Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live
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Great HDTV player. - Firmwares & Remote not so great
Christian Ellsworth Capo "blues squier", Amazon
22 November 2011
Summary: I have being using the WD HDTV devices since early 2009 (with the first version) always great results, since it works on SD TV and more higher end HDTV, with no problems. I took the time to write a late review of this, to share the experience with the latest firmwares and the remote control.
Almost perfect but missing crucial support for DVD Menus, Netflix, and Vudu
17 June 2010
Summary: After trying many different media streamers (including among others my XBOX 360, DirecTV receivers, etc.) I think I've come close to finding the ideal player. The biggest failings are the lack of support for DVD menus and not having options for Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu. I was really hoping to be able to get rid of all of the other streaming devices that are cluttering up my living room.
Summary: I read a great deal about the WD TV Live prior to taking a chance with it. Despite great promise and many good attributes, including an attractive and intuitive user menu/GUI, it was ultimately unable to fulfill the fundamental purpose I'd purchased it for. I had hoped this device was the solution to streaming my 2 terabytes of digital movie files, photo files, photo albums and slideshows stored in iPhoto - all on the resident or external hard drives USB connected to my...
Summary: I bought this player to stream 720p and 1080p MKV files over my network from WHS SMB shares to an HD television. I did not try Youtube or the other internet features. The unit had some trouble properly detecting my displays, even with the most recent firmware. I first tried it with a Dell 2408 WFP 1900x1200 display using a DVI to HDMI cable. The player defaulted to a low and pixelated resolution, and I was unable to force it to use anything higher.
Summary: I have a nice home network with 6 uverse ip tv's and 4 computers. I bought this for its networking feature to watch videos from any computer. All computers have Windows 7 which has the new Media server feature. Well it is rare that I can get the WD TV Live to work on Media Server mode and when I went to network devices it seams to work a little bit, but after a few minutes the device reports unable to connect to media.
Summary: WDTV live reviewed here is a nifty little unit which plays most of the popular media files like (MKV, VOB, WMV, DVD ISO, DVR-MS) The full list can be seen in specifications. The player is well built and has good use for people who would like to free up their PC and use a simple device to view multiple Media files on their big screen TV upto 1080p resolutions via directly attached USB storage device or using NAS /File server storage on their home network.
Summary: WDTV Live is a decent product but since Western Digital made unwelcome headlines by sending out an update that "bricked" a lot of the units they've been annoyingly reticent to release updates to fix some simple but annoying issues. (Lip sync in files is the only one I've encountered, but far too often) Still I'm happy with the purchase and trust that WD will keep the product alive.
Summary: I love that I can watch all my digital media on my TV without having a computer in the room. I haven't had any problems playing a specific type of file. Music, photos, video, they all play great. Even videos that Windows Media had a hard time with play great on this device. YouTube search is frustrating because you have to scroll through an on-screen keyboard to type anything. It can sometimes take a long time to "search the USB device" before you can play anything.
Summary: Buru Buru Piggu's review of the WDTV Live had me excited over the prospect of owning one myself. Unfortunately, while numerous features of the unit work just as he described in his rave reviews, there are several perplexing problems with the device that have confounded and frustrated many users. What's worse, Western Digital seems to be either completely unaware of these problems or too incompetent to fix them.
No PGS (Blu-ray) Subtitle Support and Unreliable Network Performance
27 December 2009
Summary: The top-rated WDTV Live does not support the PGS (full Blu-ray mode) subtitle which is fully supported by the ASUS O!Play. The Blu-ray subtitles are stored as PGC images. The ASUS O!Play shows the subtitles the same way as regular Blu-ray players without any additional processing. The lack of the Blu-ray subtitle can present a big problem.