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#1
Ive got one of these.
When it works its seriously QUALITY, however it can be frustrating.

I paid a similar price around 6 months ago.

If youve got spare cash and are a gadget freak have a punt.
The metadata could be better to setup and the wifi can be flakey.

Other than that a nice bit of kit.
#2
always wanted one of these but i bought an LG BP620 BluRay player a while ago which gives me pretty much all of the same content - YouTube, Netflix, Lovefilm, Blinkbox e.t.c...
#3
This is a excellent player, its played everything I've thrown at it. Highly recommended.
#4
I love this I got one for our bedroom and I has a lovely UI picks up the NAS boxes with out any issue including windows and unix shares
#5
Good: Plays almost everything.
Bad: Interface is quite sluggish and lacks finesse. Nightmare to setup with a NAS. Tech support from WD sucks a$$ big time. Buggy as he'll firmware which they keep screwing up with 'updates'?!

Personally wouldn't have purchased if I had the chance to try it out.
#6
I love mine bought it when it was on here earlier this year, paid about £65 but brilliant piece of kit plays everything I throw at it and now I have a new 3D TV streams MVK files off computer no problem.
#7
It doesn't work with DLink NAS unlike V1 which did so I got a refund and bought v1 and as others have said the software is hit and miss - definitely a miss from me. It is now cheaper to buy the newer version because it is **** and the old version is more expensive - if you can actually find a new one.
#8
roofspace
It doesn't work with DLink NAS unlike V1 which did so I got a refund and bought v1 and as others have said the software is hit and miss - definitely a miss from me. It is now cheaper to buy the newer version because it is **** and the old version is more expensive - if you can actually find a new one.

There was a update yesterday to improve NAS capability, my local tesco have these in stock for around the same price (pontypridd )
#9
well this is a brilliant player plus nice deal though
#10
Never had any bugs with mine. Streams perfectly from my Dlink nas and never had any issues.
Only think I still can't get it to see is photos I've added to the nas, however not that fussed as only use it for video.
#11
roofspace
It doesn't work with DLink NAS unlike V1 which did so I got a refund and bought v1 and as others have said the software is hit and miss - definitely a miss from me. It is now cheaper to buy the newer version because it is **** and the old version is more expensive - if you can actually find a new one.

Works perfectly fine with my DLink NAS. I would agree with others the interface looks great but can be a bit slow. That said it plays every file I have. This area is getting more competitive now so I will probably invest in something new soon but this is a great starter media player.

Oh and this really isn't just a player for Netflix etc as commented on, those are just added extras ;)
#12
Can't vote hot or cold for this as it can usually be had for around this price.
It is a great player and really easy to set up but note it DOES NOT SUPPPORT LOVEFILM which is really annoying.
#13
so...in layman terms what is it and how does this compare to virgin media?
#14
Is there better ones for a little more money?
#15
I own the old version of this but technology has moved on... like Handsome Hank I just bought the LG BP620 and plays everything with Lovefilm too...
#16
stevos9
I own the old version of this but technology has moved on... like Handsome Hank I just bought the LG BP620 and plays everything with Lovefilm too...

I am after something similar.

I have a 3D tv, so I need a player that will play 3D files. I also want a player that I can access and stream from websites. Does the LG do this?
#17
liam8282
I have a 3D tv, so I need a player that will play 3D files. I also want a player that I can access and stream from websites. Does the LG do this?

check out these pics i snapped of the premium content on the BP620. Shows you what you can access. Google Maps on a 32 inch TV is .. interesting :)

http://i49.tinypic.com/289v489.jpg

http://i45.tinypic.com/2woynp2.jpg
#18
One thing this has that nothing else does is a slingplayer interface, so I can take it on holiday and watch and control sky over wifi
#19
I'm a big fan of these and even with the current firmware that has some issues: Windows share over wifi flaky, features removed e.g. cannot view movie trailers, etc.. for basic video playback this is still the best player around.

Great audio and video quality, simple to set up use and control. Would have given it 10/10 when it had the older firmware but last month's update knocks it back to 9/10.

I had the WD MK2, WD TV Live, several Android players.

