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Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player - £70.57 Delivered @ Amazon

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PRICE DROPPED FURTHER!!! Lowest price I have seen this and instock ready for dispatch too!! Technical Details * Turn your USB drive into an HD media player * Full HD video playback a…
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PRICE DROPPED FURTHER!!!

Lowest price I have seen this and instock ready for dispatch too!!

Technical Details

* 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 software
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#1
Maybe a silly question, but I don't know the answer so here goes:
I mainly use my 360 to watch my media. Does this product upscale on the go or do you have to convert the files to be 1080p?

Just wondering if it has much of an advantage of using one of these over my 360?
1 Like #2
This does indeed upscale.

The main advantage of this device is the file format compatablilty. It plays pretty much any media file you throw at it yet it's small enough not to fit in to your av set up. :thumbsup:

Heat op.
#3
Can you just stream directly to the device remotely from say a PC, or does it have to have a directly connected external USB HDD?
#4
Monkey nuts 2
This does indeed upscale.

The main advantage of this device is the file format compatablilty. It plays pretty much any media file you throw at it yet it's small enough not to fit in to your av set up. :thumbsup:

Heat op.


Thanks for that, had no issues with file compatibility with the 360 so no need to spend any more than I already am!!
I know I'd end up buying a new hard disk too if I got this. I'm fighting the urges.

I don't need it!!
#5
RedOnRed
Can you just stream directly to the device remotely from say a PC, or does it have to have a directly connected external USB HDD?


You can stream if you use a USB Network adaptor and install custom firmware
#6
It's worth noting that this product has numerous custom firmwares about. There are surely at least a dozen threads on this product with a wealth of information on this product by now - I would hazard that most questions have been answered already, so worth a look.

Ignore the fanboy comments that will crop up ...

This won't play back the sound of the newest WMV files that a lot of Xbox 360 folk like to use. Video is fine, but no audio - you would need to remux the sound. Have a read of the full specs before jumping in head-first.
#7
It's been for this price for a while but good reminder. The feedback I've read was mainly positive. You could use a notebook computer (with HDMI out) connected directly to your tv to get the same result, but achieve better file compatibility (and upgradeability) for your movie files. Let's face it, there are so many different file formats around and new comming out, it would be easier to keep updated with a notbook.
#8
pet2000
It's been for this price for a while but good reminder. The feedback I've read was mainly positive. You could use a notebook computer (with HDMI out) connected directly to your tv to get the same result, but achieve better file compatibility (and upgradeability) for your movie files. Let's face it, there are so many different file formats around and new comming out, it would be easier to keep updated with a notbook.


Sorry but a Netbook would seriously struggle with 1080p MKV's.

If your planning on streaming then by the time you've added custom firware and shelled out for a compatible USB NIC you would probably be as well to just buy an Xtreamer
#9
He's talking about notebooks not netbooks which is perfectly reasonable. Even the integrated HD3200 chipset from ATi can handle blu ray /1080p etc..

Typical netbooks cannot handle this but nvidia ION based laptops with the 9400 chipset can handle it too, which is why ION based Nettops (HTPC's) are probably going to make items like the WD TV a bit redundant.
#10
thesilverfox
It's worth noting that this product has numerous custom firmwares about. There are surely at least a dozen threads on this product with a wealth of information on this product by now - I would hazard that most questions have been answered already, so worth a look.

Ignore the fanboy comments that will crop up ...

This won't play back the sound of the newest WMV files that a lot of Xbox 360 folk like to use. Video is fine, but no audio - you would need to remux the sound. Have a read of the full specs before jumping in head-first.


Sorry to ask, but any chance you could point me in the direction of some of the custom firmware?

I've had one of these for 8 months and haven't bothered to set it up yet!

Chris
1 Like #11
evapor8;6008494
Sorry to ask, but any chance you could point me in the direction of some of the custom firmware?

I've had one of these for 8 months and haven't bothered to set it up yet!

Chris

http://b-rad.cc/wdlxtv (if you want to flash the firmware)

I bought one of these for networking....
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Max-Value-USB-Ethernet-Adapter/dp/B000TV0640/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1241696720&sr=8-1
- had a go last night but not got it sorted yet...
#12
this is an excellent price and i would suggest those that buy this do an software update using the following link http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/
heat added
#13
evapor8
Sorry to ask, but any chance you could point me in the direction of some of the custom firmware?

I've had one of these for 8 months and haven't bothered to set it up yet!

