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Western Digital HDTV 1080p Media Player and free BluRay film (delivered) £79.99 @ Play

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I've been after one of the Western Digital HDTV players for a while, finally got round to ordering one today from Play.com and thought I'd use the RAC 5% voucher to save £4 and get it for £76 but when…
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I've been after one of the Western Digital HDTV players for a while, finally got round to ordering one today from Play.com and thought I'd use the RAC 5% voucher to save £4 and get it for £76 but when I entered the code I was told the voucher isn't valid, damn T&Cs don't let you use it on electronics/computing...

Anyway, I found the voucher EMPIRE21 (posted by Rhys135) which gives you £10 off a selected BluRay movie when you spend over £50 at play so I went for Batman (£9.99). I'm not sure what other films are less than £10 but I'll post the list of movies so people can check them out themselves, even if you decide to get a more expensive film and end up paying a couple of quid this has still got to be the best deal currently going for the WD HDTV Media Player.

Quidco also available but only 0.5%
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#1
List of Blu-Ray films included in this offer

Please note, I haven't checked the prices of all of these films and they will not all be available free but will be £10 less than Play.com's usual price. There may be other titles available in the offer as well, I've just copy/pasted this list from Rhys135's http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/386356/spend-50-play-com-and-get-10-off-se

James Bond: Quantum Of Solace (Blu-ray)
Wall-E (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)
Planet Earth Box Set (4 Discs) (Blu-ray)
Batman: The Dark Knight (Blu-ray)
The Matrix Trilogy (3 Discs) (Blu-ray)
Iron Man (2008) (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)
The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)
2001: A Space Odyssey: Special Edition (Blu-ray)
Body Of Lies (Blu-ray)
I Am Legend: Special Edition (Blu-ray)
I, Robot (Blu-ray)Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (Blu-ray)
Mamma Mia! (Blu-ray)
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (Blu-ray)
The Fall (Blu-ray)
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (w/ Artcards Exclusive To Play.com!) (Blu-ray)
Blood Diamond (Blu-ray)
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)
300 (Blu-ray)
Batman (1989) (Blu-ray)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Blu-ray)
Batman Returns (Blu-ray)
Batman Forever (Blu-ray)
The X-Files 2: I Want To Believe - Directors Cut (With Bonus Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
#2
I really fancy this box - but I really want one that can record from sky box to HDD pref in MPEG 4 and for under £100.

Any suggestions ??
#3
Will order this on Friday, hope it stays at this price.
#4
My reply to a post a few days ago may be of use to anyone wanting a WD Media Box and can't get this one.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5151539&postcount=4

Hope it can help some one as with CDiscount you get £10 off then your Quidco and then you can pay over 3 monthly instalments.

£87.99 - £10 = £77.99 - Quidco of £3.40 = £74.59 plus pay over 3 monthly instalments.
#5
Beware the infamous Play returns policy:

"Our returns policy is valid for 28 days from receipt of an item."


You'd think they'd make an exception of faulty goods, but be warned - they won't. Even if your very expensive piece of kit fails 5 weeks after you've received it, you're on your own!

A UK retailer wouldn't be able to get away with this because of the Sale of Goods legislation which protects consumers. Jersey has one planned, but it still isn't in place, and there's no protection at all for purchases made now.

Buy from Play only if you're prepared to use the manufacturer's warranty to deal with faults - Play won't help you at all after 28 days.
#6
a nice deal, but an odd bundle!
#7
Forgive me for my ignorance, but i presume if you have a PS3, then this would be surplus to requirements?
#8
Excellent piece of kit. Had one the week it was released. Haven't looked back since.

Only thing I'd say is to keep the firmware up to date: http://www.wdc.com/wdtvprerelease/

Recommended!
#9
Newbold
Beware the infamous Play returns policy:

"Our returns policy is valid for 28 days from receipt of an item."


