WD TV Live - £66.09 @ Amazon
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WD TV Live - £66.09 @ Amazon

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Found 8th Jul 2012Made hot 8th Jul 2012
Product Features and Technical Details
Product Features

Built-in hard drive: N
Connectivity technology: Wired
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out: 1
USB 2.0 ports quantity: 1
HDMI ports quantity: 1

Enjoy Internet entertainment on your TV, including movies, TV catch-up, YouTube and Facebook
Play your personal media collection in Full HD 1080p
Built-in Wi-Fi and intuitive interface
Play a wide variety of file formats including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV
Play media from USB drives, network drives, and any PC or Mac computer in your home

Technical Details

Compatibility
HDMI, Full HD (1080p), AAC, MP3, JPEG, H.264, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS 2.0, DLNA, Bonjour, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Adobe FlashLite
Note: Compatibility may vary, depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system
Product Specifications
Interfaces: Ethernet
USB 2.0: (2) (input)
HDMI: (output)
Composite A/V: (output)
Optical audio: (output)
RoHS compliant: Yes
Limited warranty: Varies by region

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164 Comments

these are great much better than atv...


Excellent little boxes for streaming media. Plenty of youtube and other reviews to explain what they can do. Just be wary that later Western Digital firmware versions have changed how it works and what it can do (Cinavia, etc), but this can be sorted by changing firmware to a homebrew version - search b-rad.

cigbunt

these are great much better than atv...


Not better than xbmc running on a jailbroken apple tv

joetipper

Excellent little boxes for streaming media. Plenty of youtube and other … Excellent little boxes for streaming media. Plenty of youtube and other reviews to explain what they can do. Just be wary that later Western Digital firmware versions have changed how it works and what it can do (Cinavia, etc), but this can be sorted by changing firmware to a homebrew version - search b-rad.


B-rad doesnt have firmware for this new version does he?
I know he did in the older versions.
I have the latest firmware, and have had no issues with Cinavia, if that was activated, why would people buy a media player? it would stop you from watching movies wouldnt it?

OldEnglish

Not better than xbmc running on a jailbroken apple tv



How do you make that out? you cant get Full HD on the ATV, even if it jail broken. So this is better.
If you want a media player with netflix that has played every file I have, then get this.

OldEnglish

Not better than xbmc running on a jailbroken apple tv



Please excuse my noobie question, I have an xbox and a conventional tv, what are the advantages of converting it to a xbmc??

canada16

How do you make that out? you cant get Full HD on the ATV, even if it … How do you make that out? you cant get Full HD on the ATV, even if it jail broken. So this is better. If you want a media player with netflix that has played every file I have, then get this.



Apple tv 3rd gen is 1080p, if it gets jailbroken it'll be the bestestt.

These things are brilliant. I have a 2tb external hard drive hooked up to it and so far it's played everything I've thrown at it

Banned

OldEnglish

Not better than xbmc running on a jailbroken apple tv



I jailbroke an apple tv gen 2 for my friend and threw xbmc on it and it was slow as ****. I wasn't expecting it to be on par with my dedicated system but it was really not that great at all, sluggish menus just made the whole experience very lackluster, the actual playback was fine though.

I have this networked up, wireless is pants, hard wire it and it's pretty good!

mattsmith29

and so far it's played everything I've thrown at it



*cringe*

joetipper

Excellent little boxes for streaming media. Plenty of youtube and other … Excellent little boxes for streaming media. Plenty of youtube and other reviews to explain what they can do. Just be wary that later Western Digital firmware versions have changed how it works and what it can do (Cinavia, etc), but this can be sorted by changing firmware to a homebrew version - search b-rad.

have you a link to this firmware, I thought the firmware was only for the earlier models.

Mark300ZX

Please excuse my noobie question, I have an xbox and a conventional tv, … Please excuse my noobie question, I have an xbox and a conventional tv, what are the advantages of converting it to a xbmc??



You need an Apple TV not an Xbox..XBMC originated (well..mainly anyway) on the old Xbox 1's (the big black thing :-p) hence the name. If you've got an old (not 360) xbox then it might be worth converting that to run XBMC as its still brilliant to this day, though it doesn't play HD films.

