Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live Plus
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Two major deficiencies
23 April 2012
Summary: 1. This WD Media Player does NOT play the ubiquitous .flv file format. 2. It will not read from external HDD which are NTFS formatted, Fat32 is accepted. Had I known these facts, I would not have bought this device. I do not think that WD does any effort to fix these deficiencies via firmware update.
Faulty firmware! Can't have both external drive and Hulu Plus.
20 August 2011
Summary: Wow, WD TV Live Plus, am I disappointed with you! Just got this unit because the company promises the following: 1. Can play media from external hard drive. 2. Can play media from Hulu Plus. These are the 2 functionalities I wanted and hence bought this unit. Set it up, it recognized USB devices / external hard drives, but Hulu Plus was nowhere to be found. Called tech support, they told me to upgrade the firmware.
Summary: I purchased this box and installed it ... a very easy process and it works well. The one important item that all prospective purchasers of this box must know, concerns the myth that it plays every video format without problems. While it does have a very impressive array of formats that it handles extremely well, within certain formats (especially WMV and AVI) there is enough variation allowed in each file's protocols that prevent all files under these "umbrellas" from...
Summary: I have the non "plus" version of the WDTV Live. "Plus" means better so I thought. It's not. I think Western Digital messed it up. First, the resume feature doesn't work if you power down the unit. It does in the non plus version. Second, it won't hold a 1080P setting. It keeps resetting to 720P. The non plus version stays where you set it. Third, it doesn't like powerline adapters in that it won't connect to the media servers through them periodically.
Summary: I expected to like this media player but ended up sending it back. Around Christmas time we purchased a WD TV Live Hub media player with a 1TB hard drive. I spent hours ripping all of our 80-plus DVDs, about 15 video tapes and 21 Blu-Ray discs. The DVDs I ripped to "feature only" ISOs (an ISO image with only the movie itself, no menus or special features). The video tapes and BDs I ripped to mp4, avi or mkv, whichever looked/worked best.
Summary: Before I get started, let me give you some background. I've owned 2 WD Live (non-plus) models for about a year. I upgraded the 2 non-plus models to (2 of them, so you can't blame faulty hardware) plus models, which was a big mistake. The reason I did this was that the WD Live is a great product and I wanted to add Netflix support.
Summary: The user interface is a cumbersome disgrace of a a UI. It's not buggy, just poorly designed. The last firmware update nuked support for my wireless dongle that was working just fine. I had to roll back to a previous version of the firmware to get wireless working again. The EDID reading (HDMI hadshake) is buggy with my Phillips TV. It's a known issue with several TV manufactures that WD doesn't seem to want to address. HDMI works great for all video except netflix....
Summary: I bought this to replace an older HD Media Player. This is the 3rd HD Media Player I've owned (4th if you consider the DIY PC based HD Media Player I started with 10 years ago). I've grown out of my previous HD Media Players as features get added and content becomes available. I could probably write volumes about the great features this product has. I'll leave that to the marketing people at WDC.
Summary: I have owned a WD TV Live for >6 months now with no issues. All my AVI's play properly and my network attached drives are easily accessible with either wired or wireless connection. ALAS! No such luck with WD TV Live PLUS and have had to return it within 3 weeks! For the first few days I noticed few issues, but then i started noticing that my WD TV Live Plus would reboot "each time" I start it.
Excerpt: Seems to be capable to handle most file formats. Straightforward to add to a wired network. Wireless is horrible. I don't comprehend why WD couldn't construct wireless into the unit. Good luck finding a compatible USB wireless adapter, I haven't located one particular however.