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WD HD TV LIVE price drops further £78.90 @ amazon

£78.90 @ Amazon
as i have been looking for this product for awhile, the best i could get including delivery was 84.24. just got on amazon to have look again, gladly found out that the price had dropped another 5 quid… Read More
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6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
as i have been looking for this product for awhile, the best i could get including delivery was 84.24. just got on amazon to have look again, gladly found out that the price had dropped another 5 quid. just ordered one!!! seems like the best price for a trusted retailer.

Product Features
Turn your USB drive into an HD media player - Play content from most popular USB drives and devices.
Play videos, music, and photos from the Internet - Connect to Internet sites like YouTube, Flickr, Live365, and Pandora. (Availability varies by country).
Full-HD 1080p video playback - Experience spectacular Full-HD video picture quality and crystal-clear digital audio.
Collect without limits - There’s no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.
Access files anywhere on your home network - The Ethernet port lets you connect this player to your home network.
Technical Details

Product Description: WD TV Live WDBAAP0000NBK - digital multimedia receiver
Product Type: Digital multimedia receiver
Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.6 cm x 10 cm x 4 cm
Weight: 303 g
Localisation: Middle East, Africa, Europe
Digital Player (Recorder): Digital player
Audio: Stereo
Remote Control: Remote control - infrared
Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty
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2 Likes #1
there is better try the ACryan playon hd mini scan have them on today only most weeks and they are £78 when on special, They play anything and you can plug in a dvd drive they function as a Nas the list goes on. I have a popcorn hour and i can honestly say that it cost £250 and the ryan is a better machine and comes with a 2year warranty and a high quality HDMI lead.

I also had the WD when it came out but its no where near as good as the ryan do yourself a favour cancel the WD and get the ryan.
#2
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2009/12/playon-mini-20091215-01-800.jpg
#3
polly69
there is better try the ACryan playon hd mini scan have them on today only most weeks and they are £78 when on special, They play anything and you can plug in a dvd drive they function as a Nas the list goes on. I have a popcorn hour and i can honestly say that it cost £250 and the ryan is a better machine and comes with a 2year warranty and a high quality HDMI lead.
I also had the WD when it came out but its no where near as good as the ryan do yourself a favour cancel the WD and get the ryan.

thanks for the heads-up. as i havnt really heard of this product, would you care to tell me in what ways the ACryan is better than the AC? thanks
#4
just went on scan and they are still 89.99
banned 1 Like #5
I personally prefer the Asus Oplay.... Does everything the WD does but has a much more user friendly remote.... The remote on the WD is Awful
1 Like #6
greatmanlxw
just went on scan and they are still 89.99

Scan has them on there daily deals most weeks at around £76 you just need to keep an eye out. The reason its better is it plays everything is fully updatable AC support is great and they are working on yamj which is in beta at the moment which is a movie database that shows the covers and all the info for every film on your network (google it) its Nas capable and also the way it accesses files over the network is easy it sees all shared folders on multiple computers and can play from any one and there's loads of other stuff, its also really fast its just way better then the WD you get a 2year warranty and a ACryan hdmi lead which are expensive as they are high quality. All my friends and family bought one after they saw mine my dad and sister also had the WD and got rid when they got the AC they are that good they have won loads of awards.

The asus is a decent machine but has been criticised for poor build quality but at the price it is you cant beat it.

Just found this
Btw, don't know if you care, but the WDTV Live cannot play DVD Menus from ISO or VOB files. To me that was enough to strike off the list. Waiting for the Popbox to release as it has nice features and great codec support.
Which the ryan can.
#7
I would NOT buy this!
I have a gen 1 and 2 (neither Live). The older gen 1 player, despite its slow interface, awful remote and lack of DTS decoding, is a small black box of wonders. It plays pretty much all the popular open codecs and is as fuss free as you could hope for.
The gen 2 unit, which uses a faster chipset (and is identical to this Live model on this thread) will not play any common mp4, and mkv files over the SD 720x480 resolution. The very same (literally) 100s of 720 files that the gen 1 plays faithfully, the gen 2 AND Live stutter, lock up and have audio issues. This is via direct usb connection, so is in no way network related. Western Digital have been aware of this for at least 8 months and chosen to "pretend" it's not happening! There is a train of thought that it is chipset related. Should this be the case, being non-open sourced renders the likelyhood of correction almost non-existant.
Buy the Playon.
banned#8
I'd probably be all over the Playon if it did straight passthrough of HD audio formats.
banned#9
wow the playon sounds **** amazing. I think the WDTV live is great but damn I'm gonna get me a playon
#10
mrpremium
I personally prefer the Asus Oplay.... Does everything the WD does but has a much more user friendly remote.... The remote on the WD is Awful

