HOW-TO:Install XBMC on Apple TV 1 (Linux)

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Stop hand.png Starting in Kodi v14, support for the BCHD is being dropped from the software.

Apple TV 1 users can use these modified/unofficial versions:

Apple TV 1 (silver) is no longer available from Apple, but can be purchased from alternative sources (eBay, kijiji, craigslist, etc.).

It is highly recommended that you replace the WiFi card with a Broadcom Crystal HD to enable playback of HD videos.

1 Before installing a replacement OS

Warning Before installing a Linux-based OS, you will want to make sure that your ATV1 has been updated to the original ATV OS 3.0.2 at least once in order to flash the HDMI controller firmware. You also want to change the original ATV OS settings to "RGB High" in the AV settings.


See also: OSMC

OSMC (short for Open Source Media Center) is a Linux distribution based on Debian that brings Kodi to a variety of devices. It is the successor to Raspbmc and Crystalbuntu.

OSMC (Open Source Media Center) is a free and open source media player based on Linux and founded in 2014 that lets you play back media from your local network, attached storage and the Internet. OSMC is the leading media center in terms of feature set and community and is based on the Kodi project. It's simple and easy to use; free and open source and has automatic updates and an App Store.

OSMC can be installed on an Apple TV using easy to use installers for Linux, Mac and Windows here: OSMC is officially supporting Apple TV (1st Generation) and CrystalHD hardware acceleration until at least 2017.

3 OpenELEC

See also: OpenELEC

OpenELEC is a fully-featured but highly optimized Linux OS created solely to run XBMC on the mk1 AppleTV and other HTPC systems. OpenELEC provides a set-top-box like XBMC experience; with a controlled Linux environment that puts simplicity, reliability and performance ahead of the users ability to tweak/customize (and break) the underlying OS. OpenELEC can be installed to a USB stick or the internal hard drive; allowing you to run an optimised XBMC installation alongside the original Apple OS or replace it completely.

OpenELEC has an excellent guide for installing on mk1 Apple TV's here: Installing OpenELEC on AppleTV

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