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Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player £65.79 delivered @ Amazon

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I think most people know what this is and what it does. The price fluctuates but this is the best it has been for a while.

Product Features

Turn your USB drive into an HD media player - Play content from most popular USB drives and devices.
Play videos, music, and photos from the Internet - Connect to Internet sites like YouTube, Flickr, Live365, and Pandora. (Availability varies by country).
Full-HD 1080p video playback - Experience spectacular Full-HD video picture quality and crystal-clear digital audio.
Collect without limits - There’s no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.
Access files anywhere on your home network - The Ethernet port lets you connect this player to your home network.

Technical Details

Product Description: WD TV Live WDBAAP0000NBK - digital multimedia receiver
Product Type: Digital multimedia receiver
Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.6 cm x 10 cm x 4 cm
Weight: 303 g
Localisation: Middle East, Africa, Europe
Digital Player (Recorder): Digital player
Audio: Stereo
Remote Control: Remote control - infrared
Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty

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    personaljesus24
    does this play mkv files?
    dashforth
    It plays every MKV file that I throw at it
    sancheez
    I've thrown a ton of MKV files at my older WD HD box and it's played most of them (largest being a 40gb one). It has faltered on a couple (mainly sound sync/playback problems) but they are few and far between ....
    splatsplatsplat
    will it just read from memory sticks, or can it read from a portable 2.5" hard drive (usb powered)?
    dashforth
    Price history Here
    dashforth
    splatsplatsplat
    will it just read from memory sticks, or can it read from a portable 2.5" hard drive (usb powered)?


    I use my players with 1Tb portable drives and with NAS
    mrplay
    splatsplatsplat
    will it just read from memory sticks, or can it read from a portable 2.5" hard drive (usb powered)?


    Memory stick, 2.5" hard drives, 3.5" hard drives.

    Very good unit and a bargain for this price.
    DrManhattan
    Great price. Great piece of kit.
    You can put alternative firmware on it to do more things http://wdtvhd.com/

    Currently have it networked, with 2 external drived attached to it.
    I believe the latest firmware also sorts out the issues for drives > 2TB

    The only fault i can find is it autoboots when plugged in (plug switched on)

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    dashforth
    BTW the previous deal at a higher price expired at 827° Other queries may be answered Here
    sancheez
    mrplay
    splatsplatsplat
    will it just read from memory sticks, or can it read from a portable 2.5" hard drive (usb powered)?


    Memory stick, 2.5" hard drives, 3.5" hard drives.


    And also memory cards (SD, XD etc etc) in the appropriate USB adapter. (Unless these newer models have a card slot? In which case you'd just shove it in that ....)
    notreallyhere
    alasrati
    If you want a wifi adapter, I got this one and it works a treat: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001KOTDDU/ref=oss_product

    Not all wifi dongles are supported but this one is.
    alanrowell
    Other threads for this device say that you can get BBC iplayer support by installing tversity. However I can't see how that is done unless you involve a PC.

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/western-digital-wd-tv-live-hd-media/707893

    Anyone able to provide an explanation or a link?
    stormjai
    Can this play 3D SBS MKV files off HDD? DTS ?

    ta
    hukvictim
    Hi,
    Is this better than a computer which streams videos to the TV (like the one on ebuyer posted on hukd). I do not have a LcD TV and want a good player first because our old antenna does not give good pictures with a LcD TV. thanks,
    robj73
    Been looking at these for a while but despite numerous googling I can't seem to find a definitive answer so hopefully one of you can help. I have an HTPC in the living room but its noisy and big - I got one of those HP proliant servers to replace it which will go in the loft with 8TB storage running WHS with standard DVDs ripped as VOBs in a TS folder (cat 6 wired throughout) I want to put something like the WD TV boxes in the kids rooms so they can stream DVD rips (paid for DVDs i might add!!) from the server in their own rooms. Will this play/stream them and will it show metadata or do you need to put folder.jpg for movie thumbnails? I like these for the kids as they look fairly basic and easy to use. I really don't want to go down a similar route as the XBox360 as this turned into a bag o **** as an extender.

    thanks all in adv
    sancheez
    alanrowell
    Other threads for this device say that you can get BBC iplayer support by installing tversity. However I can't see how that is done unless you involve a PC.

    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/western-digital-wd-tv-live-hd-media/707893

    In the long term, no. As CODEC's evolve and change, you are reliant on firmware updates to enable you to keep up with the changes. With a PC you can just add things as and when you need them. But, as a simple "out of the box" solution, these are damn good.

    Anyone able to provide an explanation or a link?


    Pretty sure you'll need a PC to do this.

    All the info you need will be in here - http://www.wdtvhd.com/ - sign up and have a look.

    stormjai
    Can this play 3D SBS MKV files off HDD? DTS ?

    ta


    According to this - http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1259930 - yes. As for the DTS sound, it doesn't support it natively but will pass the signal to an AV receiver (which would need to be DTS compatible obviously) for it to decode. If you don't have a DTS compatible device to send the signal to, I think you can change a setting on the WD TV box to force it send a stereo audio signal instead.

    hukvictim
    Hi,
    Is this better than a computer which streams videos to the TV (like the one on ebuyer posted on hukd). I do not have a LcD TV and want a good player first because our old antenna does not give good pictures with a LcD TV. thanks,


    In the longer term, no. As CODEC's for digital files change, evolve and are introduced, you are reliant on firmware updates for the box to keep up with it. It's out of your hands. With a PC, you just add and install stuff as you need it.

    But then, that applies to any standalone device, not just this. And this one, as an "out of the box" solution, is damn good!

    robj73 - sorry. I don't know much about the network options as I don't use a network version. But there are plenty WD TV community sites out there (such as the link above) which are really good. They should be able to give you the answers you want.

    :)
    googleboogle
    robj73
    Been looking at these for a while but despite numerous googling I can't seem to find a definitive answer so hopefully one of you can help. I have an HTPC in the living room but its noisy and big - I got one of those HP proliant servers to replace it which will go in the loft with 8TB storage running WHS with standard DVDs ripped as VOBs in a TS folder (cat 6 wired throughout) I want to put something like the WD TV boxes in the kids rooms so they can stream DVD rips (paid for DVDs i might add!!) from the server in their own rooms. Will this play/stream them and will it show metadata or do you need to put folder.jpg for movie thumbnails? I like these for the kids as they look fairly basic and easy to use. I really don't want to go down a similar route as the XBox360 as this turned into a bag o **** as an extender.

    thanks all in adv


    I would re rip your DVDs as mkvs using hand break

    It does not pick up metadata with out a custom firmware.

    I have all my media on a nas and each film has a folder with a cover jpg in which it picks up
    fairytooth
    Not a bad deal but have you seen the mini media player from 7dayshop for about 20 quid? It's brilliant
    roadrunner1
    You don't need custom firmware for covers at all. Just do as you say .jpg

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