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Saw this posted near 3 months ago and saw they have over 200 in stock at time of posting.

What you lot think??

Description:

The best of the Internet on your HDTV - Stream hit movies, catch up on TV shows, stay connected to your social network, and watch highlights from the biggest games of the season. Don't settle for online entertainment on your small computer screen. With the WD TV Live streaming media player, you can enjoy it all on your HDTV.

Your media collection belongs on the big screen - Enjoy your media library, home videos, vacation slideshows, and favorite songs on your HDTV and sound system in your living room. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular picture quality of Full-HD 1080p.

Play virtually any media file format - The WD TV Live streaming media player supports a wide variety of the most popular files including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV video formats. Get the freedom to enjoy your media now, in virtually any file format.

Ready, set up, stream - So easy to set up, you'll be up and running in minutes. The WD TV Live streaming media player connects to your high-speed Internet connection wirelessly, no PC required. Or use the Ethernet port to connect to your wired home network.

High-performance, streaming-ready Wi-Fi™ - Includes the latest wireless technology-- extended-range Wireless-N-- giving you the speed you need to stream HD.

Play media from any source - Stream videos, music, and photos from your USB drive, network drive, and any PC or Mac* computer in your home. Our media library collects the content from all the drives, so finding the perfect video, song, or photo to view is easier than ever.

Show photos and movies directly from your digital camera or camcorder - Connect your camcorder or digital camera directly to the media center and instantly view or archive HD video and photos without a PC. Works with any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol.

Bring the arcade to your HDTV - Swap gems with Rockswap, try your luck with Texas Hold'Em, or test your math skills with Sudoku. WD TV Live brings casual games to your big screen TV.

Stay updated with RSS feeds - Stay posted on your favorite bloggers and websites and stream the latest audio and video with timely RSS feeds. You can also add specific feeds to your dashboard to be shown as tickers so you never miss a thing.

Programmable remote - Use the included programmable remote control to make your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated navigation menus. Customize buttons for quick and easy access to your favorite music, photos, videos or menu choices.

Use your keyboard for easy searching and updating - Use the on-screen keyboard or attach your wired or wireless USB keyboard for easy text input. Perfect for searching videos on YouTube or updating your status on Facebook.

Automatic play - Select your favorite song, movie, or photo slideshow to automatically play when the device is turned on. Perfect for living art on your HDTV or for digital signage.

HDMI and composite video output - The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA outputs) ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.

SPDIF digital output - The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience.

Ultra-compact design - Cool and quiet, this compact system integrates perfectly into your entertainment center.

Advanced functions for power users.

Audio lip sync adjustment to match with playing video
Subtitle color, position, and timing adjustment
Password-protected parental controls for specific online services
Ideal For

Streaming hit movies, TV shows, sports, games, and popular Internet entertainment such as YouTube™, Facebook®, and more
Enjoying your digital media library in Full-HD 1080p on the biggest screen in the house
Playing a wide variety of file formats including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV
Wirelessly streaming videos, music, and photos to your TV
Playing media from USB drives, network drives, and any PC or Mac* computer in your home

Kit Contents

Streaming media player
Remote control with batteries
Composite AV cable
Compatibility

HDMI, Full HD (1080p), AAC, MP3, JPEG, H.264, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS 2.0, DLNA, Bonjour, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Adobe FlashLite
*Please note the item is Mac compatible but does NOT yet support OSX Lion
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#1
And 2% quidco
#2
Same price on Amazon - still a good price though
#3
Cool thanks, just update title to highlight this.

Link to Amazon.co.uk:
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Edited By: ggmurray on Aug 22, 2012 11:43
#4
Have they ever fixed the problem with BBC iplayer programmes cutting off before the end?

edit: it would seem that as of the last firmware update this is still not fixed. Some people are suggesting the problem is more to do with the way iplayer provides the stream than anything that can be altered at WD's end.

http://community.wdc.com/t5/ideas/v1/ideapage/blog-id/streaming_issues/article-id/2778/page/2#comments

Edited By: calenture on Aug 22, 2012 13:12: more info
#5
I got this a couple of weeks ago and glad i did. I have a hard drive hooked up to it with all my movies and music stored, it connects my tv upto internet (sort of) and i can control it all from my iphone too
1 Like #6
Can anyone confirm you can change the DNS address on these to get Netflix US?
1 Like #7
Yes you can change the DNS, my nephew has done it on his.
1 Like #8
This is much better than Apple TV. Great for streaming and plays everything you throw at it.
#9
Can this Do XBMC ...Navi X etc ??

Cheerz
#10
BigLee79
Can this Do XBMC ...Navi X etc ??

