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XBMC 12.3: New Apple TV? You Need This App

26 December 2013 637 views 2 Comments

This particular XBMC update, the last in the “Frodo” line, delivers a number of critical bug fixes, including patches for Mavericks specific issues. However, a bigger fish, “Gotham” (aka version 13.0), is being fried as we speak.

• XBMC 12.3 (download)
— OS X 10.9 Mavericks fixes that appeared when it was released
— update PVR add-ons
— several PVR related bug fixes
— memory leak fixes
— audio channel mapping
— possible crash on progress dialog
— Complete release notes
— Available for Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Apple TV, etc

See also:Apple TV Discounts, Roku Deals

That said, to run the XBMC app on an Apple TV requires that the hobby puck first be jailbroken — not possible yet for Apple TVs running iOS 7. Folks with Apple TVs running iOS 6 jailbreak here.

Why go to the trouble? XBMC on an Apple TV multiplies the available content a la an app architecture like the one found on the Roku.

Fundamentally, XBMC transforms an Apple TV from a culdesac into a cord cutter delight while maintaining highly attractive features, like purchased content playback and AirPlay.

Again, XBMC 12.3 is the last update in the Frodo line and XBMC 13 Gothan betas are due any time now.

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  • owen-b said:

    Unfortunately if you got a new Apple TV for Christmas, there’s no way you’ll ever be able to install this app that “you need”, because new Apple TVs are impossible to jailbreak. Only second gen ATVs can be jailbroken. Never mind, eh?

  • John said:

    You can’t jailbreak Apple TV 3 but you can install XBMC onto your computer/iPad and airplay to your Apple TV.

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