If you’ve got a second generation AppleTV and looking to add a couple of o’s to its oomph, Fire Core have just announced that they’ve got you covered: they’re porting their popular aTV Flash software from the first-generation AppleTV to the second, complete with Last.fm and browser support.
The new version will be called aTV Flash (Black), and it’s slated to be released in beta form in the next few weeks. The browser is called Couch Surfer and while it almost definitely won’t support Adobe Flash, it will allow you to browse the web from your couch, supporting most common browser abilities and even the ability to be expanded via plugins sometime in the future. Last.fm support seems equally solid.
As near as I can tell, this is going to require a jailbreak, although I can’t find any mention of such on the official Fire Core website. Instead, they just say:
aTV Flash is a user-friendly software package that supercharges your AppleTV, unleashing a plethora of new functionality. Don’t worry about the technical details – aTV Flash is simple to use and safe for your AppleTV. Installation is a snap and doesn’t require any physical changes to the AppleTV.
The “don’t worry about the technical details” certainly seems to imply some sort of automated LimeRa1n jailbreaking will be going on, doesn’t it?
Either way, when aTV Flash (Black) is released, it’ll cost some money, but Fire Core haven’t said just how much it’ll be yet. We’ll keep you posted.