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#2
Actually Faythur I have expired mine, Sharkalos moved faster

Sharkalos - great deal, I have just ordered one - probably explains why I posted 7 mins after you, lol!
#3
I've had mine three months and thoroughly recommend it.

Even the standard firmware has regular updates. Downloads pics, slideshow and movie data for your films AND works with both PC and MAC file formats (fat, ntfs and mac (non journaled)..
Even runs isos!
#4
But can it bitstream HD audio Like the AC RYAN?

I suppose thats not important to some, but if you have a HD amp and a 5.1 system, its a must
#5
Dunno about the technicalities but it plays dolby 5.1 (HDMI and Optical Cable plugged in) on an mkv / 264 (subs and seperate audio tracks as well)
#6
not related to the item, but.... anyone know of an MKV player that has a Freeview HD tuner in? I'm after one but can't find one anywhere! :(
#7
I have already got a big chunk of storage in various USB drives.

Does this give any more than the WD HD TV Live? (except the obvious that this hub has the 1TB HDD).

Am wondering whether I should just shell out the £67 for the basic one without the 1TB drive.
#8
I was in the same predicament mate...For me the convenience of having it all on one drive is more than worth it, also I don't have to worry about using my computer to stream content. it does look really cool when you've got the metadata downloaded for the films (I'm sure someones you tubed it somewhere) and Its easy to unplug the thing and take all your films with you on holiday / pals houses etc.
#9
I have one. Superb piece of kit!
#10
MisterG78
I have already got a big chunk of storage in various USB drives.

Does this give any more than the WD HD TV Live? (except the obvious that this hub has the 1TB HDD).

Am wondering whether I should just shell out the £67 for the basic one without the 1TB drive.

where are the WDTV Live 67 quid?
#11
Whats the difference between this & a NAS Drive ?
#12
bought 1 for my mum and dad for xmas, paid £170 for it then, so really good price.

played every video file i through at it and so easy to use,

definitely HOT from me
#13
Does anyone know if you can remove and operate this hub without an internal hard drive?
#14
Do you have to use the b rad firmware for the metadata? Or can you use the wd one?

Also anyone know how good this is at viewing home videos and indexing etc, tried looking for videos on you tube but can't find anything appropriate. It'd be home videos that I mainly want it for, as never found a good solution on my pc.

I've got loads of video of my son and really want something that allows me to look in different ways. Eg by date, event, or even people

Even xbc wasn't that great for them.
#15
Any advice, either pc software or on how good this could be, much appreciated. More than happy to have a hack around with this if needbe, so long as guide out there
#16
I almost bought one of these yesterday before the price drop - glad I hesitated now!
At the risk of sounding stupid, could someone please explain how a movie,for example, gets from the hub to the tv? With the £67 wdtv live you would plug it to the tv via a hdmi cable - however, if this hub is attached to your router via ethernet cable, I can see how it streams to other laptops around the house, but how can you also watch films etc on tv's around the house?? Thanks x

Edited By: buyitall on Mar 21, 2011 18:13
#17
Geoggy
MisterG78
I have already got a big chunk of storage in various USB drives.

Does this give any more than the WD HD TV Live? (except the obvious that this hub has the 1TB HDD).

Am wondering whether I should just shell out the £67 for the basic one without the 1TB drive.

where are the WDTV Live 67 quid?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/western-digital-tv-live-hd-media-player-67-13-delivered-amazon/901493
#19
E
Max-Power
not related to the item, but.... anyone know of an MKV player that has a Freeview HD tuner in? I'm after one but can't find one anywhere! :(
Hold your horses players with SD tuners have only just started to appear. They don't exist but can't be far off.
#20
Vik Im using the standard firmware (I've heard that the custom ones are much better but this does the job for me,) I just plug a 32gig USB in and it copies the data over automatically. If I want to put them in specific folders or assign icons (jpegs) to folders I either (1) put them on the USB in this order, and it copies the folder structure over, (2) move them to the correct folder once I've copied them over or (3) create folders, icons etc via the computer (you need an Ethernet cable or wifi dongle)

THe metadata on movies gets running times / synopsis / YouTube trailers & images.

