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Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player £75.87@ Amazon £78.87

£78.87 @ Amazon
Cheapest I've seen so far! Product Features * Simply plug your My Passport hard drive into the WD HDTV Media Player enclosure from Western Digital to start enjoying all your multimediaconte… Read More
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7y, 10m agoFound 7 years, 10 months ago
Cheapest I've seen so far!

Product Features

* Simply plug your My Passport hard drive into the WD HDTV Media Player enclosure from Western Digital to start enjoying all your multimediacontent in high definition
* The WD HD TV Media Player can also be hooked up toyour TV through its HDMI socket, meaning you can enjoy viewing and listening to files on a big screen
* The WDHD TV Media Player plays different kinds of music format, including MP3,WMA, AAC, MPEG4 or Xvid, and it's even compatible with subtitles
* Practical andeasy to use, the WD TV HD Media Player is a cost-effective alternativesolution to multimedia hard drives
* This device is supplied without a hard drive

* Turn your USB drive into an HD media player
* Full HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p
* Access two USB drives simultaneously
* Designed for My Passport, works with many other USB storage devices
* Includes free media conversion softwar
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#1
I bought this from amazon on saturday for £78.90 (typical)
#2
You can always reclaim the price change within a certain time period I think.:thumbsup:
#3
nope amazon no longer offer that
#4
chansk
You can always reclaim the price change within a certain time period I think.:thumbsup:


Yessssssssssss :)

custardy
nope amazon no longer offer that


Nooooooooooooo :x
#5
adsldave
I bought this from amazon on saturday for £78.90 (typical)

I'll give you the £1.30 LOL
They should bring back the price difference policy again as this has happened to me 3 times so far, once it was £30!!
#6
#7
Hibron
I'll give you the £1.30 LOL
They should bring back the price difference policy again as this has happened to me 3 times so far, once it was £30!!


My paypal address is: only joking :-D
#8
adsldave
I bought this from amazon on saturday for £78.90 (typical)


Me too. I am devastated. Worth it though, as these things are really good.
#9
* This device is supplied without a hard drive


£78 quid for this ? pfffffffffffffffffffft
#10
For those who have this please help...
I have a Popcorn Hour A-110 for the living room but I want something cheaper for the kid's room. Is this a good item to buy and nearly as good as the Popcorn but a cheaper version? I mainly want to put movies on a 16GB USB drive to give them. Thanks.
#11
it'll play most movie files, its easy to use. Its actually really good for £77.
#12
Hibron
For those who have this please help...
I have a Popcorn Hour A-110 for the living room but I want something cheaper for the kid's room. Is this a good item to buy and nearly as good as the Popcorn but a cheaper version? I mainly want to put movies on a 16GB USB drive to give them. Thanks.

Excellent piece of kit with upgrades to firmware on WD website. The only thing it does not play is DTS sound but it's easy to convert anyway. Besides which most posted movies don't have DTS sound.

It has two USB ports so if you connect two drives, sees them as a library in effect. Not found any movies that won't play in the eight months I've had it and we watch plenty.
#13
Thank you for the replies :)
#14
Hibron
For those who have this please help...
I have a Popcorn Hour A-110 for the living room but I want something cheaper for the kid's room. Is this a good item to buy and nearly as good as the Popcorn but a cheaper version? I mainly want to put movies on a 16GB USB drive to give them. Thanks.


Apologies if i incorrectly understand you, but why not just buy a dvd player with a USB slot. I believe Aldi or Lidl are selling one again/soon for £30ish. I have a similar dvd player and put the DIVX movies on the USB key then watch through the dvd player. Keeps the boy happy.

I soooooo wish i had a Popcorn Hour

Its here and for £20.
#15
Hibron
For those who have this please help...
I have a Popcorn Hour A-110 for the living room but I want something cheaper for the kid's room. Is this a good item to buy and nearly as good as the Popcorn but a cheaper version? I mainly want to put movies on a 16GB USB drive to give them. Thanks.


Same setup as me and the WDtv is great but the only issue is it doesn't down mix dts 5.1 to stereo which means most of your HD/blue-ray rips will have no sound so you have to run them through a program to get sound.