Cheerz
No
#11
WIll this get away with Cinavia protected as on PS3 ?

Thanks
#12
Has been cheaper recently.........

http://charts.camelcamelcamel.com/uk/B005NYOKC2/amazon.png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0

CJ
3 Likes #13
heovang
WIll this get away with Cinavia protected as on PS3 ?

Thanks

Yes, any files that PS3 flags up as Cinavia plays flawlessly on WDTV.
#14
Does anyone here use this with Pogoplug? I'm looking for a more flexible media streamer than my PS3.
1 Like #15
JoelFletch
heovang
WIll this get away with Cinavia protected as on PS3 ?

Thanks

Yes, any files that PS3 flags up as Cinavia plays flawlessly on WDTV.

Thank you for this.
#16
Does anybody know the dimensions of this please? Can't seem I find them anywhere. I have a tv mounted on the wall in my bedroom so just wanted to see if this could kind of balance on top without looking stupid. Thanks
#17
Forget that, just found them, Dimensions (WxDxH)12.5 cm x 10 cm x 3 cm
#18
Anyone know if this can stream from an iTunes library?
#19
Doesn't do Lovefilm!
suspended#20
sumvision cyclone micro 3 is FAR superior
#21
The Sumvision model is a player not a streamer.

Also, it has no internet connectivity.

Subtle difference.............
banned 2 Likes #22
FlippingTop
sumvision cyclone micro 3 is FAR superior

^^^^^ ignoramus alert! oO
#23
Pardon my seemingly sensible comment.
If someone has a laptop and its a modern one, you would normally have an HDMI out port on the laptop.
If we can plug that one in our HDTV - you have a lot more apps and flexibility.

I simply see no point of buying this.

Each to his own, as they say.
2 Likes #24
Sodding Cinavia pi$$ed me right off! And the WDTV is a relief!

heovang
JoelFletch
heovang
WIll this get away with Cinavia protected as on PS3 ?

Thanks

Yes, any files that PS3 flags up as Cinavia plays flawlessly on WDTV.

Thank you for this.
#25
mustoofa
Pardon my seemingly sensible comment.
If someone has a laptop and its a modern one, you would normally have an HDMI out port on the laptop.
If we can plug that one in our HDTV - you have a lot more apps and flexibility.

I simply see no point of buying this.

Each to his own, as they say.

Agree with what you are saying however this box is a lot more discreet than a laptop, my set up currently the tv in my bedroom to watch anything streamed from my NAS downstairs I have to connect my laptop. My tv is wall mounted with all cables hidden, when I connect the laptop it looks a right mess.
I'm considering getting this as would allow me to put this box on top of the tv and continue with all cables hidden and it will look neat and tidy.
My tv downstairs is a Samsung with wifi so no need for this there, I suppose if all tv's had wifi or ethernet you wouldn't need this box or a laptopp.
banned 1 Like #26
Jimmyboy
mustoofa
Pardon my seemingly sensible comment.
If someone has a laptop and its a modern one, you would normally have an HDMI out port on the laptop.
If we can plug that one in our HDTV - you have a lot more apps and flexibility.

I simply see no point of buying this.

Each to his own, as they say.


Agree with what you are saying however this box is a lot more discreet than a laptop, my set up currently the tv in my bedroom to watch anything streamed from my NAS downstairs I have to connect my laptop. My tv is wall mounted with all cables hidden, when I connect the laptop it looks a right mess.
I'm considering getting this as would allow me to put this box on top of the tv and continue with all cables hidden and it will look neat and tidy.
My tv downstairs is a Samsung with wifi so no need for this there, I suppose if all tv's had wifi or ethernet you wouldn't need this box or a laptopp.

not to mention you get a remote control and far lower electricity usage ;)
1 Like #27
mustoofa
Pardon my seemingly sensible comment.
If someone has a laptop and its a modern one, you would normally have an HDMI out port on the laptop.
If we can plug that one in our HDTV - you have a lot more apps and flexibility.

I simply see no point of buying this.

Each to his own, as they say.

there is no comparison whatsoever - i have a laptop with hdmi and i would never ever use that instead of my wdtv...i am able to stream all my movies from my nas, play netflix, vudu, hulu and spotify...all from a small little box from the comfort of my couch, using a remote control ...you have to use one to realize how user-friendly these are...

btw - back to the deal...i have one of these - very happy with mine...i am using unblock-us to change dns and am able to access all the US content....
#28
http://unblock-us.com/ = $4.99 per month roughly £3.30...

10dulkar
mustoofa
Pardon my seemingly sensible comment.
If someone has a laptop and its a modern one, you would normally have an HDMI out port on the laptop.
If we can plug that one in our HDTV - you have a lot more apps and flexibility.

