How I added XBMC to my AppleTV 2

ATV2-smallI have had a Logitech Review with Google TV for a year now. I also built a PC from spare parts I had around the house to run XBMC. I just got my AppleTV (second generation) for Christmas. I have yet to find a steaming box that compares to what XBMC can do. The review and AppleTV have been locked in a battle over the past year. Unfortunately, Logitech’s announcement to discontinue the review has pretty much sealed the little boxes fate. Both the review and ATV2 have pros and cons that I don’t want to get into in this blog post. Personally, I prefer the Logitech Review over the AppleTV. That is until I discovered how to install XBMC on it. Now the only complaint I have with the AppleTV is that there is no web browsing feature.


To get started you will need…

1) A micro USB cable
2) Latest version of iTunes (link)
3) A copy of Seas0nPass (link)
4) Putty SSH Client (link)

 

I had great success by follow these guides. I was also using Windows 7 32bit.

Step 1)
Jailbreak The ATV2 (Seas0nPass supports a untethered jailbreak of the latest 4.4.4 (iOS 5.0.1 – 9A406a) AppleTV software.)..
http://support.firecore.com/entries/387605

Step 2)
Change the default SSH password…
http://gadgetsandtools.posterous.com/how-to-change-default-ssh-password-for-jailbr

Step 3)
Install NitoTV…
http://appletvblogr.com/2010/12/how-to-install-nitotv-on-the-apple-tv-2g/

Step 4)
Once NitoTV is installed, block any future updates (they WILL BREAK the jailbreak). From the AppleTV main menu go to NitoTV–>Install Software–>updateBeGone–>Install

Step 5)
Install XBMC (This can be installed through NitoTV but I would recommend installing via SSH follow the link below)…
http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=HOW-TO:Install_XBMC_on_Apple_TV_2
or
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=127369

Step 6)
Install Pandora (optional)…
http://lesliex317537.com/2011/02/27/how-to-get-pandora-on-jailbroken-apple-tv-2/

 

There you have it. No longer is my AppleTV2 chained to iTunes. Who wants transcoded video anyway? I can now share files on my network my way.

 

P.S. If you want to access the ATV2 through SFTP check out this link…
http://forum.xbmc.org/showpost.php?p=764272&postcount=85

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