Jailbreak Apple TV - Why Jailbreaking?

Apple TV is one of the best media center for the average tech user that you can use in your home. It is very small, unbelievable powerful for its size and can run almost anything. Its only problem is when you try playing something that you already own and you did not purchased it via iTunes. It will simply not work.

Fortunately all is not that dark as it may look like in the beginning. With a small surgical procedure to free your device from the shackles of iTunes, you can convert this little wonder into a video powerhouse.

How to Jailbreak your Apple TV

You've probably heard of jailbreaking an iPhone. It's the process of gaining root access to the device so that you have full control and freedom over its firmware and operating system. What you may not have known is that any iOS device can be jailbroken. That goes for the Apple TV, iPad, and iPods as well.

As a disclaimer: Jailbreaking your Apple TV is against Apple's terms and conditions so if you decide to go ahead with it, your warranty will be void. Proceeding is at your own risk.

So why should you Jailbreak your Apple TV knowing that you're going to lose its warranty?

  • The Apple TV media box is essentially a small computer running Unix, containing a powerful graphics processor that can do a lot more than just its initial programming.
  • It's capable of decoding and streaming a wide range of video formats without conversion
  • XBMC compatibility, arguably the best media software out there for HTPCs
  • 3rd party applications become available
  • It's cheap, at $99 it's better than most HTPCs three times the cost. Once you jailbreak it of course
  • It's very easy to do and you don't have to be an IT expert to remove the limitations. 
Convinced? Good, let's move on with what would you exactly need to proceed with the Apple TV jailbreak process.
  • A computer with the latest iTunes installed.
  • A laptop works best so you can bring it to your TV
  • An Apple TV 1, Apple TV 2 or Apple TV 3.
  • Jailbreaking software
  • A micro USB cable
  • The Apple TV remote