Only a few months after the release of the second generation digital media receiver from Apple, there’s some people working around the world to provide it with more functionality than the original device. I’m not exactly sure about how legal this is, but you know “every law has its loophole”. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m positive that these people’s intentions are good and the proofs for that are the incredible works they’ve been up to. With a different perspective, these individuals brought more exciting features for the Apple TV. Let’s take a look at top apple apps.
First of all, a developer named Erica Sadun began playing with its iPad and one of its newest features: AirPlay. Originally designed to stream multimedia contents from officially supported apps to a compatible device over a wireless network, Sadun worked her way around and finally arrived to her goal: to use AirPlay for streaming contents from any third-party app (not just the supported by default). According to her words, this possibility is enabled by changing “only one line of code”. The video below shows how she streams a video from her iPad to the TV from a custom app through Apple TV.
After Sadun’s great discovery, people over at Cydia took the next step and used the modification proposed by the developer to allow any third-party app the usage of AirPlay. For the people interested, this hack can be downloaded from the Cydia store. The following video shows how AirPlay can be used when playing a video in Safari.
Finally, a company called FireCore developed aTV Flash (black), a powerful software with which you’ll be able to add new functions to Apple TV, such as the ability to play more video formats, the creation of playlists and the management of DVD contents. Additionally, this program incorporates a fully-functional HTML5-compatible web browser and a Last.FM client with which you’ll bring all the power from the best music online website to your TV. Take a look at the videos below and tell us what you think!
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