Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV PLAY
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Western Digital WD TV Play Media Player
Sound & Vision Magazine
3 October 2013
Excerpt: With all the media players available to me, a Western Digital player has always been my go-to streamer. I know the quality will be good and that I can connect it and be ready to go in minutes. The newest model, the WD TV Play, offers the quality and usability of its predecessors at a lower price.
Conclusion: For owners of Apple TV or earlier WD TV models, there's not a lot to convince you to switch or upgrade. But if you're looking for a do-almost-everything streaming box, WD TV Play offers a lot of bang for just a few bucks, even if the "extras" don't amount to much.
Pros: 1080p output. Simple setup. Onboard WiFi & Ethernet. USB port for connecting external drives.
Cons: No Amazon Instant. Navigation feels sluggish. Facebook and Twitter channels fall short.
Excerpt: This week, Western Digital has released the WD TV Play Media Player. This player is continues Western Digital’s established tradition of providing quality set-top boxes to those looking to get the best out of their home theater. Priced at $69.99 shipped , the WD TV Play is designed to be a very versatile box that streams tons of internet channels, but can also play your personal multimedia that is housed on your network.
Conclusion: We suppose $70 is the right price for the WD TV Play, since it delivers 1080p video resolution plus the USB and Ethernet ports that the Roku 2 lacks for $10 less (Roku has two players with even lower price tags, but they’re both limited to 720p and are missing the same I/O ports). We’re just having a hard time being enthusiastic about the WD TV Play’s video quality.
Pros: Very small, Built-in Wi-Fi, Dedicated buttons for popular video services
Cons: Dull, washed-out video, Doesn’t support USB keyboards, Directory listings don’t display file types or dates
Conclusion: When the WD TV Play arrived, we didn't really know what it was going to do better than any other device. In fact, it turned out to be better than almost anything else we've used as a media player. It didn't encounter files it couldn't play via DLNA, while the easy-to-use apps provided produce good picture quality. On our 1080p plasma TV, everything looked as sharp and detailed as we would expect.
Pros: Tiny, lower power use, cheap, great picture quality, good range of useful apps, USB input, built-in wireless, plays pretty much everything
Cons: A bit slow to navigate menus, bug sometimes crashes device and needs restart to recover
Pros: Low price, Decent mix of online and network streaming, Customisable interface, The WD TV Play has a broad selection of approximately 30 video on-demand and other apps including iPlayer, Spotify and Netflix. It can also stream a diverse selection of media from a DLNA home network (including 1080p movies) or from locally mounted USB storage. The remote control and user interface offer a fair degree of customisation, and the smartphone app is a highly rewarding way of op...
Cons: Flaky on-demand streaming, Limited codec support, Poor quality remote, File playback excludes DTS audio and MPEG1 and MPEG2 video by design, while you can't rely on the box to play many of its supposedly compatible files. Eventually you could learn which files the box prefers, so of more concern is the instability when using video on-demand apps, especially BBC iPlayer. Other apps also lack polish.