I 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…
I had great success by follow these guides. I was also using Windows 7 32bit.
Jailbreak The ATV2 (Seas0nPass supports a untethered jailbreak of the latest 4.4.4 (iOS 5.0.1 – 9A406a) AppleTV software.)..
Change the default SSH password…
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
Install XBMC (This can be installed through NitoTV but I would recommend installing via SSH follow the link below)…
Install Pandora (optional)…
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…