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Western Digital Live (WDTV) 1080p Internet Media Player/Streamer £89.10 @ Amazon free del

£89.10 @ Amazon
Not seen it sub £90 without vouchers before. If you didnt snap it up from the Dell deal a while back, nows the time. Remember not to confuse this with the Mini, or the V2 models that dont have the i…
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6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
Not seen it sub £90 without vouchers before.
If you didnt snap it up from the Dell deal a while back, nows the time.
Remember not to confuse this with the Mini, or the V2 models that dont have the internet capabilities this little beasty does.

You all know pretty much what this does, but :

Advanced Navigation Options
Thumbnail and list views - Browse your content by filename or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art.
Media library - This unique feature lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can view your content by categories such as genre, album, artist and date.
Search - Search by genre, title, artist, filename or partial filename.
Photo Viewing
Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
Zoom and pan
Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Movie Viewing
Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan
View subtitles
Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Music Playback
Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat
Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date.
File Copy: Copy files between USB drives
HDMI 1.3, composite video and component video output The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA), and component 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 surroundsound experience.
Access media files on your home network WD TV Live supports a direct Ethernet connection or a USB attached wireless connection to your home network.
File Formats Supported
Video: AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9
Photo: JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Audio: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Playlist: PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle: SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
Interface: Ethernet, HDMI, Composite A/V, Component video, USB 2.0
System Requirements
My Passport portable hard drive or other USB storage device with supported video or audio content stored on it.
Standard or high definition television with HDMI or composite video connections
Home Network and broadband connectivity for online services.

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#1
Good product. Good Price. Front page here we come.

:pirate:CJ:pirate:
#2
nice price, but i dont see anything my xbox360 cant do here streaming wise.

H+R added
#3
nickmax1
nice price, but i dont see anything my xbox360 cant do here streaming wise.

H+R added


mkv vob for starters, doesnt down mix to 5.1 cos the hdmi doesnt support higher,

i wish the xbox did these things then i wouldnt have to think about buying one...
#4
RiKx
mkv vob for starters, doesnt down mix to 5.1 cos the hdmi doesnt support higher,

i wish the xbox did these things then i wouldnt have to think about buying one...


and its quieter :whistling:
#5
a lot lot quieter, and you can connect NTSF drives and access files over 4 gig

Oh and very low power use
#6
cant you convert the mkv files for your 360 , i know you can for ps3
#7
and dont most blu ray players with usbs play all the files anyway
#8
brock101;8466289
cant you convert the mkv files for your 360 , i know you can for ps3


It's all about quality, hence the existence of HD :p
#9
is this better than the sumvision cyclone models? i'm not bothered whether you can put an internet drive or not, just streaming files from ethernet cat5

what plays the most file types or what plays them better or has more options for tweaking aspect ratio and lipsynch etc?
#10
Literally just took delivery of one of these from Dell. Worked out at £83.16 if you include 10% quidco. Original price was £101 (-10% using voucher code) = £90.90 incl free delivery. Quidco is paid at 10% of the net purchase price so tracked at £7.74. I did consider the Sumvision but decided that I would pay the extra £14 (when compared to Ebuyer price) for the additional support and firmware updates that the WD would get as opposed to the Sumvision.
I'm looking forward to setting this up tonight!
#11
I duno if 2 get one of these or rebuild a computeR that i got 2 the side, all it needs is CPU, psu and hdd, could get em all second hand 4 cheap, so this or pc :/ jus need a media player for my HD tv that plays mkv
#12
Get one of these mate, less hassle than rebuilding and probably still works out cheaper. It's a well supported product and you can get plenty of help with your setup on avforums if you need it. I know I'll probably be heading across there at some point! :whistling:
#13
Jhey
I duno if 2 get one of these or rebuild a computeR that i got 2 the side, all it needs is CPU, psu and hdd, could get em all second hand 4 cheap, so this or pc :/ jus need a media player for my HD tv that plays mkv


Whats that in english ?
#14
You can install custom firmwares and run movie sheets on these.

Also works very well with the cheap DNS 323 nas posted.
#15
googleboogle
Whats that in english ?


I was typing on my iPhone in a rush, I'm sure it was readable
#16
I've got the second version of this with out the streaming facility I've had about a year . There a fantastic product I was going to invest in this model. But could not justifie paying over hundred quid so I bought the medion from aldi for 60quid and that streams and wireless with update. And it's as good as this. Voting hot cos Wd is a good make. Plus with this type of product it gets rid of all the discs pileing up
#17
Can I connect this to my TV via HDMI but with the sound connected directly to my stereo? There don't appear to be many ports on the back...
banned#18
googleboogle
You can install custom firmwares and run movie sheets on these.

Also works very well with the cheap DNS 323 nas posted.

Exactly what I am going for, along with a couple of those 1.5tb samsung drives.
I understand that the wireless n adapter supplied to me by Virgin Media (For having 50mb cable) works with this wd tv live. I think it's a dlink dw140 or somesuch.

