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Western Digital TV HD 1080i Mini Media Player £46.51 delivered @ Amazon

£46.51 @ Amazon
I dont think you will find cheaper delivered, nearly £20 cheaper than play.com An easy, affordable way to supersize your digital media on your big screen TV. Simply connect the player to your TV, p… Read More
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7y, 3m agoFound 7 years, 3 months ago
I dont think you will find cheaper delivered, nearly £20 cheaper than play.com

An easy, affordable way to supersize your digital media on your big screen TV. Simply connect the player to your TV, plug a USB drive into the player and youre ready to enjoy all your digital media in DVD quality playback, including RealVideo.

Turn your USB drive into a media player - play DVD-quality content from your USB drive. Optimised for My Passport portable hard drives. Also works with most other USB drives, digital cameras, and camcorders.

Supports an extensive list of file formats - plays back a wide variety of DVD-quality file formats without the need to transcode, including RealVideo.

Simple, intuitive user interface - use the included remote control to navigate smoothly through your entertainment choices using the DVD-like navigation. Supports video chapters, trick modes, and subtitles.

Collect without limits - theres no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.

Automatic play - set the player to play a selected media file automatically when the unit is turned on. Perfect for living art on your HD TV or for digital signage.

Small and portable - small enough to take with you. Play video at home, at a friends house or while youre travelling.

There are a wide range of navigation options including thumbnail, list and video previews. Browse your content by file name or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art. Preview videos while you browse your content. With its media library you can view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in foldersm or search by filename.

The extensive photo viewing features include the ability to create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music, as well as zoom and pan.

The music playback features include fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle and repeat.

Connections need not be a problem as the WD TV mini supports three types of interface. Composite video connection (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets, component video connection. Component (Y Pb Pr) output delivers high definition resolution to your HDTV. Optical Audio allows you to output high fidelity audio or pass-through digital audio signal to your AV receiver for surround sound experience.
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Been that price [or thereabouts] for a while now http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/544333/western-digital-tv-hd-1080i-mini-me

I would emphasise that this is the MINI model and not worth it IMHO - go for the better 'proper' one which is now at version 2 released recently. Well worth it at the extra 20 quid for full 1080p HD http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-1080P-Media-Player/dp/B002VAVR4A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1263432133&sr=1-2

There is also the 'Live' version which is around £100.
#3
Faythur
Been that price [or thereabouts] for a while now http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/544333/western-digital-tv-hd-1080i-mini-me

I would emphasise that this is the MINI model and not worth it IMHO - go for the better 'proper' one which is now at version 2 released recently. Well worth it at the extra 20 quid for full 1080p HD http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-1080P-Media-Player/dp/B002VAVR4A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1263432133&sr=1-2

There is also the 'Live' version which is around £100.


Yeah..I'd agree.
#4
Faythur
Been that price [or thereabouts] for a while now http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/544333/western-digital-tv-hd-1080i-mini-me

I would emphasise that this is the MINI model and not worth it IMHO - go for the better 'proper' one which is now at version 2 released recently. Well worth it at the extra 20 quid for full 1080p HD http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-1080P-Media-Player/dp/B002VAVR4A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1263432133&sr=1-2

There is also the 'Live' version which is around £100.



I try not to take these comments personal thats the nature of this forum, but I have to comment on what you have said.

I would emphasise

On you 1st comment that post was over a month ago and its come down in price since then, I accept not by much but there is no harm in reposting to let people know.

In response to your 2nd comment we could always pay £20 or £40 more more for something but most people have a budget (by the way its closer to £25 then £20). This will give you 1080i and people I know would not want to pay extra for something that wouldnt necessarily be that noticeable or beneificial. There is very little difference that the average person would be concerned about.

I would go for the extremer over the live version.

For this price its a cracking box at a affordable price that is is simple to use and will play most things you throw at it.
#5
I have one and it is a good machione
#6
The second more expensive one, has HDMI which makes it well worth the extra 25quid.
#7
Good price but this one won't play .mkv files which is a huge downside for me. Might be useful for others to know this (probably those that know what a mkv file is anyhow;) )
#8
Which one of these will play .MKV ?
#9
stiffnuts
I try not to take these comments personal thats the nature of this forum, ..........For this price its a cracking box at a affordable price that is is simple to use and will play most things you throw at it.


I think if your display is 1080i and not 1080p this is a low cost option.
There are many more expensive items but none at this price point with this feature set.
Great entry level unit.
#10
forcedv
Which one of these will play .MKV ?


The WDTV and the new WDTV Live both do......

