Apple TV Becoming Hot Development Platform

Apr 9th, 2007 | By | Category: General, Internet TV, iPods & Portable Media Players

Apple TV is quickly becoming a hot platform for development, with developers adding RSS support, game emulation and even turning the Internet media router into a full-fledged Mac computer.

Apple TV RSS

Apple TV RSS Plugin, above, is a basic RSS reader. It currently reads RSS 1.x/2.x feeds, but not Atom.

Here’s how it displays an Engadget post:

Apple TV Engadget

The developers plan to add video podcasting support to the plugin. This would let you access video podcasts directly from the Internet, instead of using your computer.

Another active project is emulation – adding support for classic games to the device. These systems have been tested for compatibility and are working:

  • Nintendo
  • Sega Genesis
  • Super Nintendo
  • Nintendo 64

Here’s NES Mario Brothers running on Apple TV:

Apple TV can even be turned into a full-blown Macintosh, making it the cheapest Mac ever. At this point, though, the process is a 13-step hack that involves replacing the device’ kernel.

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