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The WD TV HD Media Player is really user-friendly, just save your media content onto a USB drive, plug in and play. Intuitive navigation lets you browse by thumbnails or file names, then search by artist, file name.

Working brilliantly with Western Digitals My Passport and My Book storage devices, the WD TV HD Media Player can also be used with all the most common USB storage drives, digital cameras and portable media players. With two USB ports available, you have the convenience of access to content from two storage devices at once.

HD/HDMI
Unlock your PC onto your TV
Full HD video playback and navigation
Turn your USB drive into a media player
Stylish design
Turn your Hard drive into a media player
Connect your USB Memory stick
Connect your external hard drive

I've been swithering about buying one of these for ages, as by all accounts this is a great piece of kit. Time for an ealy Christmas pressie for myself, methinks!!!

Note that this is the online price only - the Instore price is £79.99

And don't forget Quidco for an extra few pennies off!
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#1
Excellent piece of kit well worth getting if you have an HD TV!
#2
Apart from the network facility, is there any other advantage of the latest WD TV Live model which is on sale for about £95?
#3
If you can afford it i'd go for the WDTV Live version :thumbsup: think it's £95 on Amazon at the mo.
#4
Is it easy to transfer blu ray films over to an external drive. I have the original blu rays but only 1 player - so if i wanted to watch in a different room at the same time how would i transfer the film over to this box without a blu ray drive in my pc ?
would I just be able to download the film from somewhere for me to be able to do this if I already own it ?

Any help would be appreciated. :thumbsup:
#5
rooney10
Is it easy to transfer blu ray films over to an external drive. I have the original blu rays but only 1 player - so if i wanted to watch in a different room at the same time how would i transfer the film over to this box without a blu ray drive in my pc ?
would I just be able to download the film from somewhere for me to be able to do this if I already own it ?

Any help would be appreciated. :thumbsup:


Not legally ...you can buy software to back it up since you own it ........OR if you don't care just download it from any of the Torrent sites or Newsgroups ....just Google it .. :thumbsup:
#6
WD TV live decodes DTS which a lot of MKVs are encoded with.


So you can play sound through your tv and not just your AV amp.
#7
The WDTV Live has DTS downmix, but V2 of this standard one is out now and that supports it too for less money. It also has a allegedly better chip in it too.

So...

Network connection to storage required: WDTV Live
DTS Downmix for Stereo TV required: WDTV V2
You have a receiver that decodes DTS: WDTV V1

Scan have V2 of the WDTV
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Western-Digital-WD-TV-v2-Digital-Media-Player-MPEGWMV9Xvid-AVCH264ISOMKVDTS-downmix-Via-USB
#8
if your thinking of the WD Live

also take this into consideration

(main website)
[url]www.xtreamer.net[/url]
(Offical uk seller)
[url]www.thextreamer.com[/url]

They have just made the box open source so you can expect alot of mods in the near future.

£100 price mark
#9
Its a magic little box.

Bought one a couple of months ago and have never looked back since.....
#10
I bought one still sealed from Ebay for £50 delivered last week, it's a Christmas gift though so I haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

Is there any way to tell the V2 from the V1 by looking at the packaging?
#11
Get your selfs a proper HTPC much better than the wdtv any day.
#12
@Spark, if there's a picture of the rear on the box then check for a network connection. If it's got one then it's a v2 (just checked my v1 box and it has a rear picture).

These boxes are excellent! Plays everything i've thrown at it (mainly used for mkv (HD) files)

Highly recommended!
#13
you can try Asus O!Play too - around the same price, but heard its better - got one of them ;)
#14
For a small compact media player that plays everything from usb, can't go wrong. Get the Live for network connectivity, and has great codec support!

I went for the Popcorn Hour A110 though in the end when looking at this, but I think it's a great price still and great for a media player in the bedroom. Hot!
#15
polo_mint4
@Spark, if there's a picture of the rear on the box then check for a network connection. If it's got one then it's a v2 (just checked my v1 box and it has a rear picture).

These boxes are excellent! Plays everything i've thrown at it (mainly used for mkv (HD) files)

Highly recommended!


So the V2 has an ethernet port on it?

The ebay listing I bought it from did mention something about DTS downmixing, I don't know if that indicated a v2 though and the woman I bought it from was selling it as an unwanted gift so I didn't really ask, especially at that price.