The difference between them is the Live one has networking fitted ! :thumbsup:
#11
forcedv
Which one of these will play .MKV ?


The 1080p models have MKV (WD TV and WD TV Live) but the mini does not according the the spec, shame.

http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=681

Remember there are 2 versions of the 1080p model WD TV try and get the V2 if you want DTS out that can be down-sampled to stereo. Useful for DTS content not being played through an AV amp.
#12
Without being overly obvious but where would one obtain .MKV files.

(MKV being 1080p Video files I take it)

Official and unofficially.

Please spread the knowledge all of you as there are quite a few people that use these files.
#13
I had a WD TV Live delivered this Monday from Scan with free delivery via AV Forums, hooked up to a WD MyBook 1TB drive. The first thing I did was upgrade the firmware. Fantastic piece of equipment. I used a program last night called ThumbGen to creat thumbnails for all my films, looks much better browsing nice thumbnails of your films compared to the standard layout. Youtube works very well as does streaming movies from another computer in my house. I set it to 1080p, 24hz, 12 bit as my tv can handle it, god the picture quality looks fantastic!
#14
EyeDoubleYou
Without being overly obvious but where would one obtain .MKV files.

(MKV being 1080p Video files I take it)

Official and unofficially.

Please spread the knowledge all of you as there are quite a few people that use these files.


Officially, nowhere, you'd need to rip your own Blu-ray discs to mkv.

Unofficially, you download them illegally via torrent sites or newsgroups.

I don't see what benefits this gives you over a DivX upscaling DVD player which can take a USB input, especially as this can't play mkv files...
#15
frownbreaker;7539180
I think if your display is 1080i and not 1080p this is a low cost option.


I agree, how many people 'obtain' 1080p material to watch anyway? Even 720p consumes a hefty amount of bandwidth. Storing 1080p is another issue to consider.
Price is good, will pass on to a friend.
#16
But that's a moot point as this doesn't play mkv files anyway, 720p or otherwise.

I'm not sure what 720p content you can "obtain" that's not an mkv file. I'd say given the choice, most people will get 1080p over 720p, if they have a TV that supports it. I don't think anything is "obtainable" as 1080i.
#17
frownbreaker
The 1080p models have MKV (WD TV and WD TV Live) but the mini does not according the the spec, shame.

http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=681

Remember there are 2 versions of the 1080p model WD TV try and get the V2 if you want DTS out that can be down-sampled to stereo. Useful for DTS content not being played through an AV amp.


How do you know the difference? Is it advertised for sale as V2?
#18
I was just wondering what this box actually does. I'm not up to date with this at all so forgive me if I sound thick.

Would it not be possible to play it straight through a laptop connected to A TV rather than buying a box and external hard drive?
#19
Yes if your laptop has a suitable GFX card than can output a signal straight to the TV.

This box plays media, movie files, photos, music etc...
#20
According to this list the WD Mini TV is the only one that supports RMVB:
http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=30
#21
Get the WDTV version 2, put homebrew firmware on it, get a USB to Ethernet and turn it into a WDTV live.
#22
Is it me, or does there seem to be a massive obsession with MKV files from some on this forum?
#23
Well, who wants to watch lower quality avi's these days......what's the point in buying an HDTV if you're going to play those.....may as well get the best you can get....which, in it's most simple form, is to get the mkv version.
#24
Faythur
Been that price [or thereabouts] for a while now http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/544333/western-digital-tv-hd-1080i-mini-me

I would emphasise that this is the MINI model and not worth it IMHO - go for the better 'proper' one which is now at version 2 released recently. Well worth it at the extra 20 quid for full 1080p HD http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digital-1080P-Media-Player/dp/B002VAVR4A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1263432133&sr=1-2

There is also the 'Live' version which is around £100.


Love the quote on Amazon for this in the reviews"The unit is really quite small (about the size of a large hedgehog! - 10 x 12.6 x 4 cm) and light (just 304g)." WTF? :-D
#25
simate
The first thing I did was upgrade the firmware. Fantastic piece of equipment. I used a program last night called ThumbGen to creat thumbnails for all my films, looks much better browsing nice thumbnails of your films compared to the standard layout.


Am I allowed to vote hot for a piece of advice ?
I didn't know something like ThumbGen existed, that looks fab.

Thank you !
#26
stiffnuts
Is it me, or does there seem to be a massive obsession with MKV files from some on this forum?


I doubt if anybody at all would buy a WDTV or WDTVLive if its not for playing mkv files. Its like saying why are ipod users obsessed with MP3 files.

