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Apple TV can now play games like Blackjack via HTML5, but cannot be obtained through the Apple App Store.

Previously, a number of set-top boxes, unlike Apple TV, supported gaming and other user applications. Now the Apple-made device has made gaming possible with HTML5.

The first-ever gaming experience has been made possible to general public on Apple TV via jailbreaking hacking, and has not been provided by the App Store. The simplest of games, Blackjack, is the only one the device supports, but could open a window of huge possibilities for other games on Apple TV.

Apple previously said that Apple TV was just an experimental device made by the company out of curiosity compared to the likes of the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The company, in the process, has not allotted much time to the device.

The service has been possible by HTML5 which is the latest generation of HTML (HyperText Markup Language). It is a language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web, and a core technology of the Internet. HTML5 can develop games without by the help of Adobe Flash.

Games like "Angry Birds," which is high up on the online and portable gaming ladder, however, are not supported, according to an appletvblack report.

Apple TV is a digital media receiver made and sold by Apple. It is a small network appliance developed to play IPTV digital content which originate from the iTunes Store, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, MobileMe, MLB.tv, NBA League Pass or any Mac OS X or Windows computer running iTunes onto a high-definition widescreen television.