Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV PLAY (WDBMBA0000NBK)
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WD TV Play: A World of Digital Media for $70
14 April 2014
Excerpt: There's a whole world outside that cable TV box, full of apps and streaming video and media files by the millions. Western Digital's new streaming set-top box, called WD TV Play, lets you navigate that wealth of content, giving you an enormous amount of media for $70.
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.
Review: WD TV Play is a set-top box made for streaming junkies
18 February 2013
Conclusion: For those with a lot of locally stored content, the WD TV Play's support for a variety of video container formats makes it a great choice. While it doesn't offer the wealth of channels that the Roku does or some of the premium content like the Apple TV, it does feature almost all of the essential...
Pros: Supports many different file types, Features channels for major streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Spotify, Remote app available for both iOS and Android, Can stream a wealth of content via DLNA or portable storage
Cons: Some lag while skipping between songs and browsing through menus, Frankly pointless Facebook integration, Certain MKV files wouldn't play, while others worked fine, Still lacks some premium services like Amazon Instant Video and MLB TV, among others
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).
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
WD TV Play review: A Roku alternative for media hoarders
12 February 2013
Summary: The WD TV Play is the best alternative to Roku and Apple TV for viewers looking to access their personal media collection.
Pros: The, offers an improved interface and a greater selection of content than before. Setup is easy and the connection stayed solid during testing. The WD TV Play is one of the best values available in the market.
Cons: Missing some important apps, including Amazon Instant and live sports apps. The device couldn't playback all test videos despite listed compatibility. The gaming apps aren't very worthwhile.
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.
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