How To Jailbreak Your 2G Apple TV

Mac OS X: The 2G Apple TV was jailbroken shortly after its release, but until now there hasn't been a simple jailbreaking method. That's all changed with Seas0nPass.

Seas0nPass is a jailbreaking app for your 2G Apple TV that's similar in functionality to Pwnage Tool (the simple jailbreaking tool for other iOS devices). Seas0nPass has two functions: it can create a jailbroken IPSW file that you can use to "restore" your 2G Apple TV or it can boot your jailbroken device. Really, the interface is that simple:

Yes, this does mean Seas0nPass is a tethered jailbreak, so you may want to wait for an untethered option, but you may want to consider how often you actually have to boot your Apple TV. It's also a minor inconvenience since the Apple TV isn't going anywhere and, presumably, you can just plug it in to your computer and quickly boot it if necessary. A tethered jailbreak with an Apple TV isn't quite as risky as an untethered jailbreak with a mobile iOS device.

If you want to proceed, the remaining steps are simple and Seas0nPass will walk you through each one. Just like any other iOS device, you put it into DFU mode (in the case of the Apple TV, this is done by holding the MENU and PLAY/PAUSE buttons down for seven seconds) and restore the device and restore using the created IPSW. What's especially nice about Seas0nPass, however, is that it will pretty much automate most of this process for you. It'll even download the latest IPSW it needs to patch so you don't have to find it yourself or worry about grabbing the wrong version.

Once you've successfully completed the jailbreak, you just need to boot tethered and you're done! So what can you do with a jailbroken Apple TV? You can install Plex and incomplete-but-functional versions of and a web browser called Couch Surfer.

Have fun!

Jailbreaking 101 - Seas0nPass | FireCore via Gizmodo


    Or you could just use a Linux or Windows box to do the same thing at half the price...?

      I'm not an apple fan, but I bought one of these because it "just works".

      It cost me $129, delivered.

      Please tell me where I can get a Linux/Windows device which does the same thing for $65.

        Agreed. For the price, the Apple TV does a brilliant job. Just plug and play. But jailbreaking the device opens up a whole new world.

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