I got my Asus Oplay off amazon for £120 last week now £105 lol but its great! having a few issues with windows 7 but it connects to my network harddrive ok!
#11
Is there one of these that can record (from all sources) and play all file formats yet?
#12
I want to watch movies from my PC on HD TV wirelessly.What should i buy along with this ? Any better options? Thanks.
#13
steveex
I would NOT buy this!I have a gen 1 and 2 (neither Live). The older gen 1 player, despite its slow interface, awful remote and lack of DTS decoding, is a small black box of wonders. It plays pretty much all the popular open codecs and is as fuss free as you could hope for.The gen 2 unit, which uses a faster chipset (and is identical to this Live model on this thread) will not play any common mp4, and mkv files over the SD 720x480 resolution. The very same (literally) 100s of 720 files that the gen 1 plays faithfully, the gen 2 AND Live stutter, lock up and have audio issues. This is via direct usb connection, so is in no way network related. Western Digital have been aware of this for at least 8 months and chosen to "pretend" it's not happening! There is a train of thought that it is chipset related. Should this be the case, being non-open sourced renders the likelyhood of correction almost non-existant.Buy the Playon.

I disagree, I have the WDTV HD Live and it plays back 1080p MKV content perfectly for me over my Wireless network as well as directly through USB. Would recommend it to anyone.
#14
rocky01
I want to watch movies from my PC on HD TV wirelessly.What should i buy along with this ? Any better options? Thanks.


You'll need a wireless dongle or homeplugs (which would be a better alternative). You may struggle with playing back 1080p wirelessly though so would try and get it wired or use the homeplugs method.
#15
Another vote against these boxes - I've sent two back to Amazon for being faulty, both had problems with the HDMI interface. They are also clunky, won't play DVD menus, have trouble playing some hi-def file formats...too many problems.

I dumped mine and got an XTREAMER instead, brilliant little box, much faster, plays everything with absolutely no problems, the firmware updates are more reliable, it rocks.
#16
did you install the custom firmware on them ?

I've never heard anything but bad things about the Xtreamer, clunky, lots of teething problems etc...
#17
I LOVE my WDTV Live.

It's played almost anything I've thrown at it. T'aint flawless but I use it every day. Even YouTube on it is passable!
#18
rocky01
I want to watch movies from my PC on HD TV wirelessly.What should i buy along with this ? Any better options? Thanks.


The WDTV Live + wireless card - try D-link one (white and black with orange light at end).
#19
Forget these streamers and get yourself an Acer Revo and install XBMC on it. You wont regret it.
#20
Do you need to put a hard disk in for it to work or will it work ok from external hd. How much is to put one in or is it cheaper to buy complete.
#21
Absolutely loving this thread, I am on the look out for something to replace my KISS 1600 box, toyed with the apple tv item but havent decided yet. Dont need internal storage just nice interface, and able to play from my HP MEDIASMART server. ?
#22
This doesn't need an internal HDD, it'll play via a USB-connected HDD and obviously via networked drives.

This would be a great replacement for your KISS player, although not sure about the nice interface, the PlayOn HD might be better, especially with YAMJ in beta..
#23
polly69
there is better try the ACryan playon hd mini scan have them on today only most weeks and they are £78 when on special, They play anything and you can plug in a dvd drive they function as a Nas the list goes on. I have a popcorn hour and i can honestly say that it cost £250 and the ryan is a better machine and comes with a 2year warranty and a high quality HDMI lead.

I also had the WD when it came out but its no where near as good as the ryan do yourself a favour cancel the WD and get the ryan.


Does it support dolby throught the same HDMI cable?
And generally performance wise, how does it cope with extreme 1080p content?
#24
I'm pretty sure it supports everything through HDMI including HD audio.

