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Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player @Makro £68.99

gtcarling Avatar
7y, 11m agoFound 7 years, 11 months ago
Turn your USB drive into an HD media player

Combined with a My Passport portable drive (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.

Collect without limits -
There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.

Advanced navigation
-Thumbnail and list views - Browse your content by filename or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art.
-Media Library - This unique feature lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can view your content by categories such as genre, album, artist and date.
-Search - Search by genre, title, artist, filename and partial filename.

Photo viewing
-Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
-Zoom and pan
-Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date

Movie viewing
-Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan
-View subtitles
-Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date

Music playback
-Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat
-Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date

Access two USB drives simultaneously -
Two USB ports on the player let you connect two USB storage devices and access them simultaneously. The Media Library feature aggregates the content on both drives into one list sorted by media type.

HDMI and composite video connections -
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.

Includes free media conversion software -
ArcSoft MediaConverter 2.5 -- a fast, easy-to-use application that converts photo, video, and music files into formats optimized for use on the WD TV HD Media Player.

Ultra-compact design -
Fits easily into your entertainment center.

Available from the 17th December £59.99 plus vat.
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#2
It's got great reviews and MKV support, just need a huge NAS to plug in the back
#3
They`ve also got the Western digital 750gig external HD on offer to £79.99, not sure how good that is.
#4
would be even better if it had wifi like apple tv
#5
yes, no network connectivity is a BIG downfall, there are not really any solutions for this either.
#6
OP... Can you confirm that's it definitely Tues 17th Dec, when these bad boys are available.. cause I have an order in with Play thats een sitting at awaiting stock since the 25th Nov and they say won't be getting them in stock until after New Year.......

Defo want one of these...... Plus cheaper than play even after RAC £5 off voucher... as Andy would say 'Want That'.....
#7
mighty sausage
would be even better if it had wifi like apple tv


If it did it would struggle to play HD - inherent bandwidth problem. SD would be OK tho'
#8
CHR0M£D0M£
OP... Can you confirm that's it definitely Tues 17th Dec, when these bad boys are available.. cause I have an order in with Play thats een sitting at awaiting stock since the 25th Nov and they say won't be getting them in stock until after New Year.......

Defo want one of these...... Plus cheaper than play even after RAC £5 off voucher... as Andy would say 'Want That'.....


The 17th is a Wednesday:? You can never guarantee with Makro when an item will be available, it could be on the day advertised on the day before or a week later. But most times it is on the advertised date
#9
Another poster on here put me onto XBMC - google it.

Basically for the price of a cable (£5 ebay) from my router to an old Xbox (original, got one already sitting idle, redundant due to wii and 360) and old copy of sleeper cell (£3 ebay), I can have a wired media player that streams music and movies to my TV and HiFi in my living room, from my PC in my bedroom. Plays all sorts of files with ease.

So if you've an old xbox, a tenner and a spare afternoon (bit of configuring required), you can set up a brilliant media player.
#10
I wanted one of these too - out of stock everywhere apart from pixmaniac- not paying over a ton for it tho! no Mak card either DAM!
#11
You used to be able to turn up @ Makro with a company letterhead with the VAT number on it and get a day-pass. I don’t know if this is still true, phone them to find out
#12
Does anybody know whether a PS3 would be able to do everthing this does plus play Blu ray and games?

Specs for this:
File Formats Supported
Music - MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
Graphics - 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 Subtitle -SRT (UTF-8)

Note:
- MPEG2/4, H.264, and WMV9 supports up to 1920x1080p 24fps, 1920x1080i 30fps, 1280x720p 60fps resolution.
- An audio receiver is required for surround sound output.
- AAC/Dolby Digital decodes in 2 channel output only.
- JPEG does not support CMYK or lossless.
- BMP supports uncompressed format only.
- TIF/TIFF supports single layer only.

Formats not supported -- Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes® Store, Cinema Now, Movielink®, Amazon Unbox™, and Vongo®
#13
B_T
Does anybody know whether a PS3 would be able to do everthing this does plus play Blu ray and games?

Specs for this:
File Formats Supported
Music - MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
Graphics - 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 Subtitle -SRT (UTF-8)

Note:
- MPEG2/4, H.264, and WMV9 supports up to 1920x1080p 24fps, 1920x1080i 30fps, 1280x720p 60fps resolution.
- An audio receiver is required for surround sound output.
- AAC/Dolby Digital decodes in 2 channel output only.
- JPEG does not support CMYK or lossless.
- BMP supports uncompressed format only.
- TIF/TIFF supports single layer only.

Formats not supported -- Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes® Store, Cinema Now, Movielink®, Amazon Unbox™, and Vongo®



Technically, as far as I'm aware, PS3 does not support MKV natively, of course, like all consoles, there is an on the fly option but this requires running the file through a PC and it encoding on the fly. Not an ideal option and is the main reason I will get one of these as my xbox doesn't like MKV, on the fly is long winded and extremely uneconomical and re-encoding from MKV to WMVHD just takes ages if you want Full HD

I think popcorn hour is the only true complete solution but it will cost you.