If it helps, this was the listing: 260520824352. I'm at work now but I can check the box later tonight when I get home.
#16
I've the WDTV Live due for delivery but with the Christmas mail backlog and Pixmania's shoddy customer service I've no idea where it is.

Should have arrived for my birthday last Monday but still no sign almost two weeks after ordering :cry: :x
#17
If you don't really need HD then something like this

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167205

works in the same way. If it's just for Avi files, music and photos etc this works in the same way
i.e just plug a portable drive into it. Small enough to take abroard also...
#18
homerd
if your thinking of the WD Live

also take this into consideration

(main website)
[url]www.xtreamer.net[/url]
(Offical uk seller)
[url]www.thextreamer.com[/url]

They have just made the box open source so you can expect alot of mods in the near future.

£100 price mark


I don't think there's broadband available in the UK that would be quick enough to stream 1080p HD video from the Web
1 Like #19
polo_mint4
@Spark, if there's a picture of the rear on the box then check for a network connection. If it's got one then it's a v2 (just checked my v1 box and it has a rear picture).

These boxes are excellent! Plays everything i've thrown at it (mainly used for mkv (HD) files)

Highly recommended!


No the WDTV v2 is just like the v1 except that it has DTS 2.0 downmix - it doesn't have a network port though it will support some wireless USB sticks - you need the WDTV Live for that.

I think the v2 has only just been released so most stock out there will be of the older v1 model.

- Simon.
1 Like #20
@Spark
that ebay item is the v1. The v2 has been out for around 2months now.

I have my device sitting next to my pc and tv so didn't really need the network port as i can transfer files via usb easily enough (i have a separate amp which deals with all the DTS).

£50 is a pretty good price though ;)
#21
Get the wdtv live, it has network port, and its a fantastic device, about the size of a small router..
#22
Does any one know if i can use this to record stuff off my sky + harddrive on to an external harddrive or anyother advice would be appreciated

thanks
#23
brilliant little devices, for busy people who don't want to become a slave to technology.
#24
How well do these play ripped DVDs?

I'm almost sold on one of these but i've heard the playback of ripped DVDs is very hit and miss (e.g. no access to DVD menus)
#25
Badger Mushroom
I don't think there's broadband available in the UK that would be quick enough to stream 1080p HD video from the Web


Eh ? That's not exactly true! Virgin 50MB would be MORE than enough to achieve that.

So this is definitely version 1 then, with no DTS downmix ?
#26
polo_mint4
@Spark
that ebay item is the v1. The v2 has been out for around 2months now.

I have my device sitting next to my pc and tv so didn't really need the network port as i can transfer files via usb easily enough (i have a separate amp which deals with all the DTS).

£50 is a pretty good price though ;)


Thanks mate, rep left. Can I ask how you figured that out though just so I know? :)

I did buy a usb to ethernet adaptor to go with it anyway since it was only around £2 so hopefully that should work.
#27
brookheather
No the WDTV v2 is just like the v1 except that it has DTS 2.0 downmix - it doesn't have a network port though it will support some wireless USB sticks - you need the WDTV Live for that.

I think the v2 has only just been released so most stock out there will be of the older v1 model.

- Simon.


The ebay listing does say that DTS is supported though, that's what made me think that it was a v2 unit.

Rep left for you too mate. :)
#28
I'm assuming, due to the price, that this is the v1 and therefore doesnt support the DTS downmixing??

If this is true - does anyone know if the v1 will simply play the audio through my TV's standard 2 channel stereo system or will I have to mess around converting the sound file to something else?

Thanks....

SteveP
#29
H_077
Does any one know if i can use this to record stuff off my sky + harddrive on to an external harddrive or anyother advice would be appreciated

thanks


No.

The WDTV can be modified with a new firmware to give it usb netwrok support.

If you are considering the WDTV live you would be better off going for the Egreat M32a it is around the same price, with much better support and a much better interface (uses the same interface as the popcorn hour and the same mods can be done, including the Yamj media jukebox.

as soon as its viable for me i will be upgrading from my wdtv to the egreat
#30
Sloblock
If you don't really need HD then something like this

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/167205

works in the same way. If it's just for Avi files, music and photos etc this works in the same way
i.e just plug a portable drive into it. Small enough to take abroard also...