Great deal.
#20
Here is my situation, I recently bought the 32" Blaupunkt 3d tv that was on offer here a few weeks ago.

I have plenty of 3D files on a usb drive, but the tv does not playback direct from the drive, so I need something that will play these files.

I also want something that connects to the internet via wifi, so I can stream sports channels etc over the internet, channels like firstrow.

I don't really need a blu ray player as I have a PS3 and I want something small as it is in the bedroom.

I have been looking at android players, WDTV players, smart boxes and smart blu ray players.
#21
Had to send mine back to Amazon last week after a day. With one TV it kept rebooting every 3-4 minutes, but worked on other TVs. That wasn't a real problem though as it wasn't the TV I was buying it for. The *big* problem was the lack of iPlayer. I downloaded the latest update for it, but it wasn't there. I did a couple of hardware resets and forced another download of the software, but it still wouldn't appear.

At least Amazon's returns process was good. Don't know if I had a dodgy one or not.
1 Like #22
liam8282
Here is my situation, I recently bought the 32" Blaupunkt 3d tv that was on offer here a few weeks ago.

I have plenty of 3D files on a usb drive, but the tv does not playback direct from the drive, so I need something that will play these files.

I also want something that connects to the internet via wifi, so I can stream sports channels etc over the internet, channels like firstrow.

I don't really need a blu ray player as I have a PS3 and I want something small as it is in the bedroom.

I have been looking at android players, WDTV players, smart boxes and smart blu ray players.

This should be fine for you then. It connects via HDMI and has played everything I have wanted to. Only thing I haven't tried is 3D as this is connected to my tv upstairs which isnt 3D streaming videos from my NAS downstairs wirelessly.
1 Like #23
i have the Blaupunkt 3d tv too and this does work in 3d useing sbs
#24
I have that but not very impressed as it doesn't do live channel streaming from iPlayer. That was main purpose I got it.
#25
A couple of comments have said it doesnt do iPlayer, can anyone confirm this?

I ask because the link from the amazon product description says it does for the UK:
Check out the range of online services here.

I read that the older versions apparently didnt and there were issues with this version and iPlayer when it first came out, but I thought it was all fixed and now does fully support iPlayer?

Thanks in advance :3
#26
anybody get the resetting itself while playing a movie or the boot up with a red hazy wdlive screen ???

think it feels very unstable and im nervous about watching a movie on it in case it drops out part way into the film
1 Like #27
Whizzey
A couple of comments have said it doesnt do iPlayer, can anyone confirm this?I ask because the link from the amazon product description says it does for the UK:Check out the range of online services here.I read that the older versions apparently didnt and there were issues with this version and iPlayer when it first came out, but I thought it was all fixed and now does fully support iPlayer?Thanks in advance :3

Mine certainly does support iplayer, but I bought it about six months ago, and as it works fine I have disabled automatic firmware upgrades. Never had any hangs or issues, and works faultlessly. Plays everything I have thrown at it.
#28
is there any justification in getting one of these when a sumvision cyclone box is around £25?

looking to purchase something I can attach a HD to, just to play mkvs etc., so do I need to just spend the £20-odd quid or is there any great benefit to this?

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#29
TwistedNerve
is there any justification in getting one of these when a sumvision cyclone box is around £25?

looking to purchase something I can attach a HD to, just to play mkvs etc., so do I need to just spend the £20-odd quid or is there any great benefit to this?

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The Sumvision one isn't networked I don't think? If you intend to connect memory cards/hdd's etc directly to it then no but if streaming from a NAS etc then the Sumvision won't be able to do this.
#30
phanco
Whizzey
A couple of comments have said it doesnt do iPlayer, can anyone confirm this?I ask because the link from the amazon product description says it does for the UK:Check out the range of online services here.I read that the older versions apparently didnt and there were issues with this version and iPlayer when it first came out, but I thought it was all fixed and now does fully support iPlayer?Thanks in advance :3

Mine certainly does support iplayer, but I bought it about six months ago, and as it works fine I have disabled automatic firmware upgrades. Never had any hangs or issues, and works faultlessly. Plays everything I have thrown at it.

