Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live Plus
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Piece of crap !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Update
25 January 2012
Summary: the product is a piece of crap , i am using The HD media players since 6 years , i've had before the buffolo HD multimedia theatre , after 5 years it stooped , now i am using the Iomega 1TB HD media player and it is Great , so i wanted to buy one for my children and i decided to buy the WD tv live plus , i received the product and i tried it , it worked , after 5 hours i tried to use it , it would not work , it showed me a message please insert a usb hard disk with the...
Great features for early adopters; Drawbacks make it not ready for the casual user
Kraig Meyer "kraigmeyer", Amazon
5 December 2010
Summary: It took my partner and I about 3 weeks (and dozens of hours of tinkering over Thanksgiving weekend) to decide whether to keep the WDTV Live Plus or send it back. We ultimately decided to keep it, and are happy with it, with some significant caveats. For someone who likes playing with technology and has time to tinker, it is a fine device. We would not recommend it for a casual user who just wants to plug something in and go.
Summary: This device is *almost* perfect. It has one MAJOR flaw that you need to be aware of before buying. It integrates with your Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and MediaFly accounts, which is really awesome. You can also hook in your own hard drive, to play media files. I have an extensive collection of MP4s. Sadly, this device cannot play them. The audio is terribly out-of-sync.
Summary: I've had the WDTV Live Plus for 4 days now, and have watched a few movies on it. So far it's played every filetype I've tried to play, except one movie file where the audio was not playing (probably a file error). I networked my computer relatively easily - had to make some setting changes on the computer and that was it. Netflix works well, Youtube plays well. The gripes I have are: 1. The user interface is kind of lame and unoriginal.
Excerpt: Very first off I did not buy from Newegg. Does play a lot of formats. Reasonably quick menus. Effortless to upgrade firmware while it does take about 15 minutes. Most of my HD MKV's have problems with this unit stopping at different points in the video. It is really frustrating and requires you out of the watching practical experience.In order to proceed following the video stops is to Quick Forward previous the point where the video stopped but you do miss about 15...
Excerpt: DTS and other digital sound decoding is fantastic. Ethernet connectivity to my network is excellent. Tiny size is great. Video quality of HD motion pictures is rather very good. Plays AVI, MKV, and other media types. File maintnenace only supported on FAT32 drive which can not hold a HD movie over 4gb. NTFS deemed a study only file system. exFAT not even recognized.Navigation by means of a movie is restricted to FF and REW at max 16x speeds.
Excerpt: - Supports a big quantity of video formats.- Netflix help- Stream audio/video from Network Share or, Media Servers in your network (not supported on Roku) - Buggy Computer software. Sigh! be prepared to reboot the unit often.- Netflix "no audio" problem every single so usually (reset needed to fix temporarily)- Arbitrarily complains that unable to play video due to video format (reset, temporarily fixes the situation)- Remote Handle IR is exceptionally weak.
Excerpt: extremely user friendly. effortlessly connected it to my Linux file server making use of samba. loses network connectivity, and frequently requirements to be rebooted. will not play some .avi files (codec issues?
Excerpt: Plays practically any file. Easy to use. Tiny footprint and supported by Harmony remotes.Can mainly replace a Media Pc. Network hiccups, playback can slow to a crawl, regardless of connection form (wireless/wired), interface is not intuitive.Cannot designate a permanent network storage place as default for videos, and so forth. I like this box for what it does but the execution is poor. WD wants to invest just a little work in the functionality of the interface.
Excerpt: WD Television Live + is functional and it will get your Computer media on to your Television. I initially purchased this to stream Netflix. I now use Netflix through my bluray because the interface on the bluray is much easier/quicker to navigate. I use Tv Live to stream Pandora and watch my movies stored on my laptop. My greatest situation is the cumbersome interface. Also numerous screens, no brief cuts for most applied folders.