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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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#1
does this play mkv files?
#2
It plays every MKV file that I throw at it
#3
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 ....
#4
will it just read from memory sticks, or can it read from a portable 2.5" hard drive (usb powered)?
3 Likes #5
Price history Here
#6
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
#7
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.
#8
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)

Hot
#9
BTW the previous deal at a higher price expired at 827° Other queries may be answered Here
#10
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 ....)
1 Like #12
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.
#13
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?
#14
Can this play 3D SBS MKV files off HDD? DTS ?

ta
#15
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,
#16
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
1 Like #17
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.

:)
#18
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
#19
Not a bad deal but have you seen the mini media player from 7dayshop for about 20 quid? It's brilliant
#20
You don't need custom firmware for covers at all. Just do as you say .jpg
#21
roadrunner1
You don't need custom firmware for covers at all. Just do as you say .jpg


I know that.

but you need custom firmware for metadata.
#22
fairytooth
Not a bad deal but have you seen the mini media player from 7dayshop for about 20 quid? It's brilliant


The lack networking tho. Which is the usp for the wdtv live
#23
Mine has never failed to play anything. I have 2 mkvs where it doesn't play the sound, but that is all. All other mkvs have been flawless.

Only downsides is the usual rubbish youtube interface for these kinds of devices really from my point of view, and lack of iplayer.
#24
got one off these quality bit of kit
#25
for one of the lower end devices they are very good
it depends on what you want if you can afford it get a popcorn hour or dune hd

dune is easily the best but at a price :)
#26
I love this had few months however its been very hit and miss for me with Windows 7 steaming from my pc using hardwired Ethernet connection. Worked sometime others not. If anyone has a simple set up guide please let me know. No decent support on manufacturers website fir
#27
I love this had few months however its been very hit and miss for me with Windows 7 steaming from my pc using hardwired Ethernet connection. Worked sometime others not. If anyone has a simple set up guide please let me know. No decent support on manufacturers website for windows 7 issues. Xp no issues! Apart from this fantastic kit!
#28
stormjai
Can this play 3D SBS MKV files off HDD? DTS ?

ta


Why don't you just go out a buy a copy of the blu-ray?
These threads amaze me how many plebs know about piracy to this degree.

Oh yes, sorry, you're all ripping legal copies. My mistake.
#29
mini0ne
dune is easily the best but at a price :)


The only Dune box you can realistically compare this to is the LIte 53D. All the others have Bluray and/or storage built in .... which obviously makes them more expensive.

I wouldn't say there was much between this and the Lite. Certainly nothing to justify the £100+ extra you'll pay for the Dune!
#30
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.

:)



Of course it cant play MKV SBS as this is only hdmi 1.3 which cant do 3D, if you listen to people on here you end up with some right ****. I have a ACryan play on mini which uses the same realtek chip and i can assure you that it wont play 3D. If you want 3D SBS playback the only way to get is use a Popcornhour Popbox or there's another Popcorn hour that has just been updated to be able to do 3D but they are way more expensive, if you want a good all round media play this will take some beating but its old and wont do what you want.
#31
sancheez
mini0ne
dune is easily the best but at a price :)


The only Dune box you can realistically compare this to is the LIte 53D. All the others have Bluray and/or storage built in .... which obviously makes them more expensive.

I wouldn't say there was much between this and the Lite. Certainly nothing to justify the £100+ extra you'll pay for the Dune!


Spot on.
Forget Dune, you can't go wrong with the the WDTV Live.
#32
polly69
Of course it cant play MKV SBS as this is only hdmi 1.3 which cant do 3D, if you listen to people on here you end up with some right ****. I have a ACryan play on mini which uses the same realtek chip and i can assure you that it wont play 3D. If you want 3D SBS playback the only way to get is use a Popcornhour Popbox or there's another Popcorn hour that has just been updated to be able to do 3D but they are way more expensive, if you want a good all round media play this will take some beating but its old and wont do what you want.


Um. Yes it can (according to the thread I linked to - did you read it?). SBS is just an image. The WD box doesn't try and interpret it or make it 3D. All it does is send the image to the TV. As long as your TV is capable of realising it's a SBS image and displaying it appropriately. My TV is not 3D but it still picks up the SBS 3D images from my V+ HD box .... and displays them SBS cos it's not 3D. So the images are fine coming down a non v1.4 HDMI cable .... but my TV doesn't know what to do with them. I assume with some 3D TV's you can "force" them into 3D mode so any SBS image you feed it will work? Which means everything they are saying in the link would pretty much make sense. As long as the SBS video resolution (in total) is one that the WD box can play, I don't see why it shouldn't work.

Hence why I provided the link. I didn't say it could play them, the folks on that link did.

From that link:

"Nothing magical here, it will send 3D side/side video fine for the TV to convert to 3D (once you set it). No different than a PC, PS3, DVD player or any other media device can do. It's not going to send a BD ISO and work though."


If you think they're wrong, go jump on a high horse on their forum! (And we're on about "being wrong", HDMI v1.3 can do 3D, just at lower resolutions. v1.4 can handle more data so can do 3D at full 1080 resolutions, thats all. It's not as simple as "one does 3D and one doesn't".)

Oh .... and people on this thread have it working:

http://www.biohemmet.se/forum/viewtopic.php?id=159

... so it looks like it does work fine.


Edited By: sancheez on Jul 30, 2011 11:07
1 Like #33
great little streamer, plays everything ive thrown at it inclusing 3d files sbs.
not as good as the xtreamer which plays iso files without any messing around but its half the price so heat added.
imo for anyone wanting a streamer that plays everything you want to throw at it then for this price you cant go wrong, have mine streaming from a NAS with 5G but make sure you buy the correct dongle as it wont work on 5G with quite a few.
#34
tony30uk
plays everything ive thrown at it inclusing 3d files sbs.


Good to know I'm not talking **** then. (_;)
#35
i find the iomega screenplay works beter and given u need to buy an external hard drive with this as well it's bit to much for me
#36
scorpweb
i find the iomega screenplay works beter and given u need to buy an external hard drive with this as well it's bit to much for me


This one is networked with the inclusion of an Ethernet Port.

No need for external hardrive if you're pulling files off a NAS over your network, in which case it's far better.

Very tempted.
#37
Same price here Ebuyer
#38
I will post up some pics of my setup using one of these later if anyone is interested, I have a dell zino running xbmc and one of these in the bedroom, with a wifi dongle I pick up xbmc media server through the box, I can now watch two movies at once. I was gonna buy another for my daughters room although have took a notion for an imac and apple tv setup :)
#39
I have the WDlive hub and this loads up ISO DVD menus fine, but a friend has WDlive box and it automatically plays the first file, and wont show the DVD menu. So for instance he tried watching Breaking Bad on an ISO and he can only access episode 1 of 4.

He is running the lastest firmware also.
#40
noddle36
Same price here Ebuyer


Seems they've just done a price match in response.

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