in cydia i get a error.
      Here is the source buddy

      http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/ios/
    1. roque13's Avatar
      roque13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      Here is the source buddy

      Index of /apt/ios
      thx but that is the same source that iam using ipad 4.2.1 iphone 4.1
    1. irishj's Avatar
      irishj -
      I just added the repo no more than 20 secs ago...works fine.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Code:
      http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/ios/
      I just tried it again and it worked for me , check to make sure ur typing it correctly
    1. roque13's Avatar
      roque13 -
      that is weird it doesn't work on any of my i divices
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by isham.padron View Post
      Other than being able to play many types of media anyone see the benefit of this install?

      I have a 1TB drive connected to my HD tv's USB port loaded with movies and other media which I can get to no problem.
      There's even less benefit on the iPhone because it can do all this stock. You can only see like ten add-ons ( I don't even find any of them useful, some don't even run.) because you can't scroll. It's not worth the tiny buttons either. Oh but there is an add-on you can get to play PC games on it, maybe that'd be useful for the ATV.
    1. rhamster's Avatar
      rhamster -
      How is the playback on the 1080p files?
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      But the ATV2 isn't capable of putting out anything more than 720p. XMBC's own wiki says any 1080 content will be scaled down. So what you've got here is a neat way of playing 720p movies on your TV. That's cool but didn't this little device do that anyway???
    1. madon's Avatar
      madon -
      iPad version works, but if you make use of Apple's case for the iPad as a stand, then XBMC ends up locked upside down, so a little awkward.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      For those having issues accessing the repo. Keep trying to install it. I even copied and pasted the link and it didn't work. After 5 tries, it did. Server is probably getting hit a lot or something, I don't know. Never had this happen to me before.
    1. Beastlee's Avatar
      Beastlee -
      Looks great on the iPhone but the buttons are too small an the lack of scrolling makes it impossible. I thought I' use VNC from my laptop to try a few other things but the screen cannot display XBMC.

      Just wish I had managed to get my ATV2 before 4.2.1 was out, there's no way I can have a MAC connected to it every time I want to use it.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I love XBMC. It is great that it is now on the Apple TV.
    1. can7's Avatar
      can7 -
      managed to install it but it keeps crashing while watching movies
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Only for the apple TV 2? I'm not sure which one I have but it's only 3 months old.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      Only for the apple TV 2? I'm not sure which one I have but it's only 3 months old.
      Lol is it black?
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      im loving the continued development for the atv2, i feel even more cool stuff is on its way
    1. phatcamaro's Avatar
      phatcamaro -
      Sorry if this is dumb, but is this just another application that you can close out of, or does it replace the ios on the iPad.
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      I downloaded it on my phone and now nothing shows up in cydia except for the front page. Changes, packages, sources, all blank.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by DoYouLikeLuxury? View Post
      I downloaded it on my phone and now nothing shows up in cydia except for the front page. Changes, packages, sources, all blank.
      Try enabling the multimedia section or search for XBMC

      Quote Originally Posted by phatcamaro View Post
      Sorry if this is dumb, but is this just another application that you can close out of, or does it replace the ios on the iPad.
      It's an app on iOS but I think it might be that way on the Apple TV
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Well I can't do anything now because when I go to sections the only option is all packages and when I click that it goes to a blank page. And I font have the edit button in the top anymore.

      And search doesn't work either.