David Schuetz, an Apple TV hobbyist, has been exploring some interesting
behavior on pre-iOS 7 Apple TVs. After a bit of hacking, he discovered a way
to enable an Add Site feature. This feature opens the possibility of adding
custom sites to the Apple TV menu, letting him hook up a Raspberry Pi media
server to his ATV. [The iOS 7-equivalent build of the Apple TV OS, released in
September, is version number 6, as the ATV is a version number behind the
iPhone and iPad. This hack works on v5.x and earlier-build Apple TVs. -Ed.]
He wrote up the details of his discovery on his company website and posted a
Github repository containing a talk he recently gave on the subject. Although
Schuetz points out the hack does not require a jailbreak, this approach is not
suitable for either the weak of heart or (currently) those who have upgraded
to the latest Apple TV firmware.
Although I suspect the Add Site button is meant for Apple's internal
development team and not planned for eventual public use, it's pretty cool
stuff. A video demo follows.
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