Now to find a reasonable blu ray player.
I REALLY wish there was a device out there that was a NAS, a streamer and had a blu ray player built in. Really.
banned#19
Can I be a tad pedantic and say that it's currently showing as £89.20?
Also, I appreciate the Dell price 'may' turn out to be a bit cheaper if the cashback works, but I really couldn't be arsed with the hassle, as Amazon have such a fantastic service.

Hot; ordered.
#20
I wouldnt want to be streaming any HD content over wireless. I would get some Homeplugs also. Been fantastic for me, glad to have seen the back of wireless.
#21
Ive had mine since september 2009....@100quid, worth every penny!

It upscales your vids to 1080p!
fantastic device.
hassle free.
plays all files thrown to it.
connected to my 1gb buffalo naz live drive with built in bitorrent.
filled it with thousands of cartoons for my kid and movies for me and wife and friends.
Youtube is wicked!

Go get it, u wont regret it.;-):thumbsup:
#22
Good price - I've instructed the GF to get me one for my birthday to replace the WDTV I have at present, which I might add, has been flawless. I just got bored of remuxing the DTS audio on MKV files and with 4TB to remux, that's a lot of time consumed.

Does anyone know if you can plug this unit directly into a PC via the Ethernet to access hard drive storage? I've not yet looked, but if a NAS device works fine, I'm hopeful a PC would too, as a NAS enclosure that only holds 2-3 SATA drives is too small for me, while a small/medium PC case that can hold 6 SATA drives would be far more practical.
#23
nickmax1
nice price, but i dont see anything my xbox360 cant do here streaming wise.

H+R added


the xbox is pants at streaming anything not wmv or an avi with the exact correct codecs. really unhappy at the way xbox handles this sort of stuff. You need either one of these (or sumvision versions) or a playstation 3. :(
#24
misterpaul
Can I connect this to my TV via HDMI but with the sound connected directly to my stereo? There don't appear to be many ports on the back...


You can if your stereo has optical in.

I've got one of these that I bought a couple of months ago. It really is good and easy to use. The missus is a technophobe but she can use this fine. I've connected a 250GB hard drive to one of the USB ports for films that get watched reasonably often. The 2nd USB port is then free for a USB stick to watch Lost and The Pacific in HD.

Mine outputs video via HDMI at up to 1080P and audio over the optical connector in 5.1 (assuming that the download has 5.1 audio).

Can't recommend one of these highly enough for the money.
#25
uni
is this better than the sumvision cyclone models? i'm not bothered whether you can put an internet drive or not, just streaming files from ethernet cat5

what plays the most file types or what plays them better or has more options for tweaking aspect ratio and lipsynch etc?


Did alot of research before I commited to the Sumvision Cyclone enclosure with an internal hdd,
Have never had any lip sync issues and it's played everything ive thrown at it,Will also play in a variety of aspects.

I couldnt recommend it enough it's fantastic piece of kit.
#26
just ordered 1 at the begining of the week for £95 off amazon now they go down, lol.

plays any video file u can throw at it, i got the wd hdtv and it great, this 1 has dts down mix which makes it even better, and also my 3 year old got this 1 in his bedroom and he loves it, so easy to use

also supports every file system too

ntfs
fat32
exfat
hfs (for macs)

also some 1 mentioned earlier about a 360 not supporting files over 4gb,
well if u format ya hdd to hfs they do (if you have a pc and dont use macs u can use macdrive for pc)
#27
Artheido
It's all about quality, hence the existence of HD :p


MKV can be converted to HD WMV with 5.1 using Encode360 or various other programs.
#28
Tempting but I still fancy getting the Acer Revo at £150 from ebuyer instead and putting XBMC on it.
#29
KTF
Tempting but I still fancy getting the Acer Revo at £150 from ebuyer instead and putting XBMC on it.

@ £129 the revo was a steal, works GREAT as a win7 pc, install xbmc and you will have ALL you need, 1080p output, hdmi AND a decent web browser. Guarenteed Acer REVO, all you need!!
#30
Yep, am just waiting for the price to drop to that level again...
#31
brock101
cant you convert the mkv files for your 360 , i know you can for ps3


Smok3y666
MKV can be converted to HD WMV with 5.1 using Encode360 or various other programs.


Very true; but for those of us with over 4TB of data, that's a lot of converting ...
#32
This looks good but disappointed it doesnt seem to support HD content on YouTube nor is compatible with tv streaming on iPlayer.
#33
brock101
cant you convert the mkv files for your 360 , i know you can for ps3


totally off topic but any tips on how to convert mkv files for ps3 please?

Hot deal btw, I use my ps3 as a media server but obviously at night time it's too loud
#34
gman1
totally off topic but any tips on how to convert mkv files for ps3 please?

Hot deal btw, I use my ps3 as a media server but obviously at night time it's too loud



Not sure i understand mate. MKV's will work off the bat onPS3 using PS3 Media Server.
~~program called "PS3 media server" - i didnt mean use the PS3 as a Media Server itself.
~~you do need the PC swtiched on to stream it though.
#35
jinjernuts
Not sure i understand mate. MKV's will work off the bat onPS3 using PS3 Media Server.
~~program called "PS3 media server" - i didnt mean use the PS3 as a Media Server itself.
~~you do need the PC swtiched on to stream it though.


