I have been hearing a lot of people talking about the limitations that Apple TV has lately and I want to share with you my experience of jailbreaking Apple TV 3 and why you should do it.
With jailbreaking the system you will be able to:
- Install VBMX which gives you immediate access to various content streaming sources that aren’t approved by Apple. So you can get rid of your cable package and watch sports channels or stream the latest TV shows online.
- Play files from a USB stick or external hard drive
- Allows you to play AVI and MKV file extensions that are not normally supported
- Install a web browser on your Apple TV
- User the RemoteHD app and control the TV from your Apple device such as an iPad or an iPhone
- Get subtitles for any TV show or film in seconds with one click
Quite an impressive list of benefits! The solutions that I am going to offer you will ensure that your Apple TV is jailbroken in minutes and you can experience all these great features. The software that is used for the process works with the latest versions of the iOS as well as the previous ones and included in the cost is options for jailbreaking other Apple devices as well!
IMPORTANT NOTE: You will notice that the sites I will mention are mainly focused towards iPhone’s and iPad’s however they do offer Apple TV jailbreaking services – you just need to search for it. You can find the Apple TV service on iJailbreakPro.com if you scroll down the page and the link looks like this:
How Does it Work?
Overall the process of having your ATV jailbroken is incredibly straightforward. Basically all you need to do is install the software provided, connect your Apple TV to your computer and let the software do what it needs to do. You get support from the business and step by step guides to make the process even simpler.
One thing I have to point out though is that some people take it upon themselves to save money and try and jailbreak Apple TV 3 on their own. Seriously, don’t even attempt it. I did and the results were disastrous – I wiped all the data from the Apple TV including apps and was close to causing permanent damage as well. Using the solutions that I have listed below will jailbreak your Apple TV 3 in a safe manner without running the risk of causing any damage to your device.
The Best Software To Jailbreak Apple TV
Below are the two best pieces of software that I have used to jailbreak Apple TV 3.
Number 1- – iJailbreak Pro (Effective, inexpensive and my number one choice)
I can sum these guys up in just one word: awesome. Their jailbreaking software worked a treat and it took LESS THAN 5 minutes for the whole process to finish. In fact, they way in which it is done means that you can reverse the process as well.
Whilst I used this service for the latest iOS of Apple TV as I have purchased a new system recently, I had used them previously for the older generations and it worked just as well on both systems. Indeed, they keep updating their software with new ATV releases so it never goes out of date and is a fantastic long term solution. I also got my iPhone 5 unlocked with the same package as well!
What I found with iJailbreak Pro was that their support team was absolutely fantastic even with the basic and simple questions I had. No doubt they get bombarded with silly questions all the time but they answered me in a friendly manner so that I understood everything about the process before it took place. After my own terrible attempt at jailbreaking my Apple TV 3 I wanted to be reassured that this was safe, and it was!
I fully believe that the people who run the site just want to make Apple products better. There is no attempt to get extra money out of you with add-ons, no scams or anything like that; they appreciate Apple devices but think they can be improved and the service reflects this.
You can find them here and I really recommend that you check them out.
Number 2 – Jailbreak Unlock (Works but let’s itself down in several areas)
The second business I have had experience with is Jailbreak Unlock and I actually used them for a friends Apple TV that was one of the previous generations. The process worked OK and it did jailbreak the system however I felt they let themselves down in a couple of areas:
- It took a while for their support team to get back to me. Whilst iJailbreak Pro responded right away, Jailbreak Unlock took nearly 48 hours to answer my initial queries about the process and for me this was a bit too long to wait.
- Secondly they have removed the Apple TV 3 jailbreak option from their main site however they do still offer it in the member’s area. I’m not sure about their future plans but it seems as though they are phasing this out which doesn’t make it a viable solution for the future.
To Sum Up
I know of other companies that offer similar packages to these two services however, by and large, most businesses focus solely on other Apple devices such as iPhone’s as there is a bigger market for them.
Out of the two solutions I offered I would put my name to iJailbreak Pro based on the review above and because they were the quickest and most professional business I have used. I now have my Apple TV 3 jailbroken which means I have saved money by cancelling my cable package and I can watch premium channels through the device, I can catch up with my TV shows through sites such as 1channel.ch and I benefit from all the other great features too.
I wish you all the best in getting your Apple TV 4 jailbroken because it has worked wonders for me.