I wanted to provide some resources, tutorials and links for those people who want to jailbreak a second generation apple tv (running 4.4.4 or lower) and install XBMC on it.
This solution has provided my family and me almost all our media entertainment for the last year at 1/4 the price of cable.
I may add additional information as I get feedback in order to give more details as people ask.
Using seasonpass to jailbreak atv2 (good tutorial with links to all you need are on the Firecore site) http://support.firecore.com/entries/387605
You may also decide to use ATV (black) from fire core, which costs about $15-30, but you don’t have to. It makes it uber-simple to install, but you can just ssh into your ATV to install the components you want- requires a bit more knowledge of terminal commands, but there are tutorials for that as well (see below)
ATV Flash (Black) 1.5 for iOS 5.0 is out from Firecore. The untethered jailbreak for ATV2 & ATV3 should be forthcoming anyday. In the meantime, a tethered jailbreak is out for ATV2 w/ iOS 5 (and , of course you can always just stay on iOS 4.4.4 & below until then) http://blog.firecore.com/
If you are not familiar with it, this add-on available either as an install via zip or using the ATV Flash (Black) makes your Apple TV into a streaming powerhouse that allows you to access nearly all television content like a DVR. XBMC works on nearly any OS and has been in development for years.
The beta version of XBMC 11 has now been released. Version 11 “Eden” adds lots of new features and improvements to the open source home theater software for both Mac and Windows. See more after the break Continue reading →