These things can be hacked to give you network access through a usb Ethernet adaptor and support for external dvd drives.
#16
Any links to the hacks?
#17
Let me get this right, you have to link this up with an external USB HDD and it's not like the PS3 media player which is networked and assigned an IP address?

I think i'd be more inclined to go for a ZyXEL DMA-1000 which is going for £77.04 (on Today Only) at Scan?
#18
manateemike
Apologies if i incorrectly understand you, but why not just buy a dvd player with a USB slot. I believe Aldi or Lidl are selling one again/soon for £30ish. I have a similar dvd player and put the DIVX movies on the USB key then watch through the dvd player. Keeps the boy happy.

I soooooo wish i had a Popcorn Hour

Its here and for £20.


Because this plays High Def. Files, ie Blu Ray Rips/MKV Movies etc up to 1080p;-)
#19
RedOnRed
Let me get this right, you have to link this up with an external USB HDD and it's not like the PS3 media player which is networked and assigned an IP address?

I think i'd be more inclined to go for a ZyXEL DMA-1000 which is going for £77.04 (on Today Only) at Scan?


The WD plays EVERYTHING .......the one you posted doesn't..... :-D

NOTE : You will need an Amp with Optical In for external DTS ....but most true movie fans will have one anyway.
#20
Other points are:

Small physical size - though I do find the remote just a wee bit too small as well for my big hands :-D
I believe this unit has the same processing chip as the Popcorn Hour, so the picture quality is excellent - I have both [A100]
Some DVD players with USB support won't read from an external hard drive [just memory sticks] - a case in point is my Pioneer DV600

On the point about DTS files; of course if connected by optical to a suitable AV amp with DTS decoding then there isn't a problem.

Still prefer my PH though which has lots more control features available through the [normal sized] remote :)
#21
crofter
Because this plays High Def. Files, ie Blu Ray Rips/MKV Movies etc up to 1080p;-)


:thumbsup: Plays .MKV and most important ]have support for H264 files!!!
#22
Is this Mac compatible / work with Mac formatted drives?
#23
Voted cold.

I recently bought one of these, it's okay... it's got a very good looking interface when connected via an HDMI cable, but frankly, I'd recommend going for a Philips DVD player, with a USB 2.0 slot on the front instead (eg Philips DVP5992)

They're cheaper, it's one less box to have around your telly, and (from my experience) they also play almost every type of movie file you can throw at it.

Unless you really need every type of movie compatibility that the Western Digital box provides, I'd recommend you avoid it.

Oh, and the slideshow feature on the Western Digital is awful. My jpg's are about 2Mb each. They fade in, stay on screen for 1-2 seconds, then fade out, and you have 7-8 seconds of blank-screen while it decodes the next one to display. I've never seen such a poor slideshow feature before !
#24
digitalpeace
Is this Mac compatible / work with Mac formatted drives?


Yes. It supports Mac OS Extended. Make sure you do not format it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) though, as that isn't supported.
#25
UncleMike
Voted cold.

I recently bought one of these, it's okay... it's got a very good looking interface when connected via an HDMI cable, but frankly, I'd recommend going for a Philips DVD player, with a USB 2.0 slot on the front instead (eg Philips DVP5992)

They're cheaper, it's one less box to have around your telly, and (from my experience) they also play [SIZE="2"][SIZE="3"]almost[/SIZE][/SIZE] every type of movie file you can throw at it.

Unless you really need every type of movie compatibility that the Western Digital box provides, I'd recommend you avoid it.

Oh, and the slideshow feature on the Western Digital is awful. My jpg's are about 2Mb each. They fade in, stay on screen for 1-2 seconds, then fade out, and you have 7-8 seconds of blank-screen while it decodes the next one to display. I've never seen such a poor slideshow feature before !


But can a Philips USB DVD player play .ISO's, MKV's or .MOV's?
#26
Popcorn Hour sounds like a fictional TV programme that a character on the Sarah Silverman Show would watch :S (Like Cookie Party)... ahem
#27
Faythur;5375900
Some DVD players with USB support won't read from an external hard drive [just memory sticks] - a case in point is my Pioneer DV600

I think you'll find that power is the issue here. The DVD player USB slot will not power an external hard drive, but if you plug in an external hard drive with an independent power supply, it will work.

