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Combined with a My Passport portable drive)or other USB storage device(sold separately), this player is the most convenient way to play HD movies or user-generated videos, listen to high-quality digital music and show high-resolution slideshows of your family photos on your TV. Also works with popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices.

Designed for My Passport, works with many other USB storage devices - Play content from most popular USB drives,and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices.

Full HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p - Experience the spectacular picture quality of HD video and crystal clear sound clarity of digital audio. Use the included remote control to navigate through your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated HD menus.

File Formats Supported
Music - MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264)
Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL
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#1
I would recommend one of these units to anyone. I've had one now for about 4 months, after selling my eGreat, which cost nearly 4 times the price of this. Build quality is good and the all important picture and sound quality is excellent with all codecs, including *.mkv files.

Highly recommended and a HOT PRICE!!! :thumbsup:

Especially if you get yourself a £10 off all order over £40 Discount Voucher and can pick up from there warehouse in Manchester, it comes out at £66.99. Otherwise you'll be looking at another £5.75 for Special Delivery postage.
#2
Once again. Great piece of kit. Buy it.
banned#3
These are great with custom firmware.
#4
JHANGRA.com
These are great with custom firmware.


I've never tried it with any other firmware than official. Can you point me in the direction of any custom ones to try? Can you revert back to official if I don't like the new ones?

Cheers:thumbsup:
#5
GREAT piece of kit, even plays ISO of a Blu Ray I created!
banned#6
I once saw a seller can sell it cheaper ,but I forgot...Damn.
#7
Do they come with hard drives or have u got to buy them separate?
#8
S c 0 TT y
Do they come with hard drives or have u got to buy them separate?

Seperate..
#9
Can you attach a USB to Ethernet on this device this would make it fantastic no need for another popcorn hour box!
#10
alfie786
Can you attach a USB to Ethernet on this device this would make it fantastic no need for another popcorn hour box!


I think that's where the custom firmware comes in, haven't tried it myself yet but may give it a go since I have a spare usb to ethernet thing lying about.
#11
wastedcolumbo
I think that's where the custom firmware comes in, haven't tried it myself yet but may give it a go since I have a spare usb to ethernet thing lying about.

I really don't think custom firmware can add network support! :)

New custom firmware magically adds an Ethernet port and wireless card to your WD Media Player using pixie dust, sticky-back plastic and an empty egg carton
#12
WalterSmith
GREAT piece of kit, even plays ISO of a Blu Ray I created!


wow - that's awesome :)

alfie786
Can you attach a USB to Ethernet on this device this would make it fantastic no need for another popcorn hour box!


that would be cool.

i'm gonna hopefully get this WDTV from PC World this week - hopefully my HDD enclosure arrives before i get it :)
#13
i've got one of these and really like it. the remote is pretty small though and unfortunately my two year old keeps using it as a pretend mobile phone. it was last seen in her hand at the local shopping centre last wednesday. :roll:

currently trying to source a new remote (or get a logitech harmony).
#14
stefor
I would recommend one of these units to anyone. I've had one now for about 4 months, after selling my eGreat, which cost nearly 4 times the price of this. Build quality is good and the all important picture and sound quality is excellent with all codecs, including *.mkv files.

Highly recommended and a HOT PRICE!!! :thumbsup:

Especially if you get yourself a £10 off all order over £40 Discount Voucher and can pick up from there warehouse in Manchester, it comes out at £66.99. Otherwise you'll be looking at another £5.75 for Special Delivery postage.


Where do we get this voucher from?
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basquille
I really don't think custom firmware can add network support! :)


This thing is just a Linux machine so it actually can! Once you are have accessed the OS you can pretty much make it do whatever you like within the constraints of the hardware of course.
I would guess it probably installs samba then mounts your network shares as local drives.

You can indeed add a USB to ethernet adaptor and then using the custom firmware get streaming working.

I have not got one of these but I have been reading up on the matter as I am concidering it.

more info here

http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php

This is probably the best price out there right now but these have been £70- £80 lots of places lots of time. Its not exactly an earth shattering deal.
#16
basquille
I really don't think custom firmware can add network support! :)


Not really fussed either way since I have a ps3 with ps3media server but in my naivety i thought it was just a driver for a usb to ethernet type hack, I didn't know that this was impossible since I thought the WDTV uses the same chipset as the Popcorn A10. But you're probably right.