No network support, but seems as you need an external HDD anyway, might as well make it a NAS and then you are networked.
#14
B_T
Does anybody know whether a PS3 would be able to do everthing this does plus play Blu ray and games?

QUOTE]

Technically, it is possible to pay MKVs on the PS3. Get an app called GotSent and it will convert the MKVs to MP4 files compatible with 360 and PS3. The great thing is that it does not re-encode the video, therefore retaining the quality. Also means that the conversion takes only a few minutes. Its all about "converting the container of the codecs", whatever that means...

[QUOTE=redjay1]Another poster on here put me onto XBMC - google it.

Basically for the price of a cable (£5 ebay) from my router to an old Xbox (original, got one already sitting idle, redundant due to wii and 360) and old copy of sleeper cell (£3 ebay), I can have a wired media player that streams music and movies to my TV and HiFi in my living room, from my PC in my bedroom. Plays all sorts of files with ease.

So if you've an old xbox, a tenner and a spare afternoon (bit of configuring required), you can set up a brilliant media player.


Xbox is a good media player, provided you never intend to watch anything in HD. I think the purpose of this item is mainly for HD media.
#15
It's definately on offer as it's now in the NEW Makro Mail on Page 14 here : :thumbsup:

http://www.makro.co.uk/metro_mail/mcc-uk/catalog/1113261/MM27NonFood_32pp.pdf
#16
Hi there,

I'm desperately googling this player, but everywhere out of stock :-(
So I was just wondering, has anybody seen this somewhere in retail? (except for Makro)

thx
#17
Just picked up the last two of these from my local makro (Poole) at £68.99 inc vat each, if you want one might be worth ringing your local Makro before you go.
#18
booandthebabies
Just picked up the last two of these from my local makro (Poole) at £68.99 inc vat each, if you want one might be worth ringing your local Makro before you go.


Thought this wasn't supposed to start until tomorrow ? :?
#19
Me and my mate just picked up the last 2 from the makro (Edinburgh) branch ! :-D

Cheers for the headsup 'Booandthebabies' !!! :thumbsup:
#20
Mecoconuts
Thought this wasn't supposed to start until tomorrow ? :?


Mecoconuts
Me and my mate just picked up the last 2 from the makro (Edinburgh) branch ! :-D

Cheers for the headsup 'Booandthebabies' !!! :thumbsup:


I was surprised as well, but the guy confirmed it over the phone and when I got there they were labelled up in the cabinet as £59.99 +VAT, and no problems about the headsup.
#21
When I read others had managed to get them a day ahead, I dashed to my local one in Manchester and they had three there. Two left now! :thumbsup: Works great on all the mkv I have thrown at it so far ... not all the xvids though, but thats ok, I got xbmc to play them.
#22
airpoint
Hi there,

I'm desperately googling this player, but everywhere out of stock :-(
So I was just wondering, has anybody seen this somewhere in retail? (except for Makro)

thx


pcworld is where i got mine. £80 collect in store

I had (well still have) an xbox with xbmc before this. Yes this doesn't have network capability (we'll ignore the custom boot stuff for now) but it's an excellent media player. I use a host powered 2.5" drive for storage. Interface is good and the device has played everything I've thrown at it. I mainly bought mine for HD stuff and h.264 in mkv support

Get your latest firmware here http://www.wdc.com/wdtvprerelease/
#23
doolie;5061251
pcworld is where i got mine. £80 collect in store

I had (well still have) an xbox with xbmc before this. Yes this doesn't have network capability (we'll ignore the custom boot stuff for now) but it's an excellent media player. I use a host powered 2.5" drive for storage. Interface is good and the device has played everything I've thrown at it. I mainly bought mine for HD stuff and h.264 in mkv support

Get your latest firmware here http://www.wdc.com/wdtvprerelease/


you do realise the thread originally "died" over 4 months ago and there have since been postings that this can be got at amazon?
#24
doolie
pcworld is where i got mine. £80 collect in store

I had (well still have) an xbox with xbmc before this. Yes this doesn't have network capability (we'll ignore the custom boot stuff for now) but it's an excellent media player. I use a host powered 2.5" drive for storage. Interface is good and the device has played everything I've thrown at it. I mainly bought mine for HD stuff and h.264 in mkv support

Get your latest firmware here http://www.wdc.com/wdtvprerelease/


I don't think there no longer desperate for the player since that was posted in December :)
#25
mighty sausage
would be even better if it had wifi like apple tv


totally different to Apple TV
#26
most convenient way to play HD movies or user-generated videos


Ahem. not really ...
#27
machofairy
Xbox is a good media player, provided you never intend to watch anything in HD. I think the purpose of this item is mainly for HD media.

But if you don't have a HD TV, a XBOX with XBMC or (even better), a 360 and TVersity (Free!) on your PC , you have a fantastic media player.
#28
torby
you do realise the thread originally "died" over 4 months ago and there have since been postings that this can be got at amazon?


doh!

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