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How To Install XBMC On Your Apple TV 2

Great news for anyone looking for a tiny, cheap standalone XBMC box: You can now install XBMC on an Apple TV 2. Here’s how it works.

First, the great news here: The Apple TV is an inexpensive $129— about $100 less than the Acer nettop I installed XBMC to. I haven’t tested it yet, but Engadget’s video demo (above) makes it look very promising. Installing XBMC on your Apple TV is a pretty simple process:

Step One: Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2
If you’ve got a Mac on hand, this is a pretty simple process using Seas0nPass.

Step Two: Log Into Your Apple TV as root and Install
From a Terminal prompt, you need to SSH into your Apple TV; you can simply enter:

ssh [email protected]

…and use alpine as your password. (That’s the default password; if you’ve changed it, use whatever you changed it to.) Use your Apple TV’s local IP address for the SSH connection if apple-tv.local doesn’t work.

Then simply paste the following code into Terminal, one command at a time:

echo “deb ./” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list

apt-get update

apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

Step Three: Enjoy XBMC!
That’s really all there is to it. The hardest part is jailbreaking the Apple TV, and even that’s a piece of cake.

As I said, I haven’t had time to fully test it yet, but the folks at Engadget seemed pleased with the test unit they tried out. And now I’m actually happy I got that Apple TV for Christmas.

[Install XBMC on ATV2]

Republished from Lifehacker

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