Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live
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Great, when not frozen...
R. Rodriguez, Amazon
9 August 2010
Summary: I have this thing setup to connect to my network share folders. Flexibility with this thing is pretty good. There are several options you can fine tune for it to suit your needs. The video and audio quality from this unit is great. The codec support is vast and viewing options are plenty.
Summary: I own the original WDTV and love it. It plays .mp4 (h.264) encoded files without issue. The WDTV Live I picked up from Bestbuy does pretty well EXCEPT after a few minutes the audio is out of sync. This can be easily fixed by pause then play, but the problem starts again after a few minutes.
Summary: The WD TV Live has one big problem: It can't skip chapters on DVD files! If you want to verify, check the other reviews here on Amazon or the Western Digital forums on their own website. You can watch a DVD file but you can't use the buttons on the remote. If you do, it won't advance chapters.
Summary: I like the fact that the WD TV Live plays so many formats and never hiccups. Dies, yes, hiccups no. I was watching a video today, and all of a sudden, it disconnected from the NAS. Usually when this happens, I can go back to the file, and it remembers where it left off. Not this time.
Summary: I own 2 WD HD media players. I have the non-networked version first and I really liked it. Great picture quality, flexibility, and codec support. I wanted a network version to access my library of DVD on a Windows Home Server device.
1.01.12 Firmware update is bricking these units! BEWARE
B. Coots "VFXGeek", Amazon
6 December 2009
Summary: These units are very cool when they work, for all the reasons that you've already read about. The problem is, a recent firmware update (update 1.01.12) bricked many user's units, rendering them totally useless and requiring that they be returned.
Summary: I have owned this product since it was released, it is great value for money and easy to use. I have a 100Mb wired ethernet connection into a Netgear hub / router and link via HDMI into a HD TV. Video storage is via two x 2TB NAS devices which connect via uPnP into the WD box.
Pros: Straightforward and easy to use, nice interface
Cons: It does a bad job playing most HD (720p or 1080p) videos
Summary: I was initially impressed with my WD HDTV Live unit, however a number of problems have caused me to regret buying it. On initially setting it up, using an nfiniti wireless dongle, the unit identified my wireless network and allowed me to log on.