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Home Theater Series Part Two: Installing XBMC on Your Apple TV 2

Welcome to Part Two of our Home Theater Series – In this guide, we will show you how to install XBMC on your Apple TV 2 using aTVFlash (Black). aTVFlash (Black) is an add-on to the Apple TV 2 dashboard software that allows you make firmware backups of your Apple TV as well as install a bunch of really cool other add-ons like nitoTV and XBMC. The aTVFlash (Black) add-on will run you $29 and is well worth it because it allows you to install many other great add-ons, including a browser, completely free and with two clicks of the remote. The following is a step by step guide on how to install the aTVFlash (Black) add-on followed by  the steps to installing XBMC on your Apple TV 2. You can also watch an entire video showing you how to install aTVFlash (Black) and XBMC on your Apple TV 2.

Pre-install checklist

1. Jailbreak the Apple TV – See Part One to find out how to jailbreak the Apple TV2

2. Connect the Apple TV your TV like normal (power, HDMI and wifi/ethernet). (If booting for the first time you will need to tether boot if you are running Apple TV 5.3)

3. Enable Home Sharing and AirPlay – more info

Running the installer

Step 1: Buy the aTVFlash (Black) add-on here.

Step 2: Download the latest version of aTV Flash (black) from your account.

Step 3: Mac: Open the DMG and double-click the installer.

Windows: Double-click the downloaded .exe file to extract the files, then locate the installer in the aTV Flash (black) folder (usually found on the Desktop).


Step 3: The installer will copy a few small files to your computer. (these will then be transferred to the Apple TV) – Click “Install”


Step 4: You will then be prompted to select your Apple TV from a drop-down list. Once selected, click “Continue”


Step 5: The files will be transferred to the Apple TV.


Step 6: When complete, the Apple TV will restart automatically for the changes to take effect. (This is a soft reboot, you will not have to re-tether boot your Apple TV 2)


Step 8: After installation all apps and updates can be installed directly on the Apple TV through the Maintenance –> Manage Extras menu.

Post-install checklist

1. Navigate to the new Maintenance –> Manage Extras menu.

apple-tv-maintenance2. The various extras can be installed by highlighting an item and pressing the center (select) button. Scroll down to XBMC and click the center button on the remote to install.

Note: Unwanted extras can be easily removed by highlighting an item and pressing the right arrow button.



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