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Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player £78.49 @ Amazon

£78.49 @ Amazon
Plays all types of codecs, MKV, AVI MOV, MT2S and now supports DVD Menus in ISO files... awesome.. Plus Youtube and Mediafly contents, which i thought was quite good also.. plus when B-RADD has … Read More
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6y, 4m agoFound 6 years, 4 months ago
Plays all types of codecs, MKV, AVI MOV, MT2S and now supports DVD Menus in ISO files... awesome..

Plus Youtube and Mediafly contents, which i thought was quite good also.. plus when B-RADD has added his magic to the new firmware ( Custom Firmware ) will make this wee box even more awesome...

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* 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.
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#1
Love that it supports ISO's.

Nice find.
#2
Some useful comments worth reading from a previous recent post on this item too

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-hdtv-live-80-del-black-friday-pr/804193/?page=4#post9907070
#3
can someone please write a simple review for some of the best media players available, there is so much choice, especially with the games consoles being used as media players.

yours confused
#4
Confirmation that it can play CoreAVC v2 x264 files would be great.
#5
I like how this is going hot but the ac ryan at 9.00 cheaper doesnt... LOL

I have had both and I have the ac ryan, ITS FAR FAR BETTER, better firmware and it will pass HD audio on your amp, watched legion master audio 22gb and my amp lit up the master audio and played the 22gb file with ease, bet this wont do that
#6
Cold for me, ac ryan was 70.00 and far better.
#7
I've been looking for a media player that plays forced subtitles in MKV files eg the navi speaking parts in avatar, does anyone know if this will play them? i've got loads of MKV files and its a real pain when you can't see the forced subtitles in some films.
#8
Teqnophile
can someone please write a simple review for some of the best media players available, there is so much choice, especially with the games consoles being used as media players.yours confused

I ordered the AC Ryan HD Mini over the weekend in the end because I believe it has better dev support behind the product, this is the only reason I picked it over the WD TV live - plus I think it has a better remote. but the UI (user interface) is not as good as the WDTV but I can handle that.

The only advice I can give to people looking to get a media player is write a list of what you need it to play/do then start looking into which one will suit your needs the best. no point getting a Pop Corn Hour for between £150-200 if something like this ticks all your boxes.

For the price is a brillient product. Heat added
#9
The AC Ryan is more expensive?
#10
gumbald
The AC Ryan is more expensive?

depends Scan had it cheaper then this 2 weeks ago but know its back up to £85 plus delivery
#11
I would still pay the extra for the AC ryan it beats this any day, and all the reviews say so as well.
#12
I have this and I can't fault it. Plays everything I throw it and it and with some lovely custom firmware I have it using Movie sheets so it looks great too.
#13
What do those in the know think about the “ WD TV Live Hub”, which Amazon have for £152.94 except that they haven’t.
#14
I need a media player that can wirelessly connect to the external drive connected to my PC. Can AC Ryan or anyother under £100 do this?
3 Likes #15
canada16
I like how this is going hot but the ac ryan at 9.00 cheaper doesnt... LOL

I have had both and I have the ac ryan, ITS FAR FAR BETTER, better firmware and it will pass HD audio on your amp, watched legion master audio 22gb and my amp lit up the master audio and played the 22gb file with ease, bet this wont do that


You are kidding aren't you ...the WDTV cacks all over the AC......LOL

.....and yes it play any file you throw at it plus WDTV released a new firmware that now supports loads of online content....

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-hdtv-live-80-del-snowy-tuesday-p/804193/#post9870958
1 Like #16
why don't you post a link to the AC Ryan instead of moaning about how crap the WDTV is...
canada16
I would still pay the extra for the AC ryan it beats this any day, and all the reviews say so as well.
#17
Teqnophile
can someone please write a simple review for some of the best media players available, there is so much choice, especially with the games consoles being used as media players.

yours confused


Simple review - buy the WDTV Live, great little player - it's one drawback, no wi-fi :(



Riddickm3
I've been looking for a media player that plays forced subtitles in MKV files eg the navi speaking parts in avatar, does anyone know if this will play them? i've got loads of MKV files and its a real pain when you can't see the forced subtitles in some films.


