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Cheapest I could find at the minute and with the bonus that I could pick it up instore 60 minutes later

The Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player is a clever device that allows you view movies, home video, photos and music stored on a USB drive on your TV in superb Full HD 1080p and digital sound.

* HD/HDMI
* Unlock your PC onto your TV
* Full HD video playback and navigation
* Turn your USB drive into a media player
* Stylish design
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#1
£77.33 @ Amazon with free P+P No Curry’s in my town. Thanks for highlighting Voted hot:thumbsup:
#2
Was going to get one of these but bought an Xbox for my room instead. I've heard good things about this though.
banned#3
TomTowers
Was going to get one of these but bought an Xbox for my room instead. I've heard good things about this though.


Get http://tversity.com/support/devices/ working with wireless connection
#4
Google popcorn hour
#5
mistermoneysaver
Google popcorn hour


More than twice the price of this:?
#6
Another for the ever expanding shortlist... I'm beginning to hate this site! Heheh!!!
#7
TomTowers
Was going to get one of these but bought an Xbox for my room instead. I've heard good things about this though.


If it's for media use i hope you bought some headphones as well.
#8
Lyrrad
Get http://tversity.com/support/devices/ working with wireless connection


I'm on a mac so can't use that. I use Rivet. Although I had to pay it works brilliantly and can stream media from my hard drive attached to my mac to my xbox wirelessly.

As for the headphones comment, I don't understand? I have surround sound hooked up to my TV, only use headphones when I don't want to wake up anyone lol.
#9
Geemac
More than twice the price of this:?


More than worth that in the long run. I wouldn't be without my Popcorn Hour now! :thumbsup:
#10
mistermoneysaver
Google popcorn hour

Geemac
More than twice the price of this:?


Indeed but how do they compare functionality/quality wise? I am new to this.... :thinking:
#11
Well for starters, you can stream across the network with a Popcorn Hour. Or from Youtube (+loads of others)... and the Popcorn supports more formats.
#12
Just bought one of these from Amazon for a few £ more - Can't praise it highly enough! Its played everything I've thrown at it, including various 720p .mkv files with DTS audio which cause me no end of problems on my laptop.

Brilliant bit of kit, if you've got alot of movies stored digitally you 'need' one of these in your home-cinema :)
#13
ctafield;5583062
More than worth that in the long run. I wouldn't be without my Popcorn Hour now! :thumbsup:


Could you give a quick summary about why in the long run it is worth twice as much? The Western seems to do what I would want it to do and am poised to buy.

EDIT : I see you replied as I was typing. Thanks. I think I can manage without streaming.
#14
FWIW the PCH and the WDTV have the same chipset and are both getting regular firmware upgrades. the PCH is at least twice the price and IMO doesn't do enough (for my uses) to warrent that cost.
#15
is there any other kind that plays .mkv .flv too and also with optical drive :-D
too much to ask...

heat added
#16
ctafield
...and the Popcorn supports more formats.


No it doesn't as far as I'm aware. [there is an updated firmware available which is recommended you install http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/ ]

I have both and whilst I use and prefer the PH, this little player is an absolute cracker. Did you know it uses the same chip as the PH?

Well worth the money. Highly recommended :thumbsup:

EDIT

Now showing at a fiver more £79.99....
#17
As others have said, why not just use a 360 or PS3 and the excellent TVersity to stream media to your TV from your PC? It's a doddle to setup and allows you to access media stored on your PC or network. If you're going to spend £76 on a device that does the same thing it seems to make more sense to spend a tad more and get a 360 that gives you so much more.
#18
If you've got a PS3 then don't use TVersity, use PS3 Media Server, it's miles better.
#19
mistermoneysaver
Google popcorn hour


Google XBMC + HTPC.

http://webbsnack.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/aeon_movieshowcase.jpg
#20
I stand corrected. Didn't realise these had been updated of late. Fair enough then.

Although I will say, I only paid around £100 for my Popcorn when they first came out some time back. The prices do seem to have risen of late :(

As for XBMC and HTPC's... unless you spend a fair bit of money getting fanless graphics cards etc.. then they will always be noisier than the likes of the PCH and the WD devices.
#21
One of the big advantages of this over a Xbox, XBMC or a PS3 is its amazingly low power consumption during playback - 9w. Compare that to a xbox or ps3 which are in the 100's. Its also tiny and completely silent.

I own a xbox 360 and watched a movie on it once, but the noise of the fans and the fuss of converting the movie to a format the 360 could play put me right off. with the WDTV you pop a file on a usb drive and it plays it, no fuss, no messing about.

Obviously there are alot of ways of doing what the WDTV does, but personally I can't fault it for my needs.
#22
Q-Tec
As others have said, why not just use a 360 or PS3 and the excellent TVersity to stream media to your TV from your PC? It's a doddle to setup and allows you to access media stored on your PC or network. If you're going to spend £76 on a device that does the same thing it seems to make more sense to spend a tad more and get a 360 that gives you so much more.


