Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live
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Western Digital TV Live Gen 3 media player
9 February 2012
Conclusion: The inexorable rise in broadband speeds has provided fresh impetus for a broad range of streaming digital players. With an ever-expanding array of content from the likes of the BBC, LOVEFiLM and Netflix, to name but three, manufacturers of under-the-TV boxes have been scrambling to get a healthy share of this burgeoning market.
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.
Summary: Western Digital does deserve praise for its broad media file and container file support, which includes the video standards AVI, MKV, MPEG-1/2/4, h.264, VOB, and M2TS (the container for Blu-ray movies); the audio formats AAC, FLAC, OGG, and MP3 (including 24-bit/48kHz FLAC); and the digital photo formats BMP, JPEG, and PNG. The device supports playlists and subtitles, too.
Pros: Comprehensive file and container format support for media you own; broad collection of services for media you rent.
Conclusion: Included in the box is the power cable, manual, the remote control plus batteries. The remote control itself is identical to the WD TV Live Hub, which means it has the same irritatingly long rubber buttons. The layout, however, is nice and simple to use.
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.
Conclusion: For the £100 asking price, you're getting a pretty impressive media box with can stream 1080p video and 5.1 DTS sound from your USB storage, home network or online. A good range of integrated internet services is provided, including YouTube, Facebook and Spotify - although it's a shame that iPlayer is missing for UK users.
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!
Excerpt: In the current age of media consumption, movies and television are being utilized in vastly different methods than five years ago. Nothing is more of a testament to the changes in how consumers are viewing their media than Western Digital’s TV Live HD Media Player. Improving on their first player (the WD TV Digital Media Player), the new TV Live builds on the strong file support of the first model and adds a variety of networking improvements.