Even better is to use a program called MKV2VOB which preconverts your MKV's to MPG, it doesn't transcode them, only changes the container so it only takes around 10 minutes per movie and 99.9% of all movie releases including 720p and 1080p will work on it this way. PS3 media server does this as well however it has to do this everytime you watch a movie instead of just once like MKV2VOB. Then as jinjernuts said use PS3 media server to stream them to your PS3.
#36
Im a bit out of touch on these media streamers now, i have a popcorn hour a100 but want an upgrade as im loathed with the lack of DTS playback and remuxing issues. Whats my best buy ? one of these ? a revo? i want to reduce power consumption so no home builds and i dont need to have a drive inside it at all like the popcorn can as im happy with externals or connection to the NAS, must have a way of connecting to my 5.1 preferably with out lipsync.

There was another media streamer i saw a while back cant remember the name think it had a nas drive which went with it also ??
edit found it it was the Xtreamer.
#37
Can you dump files on these remotely from a PC, if both users are plugged into broadband?
#38
Tensei
Even better is to use a program called MKV2VOB which preconverts your MKV's to MPG, it doesn't transcode them, only changes the container so it only takes around 10 minutes per movie and 99.9% of all movie releases including 720p and 1080p will work on it this way. PS3 media server does this as well however it has to do this everytime you watch a movie instead of just once like MKV2VOB. Then as jinjernuts said use PS3 media server to stream them to your PS3.


I'd say 99% of 720p's and around 60% of 1080p's...otherwise you're in for a loooong transcode.
#39
I am still trying to decide the best option for my home media set up now that I have moved - and this is getting to an interesting price as well now.

It used to be so simple in my flat as PC was connected to TV via second monitor out HDMI and windows media centre locked to my second screen.

Now I have my PC upstairs and a whole different set up - without spending a whole lot I want to be able to


Watch my media collection on my living room TV - and be able to update that database of films without too much hassle.
Also watch tv series/films in my Bedroom upstairs


My current set up is:

We are renting so cannot pull up floor boards, drill holes through walls to run Cat5

Router in hallway - no realistic way to move this to a more suitable location
PC up stairs in study - currently connected to router wirelessly - full G Signal (have G router - O2 but N wireless on the PC)
Movie/TV rips all store on second 1TB internal drive on PC (this was best solution at my old place)
Xbox in Lounge - wireless G to router - full signal

Currently use Tversity to stream to xbox - which is oK - it works but is not ideal and also uses a fair amount of power (PC has been running and transcoding and also xbox running too).


I have a divx dvdplayer in bedroom which has a 400GB external drive connected to it - this is rubbish and doesn't play half the SD stuff I have and also no chance at HD rips - has a lot of sound and codec issues too.


So my current issues are in my lounge the Xbox is a touch loud, a bit cumbersome and I do not particularly like the transcoded picture and sound - TBH I haven't tweaked / played with Tversity settings to see what my wifi can handle in terms of resolution.

Bedroom is a farce - I dumped 400gb of my "Favourite" items to the drive but its basically a static collection - half of which does not work.


Option 1
Was thinking of getting a REVO for the lounge and another 1tb external drive for it - copy over everything from the hardrive then update it wirelessly when adding future content - effectively becomes a backup drive as well

Pros:
Much needed backup of data but with a second use
REVO could also be sued for online TV content
REVO comes with built in wireless
Do not need to leave the main PC on to watch content

Cons:
REVO not quite there with processing power yet and struggles with some things
Does not help with the Bedroom solution - other than buying another REVO for the bedroom $$$$
REVO + External drive quite expensive


Option 2
Live with xbox in the lounge and get another one for the bedroom - that way if I get it all working in the lounge then the bedroom would have the same features

Pros:
Can pick up a cheap second xbox 360
It works
Can play games in the bedroom if the missus is in the lounge.

Cons:
Noise Everywhere
Need to leave PC on 24/7 effectively due to transcoding
Power usage
Streaming over wireless a touch dodgy


Option 3.
Get some kind of central storage NAS and suitable devices that can stream from it in the lounge and bedroom

Problem - Would either need home plugs x3/4 (hall way, lounge, bedroom, study) or a way to do this wirelessly - not seen many devices what can stream mkv, avi or everything you need from a NAS and wirelessly for a decent price - can anyone enlighten me?





I am looking for a magic answer to this problem - or at least a good compromise to get everything set up. I wouldn't mind having local storage in the lounge and bedroom as it would act as data backup but I would want to be able to update it centrally with out having to unplug and move drives around


For added info the lounge also has a 5.1 amp taking audio over optical and if poss I would like to be able to keep 5/1 sound in there - also this is not a deal breaker TBH.


Any bright ideas?
#40
found this xtreamer same price but has £6.96 shipping to add but comes with free wifi is it better ?

http://www.thextreamer.com/products/Xtreamer-Media-Player-and-Streamer-%252d-with-free-WiFi.html

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