Summary: Overall, the WD TV Live media player packs a lot of features in to a little box. Couple this with a great price, and you have a very attractive device. It is remarkably easy to setup, has tons of connectivity options, has great file support, easy network integration with built in wireless, and it offers many useful apps. On top of that the user interface is very clean, intuitive, and responsive.
Pros: » Intuitive, fast interface., » Connectivity options allow it to be used almost anywhere., » Sound and video quality are very good., » Built in wireless., » Plays most file formats., » Manual is quite extensive in covering features.
Cons: » Potential 1080P playback issue., » Line of site remote., » Since manual is actually useful it would be nice to have a searchable version on the device., » No support for Amazon., » Would like USB buffer support., » Parental controls only work for online content.
Excerpt: For a company whose primary business is manufacturing hard drives, Western Digital sure knows a lot about digital media and how to stream it over a network. Each succeeding generation of the company’s WD TV Live product has led the market in terms of features, price, and performance, and this one is no different.
Pros: Comprehensive file and container format support for media you own; broad collection of services for media you rent.
Summary: This media player can play pretty much anything you can throw at it. I have now been spoiled into hating any device that can’t play as many formats as the TV Live. When it only costs around $100, can you blame me? Even though it may not be as customizable or powerful as a HTPC with something like XBMC running as a frontend, it is dead simple to use and has a lot of functionality.
Western Digital WD TV Live – Next Generation Streaming Media Player Review
6 October 2011
Excerpt: When I first heard that Western Digital was going to come out with an updated WD TV Live box, my first reaction was, “Really? Why?” The original WD TV HD media box is still a rock-solid device that plays almost every kind of electronic media. With a price point well under $100, the Western Digital TV Live (and TV Plus) is an easy way to extend content from the internet to your living room.
Excerpt: With Apple and Google fighting for your attention on the living room via Apple TV and Google TV, companies like Roku , D-link’s Boxee Box , SlingBox are also upping their ante. Not letting their guard down on securing a spot under your TV rack, Western Digital introduces its very own entry-level HD media player, the WD TV Live. Overview and impressions after the jump. Continue Reading > Email This BlogThis!
Review: Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player
7 September 2010
Conclusion: The original WD TV was good – but the WD TV Live is even better. As we begin to store our media on different devices, such as data sticks or mobile phones, a gadget like Western Digital’s media player really takes advantage. If you haven’t thought about installing a media player to connect with your TV, this could be the perfect device to start with – and the good news is, that it’s highly affordable. Recommended.
Excerpt: High-definition video files were meant to be seen on big-screen televisions, not your 19-inch PC monitor. But getting these files—either personally ripped from high-def sources or downloaded from the Internet—from your desktop to the living room has always been a cumbersome process.
Pros: File playback over a network; component video output; improved file compatibility over the first WD TV.
Cons: No DRM-encrypted file support; time-consuming directory navigation; not ideal for music playback.