Once on the network the device is recognised by pcs / ps3s / xboxs etc and it can stream multiple sources at once (I had an mkv playing on the telly a divx playing on an xbox upstairs at the same time)

If you have any questions that you can't find answers to on the many forums I thoroughly recommend wds support....I asked loads of questions before I got mine and had a detailed reply in 24 hours
#21
Hi is this one better than the wd elements ? it has 2tb and is £122.68 from ebuyer
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=400
#22
Sorry to ask the same question, but am I right in thinking that the only way to watch content from the hub on a tv elsewhere in the house is either to disconnect it from the router/network and connect via hdmi to a tv OR stream via a third party device eg ps3/xbox? Thanks for any replies.
#23
defard
Vik Im using the standard firmware (I've heard that the custom ones are much better but this does the job for me,) I just plug a 32gig USB in and it copies the data over automatically. If I want to put them in specific folders or assign icons (jpegs) to folders I either (1) put them on the USB in this order, and it copies the folder structure over, (2) move them to the correct folder once I've copied them over or (3) create folders, icons etc via the computer (you need an Ethernet cable or wifi dongle)

THe metadata on movies gets running times / synopsis / YouTube trailers & images.

Once on the network the device is recognised by pcs / ps3s / xboxs etc and it can stream multiple sources at once (I had an mkv playing on the telly a divx playing on an xbox upstairs at the same time)

If you have any questions that you can't find answers to on the many forums I thoroughly recommend wds support....I asked loads of questions before I got mine and had a detailed reply in 24 hours


Thanks for the reply. Can you manually edit the metadata? i kind of wanted metadata sheets for my home videos like the ones that I can see on the movie sheets - know it'd be a lot of work but think it'd be worth it.

What i'd also really like to do is be able to structure the folders in different ways, like a database. So I could pick videos with certain people in, or look in date order, or by event (kind of how you would run queries on an access database) - have been looking for software to do this on pc, but no luck!so thought that this may be able to do it.

Think i'll also give xbmc another try..
#24
rajs
Hi is this one better than the wd elements ? it has 2tb and is £122.68 from ebuyer

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=400


No idea- i'd really prefer to buy from Amazon i've had bad times with ebuyer and their returns if anything does go wrong
#25
cheers odered
#26
bazza88
Does anyone know if you can remove and operate this hub without an internal hard drive?


Why bother? Just buy the WD TV Live instead!
#27
1 Like #28
Vik - just been looking at the sorting etc for you (tbh i never use it)...you can filter by folders, genre, playlist or favourites and sort by date, alphabetical, ratings and recently viewed

You can put a jpeg in the folder so the folder displays the picture instead (People have created hundreds of the things lol)...

this is all in the standard firmware with no modification

Buyitall - basically another device on the network or plug the box in direct...hope that helps! tried to upload a pic but it wanted a url and I havent got one sorry!
#29
defard


Buyitall - basically another device on the network or plug the box in direct...hope that helps! tried to upload a pic but it wanted a url and I havent got one sorry!


