Saying goodbye to Apple TV


This blog post is written by Sam Nazarko

For almost ten years, we've been supporting the 1st generation AppleTV. It's where it all began, before OSMC was called OSMC, and before Raspbmc.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

ATV: Crystal-HD Card not working

This kind of sucks. I just bought an Apple TV and while I’m not at the same level as anyone else on this forum, I just started Computer Science and was looking to help improve on the design.

At the same time, I know that this must not have been an easy decision and I respect it. Thank you for the work that you have contributed to this project, and I will be using what you have used for years to come. Thank you.


There is no longer any reason to use the atv for media consumption. You get much better performance at the same or even lower price elsewhere. Like raspberry pi or cheap amlogic-boxes, at around $30. You might even get some 4k and h.265.

If someone still insists on working on the atv, I would love it if someone did a project like dietpi ( for the atv. Have 3 or 4 atvs on a shelf collecting dust. They can still do good work, just not as a media center in 2017->
Just a thought :slight_smile:

Almost forgot (shame on me), but I have to give a great big thank you to sam and anyone else working on this project from the start. Very nice work which has given me and many more lots of good use of these old machines. :ok_hand: :+1: :clap:


1st Gen Apple TV. ? You really bought as 1st Gen Apple TV?
I still have one with a broken disk in the basement (Not using it).
You realize that box has 256MBytes of Ram (or was it 128MB) ? that box is not really usable anymore for that.
Any raspberry PI is faster now :slight_smile:


You could follow the instructions to disable Kodi from starting on the Wiki. That would give you a pretty minimal foundation to start with, and you’d have Debian Jessie which is still fairly modern and is still maintainend.


Yes already did this on one of them, and that’s certainly a simple way to keep it going :smiley:


Just wanted to say a big thank you to Sam for developing Crystalbuntu all those years ago.

Amazingly my atv1 is still going strong as my main media player. Well I say strong, but it crashes every 1-2 days and I think I’m running XBMC 11.0 Eden. I bought a Pi1 when they were released but never switched. The atv just won’t die, and you know what they say, if it ain’t broke…


Want to say a big thank you to Sam as well for giving the old girl CPR for this long, you really did breath new life into it! ! I have been using my apple tv for over 10 years ! As off today it’s in our bedroom and Funny enough I ordered a vero 4K couple weeks back and it arrived today! So the vero takes pride in the lounge and the apple tv upstairs now. So I logged into the forum to get some hints and tips and seen this thread and had to comment! Many thanks for the years of updates and usage you gave to us originals Apple TV purchased after Apple washed there hands 18months later!


Yes, a really big thank you to Sam for all the work he has put in to supporting the ATV1 over the years. Although our immediate family quickly moved on to using Mac Minis as our media devices, I have had a couple of ATV1s deployed with elderly relatives since the beginning, and that has worked well for them. They are only interested in older programs, so 720p is fine. I did use the CrystalHD cards for a while, but they were unreliable (due to overheating?) and the wireless (n!) was much more useful. I also replaced the hard drives with msata adapters and cards and that made a big difference. Lastly I have been using RealVNC software to remotely help out as needed (as well as SSH), and so all has been pretty good. Although there will be no more updates, I am hoping these devices will be useful for a another couple of years yet. Cheers, and wish you well.


Thank you Sam for all your work on this project. I have unfortunately just bought an original  tv 1st gen on ebay to play around with after good memories of using a version of xmbc on my  tv 2 quite a lot of years ago now. I know there are better alternatives out there as have been mentioned, I just love the design of the box and always wanted one. I hope to use it for watching media on my NAS, podcasts and some tv streams. Can anyone recommend the most stable version to use? I can’t get my box to shut down properly.


The box is designed to always be on and doesn’t implement ACPI


Thanks for responding and clearing that up for me Sam. I am very impressed with the software! Best wishes Andrew