Icefilms is Down Again But Not For Good

Icefilms.info down

It looks like the TV and video file distribution site Icefilms.info will be back up and running soon. Icefilms admin Russtonic issued the following statement via a the sites temporary forum that has been erected to keep users informed during the blackout:

Sorry for the bump in the road. But we will be back soon. We have all the Back-ups and just need a new home for our SuperServer

Service to the site was cut off on December 16th 2014 when the hosting service they were using abruptly shut down their VPS accounts. We know now that the hosting company gave in to pressure from BRIEN, the Dutch recording and video organization (something like the MPAA and RIA combined). There have been many scares like like this in the past but this time there was relatively little administrator feedback leaving some to believe the site may have been shut down permanently.

Although a timeline has not been communicated, administrators are looking to restore Icefilms.info from backups and it up and running in the little while.

Icefilms on Apple TV | Icefilms.info on ATV from Backup Server

When Icefilms Goes Down

As you probably already know, Icefilms is having a bit of trouble migrating from their Go-Daddy hosting account to their sexy new dedicated servers. This is causing some service disruption for both computer and ATV2 users. Thankfully, the Icefilms admin often keep a backup server running a couple days behind in link updates.
To access the backup server database you just have to replace the default.py file in the plugin.video.icefilms directory.
The backup file can be found here. It is pretty much the exact same as regular default.py file except the script points at the vds.icefilms.info domain and the google custom search query info is slightly modified.

Getting it on Your Apple TV

  1. Download the new Icefilms.info plugin component here: default.py and save it somewhere you can find it easily
  2. SSH into your jailbroken Apple Tv box with XMBC installed using
    username: root
    password: alpine
  3. Find the directory plugin.video.icefilms it should be located:
    Apple tv2: /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/addons/plugin.video.icefilms/
    Apple tv1: /mnt/Scratch/Users/frontrow/Library/ApplicationSupport/XBMC/addons/plugin.video.icefilms/
  4. Grab the old default.py file and save it on your local computer. You need to hold on to this for when Icefilms comes back up!
  5. Drag the new default.py file into the plugin.video.icefilms directory to replace the existing one.

You should be good to go! The search function may not work perfectly sometimes, we’re still working on that. Let us know how it goes!

 

Alternative Option

You can install a version of the ATV Icefilms script that will allow you to change the domain that it listens to in the settings. The script was modified by wesada and Blackgod88 to bring you this functionality. You can download it here.

When Icefilms.info goes down, simply go into your preferences and change the domain to vds.icefilms.info. The default setting is icefilms.info.

Icefilms Modded XBMC script