This thing is rubbish - sending two back as they do not work properly.

Very limited support of files - wont play files that my 3 year old dvd drive can play off a dvd - also very very tempromental about registering drives - will not recognise an sd card at all - tried an external drive formatted NTFS - works for about 2 mins before loosing all the files - formatted to FAT32 works a bit better but still gets very confused if you jump around the menus or fast forward too much,

Check over at AVFORUMS before buying one of these - quite a few different problems with them
#31
Will this play files in WMV-HD format ?
#32
be aware these are cheap because they have been replaced by a v2 model so people are trying to clear old stock.

remember if you want to stream from a network then you need the live version.

and also remember wdtv is not the only choice nor the best choice but certainly does keep a lot of people happy but then they dont need certain features.
have a look at
xtreamer
playonhd
mede8er
popcorn hour c200
hdi prime 3.0
hdi base 3.0
asus oplay (r1 or r3)
#33
Spark
Thanks mate, rep left. Can I ask how you figured that out though just so I know? :)

I did buy a usb to ethernet adaptor to go with it anyway since it was only around £2 so hopefully that should work.


No problem :) Main thing was that there's not mention of the network connection under the physical interfaces seciotn. Also, going by the picture used to advertise, it is definitely the v1 as the v2 looks slightly different from the front.
#34
Can PS3 do the same jobs?
#35
polo_mint4
No problem :) Main thing was that there's not mention of the network connection under the physical interfaces seciotn. Also, going by the picture used to advertise, it is definitely the v1 as the v2 looks slightly different from the front.


Cool, I thought the V2 didn't have an Ethernet port though, I thought it just had the capabilities to downmix DTS whereas the Live unit is the one with Network support.
#36
headco
Can PS3 do the same jobs?


No, hence why I have bought one of these.
#37
jlgmax
Will this play files in WMV-HD format ?


Yes, but the 360 also natively supports that format.
#38
Spark
Yes, but the 360 also natively supports that format.

Just want to chip in here, as there are probs with some WMV files.

As regards WMVs, I have the WDTV Live and it works with WMVs but it will not play WMA pro codec often found in HD WMV files.

There is a work around.

Use WMV Convertor found here:
http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showthread.php?tid=11991

The resulting MKV will only play in your wdtv player for a few seconds before quitting, so run it through TSmuXeR program.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/tsMuxeR

You must force the frame rate to the correct rate of the original WMV file. (use Mediainfo prog to find this out http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en)

You will end up with a .TS file that will work in your WDTV. I use a Core 2 Duo machine (2.1 Ghz and 2gb ram) to do this and it takes about 10mins each HD film. Some of the apps above have quing feature to help you do them in a batch.

Weird thing is although the TS file works with my WDTV Live, it doesnt with my PC! But i can live with that!
#39
Too bad it doesnt do realplayer files!!!!
#40
opencube
Just want to chip in here, as there are probs with some WMV files.

As regards WMVs, I have the WDTV Live and it works with WMVs but it will not play WMA pro codec often found in HD WMV files.

There is a work around.

Use WMV Convertor found here:
http://www.networkedmediatank.com/showthread.php?tid=11991

The resulting MKV will only play in your wdtv player for a few seconds before quitting, so run it through TSmuXeR program.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/tsMuxeR

You must force the frame rate to the correct rate of the original WMV file. (use Mediainfo prog to find this out http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en)

You will end up with a .TS file that will work in your WDTV. I use a Core 2 Duo machine (2.1 Ghz and 2gb ram) to do this and it takes about 10mins each HD film. Some of the apps above have quing feature to help you do them in a batch.

Weird thing is although the TS file works with my WDTV Live, it doesnt with my PC! But i can live with that!


To be honest I think if you're downloading HD content from the net for this thing then there really isn't any point in bothering with anything but MKV x264 anyway since they are pretty much the standard and this plays them without much difficulty by all accounts, aside from the occasional DTS issue.

Windows hates massive .TS files (over 3GB) as Windows Explorer often times out trying to thumbnail them and will result in a crash of that application. You'll generally find that most windows based media player applications will crash when you attempt to open them too in XP/Vista/7. It's nobody's fault really as .TS was primarily designed for DVD Video and DVD's tend to consist of mostly 1GB files with that extension which have to be split due to FS limitations.

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