Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live Plus
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Two major deficiencies
24 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.
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.
Summary: This is my second unit. I purchased one of these on impulse at a local retailer, and one here. I have RMA'd the first one at the recommendation of tech support. The unit works fine if you want to be bound to a media server like Twonky, TVersity, etc.
Pros: What it can play is amazing. The ability to play VC-1/DTS HD rips without conversion is a plus. Compact unit, small and simple remote, very nice. Folder/file thumbnails and ISO image playback, very cool as well.
Cons: It is a NIGHTMARE to make work. It will not work with network shares as described in the manual. Poorly written manual BTW. A device like this needs configuration instructions both for the device AND THE COMPUTER ONE IS TRYING USE WITH IT! Even if it is just basic information. Tech support wasn't...
Summary: If you are lazy and never edited camcorder footage or if you did the editing in any common Windows NLE program and saved the project in the standard AVI-DV format this box isn't for you. If a wireless connection is important this box isn't for you.
Pros: Nice size, Quiet, plenty of supplied cables to cover all possible TV connection needs. Plays a wide selection of file types with a noteable exception (see cons). Works great with WD external hard drives and my thumb drives. Remote is small but functional and the screen layouts are easy to navigat...
Cons: The box plays an incredible variety of video files but what it will not play is an AVI-DV file. In other words anything shot with a tape based camcorder. A Wi-Fi connection may be possible if you have an old USB dongle that appears on the WD list. If you have to buy a dongle good luck finding an ...
Summary: Used the Asus USB-N13 wireless adapter for internet hook up and it was online quick and easy, just needs to play more files, like MKV. Thanks newegg for the fast shipping as always. newegg = A+ WD TV LIVE PLUS = C-
Pros: It's very small and very quiet. Great design overall, looks good and has all the hook ups you would need other than wifi
Cons: Does NOT play mkv files!!! Says right on the box that it does, but it DOESN'T! Over 50% of my files are mkv so, I'm going to call WD and the BBB about a refund of a product not working. The only other complaint would be NO WIFI. It's a high tech world these days so WIFI should be on/included with...
Summary: Bought this mainly to stream videos from NAS to HDTV and secondly to stream Netflix & YouTube videos. While Netflix & YouTube seem to work mostly OK, this device fails to play many of the file formats that are listed.
Pros: Fairly easy setup, small size.
Cons: Does not play all of the formats listed. Small remote. No keyboard. Slow boot up. Small font interface.
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.
Summary: Be Aware when deciding that they list ABC, Fox, etc. as available for viewing. This is not entirely true. Many programs on ABC & Fox can NOT be watched on the WD TV Live Plus, even though they Can be watched on a pc. Support says they May be available in the future.
Pros: Works great with win 7 pc, networked no problem, easy setup, simple remote, great picture quality. Played everything I tried
Cons: Will Not Work with HDMI cable on my Sansui or Toshiba HDTV's. Did work with my Coby HDTV. Worked with WD Tech support to No avail. Sansui & Toshiba would Only work with component cables. Tech Support even sent me a New WD TV Live Plus, same problem. After 2 weeks I sent both units back for a refund.
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.
Summary: Its the luck of the draw really whether you get a unit fully works or not. I have tried waiting for release after release of firmware (all of which claimed to have fixed audio), to no avail. I am on my second unit from WD, and am having no different results.
Pros: Built in networking, works great for Netflix and Pandora.
Cons: Some of the The WDTV Live Plus HD units have audio problems. (I wouldn't know any exact metrics, but I suspect the majority of the units play audio just fine.) No matter what I do, I cannot get audio on my units to work as it should. Mpeg4 encoded files have audio / video sync problems. Audio out...