Install xbmc on Apple TV 2

1: Theres plenty of guides to jailbreak the ATV2 , I used this one

http://www.appletvhacks.net/2011/04/06/how-to-jailbreak-apple-tv-2-on-ios-4-3-with-seas0npass-untethered/#more-1056

2: I would recommend to install XBMC from the repo how to here first if you haven’t already done so
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Install_XBMC_on_ATV2

3: To Play MKV files & 720p video & plugins such as BBC iPlayer and TVCatchup you will need the latest build of XBMC.

to do this

open a terminal on mac or Linux

do:

ssh root@172.16.0.1 (REPLACE IP with your ATV’s ip)
enter password when prompted

you get the prompt
Apple-TV: root#

type cd /var/mobile

now download the xbmc

wget http://hadm.net/~keith/xbmc_atv2/latest_atv2.deb

Once thats downloaded run the install

dpkg -i latest_atv2.deb

Your apple tv will restart once thats installed

Now to download the latest tv catch up & or iplayer

wget http://plugins.tvcatchup.com/~xbmc/plugin.video.tvcatchup134.zip

wget http://xbmc-iplayerv2.googlecode.com/files/IPlayer-v2.4.8.zip

once you downloaded those.

open XBMC >> System >> add-ons >> install from zip (the /var/mobile directory is default.

Now finally to block the ATV from checking for updates do.

cp /etc/hosts /etc/hosts.bak

now each of the lines below

echo “127.0.0.1 appldnld.apple.com” >> /etc/hosts

echo “127.0.0.1 mesu.apple.com” >> /etc/hosts

echo “127.0.0.1 appldnld.apple.com.edgesuite.net” >> /etc/hosts

 

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edit

For those that want to install the latest eden builds

get the deb links from here to use with wget

http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/darwin/atv2/

build from dec 10th works just fine on 4.1 (I havent had the need to update since its mainly an iPlayer & xbmc box for me)

 

edit (1/1/2012)

seasonpass has been updated to  untethered version 4.4.4

see here: http://blog.firecore.com/6434 

I have updated & it works fine

I have aslso installed NitoTV by

apt-get update

apt-get install com.nito.nitoTV

There is as a new xbmc build dated 24th December I might try  (link is in previous edit)

One  final thing , you might have to restore your hosts file if you used tiny umbrellla to back up your shsh blobs like I did.

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/4328

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Install xbmc on Apple TV 2

  1. Can anyone help I have re jailbroken my ATV2 so that it runs the latest apple firmware but I have lost the original iplayer installation!! I have tried your SSH tips above and get the following:

    Apple-TV:~ root# wget http://xbmc-iplayerv2.googlecode.com/files/IPlayer-v2.4.8.zip –2011-05-18 01:31:51– http://xbmc-iplayerv2.googlecode.com/files/IPlayer-v2.4.8.zip
    Resolving xbmc-iplayerv2.googlecode.com… 209.85.227.82
    Connecting to xbmc-iplayerv2.googlecode.com|209.85.227.82|:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
    Length: 2078389 (2.0M) [application/x-zip]
    Saving to: `IPlayer-v2.4.8.zip’

    100%[======================================================>] 2,078,389 725K/s in 2.8s

    2011-05-18 01:31:54 (725 KB/s) – `IPlayer-v2.4.8.zip’ saved [2078389/2078389]

    But I cannot find the file in XBMC and it is driving me crazy any help would be gratefully received!!!!

  2. Hi rob you need to change the directory to /var/mobile
    then run wget to download the zip

    the command is

    cd /var/mobile

    then wget http://link

    then open the /var/mobile dir in xbmc add ons section

    hope that helps

    Neal
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  3. Hi I just opened the link on my laptop & it looks like the site is down

    I’ll get the deb file off my Apple tv tommorow & post it here

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