Summary: Want to share my experience with this media player. Good: 1. Plays everything I tried on it, especially MKVs which does not play on my PS3 or 360. 2. Supports subtitles within the MKV file. (No extraction of srt required!) 3. Support external subtitle files as well. Just make sure video and srt file have the same name. 4. Video output via Component cable is great. Supports up to 1080i. 5. Video output via HDMI is great. 6.
WD TV great, but i had problems finding a Wifi Adapter for it
15 July 2010
Summary: The Wd TV is a great little device, it does everything as described, but i had my problems connecting it to a wifi adapter, i wanted to use it in a room away from my Lan cable. So i went to the WD TV product website, found the list with compatible wifi adapters including model & version numbers and went shopping, unfortunately nothing i found had the correct version numbers, tough many model names were identical, so i tried one of the stated models, but with a different...
Summary: After purchasing this unit I now own two media streamers. This unit was about 50% less costly than the one I use on my main home theater system (the WD Live is in my bedroom), but I am happy with the price/performance of both. The WD Live is a budget performer and excels in that category. Pros: Inexpensive and supports most codec and container formats. MKV files with H.264 video and AC3 or DTS audio work flawlessly. SRT soft subtitles work great.
Summary: I was looking for a networked media player and after looking several options I chose the WD TV live because its relation between features, availability and price. I bought it more than a month ago, and I was using it since then almost daily. One of the feature I was looking for was the network capabilities, so the first thing I tries was the wireless network using a DLink USB WiFi card.
Pros: Plays everything iTunes likes. H.264 m4v or mp4 files. Can read HFS+ USB drives formatted for Mac OS X. Can see Mac on Network and HFS+ drives attached to Macs on the network.
Cons: Scanning 2TB drive takes a while with no visual feedback that it is scanning. You think it cannot see the drive. Be patient and go for a walk. Come back and try again. Also, icon view which shows a few movies a page is only good if you have a few movies on a USB stick. For 2TB drives, you need to have list view. Good luck finding that preference setting. Hint: it can be done. Also, no built-in WiFi.
Summary: I purchased this product to provide an interface between my ReadyNAS and my TV that is simpler than my HTPC. The system is very reliable user friendly. If you are using it to connect to an external hard drive or over a simple network you will be satisfied. The problem I have with this product is that it lacks flexibility in it's software interface. Network - There is no ability to selectively connect to folders on your network.
Summary: What's in the box: The WD TV Live, compact remote with batteries, Composite AV cable, Component AV cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide. This is a wonderful media player for the money, but the user interface is basic and lacks features. First, the good things. It plays just about any video format out there. It's compact size is nice if you don't want it taking up a lot of space and for portability. The interface is easy to use, though it is basic and lacks features.
Great unit, works right from the box, one network option had to be turned off
R. Brinkman, Amazon
23 December 2009
Summary: So far this unit has exceeded my expectations. My main purpose was to be able to watch archived videos from my upstairs PC down to the living room TV. But internet access to YouTube on the TV would definitely be a plus. The unit came with the 184.108.40.206 firmware, and downloaded 220.127.116.11, which seems to be working just fine. Obviously, Western Digital has removed the destructive 18.104.22.168 download that has been so hotly discussed in the previous reviews.
Summary: This little box does everything that I expected it to, and more. It comes with a few inconveniences that I hope will be fixed in firmware updates 1. Does not recognize ogg-encoded files named .oga or .ogv 2. Won't play ogg video 3. Displays thumbnails as separate .jpg files when associating them with videos. The good things about wdtv live: I installed the firmware upgrade right from the start and didn't experience the bricking problem others are complaining about.