As I wrote before, I have it, it supports iPlayer but it doesn't support live channel streaming. So you can watch on demand recordings of past week but cannot watch live channel like you can do on an iPad or Android.

It streams very well from the net for rest and also plays well from a harddisk.


Edited By: ozgur on Nov 01, 2012 13:00
1 Like #31
TwistedNerve
is there any justification in getting one of these when a sumvision cyclone box is around £25?

looking to purchase something I can attach a HD to, just to play mkvs etc., so do I need to just spend the £20-odd quid or is there any great benefit to this?

answers on a postcard to the usual address

The cheaper units are fine if you are on a budget they often lack

-DTS downsampling (this feature takes a full DTS audio signal and converts it to stereo which is output over HDMI this is needed to get sound when playing back Movies with only a DTS audio track on setup without a DTS acabple AV amp, say a TV in a bedroom)
-NTFS this is the Windows disk format that allow files >4gb. Many HD movies are compressed down to less than 4gb however a increasingly more and more content is >4gb.
-SD upscaling. When watching non 1080p / 720p content the upscaling is under par, occasional dropped frames, odd audio glitch. Not an issued with HQ H.264 encoded content as this is normally decoded in hardware
-Range of content that will play. The WD unit will play a really broad range of content really well: No dropped frames, no audio glitches (except for the mad screaming it get with the latest firmware - this only happens once every 2 weeks and a cold restart fixes it! I'm sure WD will fix this as they have had lots of noise from users about the quality of their last release)
-Updates and new features: WD add new feature (they took some way with the last f/w release though) but they do add new useful features lie YouTube Lean back -use your phone as a remote
-High quality audio and video output. Run some test files and look at the output. The quality of the WD is staggering. If you have a big screen and an AV amp get the WD
-Good resale. The WDs can go on ebay for around £50 to £60 so the cost of ownership is less than you might think. Keep the box and all the cables.
-Support for DVD ISO. The WD can show DVD menus etc again not an issue unless you want to playback DVD ISOs


For playback a cheap option is a cheap SATA dock and a pile of SATA disks.
Also check your PC / Laptop / Phone / Playbook / Tablet as these can often support HDMI output so you might not need to spend anything except for a cable. I got a micro HDMI to HDMI on eBay 7m for around £5 for my Playbook. I have a Toshiba AC100 (Android laptop) and one of the Maplins Android media boxes and 2 WDs so there are plenty of options.

The iPlayer output on the WD is as good as the one in the Humax HDR. The iPlayer and Satellite units on TVs tend to be poor quality especially for SD. This is where the Humax and WD kit really stands out.


Edited By: frownbreaker on Nov 01, 2012 13:22
#32
I've not had any problems with the interface, its not slow.

I also have no issue's playing content from NAS's, connects to them without a problem....
#33
Zaim2012
I've not had any problems with the interface, its not slow.

I also have no issue's playing content from NAS's, connects to them without a problem....

There's a known bug with the current WD firmware with Windows shares over wifi. WD are working on it.
Samba shares are fine this is an issue only with Win7 over Wifi.
#34
had new update for this today
#35
eglons
One thing this has that nothing else does is a slingplayer interface, so I can take it on holiday and watch and control sky over wifi
How does this work, as this sounds very interesting!!!
#36
So, I bought one.

Can anybody help me and tell me how I can connect to the internet with this box?

Had a quick look on google and it talks about custom firmwares etc, but I don't know where to start.
#37
liam8282
So, I bought one.

Can anybody help me and tell me how I can connect to the internet with this box?

Had a quick look on google and it talks about custom firmwares etc, but I don't know where to start.

Not sure what you mean. The box has both wifi and wired internet connections and is very easy to connect ?
#38
I thought it would have a web browser to actually access the Internet, but now I have found out it doesn't and most likely never will have.

Pretty useless for what I wanted it for.
1 Like #39
its a media player not a pc
#40
So only a pc can browse the Internet?

Don't be stupid.

This is a media player, but the extras are rubbish. Looking online older versions can be customised to browse the Internet, just this version can't.

I wouldn't have bothered if I had known before.

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