Chris


http://b-rad.cc/

I am thinking about this as well, is it possible to stream things like youtube videos, cnn, etc?
#14
Is there any huge benifit over buying one of those £24.99 HDMI 1080p upscale media players I've seen, there was a post on here the other day for one at eBuyer which looks good.

Just connect your USB HDD/Card/Stick and it plays it and even plays ISO files which I think is great news???
#15
Would anyone happen to know the easiest way to stream to one of these? I have mine setup with a Belkin gbit network adaptor but transfering files by FTP takes forever, I was wondering if there's an easy way to stream to it like on the PS3 or Xbox 360. I've read a few tutorials but they're all extremely complicated full of terms I don't really understand!
#16
d_dixon50
Is there any huge benifit over buying one of those £24.99 HDMI 1080p upscale media players I've seen, there was a post on here the other day for one at eBuyer which looks good.

Just connect your USB HDD/Card/Stick and it plays it and even plays ISO files which I think is great news???


You can't stream with those whereas u can with the WD.
banned#17
emmacowley
You can't stream with those whereas u can with the WD.


is streaming really worth £50 though? personally i'm going to go for a ASrock nettop
#18
d_dixon50
Is there any huge benifit over buying one of those £24.99 HDMI 1080p upscale media players I've seen, there was a post on here the other day for one at eBuyer which looks good.

Just connect your USB HDD/Card/Stick and it plays it and even plays ISO files which I think is great news???


emmacowley
You can't stream with those whereas u can with the WD.


And the DVD players with USB will only play upscaled Standard Def videos. These will play native Res HD videos.
#19
bykergrove
is streaming really worth £50 though? personally i'm going to go for a ASrock nettop


It's a good little device the nettop, but over three times the price of the WDTV. A lot of money if you are going to be doing the same tasks as with the WDTV imo.
#20
I guess EBUYER sells it cheaper at £71.03 inc vat with free delivery
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161524
#21
Point about Notebooks - I have an HP that's less than 2 years, has a built-in Nvidia 8400 and 2GB of RAM and it struggles to play 720P, let alone 1080P (although it technically couldn't due to the screen resolution of 1280 x 960).

This WD device is a quality product - it effectively acts like an off the shelf blu-ray or HDD player that you'd put a disc into. It plays files instantly without any trace of latency using a USB 2 HDD. Recently I 'acquired' Tropical Thunder - it was a 24GB 1080P and wouldn't even play on my behemoth PC with a Raddy 4890 1GB. I put the file on my portable HDD, connected it to the WD TV and bingo, within a second of pressing 'play' there it was. I cannot recommend this WD TV highly enough. HOT.
#22
To answer peoples questions and points put accross:

At the moment you cannot stream Youtube etc but it is in development i think

You can stream directly from a PC without a hard drive attached, but you need to have a usb stick attached (as there are application packages that run off of it to enable the network sharing)

Nettops/books/notebooks are overkill if you just want a media player. these support pretty much all the current formats and is based on linux so support can and will be added if they arrise (which i don't see happening anywhere in the near future.


nickw90
Would anyone happen to know the easiest way to stream to one of these? I have mine setup with a Belkin gbit network adaptor but transfering files by FTP takes forever, I was wondering if there's an easy way to stream to it like on the PS3 or Xbox 360. I've read a few tutorials but they're all extremely complicated full of terms I don't really understand!


Streaming is really easy. Asuuming you want to stream from your PC yes?
You need to Install the SAMBA.app.bin.

Share a file on your PC (which is where the WD player is going to look for the files)
Then you edit the Net.mounts file with (and make sure you remove all the brackets):

xmount //(IP OF YOUR PC)/(NAME OF THE SHARED FOLDER) (NAME YOU WANT TO APPEAR ON THE WDTV) cifs
user=(Your Windows User Login),password=(Your Password)
so make sure the PC you are streaming from on the network has a static IP.

Takes about 5 mins to do :)
then when you reset the player when you go to folder view you will see USB1 and your Shared file.
#23
czrsiNk
Point about Notebooks - I have an HP that's less than 2 years, has a built-in Nvidia 8400 and 2GB of RAM and it struggles to play 720P, let alone 1080P (although it technically couldn't due to the screen resolution of 1280 x 960).


What software are you using? I have a Dell Studio 17 with C2D 2.0GHz and Radeon 3650 256MB card. FFDshow plays back 1080p files flawlessley over HDMI to my TV at the full resolution. Most PC's struggle from my experience, due to the codecs being installed.

