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Western Digital HD TV 1080P Media Player £68.83 Delivered (£65.55 without delivery) @ Broadbandbuyer

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Another WD TV hot deal!! 91 in stock.
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#1
This is the cheapest I've seen this :thumbsup:
#2
bloaty
This is the cheapest I've seen this :thumbsup:


Yep - £7 cheaper than the current Amazon deal
#3
Never used this company before, any bad experiences?

Ta
V
#4
price war for the WDTV! just wait till Amazon lowers their price LOL.
#5
Fantastic piece of kit. Hot.
#6
I'd be disappointed if we don't get the same questions/discussions on this thread too!

This product should have it's own "hot deal forum" purely designated to it!
#7
No1_Dave
price war for the WDTV! just wait till Amazon lowers their price LOL.


This actually was £69.99 at amazon a couple of weeks ago, just before it went back up and the deal posted back on hotukdeals... Seems like amazon like to yo-yo the price...
#8
Great price! :thumbsup:

I paid £79 just a couple of weeks ago in PC World.......

H&R added
#9
Voted hot (again) for a good piece of kit.

Now for the boring questions:

-What, no hard drive? thats crap, get a PS3
-No network abilities, better of with a popcorn hour
-Wow, thats well expensive, get a dvd player that can play divx.
#10
Can someone explain how this works please.
#11
sprinc
Voted hot (again) for a good piece of kit.

Now for the boring questions:

-What, no hard drive? thats crap, get a PS3
-No network abilities, better of with a popcorn hour
-Wow, thats well expensive, get a dvd player that can play divx.


PS3 is 4x the price
you can get a 1TB HDD for around £70

what if you dont need Network abilities?

get a DVD player - are you joking???
how can a DVD player play 1080p?
1 Like #12
thevortex;5396589
Never used this company before, any bad experiences?

Ta
V


I far as i'm aware they've got a good reputation and have been around quite a few years. They're only a couple of miles from me so I could go there directly and pick one up, which is unusual as most of the good value electrical places usually seem to be miles up north from me.
#13
K1LLER HORNET
PS3 is 4x the price
you can get a 1TB HDD for around £70

what if you dont need Network abilities?

get a DVD player - are you joking???
how can a DVD player play 1080p?


I was joking Pal. thought that was pretty clear.
#14
[SIZE="3"]i think sprinc is being sarcastic, to "pre-empt" the potential "question askers", those Qs gets asked over & over & over again and the same advice gets given over & over & over again...

EDIT: and apparently quite a few members here lack a sense of humour/sarcasm...[/SIZE]
#15
Can't believe it.. just paid £78 from Amazon two days ago!
#16
Adamo
Can't believe it.. just paid £78 from Amazon two days ago!


Return it giving the reason - "found cheaper elsewhere..."?
#17
RedOnRed
I far as i'm aware they've got a good reputation and have been around quite a few years. They're only a couple of miles from me so I could go there directly and pick one up, which is unusual as most of the good value electrical places usually seem to be miles up north from me.


thanks, voted hot :thumbsup:
#18
Just in case it wasn't sarcasm..

sprinc
-What, no hard drive? thats crap, get a PS3

It seems to be the common trend with the better media drives. Big whoop... hard drives are so cheap nowadays that it doesn't bother me.

sprinc
-No network abilities, better of with a popcorn hour

Not really important to most people. Access to network shares would be handy but hardly a deal breaker.

A Popcorn Hour is about twice the price too.. and there's no hard drive in that!

sprinc
-Wow, thats well expensive, get a dvd player that can play divx.

Best of luck finding a DVD player that'll play: MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264).
#19
How future proof are these things? Do they do updates as different codecs etc are released?
#20
sprinc
I was joking Pal. thought that was pretty clear.


my bad, i guess i just skimmed over the part where you said

sprinc
Voted hot (again) for a good piece of kit.

Now for the boring questions:
#21
basquille
Just in case it wasn't sarcasm..


It seems to be the common trend with the better media drives. Big whoop... hard drives are so cheap nowadays that it doesn't bother me.


Not really important to most people. Access to network shares would be handy but hardly a deal breaker.

A Popcorn Hour is about twice the price too.. and there's no hard drive in that!


Best of luck finding a DVD player that'll play: MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264).


No network sharing is a deal breaker for me unfortunately I have decided the ideal purchase for me is a media center PC. I am just waiting for the right deal to come along.

edit: I should also mention that this is a very good deal and this is currently the cheapest way of playing all your downloaded HD videos.
#22
clint thrust
Can someone explain how this works please.


Just plug in any external hard drive or memory stick and it will play video, music or audio files off it.

http://www.wdc.com:80/en/products/products.asp?DriveID=572
#23
K1LLER HORNET

what if you dont need Network abilities?


If you do buy a NAS instead of a bog standard external HDD and hook it up via USB the enclosures arent that expensive or you can buy an adapter to turn an exsiting external HDD into a NAS :)
Aria sell them, search for Darkstar :) (Mind I would buy a dedicated enclosure if I wanted NAS functionality then you can use USB and network) Also got the benefits of being able to get torrents of stuff like Elephants Dream (which is amazing in 1080p) and download to the device without your pc on :D

a 1tb 3.5" SATA drive is £60 (hitachi on ebuyer)
Enclosure for the drive under £15 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/149272
or a NAS enclosure for £35 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126893
(the 2nd is probably just NAS so I doubt it has bittorrent client built in)


If you have an existing IDE HDD 500gb or less an enclosure is £10
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160919
1 Like #24
blizeH
How future proof are these things? Do they do updates as different codecs etc are released?