Can't comment on every single file that has subs forced, but can confirm Avatar definitely works with forced subs for the navi speaking parts.

Edited By: unidentified on Dec 08, 2010 18:16
1 Like #18
why don't you post a link to the AC Ryan instead of moaning about how crap the WDTV is...
canada16
I would still pay the extra for the AC ryan it beats this any day, and all the reviews say so as well.
#19
Seem to be a few on here with good knowledge, so I have a couple of questions if somebody can kindly answer:

1. Is this or the AC Ryan the best players to get? I am looking for one with a good performance, plays MKVs and ISOs and also has a nice GUI/menus etc. Nice to have would be customising the artwork on the menus.
2. Are there any media players out there for £30 or less which will play MKVs and ISOs? I have the Hisense one which is good but can't see it for that price, looking for sisters Xmas present.

Thanks in advance!
#20
Just got this and its great.

The on screen interface is nicer than the Playon IMO and for me it just works.

Best of all it supports ISOs with menus. So just ripped my collection of DVDs/TV Shows to an ISO file and I can browse the menus, choose episodes easily.

My 1TB HDD from Amazon just arrived too. A great combination.

Edited By: jazzy639 on Dec 08, 2010 18:25
#21
vikasbhasin
I need a media player that can wirelessly connect to the external drive connected to my PC. Can AC Ryan or anyother under £100 do this?

This can, its sitting beside me now and it works.

But youd be better putting the external hard drive attached to this unit, and you can access that via WiFi from your PC.
#22
Will this play veetle.tv & suchlike.Thanks
#23
canada16
I like how this is going hot but the ac ryan at 9.00 cheaper doesnt... LOLI have had both and I have the ac ryan, ITS FAR FAR BETTER, better firmware and it will pass HD audio on your amp, watched legion master audio 22gb and my amp lit up the master audio and played the 22gb file with ease, bet this wont do that

Western Digital has a bigger underground scene, more custom firmware and a lot more mods.
#24
Seem to be a few on here with good knowledge, so I have a couple of questions if somebody can kindly answer:

1. Is this or the AC Ryan the best players to get? I am looking for one with a good performance, plays MKVs and ISOs and also has a nice GUI/menus etc. Nice to have would be customising the artwork on the menus.
2. Are there any media players out there for £30 or less which will play MKVs and ISOs? I have the Hisense one which is good but can't see it for that price, looking for sisters Xmas present.
3. Whats the difference between this and the non-live one below? I will only be connecting a drive to my portable hard-drives.

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/3239/2506/-/7977460/Western-Digital-WD-TV-HD-Media-Player/Product.html

4. Finally, are there any other players on the horizon which offer better functionality/features?

Thanks in advance!
#25
I have this unit and although it plays almost every file I have , except flv flash files, the interface is pi.s.s poor compared to boxee, xmbc or plexs. It takes atleast 5 or 6 button press on a fiddly remote just to get a file to play. Wife and kids really dislike how unuser friendly it is. Even friends have commented how cumbersome the interface is. Maybe WD will bring out a firmware update to catch up with the competition but I wouldn't hold my breath!



Edited By: shopkeeper on Dec 08, 2010 18:48
1 Like #26
Dangermouse500

3. Whats the difference between this and the non-live one below? I will only be connecting a drive to my portable hard-drives.


http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/3239/2506/-/7977460/Western-Digital-WD-TV-HD-Media-Player/Product.html

Thanks in advance!


If you don't need the network connection the regular WD-TV-HD is fine. Does a great job of playing divx and mkv HD files, though not iso's.