You'd think they'd make an exception of faulty goods, but be warned - they won't. Even if your very expensive piece of kit fails 5 weeks after you've received it, you're on your own!

A UK retailer wouldn't be able to get away with this because of the Sale of Goods legislation which protects consumers. Jersey has one planned, but it still isn't in place, and there's no protection at all for purchases made now.

Buy from Play only if you're prepared to use the manufacturer's warranty to deal with faults - Play won't help you at all after 28 days.


Your credit card company may be able to help - some will, some won't.
1 Like #10
So.... this simply plays movie files from another source? You cant put a HD in it and you cant record anything :? You can buy PMP players that costs less and you can at least put a HD in them. Even a DVR with divx support seems more use than one of these (you can record for starters).

OP found it at a good price, but personally think the product still sounds too pricey for what it is. :)

If you really just want a media player, this wireless one sounds quite cool:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158336/show_product_overview

Also, Ebuyer has OP's one at same price
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161524


Sin
1 Like #11
vensoft2000
Forgive me for my ignorance, but i presume if you have a PS3, then this would be surplus to requirements?


correct (if you have a decentish PC).

install this: http://ps3mediaserver.blogspot.com/ on your PC. it does work through wifi but i cat5 them up as it works much better. i can play 720/1080p .mkv no problems at all:thumbsup:
#12
This will play 1080p/720p MKV files straight out the box with no converting!
#13
harryftm1;5186733
This will play 1080p/720p MKV files straight out the box with no converting!

once you get them onto the box, plugged into the box
#14
Sin_of_nature;5186595

Also, Ebuyer has OP's one at same price
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161524


Sin

With a free Blu-ray disc??
#15
Nope, but Ebuyer comes with longer than 28 days support. Nothing against deal, just think the actual device is overpriced no matter where it comes from.
#16
Sin_of_nature
Nope, but Ebuyer comes with longer than 28 days support. Nothing against deal, just think the actual device is overpriced no matter where it comes from.


You obviously don't understand what it does then ..... :roll:
#17
Sin_of_nature
So.... this simply plays movie files from another source? You cant put a HD in it and you cant record anything :? You can buy PMP players that costs less and you can at least put a HD in them. Even a DVR with divx support seems more use than one of these (you can record for starters).
Sin


It plays every format under the sun. It has HDMI output. It's simple to use. These are some of the reasons the WD player is so popular. No it can't record TV but that isn't why people buy it......
#18
What because I think its over priced compared with other devices such as PMP players/other media players, I dont understand what it does. :-D Its has no storage capabilty, no record, no wireless, no network, no dvd capability. I know exactly what it does, still over priced. :-D Not going to argue over it, its a personal opinion. Each to their own.

Mecoconuts
You obviously don't understand what it does then ..... :roll:
#19
Sin_of_nature
What because I think its over priced compared with other devices such as PMP players/other media players, I dont understand what it does. :-D Its has no storage capabilty, no record, no wireless, no network, no dvd capability. I know exactly what it does, still over priced. :-D Not going to argue over it, its a personal opinion. Each to their own.


Compared to the PCH it's a VERY good price .....even though it doesn't do everything the PCH does ....its not far off and FAR cheaper !!! :thumbsup:

Also most media players & PMP's DON'T play everything .....THIS DOES !!
#20
harryftm1
This will play 1080p/720p MKV files straight out the box with no converting!


Will it output 24fps video at 1080p 24p?

The Playstation 3 doesn't output my 720p TV rips at 1080p 24p - only 60p. Pain.
#21
Klopek
Will it output 24fps video at 1080p 24p?

The Playstation 3 doesn't output my 720p TV rips at 1080p 24p - only 60p. Pain.


Yes, 1080p @ 24hz was added in firmware 1.01.01 (we're now on 1.02.07)

Official firmware page here
#22
I bought one of these a few months ago, and have a 1TB hard disc with HD content hooked up to it. Having owned and used one of these devices for a short while, my experience has been pretty much mixed to be honest.

