XBMC Comes To Apple TV 2 Running 5.2

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There’s few better ways to extend the capabilities of your Apple TV 2 than installing XBMC on it, but after the latest Apple TV 5.2 software (iOS 6.1) dropped, there was just no way to do it. Thankfully, XMBC has been updated, and will now stably supercharge your second-gen Apple TV just as well as it did before.

To do the install, it’s as simple as following the instructions over on the XBMC wiki. It’s pretty easy, although it does require some command line delving and a reboot. Power through all of that, though, and you’ll have an incredible, open-source media center running on your Apple TV 2 that can play pretty much anything. Nifty.

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  • techwarrior

    John, looks like perhaps you uploaded a draft, some essential pieces of info are missing!

    This is a Jailbreak capability. Airplay overcomes many of the reasons to JB and for the vast majority of us, it is too much hassle to go through the Jailbreak process. So this is not relevant to most readers, even less so without the jailbreak caveat.

  • Eurofag

    What’s that theme?

  • Steffen Jobbs

    Still nothing like that for ATV3. What a waste of perfectly decent hardware.

  • techsalot

    Go home Techwarrior, you’re drunk.

  • techwarrior

    Go home Techwarrior, you’re drunk.

    Really? Dude, you are pretty defensive…Do you make a living insulting people?

  • lowtolerance
    Go home Techwarrior, you’re drunk.

    Really? Dude, you are pretty defensive…Do you make a living insulting people?

    I don’ t think you know what “defensive” means.

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