Give FFDshow a shot.
#24
Was tempted to buy one of these many times but with the new Xtreamer out that does everything this does and more for only a few quid more it just doesn't seem worth it now.
#25
thesilverfox
It's a good little device the nettop, but over three times the price of the WDTV. A lot of money if you are going to be doing the same tasks as with the WDTV imo.


It is a very nice device. i have one as a home PC. would make a great HTPC. however it does as you have correctly stated cost 3 times the price+.
#26
Jetpac
Streaming is really easy. Asuuming you want to stream from your PC yes?
You need to Install the SAMBA.app.bin.

Share a file on your PC (which is where the WD player is going to look for the files)
Then you edit the Net.mounts file with (and make sure you remove all the brackets):

xmount //(IP OF YOUR PC)/(NAME OF THE SHARED FOLDER) (NAME YOU WANT TO APPEAR ON THE WDTV) cifs
user=(Your Windows User Login),password=(Your Password)
so make sure the PC you are streaming from on the network has a static IP.

Takes about 5 mins to do :)
then when you reset the player when you go to folder view you will see USB1 and your Shared file.


That's correct I do want to stream from my PC. Many thanks for that, I'm just off out now but when I get back later I'll have a crack at it, I have a movie I wanted to watch tonight so I can test it out on that! Thanks again.
#27
czrsiNk
Point about Notebooks - I have an HP that's less than 2 years, has a built-in Nvidia 8400 and 2GB of RAM and it struggles to play 720P, let alone 1080P (although it technically couldn't due to the screen resolution of 1280 x 960).



The 8400 was developed before HD playback was a serious selling point. It can play games but isn't optimized for HD playback. Most current graphics chipsets are.
#28
OFI
Was tempted to buy one of these many times but with the new Xtreamer out that does everything this does and more for only a few quid more it just doesn't seem worth it now.


The Xtreamer only supports a 500gb 2.5" (Laptop) internal had drive. and by the time you have added postage comes to about £105
Plus the GUI like ass but on the plus side it does support DTS.

plus i dont really trust a company whos knowledge base for product comparison is filled with so much disinformation and is completely wrong and misleading throughout.
#29
nickw90
That's correct I do want to stream from my PC. Many thanks for that, I'm just off out now but when I get back later I'll have a crack at it, I have a movie I wanted to watch tonight so I can test it out on that! Thanks again.


Oh and also if you put a smd.conf file onto your use stick as well then put this in there:

[global]
workgroup = WORKGROUP
server string = WDTV Media Server
printcap name = /etc/samba/lib/printcap
load printers = no
log file = /etc/samba/var/%m.log
max log size = 1
security = share
encrypt passwords = yes
smb passwd file = /etc/samba/lib/smbpasswd
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192 SO_KEEPALIVE
interfaces = lo eth0 wlan0
dns proxy = no
name resolve order = lmhosts bcast host
null passwords = yes
follow symlinks = yes
unix extensions = no
max connections = 25
display charset = UTF8
max smbd processes = 10
printable = no
dfree = /usr/bin/dfree
hide files = /lost+found/System Volume Information/$RECYCLE.BIN/RECYCLER/
kernel oplocks = no
oplocks = yes
level2 oplocks = yes
guest account = nobody

[share1]
path = /tmp/media/usb/USB1/.(Name of USB Device shown in FTP, should be like D27431CF7431B6D7)
writeable = yes
browsable = yes
public = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no
hide dot files = no
force create mode = 0644
force directory mode = 0755
force user = root
force group = root

include = /tmp/smb.dynamic


that will share the WDTV and connected hard drive back with the network so you can stream from the hard drive connected to the WDTV back to the PC or anything else on the network if you so wish :P
#30
Jetpac
Oh and also if you put a smd.conf file onto your use stick as well then put this in there:



that will share the WDTV and connected hard drive back with the network so you can stream from the hard drive connected to the WDTV back to the PC or anything else on the network if you so wish :P


now show us how to set up Apache with some kind of cool remote web based media viewer ;)
#31
jamesdew
now show us how to set up Apache with some kind of cool remote web based media viewer ;)


lol there are limits to my capabilities and the devices :P
#32
Jetpac
lol there are limits to my capabilities and the devices :P


I actually think I might be able to do that, if I ever get round to buying one I might have a go.
#33
thesilverfox
What software are you using? I have a Dell Studio 17 with C2D 2.0GHz and Radeon 3650 256MB card. FFDshow plays back 1080p files flawlessley over HDMI to my TV at the full resolution. Most PC's struggle from my experience, due to the codecs being installed.

Give FFDshow a shot.