With the original firmware it would play most of my Windows Media Videos, no problem at all but threw up errors with Matroska packaged files claiming unsupported audio channel on around 30 to 40% of the files I have.

Following various firmware upgrades [and there have been a few over the past few months], i've gained in areas and lost in others. With the latest firmware on this machine, I can honestly say the number of files I used to be able to play has dropped? don't know why since the player doesnt provide a detailed reason, just reports unsupported format, or unsupported audio with no error code or guidance on why the file is now unsupported.

In general, the unit is nice and small, about the size of a couple of calculators stuck together, and the software seems stable enough. The picture quality via HDMI is very good on everything it allows me to play, and the output via optical to my amplifier produces a good quality soundtrack to everything we watch so I am content with it but to be honest having lived with it now for a short while I wish I'd not bothered with it and kept the cash instead.

My old media centre pc hooked up to the TV played everything and the picture via DVI was as good as the HDMI i get from this player. The 6.1 from the PC soundcard via optical to the amp was fantastic, and the Windows Media Player Homecinema did a fine job with all filetypes, resolutions, formats and audio / subtitle tracks. OK this new WDTV is much nicer to look at and takes up less space, but I'd advise anyone with a media centre PC to just stick with what you've got for now.... at least until WDTV produces a good firmware capable of handling all video formats, and all sound streams.

Jav
#23
Sin_of_nature;5187466
What because I think its over priced compared with other devices such as PMP players/other media players, I dont understand what it does. :-D Its has no storage capabilty, no record, no wireless, no network, no dvd capability. I know exactly what it does, still over priced. :-D Not going to argue over it, its a personal opinion. Each to their own.


name me one PMP which can play vinyl!
#24
I do hope you are kidding. :-D You're showing your age remembering vinyl. You mention Vinyl these days and they think you're talking about flooring! Ah, vinyl records... those were the days :thumbsup:

lmaolmao
name me one PMP which can play vinyl!
#25
bobbybuilder
I really fancy this box - but I really want one that can record from sky box to HDD pref in MPEG 4 and for under £100.

Any suggestions ??


EMPREX ME-1 should do the trick. Can't play a some of these formats directly but conversion to HD DivX < 1hr per movie.
#26
Sin_of_nature
What because I think its over priced compared with other devices such as PMP players/other media players, I dont understand what it does. :-D Its has no storage capabilty, no record, no wireless, no network, no dvd capability. I know exactly what it does, still over priced. :-D Not going to argue over it, its a personal opinion. Each to their own.


i tend to agree, i can understand why people buy it (and indeed the PCH) but i'm holding on to my £15 xbox with XBMC until broadband speeds get far faster for HD content by then hopefully PS3s will be sub £100 and hopefully someone's hacked it to run XBMC
#27
im guessing you dont have to have it formatted in fat32 eitherwise 1/2 those mkv files wouldnt fit on it?
#28
Newbold
Beware the infamous Play returns policy:

"Our returns policy is valid for 28 days from receipt of an item."


You'd think they'd make an exception of faulty goods, but be warned - they won't. Even if your very expensive piece of kit fails 5 weeks after you've received it, you're on your own!

A UK retailer wouldn't be able to get away with this because of the Sale of Goods legislation which protects consumers. Jersey has one planned, but it still isn't in place, and there's no protection at all for purchases made now.

Buy from Play only if you're prepared to use the manufacturer's warranty to deal with faults - Play won't help you at all after 28 days.


Yes I agree , I never buy any hardware over £20 from them.

If a fault develops all they do is give you the manufacturers contact number.
#29
harryftm1
This will play 1080p/720p MKV files straight out the box with no converting!


It won't decode DTS by itself and requires the files to be converted to AC3 (unless a new firmware update has changed this). I use mine all the time and it's a fantastic bit of kit. If you have a DTS decoding receiver, you can decode DTS with the optical output from the WDTV.

