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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: Play all files that I have. Plays You Tube video with high resolution. HIDM and Element video outs are not working after one particular year of operation. It is not the difficulty of the cables due to the fact they function in my BD players. The player video outs broke immediately after a year and two months, just when the warranty expired. It is not an isolated case as I found equivalent complains on net.
Excerpt: Constructed in networking, operates good for Netflix and Pandora. Some of the The WDTV Reside Plus HD units have audio problems. (I wouldn't know any precise metrics, but I suspect the majority of the units play audio just fine.) No matter what I do, I can not get audio on my units to work as it must. Mpeg4 encoded files have audio / video sync problems. Audio output seems to be restricted to PCM, regardless of how the audio stream is encoded inside the Mpeg4.
Excerpt: Makes network media accessible at the Television Wireless networking is an unreliable headache Acquire a Roku Manufacturer Response:We apologize for any inconvenience this may well be causing you. We presently have a list of all supported adapters for your product situated right here http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id㫍 .
Excerpt: Plays Almost anything. HD looks excellent. Does NOT play RM/RMVB files. If your library consists of a lot of RM files, skip WD as WD will not upgrade the firmware to assistance RM files (based on on the web forum). The only WD that plays RM is the Mini. Offered this unit is marketed as plays every thing, I didn't bother check the specs in detail. Surprise, surprise. Will acquire another brand and relegate this one particular to play HD movies only on anther setup.