Believe it or not, you can still get Kodi running on the first generation Apple TV device by installing it through OSMC. It might be old but the Apple TV 1 still seems to have some kick left in it. Installing OSMC to the Apple TV 1 shouldn’t take very long, and is the only way to get a decent Kodi experience on the device.
OSMC is a fork of Kodi for Raspberry Pi, Apple TV 1, and their own Vero device. It is developed by Sam Nazarko, who has been developing Kodi for the Raspberry Pi since the beginning. It is good to see that OSMC has kept up with providing Kodi support for the Apple TV 1, when everyone else had given up on it.
Download the OSMC Installer
Mac Users: Please note that if your computer says it can’t open apps from unknown developers, you should navigate to your computer’s System Preferences menu, then click on the Security & Privacy icon, and finally press the Open Anyway button.
Step 1: Launch the OSMC Installer package that you just downloaded, then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 2: Select your desired language (only English is available for now), then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 3: Select Apple TV as your desired platform, then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 4: Select the latest OSMC version that displays USB at the end (2016-12-1-USB is currently the latest version), then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 5: Select the on an SD card option, then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 6: Select your USB-DISK from the list, then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 7: Click on the I access the End User Agreement field.
Step 8: Wait a few minutes for OSMC to downoad.
Step 9: Click on the Yes button to proceed with the OSMC bootable disk installation.
Step 10: Wait a few minutes for OSMC to install to your USB stick.
Step 11: The hard part is over, click on the quit button to exit the installer, then unplug the USB stick from your computer.
Step 12: On your Apple TV 1 device, navigate to the Settings menu, and then to the Audio & Video tab.
Step 13: Click on the HDMI Output field and change it to display the RGB High option.
Step 14: Unplug the power cord from the Apple TV 1 device.
Step 15: Insert the bootable OSMC USB stick that you just created into your Apple TV 1 box.
Step 16: Replug the power cord into your device, while holding both the MENU and – (volume down) buttons on the white remote control at the same time.
Step 17: You’re done! Just follow the on-screen instructions to finalize the OSMC configuration on your Apple TV 1 device.
Once you’ve booted up OSMC on your Apple TV 1 for the first time, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get it all configured and operational. Keep in mind that OSMC features a different default skin than the Kodi you’re used to, but you can always change it back to the Confluence skin at any time. It should be noted that future OSMC support for the Apple TV 1 will be halted within the coming months.