Yours will play it fine as it has hardware accelerated video playback on mobile chips from the ATi 3200 upwards. Other chips Include the Intel GMA 4500MHD and the aforementioned ION.

As the the 2 most supplied chips with about 90% of the market are Intel's GMA 950 and GMA X3100 dont support any hardware accelerated video playback for most people using their laptop is not an option.
#34
staffsMike
The 8400 was developed before HD playback was a serious selling point. It can play games but isn't optimized for HD playback. Most current graphics chipsets are.


I think the 8400 has DVXA support, so the graphics card will take all the work of the h.264 decoding if you have it set up correctly (I can get mine to work only with MPC-HD). Then it will only use about 20% of the processor.
I have an acer aspire 150, without the DVXA and I can play 1080p very comfortably through my vga. But only if I use the Coreavc codec.
#35
GAVINLEWISHUKD
Yours will play it fine as it has hardware accelerated video playback on mobile chips from the ATi 3200 upwards. Other chips Include the Intel GMA 4500MHD and the aforementioned ION.

As the the 2 most supplied chips with about 90% of the market are Intel's GMA 950 and GMA X3100 dont support any hardware accelerated video playback for most people using their laptop is not an option.


Mine is seemingly not using hardware acceleration, as CPU usage is something like 80%+ when playing back mkv files. From experience, hardware accelerated playback results in circa 20% use or less (depending on situation of course). So if mine is using it, it's not doing a decent job of it!
#36
Jetpac
The Xtreamer only supports a 500gb 2.5" (Laptop) internal had drive. and by the time you have added postage comes to about £105
Plus the GUI like ass but on the plus side it does support DTS.

plus i dont really trust a company whos knowledge base for product comparison is filled with so much disinformation and is completely wrong and misleading throughout.


That's about 500GB more than the WDTV can hold then ;-)
Like I said only a few quid more but it has proper streaming and wireless without hacks too and is still a LOT cheaper than the Popcorn Hour.

Yes the GUI is a bit naff but it's fully Open Source, as soon as someone bothers it should have new GUI changes :-)

I couldn't care less what it says on the comparison pages, they are hardly going to say another product is better. Look at real word comparisons, independent reviews and user reviews (such as on AVForums)
As I understand it the only gripe people have with it at the moment is the noisy fan.
#37
OFI
That's about 500GB more than the WDTV can hold then ;-)


But the WDTV isn't designed to hold anything, else they would have included streaming too ... which would put it into a higher price bracket. I'm not sure why people are so concerned about the built-in disk, because not everyone who would use this type of product would likely stream across their network, hence the external drives used instead. Else, you'd be unplugging the whole device to put new data on it (unless you did happen to stream).

At least that's how I see it, and I presume WD have taken that as feedback for the next model, which is due out at some point soon(ish?). The new model reportedly includes DTS support and may include wireless too.
#38
thesilverfox
But the WDTV isn't designed to hold anything, else they would have included streaming too ... which would put it into a higher price bracket. I'm not sure why people are so concerned about the built-in disk, because not everyone who would use this type of product would likely stream across their network, hence the external drives used instead. Else, you'd be unplugging the whole device to put new data on it (unless you did happen to stream).

At least that's how I see it, and I presume WD have taken that as feedback for the next model, which is due out at some point soon(ish?). The new model reportedly includes DTS support and may include wireless too.


I understand, but the point is the Xtreamer costs around £10 more than the RRP of this and at that price point it looks the better deal.

When the WDTV came out I agree it was superb value for money compared to any competition. WDTV2 should be interesting :-D

Both better value for money than the Popcorn Hour imo ;-)
#39
OFI
I understand, but the point is the Xtreamer costs around £10 more than the RRP of this and at that price point it looks the better deal.

When the WDTV came out I agree it was superb value for money compared to any competition. WDTV2 should be interesting :-D

Both better value for money than the Popcorn Hour imo ;-)


It does look rather good for the cash, though it's advertised at a $99 rrp ... I'd have a go with one at that price for sure! It seems that the wireless adaptor uses a USB port and costs $20 (though free at the moment with a purchase). When is it due to touchdown in the UK?
#40
thesilverfox
It does look rather good for the cash, though it's advertised at a $99 rrp ... I'd have a go with one at that price for sure! It seems that the wireless adaptor uses a USB port and costs $20 (though free at the moment with a purchase). When is it due to touchdown in the UK?


it shps all over theworld.
shipping is another 20euro so total price is 119euro which is about £105

I dont know why they went with such a silly decision to only give it space for a 2.5" drive. Really foolish.

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