Paul

canada16

How do you make that out? you cant get Full HD on the ATV, even if it … How do you make that out? you cant get Full HD on the ATV, even if it jail broken. So this is better. If you want a media player with netflix that has played every file I have, then get this.


xbmc is much better stick it on a revo then if you want 1080p

OldEnglish

Not better than xbmc running on a jailbroken apple tv



have you owned a atv???
yes they do run xbmc but the experience is slow and it take a lot of effort setting it up

i like this box because its a no fuss solution just plug it in and connect to your network well worth the money

EDIT plus on atv you cant use a usb hard disk... and without jail breaking atv is useless

Edited by: "cigbunt" 8th Jul 2012

what's the hdd size on this one?

cala

what's the hdd size on this one?



no hd on this.. you can plug them in

also you can airplay to wdtv now with an app called "zappotv" i'll be honest as im not a fan boy,,, its not as good as other airplay apps ive used its a bit slow but it does work.... (hopefully it'll improve with updates??)

so basically if you want to play videos off you iphone/ipad on your tv you can do this with wdtv

@nascent i agree with you pi is very capable system.. BUT 1, there's a waiting list! 2, not everyone will have the know how or time to set it up!!
Edited by: "cigbunt" 8th Jul 2012

cigbunt

there's a waiting list! 2, not everyone will have the know how or time to … there's a waiting list! 2, not everyone will have the know how or time to set it up!!



You'd amazed how easy it is, there's a GUI installer on the site
http://i.imgur.com/WaUEDs.png
it's literally a job of attaching an hdmi cable, plugging in the power and clicking next a couple of times on the installer. I was up and running in about 5 mins tops. Just make sure you have an SD adaptor for £2.

As for the waiting list. I have managed to apply for and receive 2 of them in separate instances I haven't had to wait long at all. Supposedly they've got a handle on production and are getting rid of the waiting list soon anyway.





Edited by: "nascent" 8th Jul 2012

What are you using for a remote control on the Pi?

Whirly

What are you using for a remote control on the Pi?


Andriod/iphone xbmc phone app is your best bet

cigbunt

have you owned a atv???yes they do run xbmc but the experience is slow … have you owned a atv???yes they do run xbmc but the experience is slow and it take a lot of effort setting it up i like this box because its a no fuss solution just plug it in and connect to your network well worth the money EDIT plus on atv you cant use a usb hard disk... and without jail breaking atv is useless


Yes got apple tv 1st generation not slow at all?
& it was not hard to set up at all

Edited by: "OldEnglish" 8th Jul 2012

Banned

All you little boys are moaning and saying the apple TV is better or Raspberry Pi.

There not straight forward players!!

Players like: WD TV LIVE, MEDE8ER, XTREAMER - Are plug and play.

The mede8er player has excellent firmware update & support forum.

The XTREAMER has a built in gui so you can update the movie junkbox folder straight from the menu without farting around with programs like the YAMJ.

Ok you have to use YAMJ to mede8er on the mede8er players but its easy peasy!!

The best plug and play media player on the market that is the Mede8er X2 & XTREAMER which has a nice movie junkbox.

BUT the best non - plug & play setup is: ASUS REVO with XBMC!!!

babyface_snoop

All you little boys are moaning and saying the apple TV is better or … All you little boys are moaning and saying the apple TV is better or Raspberry Pi.There not straight forward players!! Players like: WD TV LIVE, MEDE8ER, XTREAMER - Are plug and play.The mede8er player has excellent firmware update & support forum.The XTREAMER has a built in gui so you can update the movie junkbox folder straight from the menu without farting around with programs like the YAMJ.Ok you have to use YAMJ to mede8er on the mede8er players but its easy peasy!!The best plug and play media player on the market that is the Mede8er X2 & XTREAMER which has a nice movie junkbox.BUT the best non - plug & play setup is: ASUS REVO with XBMC!!!


I do agree snoop acer revo is your best bet with xbmcbuntu
can't afford one at the moment though

Raspbmc is absolutely plug and play, you plug in an hdmi cable, power cable and sdcard and you're done.

WORD OF WARNING i bought this model about 1 month ago after reading through various threads on here and i remember some guy wrote that he'd experienced along with many others a problem where the unit just inexplicably switches itself off during playback (many different kinds of video files) and then switches on all of the time having lost the spot of where you were with what you were watching, i ignored him to some degree to my peril as the same thing happens to me about 50% of the time and its EXTREMELY annoying when your watching something and getting into it then Blam it all goes off (like a powercut) needless to say its going back as it seems from investigation that this is an issue thats unlikely to be fixed via firmware.



I too have a pi and have been playing around with raspbmc. It's slow.... and I find the sd card gets easily corrupted because of the lack of a proper shutdown on the pi. I cannot see past a atom powered acer revo or similar for xbmc.