:pirate:CJ:pirate:
#28
Could anyone explain the difference between [B] this[/B] which has a 500gb hd included and the offered product?
DG
#29
UncleMike

Oh, and the slideshow feature on the Western Digital is awful. My jpg's are about 2Mb each. They fade in, stay on screen for 1-2 seconds, then fade out, and you have 7-8 seconds of blank-screen while it decodes the next one to display. I've never seen such a poor slideshow feature before !


My Popcorn Hour has the same 'feature'. It's pretty useless for showing photos, and pretty useless for playing music, but very good for playing video. Just a pity they are now so expensive.

As i only use the Popcorn Hour for streaming, maybe I could get one of these and a USB dongle, but it would be a hassle and not as neat. I'll just have to wait for the $/£ rate to improve and then get another Popcorn Hour...
#30
Sigh. Feels like Groundhog Day with this item and the many threads kicking about.

DTS files can be remuxed to AC3 with minimal effort and all will be fine on the WDTV. There are NO profiling issues. There is NO hard disk (obviously at this price).

Everything (literally and no joke) you need to know can be found here:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/streamers-network-media-players/857052-wd-tv-high-definition-multimedia-adapter-part-1-a.html

It's a long thread, but more or less EVERYTHING that gets asked here has been answered there a dozen times and in better detail.
#31
On the WDTV for bluray rips, just select the AC3 audio track and the sound works fine.
#32
Sorry to appear like a complete idiot but can someone please offer advice.

I want to back up my extensive VHS collection onto an external hard drive so that i can play them on my tele, preferably with a basic menu.

What do I need, software and hardware, and how do I do it?

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to reply.
#33
Am i right in thinking you HAVE to convert mkv's to AC3 sound in order to use this piece of kit ?
#34
Only those MKV's that have DTS-only audio. Some do, some don't. I've heard its quick and pain-free anyway.
#35
UncleMike
Voted cold.

I recently bought one of these, it's okay... it's got a very good looking interface when connected via an HDMI cable, but frankly, I'd recommend going for a Philips DVD player, with a USB 2.0 slot on the front instead (eg Philips DVP5992)

They're cheaper, it's one less box to have around your telly, and (from my experience) they also play almost every type of movie file you can throw at it.

Unless you really need every type of movie compatibility that the Western Digital box provides, I'd recommend you avoid it.



:roll: But that is exactly the reason for getting it.

You've voted it cold even though it is the best price and then compared it to an alternative that can't play anywhere near the same number of formats.
There have been DIVX DVD players around for years, this is NOT what this was meant to replace.

Everytime this deal gets posted someone compares it to some sort of DIVX player or the PopCorn Hour at twice the price or a PS3 at silly money.
#36
Does this play MKV files?
#37
Yes it does, along with lots of other formats. I believe it plays HD .ts files as well, and can play video inside .iso files. Pretty cool. Any experts on this device feel free to correct me!
#38
ramccann
Sorry to appear like a complete idiot but can someone please offer advice.

I want to back up my extensive VHS collection onto an external hard drive so that i can play them on my tele, preferably with a basic menu.

What do I need, software and hardware, and how do I do it?

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to reply.


That would be a very very boring task with VHS looking results at the end :-/

Best bet would probably be one of those VHS/DVD Multi Recorder things but look carefully at the output the DVD Recorder gives. Some will burn as DVD format and others multiple files.
Even once that is done you'll want to spend hours re-encoding those files.

Anything old enough to be on VHS is probably in the bargain bin of the DVD section. Is it really worth the hassle and cost?
#39
angstmann
Yes it does, along with lots of other formats. I believe it plays HD .ts files as well, and can play video inside .iso files. Pretty cool. Any experts on this device feel free to correct me!


It will play .ts (if you upgrade the firmware - available from the WD website (free!)).

Dunno about ISO.

I've got this. Is amazing.
#40
It plays ISO's fine. If you have any .IMG files, change the file extension to .ISO and will play it fine

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