As for sale of goods act, the retailer rarely touches anything over thirty days wherever you go. If they do, you are lucky. Outside the 28 days (4 weeks), the consumer generally has to contact the manufacturer directly.
#30
p.s. as a side note, I've seen people mention the unsupported audio streams. WD didn't pay extra for the DTS decoding license, and I would stake good money on people having audio issues with MKV files that are DTS encoded. Use the popcorn media converter tool and it will remux the audio stream for you, painlessly and with ease.

Reasons to own one of these regardless of PS3 media centre: the PS3 requires the source of the file to be powered on all the time (i.e., computer, laptop or NAS, HDD etc), unless the file is on the PS3, whereby the FAT32 (I believe it is) will not support chunks bigger than 4GB. Bummer. If you have a lot of 1080p films, splitting 12GB into three files is a bit of a royal pain in the rear imo.
#31
Sin_of_nature
So.... this simply plays movie files from another source? You cant put a HD in it and you cant record anything :? You can buy PMP players that costs less and you can at least put a HD in them. Even a DVR with divx support seems more use than one of these (you can record for starters).

OP found it at a good price, but personally think the product still sounds too pricey for what it is. :)

If you really just want a media player, this wireless one sounds quite cool:
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158336/show_product_overview

Also, Ebuyer has OP's one at same price
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161524


Sin



According to that eBuyer page that DVD player doesn't support anywhere near the number of formats the WD does. Plus it is larger and consumes more power.

Yes it would have been SO much nicer if WD had included a bay for HDDs but regardless the only real choices for a decent Media Player are this or the PCH . A DVR with DIVX support is pretty useless for what most people will be using this for. DIVX is so <2005..

If the lack of LAN bothers you then you can add it for around £13 with a firmware update.

Every time this gets posted people start comparing it to very different products or to the PCH which costs twice the price.


@jawaid87

Last time this was posted I think someone mentioned stripping audio tracks from problem MKVs might resolve that audio issue.

Edit: Guy above me has just answered this.

WD have been pretty good with Firmware updates though so i'm sure it will be improved. One of the firmware devs is a member on AVS Forums and updates the community and takes feedback etc to help improve it.
#32
Newbold
Beware the infamous Play returns policy:

"Our returns policy is valid for 28 days from receipt of an item."


You'd think they'd make an exception of faulty goods, but be warned - they won't. Even if your very expensive piece of kit fails 5 weeks after you've received it, you're on your own!

A UK retailer wouldn't be able to get away with this because of the Sale of Goods legislation which protects consumers. Jersey has one planned, but it still isn't in place, and there's no protection at all for purchases made now.

Buy from Play only if you're prepared to use the manufacturer's warranty to deal with faults - Play won't help you at all after 28 days.


I am not 100% certain on this as it was a long time ago that I had to look up and use the Sale of Goods act legislation, but I am sure that the sale of goods act does state under the distance selling rules and a section about selling goods within the UK's borders from another country, that a retailer based elsewhere in the world, but sells there goods in the UK must abide by the current UK legislation and not the legislation of the country that they are based in, regarding the sale of it's goods to UK consumers.or face the same penalties that a UK based retailer would have to face. Which could include in more extreme circumstances, being banned from operating or selling it's goods within the UK's borders.

I may be wrong on this? Just thought I would mention it as anyone who may be currently having problems with retailers based abroad, could possibly double check and look this info up. It may help them.
#33
Great item ...great price....

bought one a few months back and wouldnt be without it now

very highly recommended
#34
lmaolmao
a nice deal, but an odd bundle!


Its not a bundle, the £10 blu ray code is for any purchase over £50.
#35
I almost bought one of these a few weeks ago but was put off by the fact that I do not have a amplifier to play the sound from the MKV files. Am i correct in thinking that the sound will not play through my tvs speakers?