Banned

nascent

Raspbmc is absolutely plug and play, you plug in an hdmi cable, power … Raspbmc is absolutely plug and play, you plug in an hdmi cable, power cable and sdcard and you're done.



But I'd rather have a player I can stick a massive HD inside so it looks nice and neat. Also looks great with the rest of my gadgets

studentprince

I too have a pi and have been playing around with raspbmc. It's slow.... … I too have a pi and have been playing around with raspbmc. It's slow.... and I find the sd card gets easily corrupted because of the lack of a proper shutdown on the pi. I cannot see past a atom powered acer revo or similar for xbmc.


It's not slow at all, maybe you screwed it up, or are using an incompatible card? Mine doesn't go above 20% CPU most of the time.
Never once had a corrupted SDCard, nor have I seen such a complaint on the forums.

There's a shutdown on raspmbc if you go to the system shutdown menu (s on a keyboard) You can turn off the power afterwards safely.

Edited by: "nascent" 11th Jul 2012

babyface_snoop

But I'd rather have a player I can stick a massive HD inside so it looks … But I'd rather have a player I can stick a massive HD inside so it looks nice and neat. Also looks great with the rest of my gadgets



You can do that with a pi =] If it's an internal HDD, just get a usb-to-sata adaptor and get a case big enough for both
Edited by: "nascent" 8th Jul 2012

OldEnglish

Yes got apple tv 1st generation not slow at all?& it was not hard to set … Yes got apple tv 1st generation not slow at all?& it was not hard to set up at all




considering you cant jailbreak the atv3 and the atv2 sells for 160+ on ebay... (i know i sold mine to get wdtv and pocketed the change)

recommending ATV isn't actually helping any one is it???

as for PI i agree its very decent ive just got ordered mine will take a few weeks though... BUT its not for everyone...

Edited by: "cigbunt" 8th Jul 2012

nascent

I've been using raspbmc on my raspberrypi and I have to say, absolutely … I've been using raspbmc on my raspberrypi and I have to say, absolutely nothing compares to it.£30 for a full media centre (HTPC)iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD, official TVCatchup support with a full EPG ,and perfect local network streamingThere's literally nothing as capable in a set top box.



Baloney. I had one of these for a few weeks and most of the time it failed to boot to debian. It needs a dedicated power supply and a memory card which pushes it over the £30 you've mentioned.
Couple that to it being an open circuit board and you'll also need to buy a case.

The kids of today will have no patience for it.

nascent

It's not slow at all, maybe you screwed it up, or are using an … It's not slow at all, maybe you screwed it up, or are using an incompatible card? Mine doesn't go above 20% CPU most of the time.Never once had a corrupted SDCard, nor have I seen such a complaint on the forums.There's a shutdown on raspmbc if you go to the system shutdown menu (s on a keyboard) You can turn off the power afterwards safely.or just use hibernate to keep it active.



I'm not saying playback is slow. But manipulating all the fan art and scrolling through carosels of bluray/dvd covers is much slower than my Revo. I suppose with a light skin with less eye candy it would be fine. It also will not smoothly stream 1080p off my NAS, but my revo does no problem.
Edited by: "studentprince" 8th Jul 2012

Come on guys you should know by now an apple fan will never give up. Just agree with them and they will go back to their mac threads.

bigbak

Baloney. I had one of these for a few weeks and most of the time it … Baloney. I had one of these for a few weeks and most of the time it failed to boot to debian.


Nonsense. If it fails to boot you have incompatible hardware, or screwed it up. I've never once had a failure to boot, I've got two of them, and am a member of the forums, never seen such complaints.

bigbak

It needs a dedicated power supply and a memory card which pushes it over … It needs a dedicated power supply and a memory card which pushes it over the £30 you've mentioned.


A micro usb power supply is £3 and a 8GB sd card is £3.


Edited by: "nascent" 8th Jul 2012

Banned

MEDE8ER X2, XTREAMER, POPCORN = Best Media player - Plug & play

ASUS REVO with XBMC - Best custom XBMC setup

The rest can go to hell lol

Decent media player, but bear in mind that Netflix is plagued with issues on this device, and despite the many many forum posts etc regarding it, WD refuse to fix the issues.

This seems to be usual price for these...
Nothing hot about this deal.

joetipper

. Just be wary that later Western Digital firmware versions have changed … . Just be wary that later Western Digital firmware versions have changed how it works and what it can do (Cinavia, etc).




Was thinking about purchasing one of these but thought Cinavia was not a problem using them???!!! Is it on newer models? like this one for instance?
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