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Western Digital WD TV PLAY (WDBMBA0000NBK)
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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.
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Overall 9
Value for money 10
Features 8
Performance 10
Ergonomics 9

Western Digital WD TV Play Media Player

Sound & Vision Magazine
3 October 2013
  • Summary: As long as it supports all the services you use, you’ll find the WD TV Play will deliver consistently high video and audio quality and a nice user experience at a very good price.
  • Pros: Excellent sound and picture quality, Unit powers on whole home theater and switches inputs, Easy direct-access buttons on remote for Netflix, Hulu, Vudu
  • Cons: No Amazon VOD app, Poorly executed Facebook app
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Overall 7

WD TV Play Review

25 March 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 6

WD TV Play

PC Magazine
22 March 2013
  • Conclusion: Western Digital's latest low-cost media hub, the WD TV Play, dabbles in many cord-cutting areas, but doesn't lead in any of them.
  • Pros: Can play both streaming and local media. Excellent configurable interface.
  • Cons: Doesn't offer as many streaming channels as Roku, or play as many local formats as WD's other products. Buggy.
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WD TV Play Reviewed

1 March 2013
  • Conclusion: Inexpensive streamer with wide format support for local playback
  • Pros: Easy setup, Supports any TV (HDMI and AV outputs), Supports lots of local media types, Smartphone remote apps for iOS and Android, Plays local media from USB and DLNA servers
  • Cons: Relatively small number of apps that can't be user expanded, Does not support playback from network shares
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Western Digital WD TV Play Media Player Review

Legit Reviews
20 February 2013
  • 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.
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Review: WD TV Play is a set-top box made for streaming junkies

Ars Technica
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
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Overall 6

WD TV Play Review

12 February 2013
  • 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
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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.
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Overall 9

Western Digital WD TV Play review

Pocket Lint
12 November 2013
  • 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
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