Locate Apple TV Update File - Is this new?

It’s been a while since i did anything with my ATV 1st gen.  I don’t remember having to download the dmg file when starting the jailbreak…is this new or do I just not remember doing this.  It seems like its a lot longer process than it used to be ? I just thought I remember it just installing direct to the usb stick without this extra step.  No big deal , just wanting to make sure I am not losing my nuts.

Yep, the Apple TV update file requirement has always been there. However it will skip that step if you already have the DMG mounted on your system, which could have been the case in the past.