This Mini version, on the other hand does not do that, so it seems a bit pointless to a lot of people. To make it worse, it probably wont play any common media files that is native 720p. It sounds like its simply an upscaler for divx files, for which there are pleny of other machines already capable of doing that, for less money.
#27
cegs007
I was just wondering what this box actually does. I'm not up to date with this at all so forgive me if I sound thick.

Would it not be possible to play it straight through a laptop connected to A TV rather than buying a box and external hard drive?


This box is for people who dont want the hassle of laptops,computers or networking.
It's not difficult to end up with a collection of movies stored on a USB device.
I use XBMC on the PC, but these little boxes make a nice change, especially if you already have a USB device laying around.
#28
MKV is the main container that high quality 720P HD TV rips are released on the internet, people don't know what they are missing if they've been putting up with trash UK produced programmes all these years. ;)
#29
stiffnuts
Is it me, or does there seem to be a massive obsession with MKV files from some on this forum?


I think the reason is you can get sub-£25 USB-enabled DVD players that will play non-HD files from a USB drive. Only reason I can think of to favour something like this is added portability, and if you want to use your player out-and-about, you'll likely be enthusiastic enough to want to play best-quality torrented movies which are MKV.
#30
cegs007;7539437
Would it not be possible to play it straight through a laptop connected to A TV rather than buying a box and external hard drive?


That's what I do with my laptop, but it does mean I have a 5m DVI cable trailing round the living room. On the upside it means I can use VLC to play almost all video formats.
#31
Doesnt play Real media :(
#32
axum
Well, who wants to watch lower quality avi's these days......what's the point in buying an HDTV if you're going to play those.....may as well get the best you can get....which, in it's most simple form, is to get the mkv version.


Rubbish, if you're ripping or producing your own movies they don't have to be low quality and they dont have to be MKV, and you dont need an HDTV if you're on a budget or have a small room.
#33
richieWolf
Doesnt play Real media :(


it does
#34
MBeeching
That's what I do with my laptop, but it does mean I have a 5m DVI cable trailing round the living room. On the upside it means I can use VLC to play almost all video formats.


Another VLC fan here, does it play .mkv files ok then? I've not bothered yet.

Those whole download .mkv files, you use use newsgroups? Iam on a limited Internet connection, which is a shame until I move out...then hopefull virgin 50MB :D. Do you all have unlimted Dow load packages?
#35
I just use my ps3 (currently got over a terrabyte in hard drives connected with over 1000 films backed up to watch at the touch of a bluetooth...
#36
richieWolf
Doesnt play Real media :(


Not seen a RM file for ages.... would it matter??
#37
1Jim0;7539965
Another VLC fan here, does it play .mkv files ok then? I've not bothered yet.

Those whole download .mkv files, you use use newsgroups? Iam on a limited Internet connection, which is a shame until I move out...then hopefull virgin 50MB :D. Do you all have unlimted Dow load packages?


I stream then transfer the video cache so I can save them for later.
Use Virgin on a 40gb package but definitely go well over as a 720p film is a couple of gb.

Assume VLC has no issue with MKV, there will definitely be a codec plugin if it's not supported as standard.
#38
UncleMike
Am I allowed to vote hot for a piece of advice ?
I didn't know something like ThumbGen existed, that looks fab.

Thank you !


No problem, rep is always welcome :-D
#39
1Jim0
Another VLC fan here, does it play .mkv files ok then? I've not bothered yet.

Those whole download .mkv files, you use use newsgroups? Iam on a limited Internet connection, which is a shame until I move out...then hopefull virgin 50MB :D. Do you all have unlimted Dow load packages?


VLC plays just about anything, GOM is good, but sometimes bugs out or wont let you skip forward, VLC just never fails :thumbsup:

As for files, I dont get them.... ahem :oops: but if I did I would go Warez forum and then fileserver such as Rapidshare (tightening up) or Hotfile.... of course I would never do that :whistling:
#40
MBeeching
That's what I do with my laptop, but it does mean I have a 5m DVI cable trailing round the living room. On the upside it means I can use VLC to play almost all video formats.


I do the same but use XBMC. I pulled off the skirting board and channeled the DVI cable behind it, the laptop has a home made docking station in the cupboard. Now a very Mrs friendly and clean looking living room.
But the down sides are that kids and Mrs usually get stuck using it and Windows will need rebooting so it's not instant, and the laptop is sometimes taken elsewhere.
As much as like my setup and using windows, these little boxes are aimed at simplifying things. Not to be everything to everyone.

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