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Western Digital WD TV Live Plus
7.3 out of 10

Western Digital WD TV Live Plus

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live Plus

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Overall 6
6.0

Good, But, Don't look forward to Firmware updates..

Serious Shopper, Amazon
14 October 2015
  • Summary: It works, but no updates. Has been forthcoming. I have a problem with companies that reward your choice and trust with planned obsolescence ..
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Overall 6
6.0

Three Stars

Michael Maurer, Amazon
29 September 2015
Overall 6
6.0

Wouldn't buy it again.

Troy B., Newegg
23 April 2012
  • Summary: This unit is okay. Configures pretty quickly if you don't have a very complex library. In a word, it is clunky. However, it serves its purpose at the price point. I wish it didn't have a 1 year 1 month time-bomb in it though.
  • Pros: Small form-factor, plays full HD with no lag, basic configuration is easy, works as advertised for the most part, Netflix & Pandora.
  • Cons: Slow boot-up, slow menu response, very little documentation on setting up playlists. VERY slow loading playlists. Random/Shuffle is not very "random". Unit became defective after a year of casual use. No wifi. No favorites or shortcuts. Boot time is probably over 60 seconds and video cuts out hal...
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Overall 6
6.0

Could be better

John B., Newegg
19 April 2012
  • Summary: need to test the "skipping" in movies.
  • Pros: nice and small; plays iso's (and most other stuff) from my server (although at one point it was flaky and didn't recognize them - only happened once so far).
  • Cons: Either this or my WD network over powerline is causing stuttering in videos. Will need further testing on that. The UI and remote combo is sluggish leading to a bad experience in menu navigation. The "channels" included are mostly whack.
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Overall 6
6.0

Piece of crap !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Update

Hanckok, Amazon
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...
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Overall 6
6.0

Good idea, not for everyone

Michael S., Newegg
10 December 2011
  • Summary: As with too many technology items these days, it seems the engineers spent 90% of their effort on functionality and 10% on the user interface. This product could be an amazing value if any of the designers had paid attention to what we end users want to accomplish and enabled us to do it quickly and...
  • Pros: Plays Netflix and Youtube well, variety of supported wi-fi USB sticks, easy setup, and good-looking menu interface at first glance. Good alternative to an HTPC if you ONLY need the weather, Pandora, Netflix and/or paid Hulu content, and you don't mind learning a somewhat unintuitive menu.
  • Cons: Slow to boot, doesn't play Hulu free, remote control makes text input extremely slow (forget Youtube or Facebook), menu is unintuitive and difficult to navigate and needlessly cumbersome, content from computer/network shares is not well organized and looks awful, and its sluggish overall between ...
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Overall 6
6.0

NO WIFI INCLUDED

Jeremy Frank "Jeremy", Amazon
12 October 2011
  • Summary: An important note for this product: you need to buy a USB wifi adapter if you want wireless, because it's not built-in
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Overall 6
6.0

Media Player a work in progress

Roger M., Newegg
17 September 2011
  • Summary: Primarily purchased for Netflix. Netflix application is buggy. Can get into an endless loop that requires exiting Netflix app to start over. Really disappointed but it does so many other things for so little money that I'm not going to return it (a second time).
  • Pros: Plays many types of videos and images. Much more than I would have expected. Remote is small and intuitive. Setup is easy and mostly automatic. Even plays the HD video from my Panasonic Camera in MTS format from my Synology NAS HD.
  • Cons: Will not work fully with a HDMI connection to my 3 year old 37" Philips LED TV. All functions work until you try to stream HD content from Hulu or Netflix. My set goes to snow and flashes on and off. Tried every possible HD setting. Had to settle for a component connection.
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Overall 6
6.0

Pretty good, one big flaw

Jeremy K., Newegg
20 August 2011
  • Summary: Rocketfish wireless audio transmitter thinks the WD remote is telling it to shut off (very annoying). A little piece of electric tape on the IR receiver fixed that problem.
  • Pros: Plays everything I have. H.264 MKV, MP4, AVIs (Except AVIs with warppoints, but that's a rare bird nowadays.) I got the $10 Roswell USB Wi-Fi for it, works great. Sees everything on my Win 7 Media share. Compact, great picture, cool toy.
  • Cons: No VOD from that major service that is also a large river in South America (Sorry, can't name Newegg competitors). Why would WD ignore such a major steaming service? Its a poor choice we are left with: either WD Live to play everything you throw at it or Roku 2 to stream everything out there (Rok...
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Overall 6
6.0

good but missing key features

Jonathan K., Newegg
8 August 2011
  • Summary: Ridiculas that it's missing NFS support. If you run linux destops like i do, or just want stutter free HD playback NFS is a must have feature. The WD live runs linux as well, so there is really no good excuse to not have it.
  • Pros: Plays alot of formats, hackable
  • Cons: No NFS, it's available if you run alternate firmware(wdlxtv) but that means your several version behind, stuck with a pretty poor netflix client, and running bloated slow software. No offence to the LX guys, but all i wanted was NFS, not all the extras they have. If you use them i guess the slowd...
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