Edit: just read the post above and that was more my thinking. cheers and plus rep for the info jamesdew.
#17
RLP06
Where do we get this voucher from?

http://hotukdeals.com/item/431243/10-off-an-order-of-40-or-more-expan/

jamesdew
This thing is just a Linux machine so it actually can! Once you are have accessed the OS you can pretty much make it do whatever you like within the constraints of the hardware of course.
I would guess it probably installs samba then mounts your network shares as local drives.

You can indeed add a USB to ethernet adaptor and then using the custom firmware get streaming working.

I have not got one of these but I have been reading up on the matter as I am concidering it.

more info here

http://wiki.wdtv.org/doku.php

This is probably the best price out there right now but these have been £70- £80 lots of places lots of time. Its not exactly an earth shattering deal.

Egg.. on.. my.. face!

Cheers for the info jamesdew.
#18
may be a silly question , but ami right in thinking I cant play my stuff bought from itunes, which i then put on a WD passport, on this bit of kit?
#19
If it's bought from iTunes, it's probably DRM protected, and as such it's very unlikely that this will be able to play them.
#20
Would be great if someone who has one of these could help me out. I have a HD camcorder which records in AVCHD format. I notice on the description it says it will play AVC files. Does this mean that it will play AVCHD or is AVC format different to AVCHD. Sorry, but this AVC format is new and something I am not over familiar with. I have been thinking of getting one of these to play my home movies, though the media format is what has been putting me off. Definately much better than buying blu-ray player it seems. Put the blu-ray onto Hard disc and away you go!!
#21
I've got one of these and it's ok, but not great. The remote is too small and flimsy and most of the time you need to press the button twice (the direction needs to be spot on). The picture isn't as good from this device as when I play directly from the PC to TV, via the HDMI out. Also a big bugbear for me is it is limited to 16x ff and reverse - even my satellite box of about 5 years old can do 64x. It o works with both my external drives.

All literature with the device pictures the HD Passport drive on a stand - I've also got a 320GB Passport and I never got a stand with either the WDTV or the hard drive (maybe I was conned and someone at PC World took it out of the box?)

Verdict - 3/5.
#22
This is a great bit of kit, but don't be expecting hot transfer speeds when connecting it up to a network with a USB ethernet adaptor, the best you'll get is 4,000kB/s when fxping, and even then you need to format the drive attached to the WDTV with EXT2. Other than that, this is a great little machine and takes pride of place in my home cinema set up.
#23
dantheman3989
may be a silly question , but ami right in thinking I cant play my stuff bought from itunes, which i then put on a WD passport, on this bit of kit?


You can probably get this working with a bit of hacking around in linux but I very much doubt this would work out of the box.
#24
jhw
I've got one of these and it's ok, but not great. The remote is too small and flimsy and most of the time you need to press the button twice (the direction needs to be spot on). The picture isn't as good from this device as when I play directly from the PC to TV, via the HDMI out. Also a big bugbear for me is it is limited to 16x ff and reverse - even my satellite box of about 5 years old can do 64x. It o works with both my external drives.

Verdict - 3/5.


For the 16X FF problem. Hit the FF button at least once, then hit the next button and you will jump forward (or backward) by 10 minutes.
#25
jhw
I've got one of these and it's ok, but not great. The remote is too small and flimsy and most of the time you need to press the button twice (the direction needs to be spot on). The picture isn't as good from this device as when I play directly from the PC to TV, via the HDMI out. Also a big bugbear for me is it is limited to 16x ff and reverse - even my satellite box of about 5 years old can do 64x. It o works with both my external drives.

Verdict - 3/5.


The features your after can be had by buying a dearer unit. It's a bit like buying a digital compact camera and moaning that it can't zoom as good as a DSLR!! For average Joe, these units will play 95-98% of everything you'll download from the internet at a fraction of the price of a Network Media Tank.
#26
wastedcolumbo
Not really fussed either way since I have a ps3 with ps3media server but in my naivety i thought it was just a driver for a usb to ethernet type hack, I didn't know that this was impossible since I thought the WDTV uses the same chipset as the Popcorn A10. But you're probably right.

