Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live Plus
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A very good player "for your own content"
Mohankumar Murugesan "Mohy", Amazon
1 December 2011
Summary: I bought this player along with the wireless adapter for around $110 bucks, around 6 months back. I was researching on a number of other players like Apple TV2, Roku etc and finally decided on this one. The sole purpose of choosing and getting this media player is to play my myriad amount of movies in different format, sitting on my portable hard disk ranging from AVI, MKV to MP4. As per other reviews I was certainly impressed with the amount of videos this could play.
Summary: I have had the WDTV for over 9 months now, more than enough time to figure out its long-term strengths, weakness and quirks. I did a lot of intensive research before buying--okay, fine, so I checked specs for a couple days on the Internet. Still, I wanted for a device that would support a lot of formats AND have a USB port for my portable 1TB hard drive.
Summary: In general I am very pleased with this media player. It has MUCH better video codec support than the ROKU. But, if you do a firmware update, make sure that you do a FACTORY RESET via the button on the side and then apply your settings again. Otherwise, you may get video issues like not playing files correctly or being hung up trying to play them. I sure wish they would an AMAZON VOD internet app like the ROKU - WD has been silent on this.
Summary: I've been using this produce almost every day for over a month. It's in a well ventilated area and connected to a wired network with the media on a server somewhere else. Overall the product works very well. Like others say, drilling down each time is a pain. I am also using the TVersity free server to create and serve my video and music library. If you use TVersity the WDTV menus will seem a bit retarded.
No frills media player for simple no-nonsense playback
25 July 2011
Summary: I have purchased a total of 4 WD media players, 3 for my own home. The best part about this player is its small size, sleek appearance and unmatched simplicity. Another great feature is the 2 hi-speed USB input ports, and HDMI output. And it plays almost any audio/video format that you throw at it. While it does support internet connectivity for YouTube etc. you will be bit disappointed if you buy this player only for that.
Summary: Pros: plays everything, small, silent. Comprehensive selection of networking, hard disk, and media server connection options. Price is great. Cons: The UI is clunky, bare-bones and slow. If you want to spend a lot of time clicking around gorgeous screens, forget it. WD has been updating the firmware fairly regularly, which is unfortunately a mixed bag.
Summary: Overall this is a nice piece of equipment. I haven't used every feature it offers so I won't comment on everything. 1) It's easy to use. Very easy on screen menu. Essentially you have pictures, video and music. It does play 1080p with a 60hz refresh rate. I use this with an HDMI cable to my TV and an optical Toslink cable to my receiver. 2) It plays back my files. Currently I have a bunch of my movies ripped to 2 seperate 1TB external HD's.
Summary: I bought this for my wife to replace an older media player that was format challenged. It wouldn't play .mkv files or pretty much anything other than .avi and .mpg files. I have yet to find a format this will not play. The remote is the only means to operate the device and while navigation with the remote is fairly easy, it's not particularly intuitive. If it were, I'd rate this five stars. This is our 3rd WD TV media player. Each generation is better than the last.
Summary: True plug-n-play, setup up took less than a minute. Movie files do not have to be right under root folder of external drives, user-friendly interface. I haven't tried the other capabilities of it yet like wi-fi but standby for that, so I'm giving it 4 stars for now but could easily be a 5 star soon as I try out all the features. Shipping was very quick, it only took a week to receive while I'm on deployment. The great thing is batteries are included.
Summary: Let me start off this review by saying that I also own two Roku streaming players. I purchased the WD because the Roku XDS (the model that has USB support) does not have a strong codec support for local streaming. I can honestly tell you that the WD is great for local streaming, but is far out-shined by the Roku for internet streaming. I have created approximately 1.5tb of dvd .iso files which my WD will play with full menu support.