According to 9to5Mac, Jailbroken AppleTV 2G owners can now enable a VNC server on their black boxes with a new Brandon Holland’s VNC server hack. This will allow you to control the device remotely using apps like Screens running on your PC or Mac.
“Finished a quick and dirty VNC server plugin for the 2G that I call “Exposed”. It’s method for getting screen data isn’t great and lacks some effects and animation, but it does work without HDMI plugged in. So if you want to try it out, grab Exposed and place it in the Lowtide Appliances directory. I think it is also important to note that this does require a jailbroken AppleTV 2G running Dustin Howett’s beigelist.”
aTV Flash (black) is a user-friendly software package from Firecore that supercharges your new black AppleTV 2. It is available in both Mac and Windows version. This software package is very simple to use and safe for your AppleTV.
Installing aTV Flash (black) is also easy. More details on the installation process can be seen here.
SeasOnPass lets you perform an untethered jailbreak to your Apple TV, allowing you to SSH into your set top box and play otherwise unsupported media. The current version of SeasOnPass by default supports to an untethered jailbreak for the 4.3 (iOS 4.3 – 8F455) software.
The released version of SeasOnPass can even supports a tethered jailbreak of the current 4.4.4 (iOS 5.0.1 – 9A406a). You can find out the details on using Seas0nPass to perform a tethered jailbreak of the new 4.4.4 (iOS 5.0.1) AppleTV software here.
“A hacker installed the Couch Surfer browser on a jailbroken Apple TV and was able to demonstrate an HTML5-based game, Casino BlackJack. Now, the game is fairly bare bones and although it may not be the most impressive of feats, it does remind us of Apple TV’s potential beyond movies and TV shows.”
“AppleTV 2G users: Welcome to the JB family! Right now, about all you can do is command-line stuff via ssh. You also have afc2 available, so you can use tools like ifunbox to move files around. These are the *very* early days of AppleTV 2G jailbreaking, so it’ll take some time for JB app developers to come up with methods to use your AppleTV 2G from the remote, versus the command line. PS: Your ssh password is “alpine”…please change it when you can :)”