It's stonking value at £50 - it was double that not so long ago.
#27
DonDraper
Dangermouse500
3. Whats the difference between this and the non-live one below? I will only be connecting a drive to my portable hard-drives.[url=][/url]http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/3239/2506/-/7977460/Western-Digital-WD-TV-HD-Media-Player/Product.htmlThanks in advance!
If you don't need the network connection the regular WD-TV-HD is fine. Does a great job of playing divx and mkv HD files, though not iso's.It's stonking value at £50 - it was double that not so long ago.
Thanks, was just about to order that until the does not play ISOs part!! My Hisense even plays those fine and cost £35. Is there any firmware or update that can remedy this or must I buy this Live one?
#28
shopkeeper
I have this unit and although it plays almost every file I have , except flv flash files, the interface is pi.s.s poor compared to boxee, xmbc or plexs.

You cant compare this to those 3. For XBMC, you need a PC. the Boxee box is £200 and is essentially a PC too.

The WDTV is probably as easy as you'll get at this price. You go to Videos, Local Drives, All Video, then browse to what you want and press play, not that difficult!
#29
canada16
I would still pay the extra for the AC ryan it beats this any day, and all the reviews say so as well.
May I suggest people sign up to the AC Ryan forums and read the negativity coming from most AC Ryan owners (including myself). The interface is an absolute joke but it does have better compatibility and HD passthrough over the WDTV.

Basically, id recommend the WDTV with custom firmware over the AC Ryan any day UNLESS you require DTS-HD etc.
#30
If it did iPlayer I'd be interested.

Getting a Sony SMP-N100 for £80 instead
1 Like #31
It's a bit sad the direction that media players have gone. The older syabas middleware players allowed you to create your own ui with from a lightweight http media streamer running on your server/nas. DNLA & uPnP was supposed to make things easier by standardising protocols, however the manufacturers all took the path of least resistance, and churned out mediorchre products that simply ticked the marketing boxes. Its a real shame.
#32
SpamJavelin
If it did iPlayer I'd be interested.Getting a Sony SMP-N100 for £80 instead
Does that play ISOs?
#33
my brother has this and it is a great little player. I ordered the AC Ryan playon mini today as I wanted something different and it also has the jukebox feature.

Also AC ryan should be releasing a new GUI end of december!

http://www.acryan.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=152&t=10077


Edited By: kobashi on Dec 08, 2010 20:39: added link relevant to the post
#34
SpamJavelin
If it did iPlayer I'd be interested.Getting a Sony SMP-N100 for £80 instead
Just read that it doesn't support NTFS which is a bit rubbish. I'm looking at the Ryan, WD Live or new Hisense then
#35
Or you could order it from an Amazon marketplace seller for £64.99 delivered like i just did..brand new in box with warrenty

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B002LZUHMI/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

Oops...won't seem to let me direct link to it

Edited By: chuckychucks on Dec 08, 2010 21:10
#36
I bought one when they first came out and just bought a second last week - they work very well - I use a USB hard drive on the kids one with just content for them and a second with a network connection to a file server running TVersity. I'm running the latest firmware and don't have any problems. Have a look here for details on creating custom thumbnails:

http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?PHPSESSID=0a0595ad3c83058fb63030c71c7d44b2&topic=7775.0
#37
Dangermouse500
SpamJavelin
If it did iPlayer I'd be interested.Getting a Sony SMP-N100 for £80 instead

Does that play ISOs?


Nope but it does iPlayer and that's fine by me, especially as I don't use ISO's (too much disk space).
#38
Thanks londonuk. Just ordered one! :)
#39
Can anybody confirm that this Live WD one plays MKVs and DVD ISOs? I can live without the menus if thats the way it is, but I would want to play ISO files that I create using DVD shrink.
Also do Blu ray discs have ISOs too? Not too worried if it doesn't play those mind
1 Like #40
Dangermouse500
Can anybody confirm that this Live WD one plays MKVs and DVD ISOs? I can live without the menus if thats the way it is, but I would want to play ISO files that I create using DVD shrink.
Also do Blu ray discs have ISOs too? Not too worried if it doesn't play those mind

Yes it plays MKVs and DVD ISOs. I believe it will play Bluray ISOs as well according to these release notes:

http://support.wdc.com/download/notes/WDTV_Live_ReleaseNotes_1_04_10_V.pdf

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