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If you're like me and have an Apple TV 2 and use aTV Flash (black), you may have disabled a number of applications in the parental controls leaving you with just the parts for streaming music and video via the Apple TV. The unfortunate effect this has is that the Maintenance and nitoTV icons appear on the second row with an alignment to the left which makes the whole screen look lopsided in my opinion. This is how you get these icons on the first row.

Here's a screenshot of what I mean, the nitoTV and Maintenance icons are misaligned versus the other icons. In my case, I really just wanted to have a single row of icons, so I set out to do just that.
Screenshot.png


To change the order of these icons requires some editing of files on the Apple TV. The files that need to be edited are the Info.plist files for the Maintenance and nitoTV frappliances. Since these are binary files, the best way to do it is to copy them to your Mac, then use either Xcode or TextWrangler to edit and save them.



First the files need to be transferred, these are the paths to them on the Apple TV:
/Applications/AppleTV.app/Appliances/nitoTV.frappliance/Info.plist
/Applications/AppleTV.app/Appliances/maintenance.frappliance/Info.plist


The default login for Apple TV is root/alpine.

Once the files are transferred, the following property needs to be changed inside both of these files:
<key>BLShowInFirstRow</key>
<false/>


to this:
<key>BLShowInFirstRow</key>
<true/>


Once that's done, these files need to be transferred back to their original locations. Be careful not to mix up with one is which. Then it's just a matter of relaunching Apple TV.
Screenshot2.png


...and after it's relaunched, the applications are all on the first row.
Screenshot3.png


The only caveat is that the icons seem to have disappeared from the applications, I didn't think this was a big deal, but may investigate it further to see how I can get those back. Right now I'm happy to have it all in a single line.

-i

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