Would the popcorn media converter tool mentioned above resolve this?
#36
thesilverfox
p.s. as a side note, I've seen people mention the unsupported audio streams. WD didn't pay extra for the DTS decoding license, and I would stake good money on people having audio issues with MKV files that are DTS encoded. Use the popcorn media converter tool and it will remux the audio stream for you, painlessly and with ease.

Reasons to own one of these regardless of PS3 media centre: the PS3 requires the source of the file to be powered on all the time (i.e., computer, laptop or NAS, HDD etc), unless the file is on the PS3, whereby the FAT32 (I believe it is) will not support chunks bigger than 4GB. Bummer. If you have a lot of 1080p films, splitting 12GB into three files is a bit of a royal pain in the rear imo.


I currently use PS3 Media Server but my laptop struggles with some 1080p and almost all DTS encoded content so this device, if it does what you're all saying it can do, definitely sounds tempting.

What kind of compatibility does this have at the moment with 720p and 1080p AC3 X264 MKV files?
#37
Sin_of_nature
I do hope you are kidding. :-D You're showing your age remembering vinyl. You mention Vinyl these days and they think you're talking about flooring! Ah, vinyl records... those were the days :thumbsup:


http://www.cepro.com/article/vinyl_albums_sales_increase_89_in_2008/
#38
guv
Complete tosh. Your contract is with the retailler. If you were to go direct to the manufacturer, you would just have let them off the hook and dimish your SOGA rights - which last a damn sight longer than 28 days.

Buying electrical goods outside the UK comes with risks and its buyer beware of the gamble they are potentially taking.


Perhaps it relates to distance regulations? Because at DSG many years ago, we were instructed that we were only obliged to return faulty goods in the first 28 days of the 12 months warranty (i.e. Epson printers prone to failure - C42/U800 anyone?!). Outside 28 days, the manufacturer dealt with warranty claims (I believe it was because PCW may be considered an agent of the manufacturer etc). Even within 30 days, you may be too late in some cases.

Are people referring to goods that are faulty from the start, or stuff that breaks inside 28 days?

The company that sold to you has to help you within a 'reasonable' time from the date of purchase. This is totally down to the discretion of the firm, as it is not defined. However, it is down to the purchaser to prove the goods were faulty (often tricky).

However, if it is DOA and you can prove it, a different matter I suppose - all the more reason to sign for goods 'unchecked'. You have 6 years I think, to claim for damages if you can prove the goods were not fit for purpose.

To sum up, Play are not breaking the law, else they would have hundreds of small claims lodged against them. The law is exceptionally vague and open to interpretation at times, this law is easily worked around by retailers.
#39
I bought a TV from play. It developed a fault four months later.

Did play want to know??

Yes and they gave me a refund.
#40
Spark
I currently use PS3 Media Server but my laptop struggles with some 1080p and almost all DTS encoded content so this device, if it does what you're all saying it can do, definitely sounds tempting.

What kind of compatibility does this have at the moment with 720p and 1080p AC3 X264 MKV files?


I currently have aprox ~200 mkv files on my 1TB drive plugged in to this device. Each file plays perfectly. I have remuxed the few DTS files to AC3. Some files have different frame rates to others (of course), but playing back at 60Hz has yet to fail me (auto mode seems to be pretty reliable). Some people have found files to be odd (Back to the Future?), but playing at 24Hz rectifies this I believe.

This has not once stuttered on any files, and some files are 14GB+ in 1080p. The Sigma SMP863x is used in this device, as well as in Blu Ray players, and is tried and tested. Superb processing unit and I cannot recommend it enough.

PCH is a good alternative for those who simply MUST have DTS ... but being able to tell the difference between 1500kbps DTS and 640kbps AC3 through most home setups and moderately decent ones too, would be exceptionally tough. I've got a reasonably decent set of speakers/amp etc, and I cannot personally notice any loss in sound quality. People who can probably have ridiculously expensive sound gear and magic ears! :w00t:

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