Like its extra fashionable cousin the iPhone, the AppleTV is a beacon of simplicity in a class—set-top packing containers that obtain and stream video from a pc or different machine to your TV—crowded with wonky and complicated choices. Additionally just like the iPhone, the AppleTV has its unnecessary limitations: It performs video solely in iTunes codecs or from YouTube. No dwelling motion pictures or video (legally) downloaded from different websites are playable until they’ve been specifically transformed.
Luckily, a crop of unofficial software program has sprung up that permits the AppleTV to play nearly any video format, together with ripped DVDs. There’s additionally a Internet browser you’ll be able to put onto the field that allows you to navigate to any web site, together with video websites like Hulu or ABC.com, and packages that show native climate or RSS feeds onscreen. Many of the software program is free or cheap, however the DIY strategies for loading it onto the field generally is a ache. As an alternative, we used a $50 program referred to as aTV Flash that provides you an idiot-proof set up—simply load it onto a flash drive, plug it into the AppleTV’s USB port, and activate the ability. Keep in mind that there’s all the time a threat of damaging the machine when putting in unofficial software program. One different notice: Whereas Apple Core, the corporate behind aTV Flash, claims that putting in it might not void your guarantee, an Apple rep we spoke with says it might. In case you want guarantee service, restore your field to the unique software program and nobody would be the wiser.
Give Your AppleTV Extra Room
Hack Your AppleTV
1 Buy and obtain aTV Flash from applecorellc.com. This system prices $50 and comes with a yr of upgrades. An additional $30 extends that to lifetime upgrades—which can be helpful if Apple updates the field’s software program and disables the hack.
2 Observe the directions within the downloaded file to put in the software program on a USB reminiscence stick. Not each model of reminiscence stick works; Apple Core recommends utilizing one which’s a gigabyte or much less.
3 Ensure that your AppleTV software program is up-to-date. Unplug the field, insert your USB stick into the again, and plug it again in. The software program installs itself and restarts the field. You’ll see your new packages in the principle menu.