FireCore Brings YouTube Back to the Apple TV 2

By this point, you may have forgotten about your Apple TV 2, but the folks over at FireCore sure haven’t. Today, they released a new version of the popular aTV Flash (black) tool for jailbroken Apple TV 2s.


The new YouTube plugin for ATV2 allows for browsing of popular videos as well as searching for videos, channels, users, or playlists. We're also working on a few other neat options for subsequent releases, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for updates.

How do I update?

Due to some required behind-the-scenes changes, updating to 2.6 will require re-running the aTV Flash (black) installer from a Mac or PC. Once updated, future releases can be installed through the native Apple TV menus as before. Links for the latest version can be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

If you can remember, the YouTube channel was removed from the Apple TV 2 last April, while newer Apple TV 3’s retain the YouTube functionality. The removal of the YouTube app was a part of Google’s effort to streamline and sunset YouTube access for older versions of iOS, which unfortunately included the Apple TV 2nd-generation set top box.
“As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from 2012 and older,” Google wrote.
With aTV Flash (black) version 2.6, FireCore adds back the long lost YouTube functionality by means of a clever plugin. The new YouTube plugin works on any ATV2 running Apple TV 5.3 or later. Of course, you’ll need to be running a jailbroken Apple TV 2 in order to install aTV Flash (black). 

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