Tip of the Day: do more with Apple TV

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Seamus Byrne is the Editor of CNET Australia. At other times he'll be found messing with apps, watching TV, building LEGO, and rolling dice. Usually at the same time.

Want to increase the flexibility of your Apple TV?

The little black Apple TV is a very clever device. The tiny box lets you watch movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store, lets you display your photo libraries as fabulous slideshows while listening to your favourite music and, well, not all that much else because some of its best features are locked to the US. But for an AU$129 device you can get a lot more power by installing a special piece of software to make it a great media streamer.

aTV Flash is available from FireCore.com. For US$39.95 you can now use your Apple TV to watch many more video files like the standard videos your digital camera might shoot. You can now also store all your own movies and photos anywhere you like, not just in iTunes, and your Apple TV will play them back. Plus you can organise custom playlists so the kids can easily watch all their favourites without any fuss.

Even features like a weather forecast have been added in. So slick and simple, we just wish Apple had made it this way out of the box.

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LawrenceS posted a comment   

This is really a great product.

I've used it to install media player and XBMC. XBMC is still majorly buggy but the media player does a great job most of the time.

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