It is expected that further updates will be made available [within the hardware limitations] for the forseeable future.

Anyone buying should update the firmware to the latest http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/ It's easy to do - just follow the instructions to download the update file.
#25
I honestly think the network thing is a massive limitation for this product. The way technology is going, most people will have a home server or NAS in the next few years so they can access their data from all the different computers / laptops / media players / consoles / etc. Yes you can download videos to a USB HDD and then take that over to the Media Center, but isn't it easier if they are just downloaded to storage that can be accessed by everyone/everything first time.

That said these are really good quality media players and very well priced, can't wait to see if the rumored upcoming network version of this stays at a similar price point (10/100 network chips / sockets must cost less than £1 at manufacture level).
#26
finlay666
or a NAS enclosure for £35 http://www.ebuyer.com/product/126893
(the 2nd is probably just NAS so I doubt it has bittorrent client built in)[/url]


Bear in mind the specs say this mush use a HDD pre-formatted in FAT32. Personally many of my HD video files are between 4GB and 9GB so wouldn't be able to be put on this.
#27
blizeH
How future proof are these things? Do they do updates as different codecs etc are released?


yep a new update was just released in may:thumbsup:
#28
sibeer
Bear in mind the specs say this mush use a HDD pre-formatted in FAT32. Personally many of my HD video files are between 4GB and 9GB so wouldn't be able to be put on this.


Err, the spec on that site says this....

External Drive Formats Supported

* FAT32, NTFS, HFS+ (no journaling)
#29
Agree with the Network limitations. but there is a hack out there to make it work over a Network.

I orginally wanted something with a Network Capability, as i had got used to streaming through my Xbox 360, but the Popcorn hour was the only thing out there but was way to expensive. The WDTV, whilst doesnt suport Network, is a fantastic piece of kit, and well worth the money. Hooking up the HD to your PC everyone once in a while isnt that much of a big deal.
#30
not necessary for me... got my tv hooked up as a 2nd monitor to my main pc with a long dvi to hdmi cable, sound via an optical connection to surround sound system. only cost me £5 for the cable i needed to do this.
#31
These are ace - I bought one on the £69.99 Amazon deal about 4 months ago. I paid about £50 and bought a 250GB WD MyBook HD for it, and a Belkin GBIT USB network adaptor, so I can FTP into it and transfer stuff from the PC. Admittedly the transfer is not full 100/100 let alone GBIT, but it's a good 40mbit if the HD is formatted with EXT3. Only drawback is lack of DTS decoding but most home cinema systems will do that bit for you anyway!

Hot from me, great little device.
#32
Wonder why it's only at that price while stocks last

A new revision due out maybe ? as they have done that before with routers
#33
I cannot work out what the point of these are if I can connect my laptop to the tv. I havent got any HD films yet but which would give the better picture?

thanks
#34
great buy. just wish it could be networked up :/
#35
sibeer
Bear in mind the specs say this mush use a HDD pre-formatted in FAT32. Personally many of my HD video files are between 4GB and 9GB so wouldn't be able to be put on this.


It does take NTFS, you just need to upgrade the firmware :)

http://www.sumvision.com.cn/searchResults.aspx?ptype=37

scroll to the NET box:
File FormatFAT /NTFS /EXT3HDD file format

http://www.sumvision.com.cn/drivers.aspx
Sumvision NET-BOX Firmware upgrade - that has the giblets you need to upgrade it to use NTFS :)
#36
I know someone else said it I just really don't believe it, this device can play 720p or even 1080p MKV files?? my computer struggles with 1080p and turns into a hoover with 720p files(okay not that bad) I have to use VLC or zoon player as they seem to handle the file better on my computer which is a P4HT 3.6GHz 2GB RAM. but how can such a device handle such file types?
#37
Voted hot. I like the idea of plugging in external hard drives as and when without being tied down to the size of a built-in drive. Good price as well.

If only this was a recorder as well as a player so I could record off TV too !
#38
Not too bad, although have heard some people haven't been too happy with them.

Personally don't need it as my TV plays most things I throw at it via USB anyway.
banned#39
For people complaining about no network support, there are firmwares avaiable to have a USB network dongle (10£) plugged into the devices which should allow access to your NFS/CIFS/SMBFS shares. More information here.

http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php

And they are working on adding extra stuff, I think this is the next NSLUG I am going to buy it NOW!

Hot Hot Hot
1 Like #40
Niz
I know someone else said it I just really don't believe it, this device can play 720p or even 1080p MKV files?? my computer struggles with 1080p and turns into a hoover with 720p files(okay not that bad) I have to use VLC or zoon player as they seem to handle the file better on my computer which is a P4HT 3.6GHz 2GB RAM. but how can such a device handle such file types?



Yes believe it, a tiny little box like the WDTV plays 720p and 1080p MKVs all perfectly smooth, mainly due to the powerful chip inside (the movies/tv shows I download are 'scene' standard).

it's the main reason that made me buy this WDTV, 720p/1080p MKV support (my reasonably modern desktop also struggles with HD playback), AND it can recognise NTFS filing system so HD files bigger than 4GBs can be recognised, so no hassle of splitting of files etc.


also to the people who saying the lack of "official" wireless streaming for the WDTV is a deal breaker, but from what I've read, HD files don't stream well at all wirelessly?


jukkie
Not too bad, although have heard some people haven't been too happy with them.

Personally don't need it as my TV plays most things I throw at it via USB anyway.



does your TV play 720p/1080p HD files? it's THE main selling point of the WDTV.

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