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...
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: 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?
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.
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...
Summary: The Western Digital WD TV Live has made substantial improvements over the version that was released earlier this year. The file support is a lot better, easily handling just about any video file that I threw at it.
Pros: Streaming video from YouTube, Visually appealing user interface, Easy to understand and use, Wide range of file format support, Support for USB Wi-Fi adapters
Cons: Inability to view YouTube subscriptions, Lack of Flickr account access, No front-mounted USB port, Can get quite warm with extended use, No integrated Wi-Fi connectivity
Excerpt: Earlier this year I reviewed the WD TV HD Media Player . At the time I appreciated the fact that it could handle just about any video format I threw at it, but wished that it would also connect to my home network and other services.
Conclusion: Chances are, one of your many devices already streams YouTube, photos, music or other media from your network or from the internet at large. If not, the WD TV live could be a fun little gadget. However, for $149, we'd like to see it add Netflix or other streaming media into its mix.
Pros: Incredibly Easy Setup, Compact enough to fit into any A/V rig, Up to 1080p output, Excellent sound quality, Copy, move or delete files from the couch
Cons: No Wi-Fi out of the box, No HDMI cable included, A lot of missed opportunity with services, No search features for audio/video services
Review: Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player
12 April 2009
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.