What's "extreme" 1080p content ? Do you mean high bitrate content ? If so then the only bottleneck is going to be how your content's connected (e.g. wireless may struggle), but it'll play anything.
#25
ought
Is there one of these that can record (from all sources) and play all file formats yet?
Sumvision Cyclone HD2.
Has twin freeview HD, records to hard disk,
.1080P hdmi, hard disk enclosure takes a 2TB SATA disk, USB sockets, card reader sockets, samba, torrents, youtube, iPlayer etc.... just got one, and am just now exploring what it can do.
#26
Have a look at the Sumvision MKV £69.99 on ebuyer.com

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/188647

It will play pretty much any format from USB or networked ethernet. You can also get a wireless-n adaptor for about £15 if you don't want to use wired ethernet. It doesn't come with hdmi cable though.
#27
Anyone trying to play 1080p material via wireless network will most likly have problems unless your sitting next to your router.
#28
I'm seriously interested in the WDTV player. Can anyone confirm whether this can play 1080 mkv files with DTS audio? Most of mkv files contain DTS audio and converting the audio to AC3 to play on my flatscreen TV is an extra step.
#29
I like the AC Ryan. is there a box that can show BBC iplayer?
#30
Yes it can play DTS, and it'll downmix as well if your amp doesn't support it.
#31
polly69


I like the look of this. I have the WD live, it is a great little device. I may buy one of these also though, be a great article with a 2gb hard drive in it.

You can never have too many media players :)
#32
frankp69
ought
Is there one of these that can record (from all sources) and play all file formats yet?

Sumvision Cyclone HD2.
Has twin freeview HD, records to hard disk,
.1080P hdmi, hard disk enclosure takes a 2TB SATA disk, USB sockets, card reader sockets, samba, torrents, youtube, iPlayer etc.... just got one, and am just now exploring what it can do.


Standard freeview not HD
#33
One more media player than you have TV's is too many ;)
#34
I was on the verge of sending mine back when I got it at Christmas, then I installed the B-RAD custom firmware. Now it plays everything I throw at it (no DVD menus for vob files though) and has the deluge bittorrent client installed so can sit with a usb HDD plugged into it to download torrents with the pc switched off. It's not perfect but is worth the cash imho.
#35
steveex
I would NOT buy this!
I have a gen 1 and 2 (neither Live). The older gen 1 player, despite its slow interface, awful remote and lack of DTS decoding, is a small black box of wonders. It plays pretty much all the popular open codecs and is as fuss free as you could hope for.
The gen 2 unit, which uses a faster chipset (and is identical to this Live model on this thread) will not play any common mp4, and mkv files over the SD 720x480 resolution. The very same (literally) 100s of 720 files that the gen 1 plays faithfully, the gen 2 AND Live stutter, lock up and have audio issues. This is via direct usb connection, so is in no way network related. Western Digital have been aware of this for at least 8 months and chosen to "pretend" it's not happening! There is a train of thought that it is chipset related. Should this be the case, being non-open sourced renders the likelyhood of correction almost non-existant.
Buy the Playon.


Rubbish !! I have a WDTV LIVE version and get none of the issue's above ....!

What you need is the latest firmware version for it to fix all your problems which you'll find here :

http://wdtvforum.com/main/

or

http://wdtvforums.com/
#36
I'd skip that firmware and upgrade to the custom firmware mentioned above http://b-rad.cc/wdlxtv/
#37
Tyler Durden
Forget these streamers and get yourself an Acer Revo and install XBMC on it. You wont regret it.


Agree! Nice coupe btw :) I miss mine :(

I know they don't officially support the xbox anymore, but if you aren't bothered by the lack of HD, the original xbox with XBMC on it does a fantastic job of streaming videos, doing it via LAN is a big bonus for me and you can get the original xbox for pennies.
#38
A barebones PC is always going to trump any streamer, but for a large majority these are so much easier to setup and just start viewing content with...
#39
Umm... says £83.30 on Amazon when i click through
banned#40
I have had a few media players now. Started with the popcorn hour. I have the A100 and the A110 both for techy people and it didnt play all i put in it. I do not want to be like one of my friends and have to search around for avi files to download or convert them.
I then moved on to the first WD which was great at the time played everything and the menu was great. Remote was tiny though.
In fact i brought my parents one and even a second one for me.

Then the Live came out and i got one. However setting it up as a networking player was a right nightmare to the point i thought it was broken and sent it back. This was my first expereince of setting up a media player on my network though. I then had an Asus O upstairs which was so easy to set up over network it stayed in the bedroom via a homeplug. However the menu looked awful. The remote was nice though. Downstairs at present i have an Xtreamer which is ok however is always being updated which is a good and bad. it turns the USB hard drive into a NAS one too.

I am waiting on a hacked apple tv which i am hoping to hook up to a NAS and will either put the Xtreamer upstairs or sell it.

Just my experience of Media players :)

Of course if you have a PS3 don't bother and just stream it with the media centre you can download.

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