Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player v2 £78.10 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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File Formats Supported
Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
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
Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle -SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
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#1
Not sure what v2 means but it doesn't look like the Live version where there's a LAN port. Also these were $99 at Best Buy not long ago over here.

I would go for the Asus O!Play instead of this old media player. Been using the O!Play for 4 months now without any issues streaming from NAS or Networked computers as well as USB drives.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-1080p-HDP-R1-Internet-Streamer/dp/B002OQPBVQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1266204274&sr=1-1
#2
The price of this goes up and down like a yoyo
#3
Excellent bit of kit, got mine from Amazon for £67 delivered a month back.
#4
Totoriko
Not sure what v2 means but it doesn't look like the Live version where there's a LAN port. Also these were $99 at Best Buy not long ago over here.

I would go for the Asus O!Play instead of this old media player.


Version [or generation] 2 has a newer chipset which is faster and now includes DTS decoding. And yes, the LIve version is exactly the same apart from adding networking.

I don't see how you can describe this as 'old' when it only came out a couple of month's ago!
#5
Faythur
Version [or generation] 2 has a newer chipset which is faster and now includes DTS decoding. And yes, the LIve version is exactly the same apart from adding networking.

I don't see how you can describe this as 'old' when it only came out a couple of month's ago!


The V1 did DTS encoding, or do you mean it NOW does DTS down mixing?

Spend the extra £15 and get the Live version. http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/610499/western-digital-live-1080p-internet
#6
Faythur;7844825
Version [or generation] 2 has a newer chipset which is faster and now includes DTS decoding. And yes, the LIve version is exactly the same apart from adding networking.

I don't see how you can describe this as 'old' when it only came out a couple of month's ago!


What are you talking about? WDTV has been out since Nov 2008. Since then, they've released WDTV Mini, WDTV Live. The new generation of media players like Patriot Box, O!Play, O!Play Air and Live have been out for months now.
#7
Totoriko
What are you talking about? WDTV has been out since Nov 2008. Since then, they've released WDTV Mini, WDTV Live. The new generation of media players like Patriot Box, O!Play, O!Play Air and Live have been out for months now.


The gen 1 wd tv has since been revised with a new chipset, it is still gen 1 but revision 2. Nothing to do with wd tv live or the mini.
#8
The V1 did not decode DTS, it bitstreamed it to a suitable amp but WD did not have the licence to enable any decoders. I think downmixing and decoding are basically the same thing.

The newer V2 is a few months old and has a better chip, more memory and new features (inc DTS decoding) over the old V1.

Both the Live and V2 have similiar if not better specs than any of the realtek players mentioned above.
#9
Broadsword;7846348
The V1 did not decode DTS, it bitstreamed it to a suitable amp but WD did not have the licence to enable any decoders. I think downmixing and decoding are basically the same thing.

The newer V2 is a few months old and has a better chip, more memory and new features (inc DTS decoding) over the old V1.

Both the Live and V2 have similiar if not better specs than any of the realtek players mentioned above.


Better technical specs maybe but not in terms of features.
The O!Play has LAN, RMVB support and allows wireless connectivity with a USB wifi dongle for around the same price.
#10
I bought one of these last month for a couple of quid less but it is a newer spec than the original WD TV media player (i.e. it's a v2 as people have mentioned above) and it plays everything flawlessly.

If you want wireless and all that stuff then pay the extra few quid for the model which streams as well but if you just want to shove a hard drive or memory stick in and not have to fart about leaving your PC on as well then get this one. Just watched a 1080p MKV file with DTS last night and it was perfect. The only minor gripe I've got compared to my old media player is that you don't get a virtual DVD with the menu etc. when you open an ISO image, it'll just play the movie and nothing else. However, they're updating the firmware quite regularly and there are a lot of unofficial mods and things out there too. Given that it literally plays any format that is out there then it is an excellent bit of kit.

I know other people will say "Don't get that one, get this..." etc. but I'm just giving my opinion. It does what it says on the box and that's what I wanted. No messing about.
#11
Totoriko
Better technical specs maybe but not in terms of features.
The O!Play has LAN, RMVB support and allows wireless connectivity with a USB wifi dongle for around the same price.


Seriously, who cares about RMVB nowadays!

The wd tv live can be wireless with quite a few different wireless dongles if required, and of course there is the LAN option too.

I did consider the O!Play, support is ok at the moment but like many other models such as the Xtreamer support is starting to fade away hence why I decided not to get the O!Play in case the same happened with that.
#12
simate;7848284
Seriously, who cares about RMVB nowadays!

The wd tv live can be wireless with quite a few different wireless dongles if required, and of course there is the LAN option too.

I did consider the O!Play, support is ok at the moment but like many other models such as the Xtreamer support is starting to fade away hence why I decided not to get the O!Play in case the same happened with that.


Does the WDTV have LAN? I thought only the WDTV Live had it.

The latest firmware on the O!Play includes some good features:

Internet service:
1. Over 20,000 internet radio stations
2. Over 100 internet TV channels
3. Flickr
4. Picasa
5. Weather
New functions:
1. Add BD iso navigation and subtitle identification
2. Add BD/DVD direct play by folder
3. Add hue and saturation tuning in video setup menu
4. Add Brazil language support
5. Add power saving function in system setup menu
6. Add WiFi manual configuration
7. Add My shortcut edit function

http://gizmodo.com/5415699/asus-oplay-review-best+priced-hd-video-player-is-the-new-champ
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/streaming-media-player,review-1479.html
#13
the GUI of the O!play is rubbish though. The thing about the WDTV is its simplistic and looks very good. It can also be modded to show movie sheets and folder previews of films

if the O!Play looked as good as the popcorn GUI or WDTV then id consider buying one but it doesnt have the WOW factor when you show a mate it in basic list mode

O!Play
http://cache-07.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2009/11/500x_img_4735.jpg

WDTV
http://appletrailerfs.elmarweber.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/appletrailerfs-031-thumb-browse-folder.jpg
http://i46.tinypic.com/2a6wen8.jpg

i mean you cant even compare the 2 of them can you?

the WDTV can have either a USB ethernet or USB wifi stick connected which allows LAN and shares over local network

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