Leopard is coming soon, and some reports claim that the new Front Row is going to borrow its look from New-Digital-TV-Boxes Mar-08. In the meantime, Apple TVs themselves are cheaper then ever, but Apple is strangely quiet about it. Is Apple TV the future of home entertainment or is it Apple’s blunder which will probably disappear from the market in the years to come? You decide. In the meantime, we’ve created a toolbox with over 25 plugins and hacks to make all you AppleTV owners smile.
Apple TV RSS Plugin – Configure and read various RSS feeds right on your Apple TV.
ATVLoader – Install many plugins from a large database. This one is great for those that want a simplified and easy way of installing plugins without a lot of hassle.
nitoTV – The biggest and best plugin of them all. Network and USB mounting, mplayer, and DVD playback with VIDEO_TS files or ISO files.
Road Trip – GPS plugin that works with any USB GPS adapter, fetches maps from MapQuest.
Sapphire – Best way to manage TV Shows and Movies.
Sports Scores – This plugin allows you to check sports scores.
Streamer – Stream internet radio through your Apple TV.
MPDControl – Control your MPD server easily from your Apple TV.
ATVTorrents – Finds torrents in your Home directory and automatically starts downloading them with rTorrent.
Firefly – Allows the streaming of music on your Apple TV to iTunes.
Omelette – A fun puzzle game designed to run on your Apple TV.
Perian – Although not truly a plugin, Perian allows playback of many file types.
JamanTV – Download movies from the JamanTV service onto your Apple TV.
ATVWakeOnLan – Wakes up remote media servers nearby.
Applications Menu – Run applications on your Apple TV easily with this launcher.
Firefox – This hack shows you how to get Firefox up and running on an Apple TV, step by step.
Component to RGB – How to convert from component to RGB for TVs that don’t have component ports.
How to Play DivX From a NAS – Explains how to play DivX files on your AppleTV from a network storage device.
Color Output – How to easily get color output from the AppleTV’s component ports.
Asterisk – How to get Asterisk running on an AppleTV.
Keyboard/Mouse – How to get a USB keyboard and mouse working on an Apple TV.
Mouse Pointer – This tutorial explains how to enable the mouse pointer.
OS X – Install OS X on an Apple TV.
USB Drive – A tutorial that tells you how to boot your Apple TV from an external USB drive.
Enable VNC – Tutorial explaining how to enable Remote Desktop/VNC.