Edit: just read the post above and that was more my thinking. cheers and plus rep for the info jamesdew.


You mean this doesn't support Ethernet or Networking? So by what means does it stream the media from your PC? Only by Wi-Fi not a wired network??!

Oh and Stefor how can this play ~98% of everything an average Joe will dload from internet, when it doesn't support FLV?! I'm an average Joe and many of my clips are FLV. Infact ALL of Youtube's clips are FLV too.
#27
trd
You mean this doesn't support Ethernet or Networking? So by what means does it stream the media from your PC? Only by Wi-Fi not a wired network??!


This unit straight out of the box will not work at all with the network. It is designed purely to connect to an external USB source and play media files from there. Now as mentioned earlier, you may be able to tinker with it's software and get a USB network device to work, but it's not made for doing that by Western Digital.
#28
trd
You mean this doesn't support Ethernet or Networking? So by what means does it stream the media from your PC? Only by Wi-Fi not a wired network??!

Oh and Stefor how can this play ~98% of everything an average Joe will dload from internet, when it doesn't support FLV?! I'm an average Joe and many of my clips are FLV. Infact ALL of Youtube's clips are FLV too.


Why not convert them then and not try and sound smart then Joe!!
#29
scorez
If it's bought from iTunes, it's probably DRM protected, and as such it's very unlikely that this will be able to play them.


you can not play any copy protected content - so iTunes music will not work.

if you really want the music on a WDTV - you'll have to get it via other means - but it's morally ok as you already own the DRM infested version :)
#30
jhw

All literature with the device pictures the HD Passport drive on a stand - I've also got a 320GB Passport and I never got a stand with either the WDTV or the hard drive (maybe I was conned and someone at PC World took it out of the box?)

Verdict - 3/5.


Theres actually a note on the box which states the Passport drive and stand are sold separately.
#31
I have a £20 DVD player which plays practically any file off of USB. Does the same as this unit does pretty-much.
#32
Sunni
I have a £20 DVD player which plays practically any file off of USB. Does the same as this unit does pretty-much.

It's plays .MKV, H.264, has HDMI, and supports 1080p?
Care to share the supplier of this wonderful device?
#33
Anyone that has bought, or thinking of buying one of these and does need to play FLV format files from You Tube, then I recommend a fantastic and totally FREE media convertor called Mediacoder. Simply click on the link below and install. It comes with a great walk through Wizard for setting up the software to exactly what you need from it.

Here's the link if anyone's interested: http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/download.htm

I've been using this since it's early Beta versions and have had no problems at all. It'll convert pretty much Anything 2 Anything, even video footage from You Tube and convert it to Audio files (MP3) so you can put them to CD for the car!!
#34
jukkie
It's plays .MKV, H.264, has HDMI, and supports 1080p?
Care to share the supplier of this wonderful device?


My device eats those filetypes for lunch.
#35
Sunni
My device eats those filetypes for lunch.


Why not enlighten us all then with the name of the product as someone's asked you. AT £20 it would possible become one of the HOTTEST items on here this year, if it can do all the things you say it can.

I've got a Sumvision Lynx, which can play AVI off a USB, but have never come across a DVD player that can play MKV files.
#36
Sunni
My device eats those filetypes for lunch.


Are you going to say what make, model your device is or are you talking out of your arse??
#37
Great unit.

I have mine with the Custom WDLXTV Firmware on it. Have it plugged into a 1tb Hard drive and a USB network adaptor for Network connection.

So YES a firmware update does give network support, you just need a USB ethernet adaptor (like the one you can get for the Wii)
#38
Sunni
My device eats those filetypes for lunch.


I don't think a £20 player can handle these I have a £20 player and it can handle DivXs but not HiDef even though it has got HDMI output.
#39
Could I connect a USB DVD drive and play DVDs with this?
#40
I got one of these a few weeks ago, nice player but requires a DTS/5.1 decoder with optical in to play some files (costs £120+ for a decent set). Got myself a ASROCK ION pc instead. Using media player classic set to EVR and it plays everything at 1080p.

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