I simply see no point of buying this.

Each to his own, as they say.

there is no comparison whatsoever - i have a laptop with hdmi and i would never ever use that instead of my wdtv...i am able to stream all my movies from my nas, play netflix, vudu, hulu and spotify...all from a small little box from the comfort of my couch, using a remote control ...you have to use one to realize how user-friendly these are...

btw - back to the deal...i have one of these - very happy with mine...i am using unblock-us to change dns and am able to access all the US content....
#29
ray1066
Can anyone confirm you can change the DNS address on these to get Netflix US?

Great box for what it is. Tried unblockus.com with poor results sometimes works but mostly not.
B rad does not support the new model I have. My router doesn’t support normal VPN so never tried. I’ve never tried tunlr but don’t think it would work.

That's more likely user error, dodgy internet settings/router or a faulty box.


I've had WDTV since Netflix launched in the UK and haven't had any issues with Unblock not working. In fact, head over to AV Forums and there are hundreds of people using WDTV for Netflix international versions (Canada, South America etc). It's flawless.

Edited By: bman on Aug 23, 2012 10:29
#30
Netflix works great on this, good as on my Viera VT50. The good thing these is the spdif support with Netflix too, the PC player doesn't support that which is frustrating.

Only issues I've encountered is that frame sync (so that original fps of video matches output like 1080p/24hz) doesn't work when using a remote uPnP control point.
#31
Great price for a great bit of kit. Immensely flexible. I-phone and Android remote control apps available too. If you have media on your pc, be it films, music or photos and a wireless network (or router near to your tv), this is very much for you.
#32
Just to comment on the whole I already have a laptop with a hdmi out, why would I bother with this.

If you're happy doing that, then fine. However I'm pretty sure that if you watched films in your bedroom and living room you wouldn't previously just move a single dvd player around each time (for example). This is about convenience and ease of use. No mucking around, laptop still free for someone else to use, less energy, proper remote. These boxes quickly become worthwhile.

The only thing I would say is that I found it very slow to browse lists of files regardless of how the media is accessed. For me the apple TV provided a better user experience.

My recommendation; get both, give them both a proper trial and keep the one you like.
banned#33
Wildman
Just to comment on the whole I already have a laptop with a hdmi out, why would I bother with this.

If you're happy doing that, then fine. However I'm pretty sure that if you watched films in your bedroom and living room you wouldn't previously just move a single dvd player around each time (for example). This is about convenience and ease of use. No mucking around, laptop still free for someone else to use, less energy, proper remote. These boxes quickly become worthwhile.

The only thing I would say is that I found it very slow to browse lists of files regardless of how the media is accessed. For me the apple TV provided a better user experience.

My recommendation; get both, give them both a proper trial and keep the one you like.

browsing lists seems fine to me (use PREV/NEXT PAGE rather than left & right buttons)
#34
Can I use this with sopcast and stream sport??
banned 1 Like #35
Movistar
Can I use this with sopcast and stream sport??

WTF! oO
#36
mustoofa
Pardon my seemingly sensible comment.
If someone has a laptop and its a modern one, you would normally have an HDMI out port on the laptop.
If we can plug that one in our HDTV - you have a lot more apps and flexibility.

I simply see no point of buying this.

Each to his own, as they say.

That's fine if you want to do that, we keep the wdtv lives under or near the tv's, connected to a network.

As said before, you can get custom themes and the browsing on the menus seem fine to me.

I don't think you can connect a hard drive directly to an Apple Tv,, and although they have similar functions, the WDTV is much more versatile, if you are embedded in the Apple ecosystem, then the Apple Tv may be a better choice.
#37
I have this box and the model before it. It would be nice if it could be modified like the old WDTV Live, but it is a very good box none the less. I am tending to use it less since I have Raspberry Pi under the telly as well now, running XBMC, etc.
#38
That's more likely user error, dodgy internet settings/router or a faulty box

Hope Im wrong but the latest boxes have more protection regarding netflix US and US content in general.

Read support sections unblockus & B rad before you buy.

If anyones found a way to unblock the lastest units many of us would be greatfull for more info.
#39
Hated it at first but it grows on you. Use it mainly for tunein, YouTube and my hard drive movies.
#40
This is an excellent little Media Player. It plays most files types - the only problem I have had is with mp4 files.

I have been using my Samsung Galaxy S3 phone to stream movies to this and it works a treat.

Another small down side is that you cannot install custom firmware on this like you can on some of the previous models. But the firmware on it does everything you need really.

Edited By: Red100 on Aug 23, 2012 18:41

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