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Welcome to the AwkwardTV Wiki

As you probably know, Apple TV is a set-top box manufactured by Apple. Out of the box, it is enabled to stream digital content from any computer running iTunes. As there is little information provided about what is going on "under the hood" of the Apple TV, this is a place to collect and share information.

This website is dedicated to finding additional uses for the Apple TV by (legitimately) enabling its Potential Capabilities, and is a place for the community to share ideas, discoveries and solutions. It is for informational purposes only. AwkwardTV is not responsible if you void your warranty or damage your device.

Latest News

  • $1000 Bounty offered for external USB drive hack.
  • RSS Reader View custom RSS feeds in AppleTV
  • Linux on Apple TV-- Linux kernel loader from gimli; we have full hardware support (accelerated video, wireless, USB).
  • "Mac nano": Mac OS X can run on Apple TV, Google video.

Note: Some features may be non-operational with semthex's legal kernel recompile.


Plugins directory and instructions

FRAppliance_101 - Tutorial for creating new PlugIns

FRScreenSaver_101 - Tutorial for creating screen savers. Please read FRAppliance_101 first.


You can find us on IRC: #awkwardtv on irc.moofspeak.net. Register your Nick

Please feel free to contribute! We are all learners at this stage ;-)



(Please put your projects here-- in categories)

OS Related

Awkward Project Wikis

Outside Awkward

How To

Hard Drive Preparation

Alternate Bootstrap

General Software Modifications

OS Mods


  • Uncompress LZSS compressed files like mach_kernel.prelink
  • Connect the Apple TV to a TV with Composite (Monochromatic Picture)
  • Connect the 2.5" IDE drive to a USB/FW bridge without having to remove it, use a M/M 2.5" ide adapter from here
  • Here are some NTSC color bars to use when calibrating your TV.



Third party software

Potential Capabilities

Known Issues

Tried & Working Video

Thanks for the updates everyone! Looks much better -kad77
  • 720p Xvid
  • 720p Divx (Perian)
  • MKV with VLC (Coming in perian 1.0 for Quicktime)
  • .vob(DVDrip) with VLC (Menu, subtitles, 5.1 surround working)
  • MPEG2 using QT MPEG-2 Component. 720p and 1080i playback was very choppy.
  • WMV doesn't seen to play. Flip4Mac component doesn't seem to work.
  • List of file formats working on Apple TV

Wiki documentation