Thank you, I have ordered one and it is now too late to cancel! I want to use it as a storage device for music/photos and video, and allow everyone in the house to be able to access itunes content etc from their own laptops - I think it is suitable for what I am looking for! The router is unfortunately in a different room and not near a tv, so I have to decide whether to connect via ethernet to the router and stream to main tv via ps3, or connect to main tv via hdmi lead and buy a wireless network adapter to connect to network. Any advice on network adapters is most welcome, I have looked at the list of compatible ones but is seems abit of a minefield and I am no expert on speeds etc. Thanks again for advice so far.
1 Like #30
I connect it to the tv as you get the best picture output / remote works etc... I had a similar problem with the router...i got two homeplug adapters (Basically turns your power socket into an ethernet port) and even though ones plugged into an extension lead (Supposed to be plugged direct into your wall) it works fine. Got mine from ebuyer for about 40 quid the pair
#32
can this be used to access and d/l from newsgroups?
1 Like #33
MisterG78
I have already got a big chunk of storage in various USB drives.
Does this give any more than the WD HD TV Live? (except the obvious that this hub has the 1TB HDD).
Am wondering whether I should just shell out the £67 for the basic one without the 1TB drive.
It has a better remote and it's got a built in facility to download and store movie synopsis and sheets from the internet.
rhinopaul
Whats the difference between this & a NAS Drive ?
It's also a NAS drive, when it's switched off in standby mode computers on the same network can still connect to mapped drives on it.
buyitall
Sorry to ask the same question, but am I right in thinking that the only way to watch content from the hub on a tv elsewhere in the house is either to disconnect it from the router/network and connect via hdmi to a tv OR stream via a third party device eg ps3/xbox? Thanks for any replies.
You can use it as a media player by connecting it directly to a TV using HDMI or component and at the same time you can stream files from it over the network as a media server to a PS3/xbox or network enabled TV. The difference is that as a media player it decodes the files using your TV just as a display, but as a media server your xbox/ps3/TV has to decode and play the file.
rajs
Hi is this one better than the wd elements ? it has 2tb and is £122.68 from ebuyer

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=400
The elements is not network enabled, it's just a media player where as the hub is that as well as an internet media player, streamer, and NAS drive.
#34
defard
I connect it to the tv as you get the best picture output / remote works etc... I had a similar problem with the router...i got two homeplug adapters (Basically turns your power socket into an ethernet port) and even though ones plugged into an extension lead (Supposed to be plugged direct into your wall) it works fine. Got mine from ebuyer for about 40 quid the pair



Thanks for your help. So basically, I connect the wd hub to my tv in living room using hdmi cable, and also connect it via ethernet cable to the plug adapter. I then connect the other plug adapter via a different ethernet cable to the router in a different room and when the plugs are switched on they connect the router and the hub thereby creating a media streamer? Have I got it right? Thanks for your patience!
1 Like #35
Yes :)
#36
I've had a few of these types of things (popcorn hour, ioplay, boxee, xbmc on a pc) and this provides the best level of compatibility, usability and prettyness of UI that I've seen so far.
1 Like #37
lIF you have ordered online then you have distance selling regulations in place so you can Cancel and just refuse delivery if you like :)



buyitall
defard


Buyitall - basically another device on the network or plug the box in direct...hope that helps! tried to upload a pic but it wanted a url and I havent got one sorry!

Thank you, I have ordered one and it is now too late to cancel! I want to use it as a storage device for music/photos and video, and allow everyone in the house to be able to access itunes content etc from their own laptops - I think it is suitable for what I am looking for! The router is unfortunately in a different room and not near a tv, so I have to decide whether to connect via ethernet to the router and stream to main tv via ps3, or connect to main tv via hdmi lead and buy a wireless network adapter to connect to network. Any advice on network adapters is most welcome, I have looked at the list of compatible ones but is seems abit of a minefield and I am no expert on speeds etc. Thanks again for advice so far.
#38
What type of files can this stream
#39
I have the LG BD390 blu ray player which streams mkv aswell as many other formats through a wireless network so I'm wondering if would there be any point in me purchasing this?

Alternatively, I just transfer a file from laptop to USB stick, plug it into the blu ray player and away I go. However,

Only reason for me considering purchasing this is I like the look of xbmc and the thumb work that you can attach to files which you can't do on the BD390.

Any advice greatly welcome.


Edited By: coxy82 on Mar 22, 2011 12:50: spelling
1 Like #40
It is £129.99 at Dixons at the moment as well (with free p&p).
But there is also code WDIGIT5 which gets you 5% off, and for today only you can get inflated quidco cashback of 5% too.

That meant I just picked one up for a net £118.34.

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