The 360 + PS3 don't support MKVs which the format used by a large number of downloadable HD content. Not sure what the PS3 can do exactly but the xbox at least can only do HD WMV which it does do very well. HD WMV is quite rare which is quite a shame because its actually a very good format.

Personally I want to be able to play EVERYTHING from ANY storage device in my house plus BBCi player and sky player. The only thing that can do that right now is a media centre PC. Ahh money.
#23
Lyrrad
Get http://tversity.com/support/devices/ working with wireless connection

Never heard of this before - I take it you install the programme on your PC, and then access it via a wireless connection on the Xbox 360? Is that about right?
#24
I've had mine a few weeks and I love it. (I used to watch films on my PJ using my HTPC)
My PC had all kinds of stuff that needed to be tinkered with to get subtitles working / frame rate judder etc.

This little box just works!
#25
Expired... Price gone up.
#26
Update I’ve bitten the bullet and ordered one of these from Amazon ( I had a discount voucher to use) I’m dumping Sky in a couple of weeks, so with this I can still watch my favourite programs……………………………All 2 of them:w00t: Overkill maybe:-D

Many, many thanks OP:thumbsup:
1 Like #27
Geemac
Update I’ve bitten the bullet and ordered one of these from Amazon ( I had a discount voucher to use) I’m dumping Sky in a couple of weeks, so with this I can still watch my favourite programs……………………………All 2 of them:w00t: Overkill maybe:-D

Many, many thanks OP:thumbsup:


Remember and do the firmware update to it when you get it : :thumbsup:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/
#28
Mecoconuts
Remember and do the firmware update to it when you get it : :thumbsup:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/


Will do thanks:thumbsup:
#29
ctafield
Well for starters, you can stream across the network with a Popcorn Hour. Or from Youtube (+loads of others)... and the Popcorn supports more formats.


With all the custom firmware that is being written by the WDTV enthusiasts you can attach an optical drive, a usb to network adapter or even a number of wireless usb dongles, so that streaming is also possible on the WDTV at less than half the cost of the PH.

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

The nicest thing for me is that the WDTV can work with HFS partitions as well as FAT32 or NTFS.
#30
I have an XBOX360 upstairs which streams from my PC downstairs. Use HomePlugs (much better than WIFI). XBOX plays pretty much everything I throw at it with perfect quality...
#31
jklondon;5584000
I have an XBOX360 upstairs which streams from my PC downstairs. Use HomePlugs (much better than WIFI). XBOX plays pretty much everything I throw at it with perfect quality...

True... but to loud!!... these things are silent.
#32
You can use this to connect your WDTV to shared drives.

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB442Z/A?mco=NDY4ODA5Ng
#33
RLP06
You can use this to connect your WDTV to shared drives.

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB442Z/A?mco=NDY4ODA5Ng


no you can't
#34
jamesdew
no you can't


Yes you can, I have it in my set up, you can make it work, trust me


http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php?id=supported_usb_devices&DokuWiki=4b57e9d76f7353eba69bd895e09ed2dd
#35
PSP & Xbox, fantastic if you play games:thumbsup: I don’t and I’ve tried so no point in my spending that amount of money
#36
RLP06
You can use this to connect your WDTV to shared drives.

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB442Z/A?mco=NDY4ODA5Ng


Plenty of cheaper alternatives out there!
#37
RLP06
Yes you can, I have it in my set up, you can make it work, trust me


http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php?id=supported_usb_devices&DokuWiki=4b57e9d76f7353eba69bd895e09ed2dd


how could that possibly work? Even if the WDTV could identify the USB ethernet port and had drivers for it, it's operating system would still need to be able to connect to the network. Then it would need to be able to browse your network shares and stream files. Or if you have some kind of DNLA software sharing service it would need some kind of application to interface with that and stream.

That link didn't explain anything and if there really is a way of doing this then I would happily bow down to your awesomeness. Please enlighten me.
#38
jamesdew
how could that possibly work? Even if the WDTV could identify the USB ethernet port and had drivers for it it's operating system would still need to be able to connect to the network. Then it would need to be able to browser your network shares and stream files. Or if you have some kind of DNLA software sharing service it would need some kind of application to interface with that and stream.

That link didn't explain anything and if there really is a way of doing this then I would happily bow down to your awesomeness. Please enlighten me.


Download the web interface and put it on a USB drive -- http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php?id=wdtv_web_interface

Connect the network adapter and then login to the WDTV's IP address from your PC's web browser and setup the shared media folders
#39
Theres lots of information on that WDTV wiki, great for people who want to make the most out of their WDTV
#40
jamesdew
how could that possibly work? Even if the WDTV could identify the USB ethernet port and had drivers for it, it's operating system would still need to be able to connect to the network. Then it would need to be able to browse your network shares and stream files. Or if you have some kind of DNLA software sharing service it would need some kind of application to interface with that and stream.

That link didn't explain anything and if there really is a way of doing this then I would happily bow down to your awesomeness. Please enlighten me.


After scanning the regular part of that site it appears that this only works if you get into the linux shell of the device and enable samba then mount some shares as drives inside the operating system. This is not nearly as simply as just buying the device and plugging it in as you implied.

However this seems quite interesting.

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