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Western Digital TV HD LIVE 1080P Media Player - £90.46 @ Scan, ends 1pm 19th Jan
Western Digital TV HD LIVE 1080P Media Player - £90.46 @ Scan, ends 1pm 19th Jan

Western Digital TV HD LIVE 1080P Media Player - £90.46 @ Scan, ends 1pm 19th Jan

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Everywhere else is charging about £5 more, so i thought i'd post this deal. This has an ethernet port so you can stream videos from your pc and it also has youtube. Iplayer support MAY come in a future firmware update.

Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9
Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle - SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

Note:
- MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
- MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.
- WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
- H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution.
- H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
- An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output.
- Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048x2048.
- Single layer TIFF files only.
- Uncompressed BMP only.

For details, please refer to the user manual.

File 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®

Physical Specifications
Capacity N/A
Interface Ethernet, HDMI, Composite A/V, Component video, USB 2.0
Physical Dimensions
English
Height 1.57 Inches
Length 3.94 Inches
Width 4.94 Inches
Weight 0.67 Pounds
Metric
Height 40 mm
Length 100 mm
Width 125.5 mm
Weight 303 g
Environmental Specifications
Temperature (English)
Operating 41° F to 95° F
Non-operating -40° F to 149° F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating 5° C to 35° C
Non-operating -40° C to 65° C
Electrical Specifications
Current Requirements
Power Dissipation
AC Input Voltage 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency 50-60 Hz

45 Comments

Original Poster

scroll to the bottom of the today only page for this price and click on buy, this offer ends at around 1pm tomorrow when scan update their todayonly page:

http://i46.tinypic.com/351bbwn.jpg

here is a photo of the back of it:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/attachments/streamers-network-media-players/142624d1255358999-wd-tv-live-owners-thread-wdfwdtvlive-rear.jpg

Would this be better than the Sumvision model sold at Bigpockets? This one doesn't seem to play MKV files? is it still better to connect a laptop?

Original Poster

why would you think this can't play .mkv files?

"Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, [COLOR=Red]MKV[/COLOR] (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9"

Yes this is better than the sumvision player, their software is pretty buggy in comparison to Western Digital's.

Are you sure it has bbc iplayer? Mine doesn't. It would be great if it did though.

some of them arrive dead. just had a replacement and now sending the broken one back, annoyed. Also the hd wmv i used on my noise machine xbox360 wont play sound on the wdtv live. something to do with wmv audio not supported or you need a decoder.

Original Poster

yipykayay;7508164

Are you sure it has bbc iplayer? Mine doesn't. It would be great if it … Are you sure it has bbc iplayer? Mine doesn't. It would be great if it did though.



Looks like i was wrong about this, thought it was added with a firmware update, its a requested feature on their forums though so there's a good chance that it might happen in a future firmware update.

You can vote to add this here: wdtv.uservoice.com/pag…tle

yipykayay;7508164

Are you sure it has bbc iplayer? Mine doesn't. It would be great if it … Are you sure it has bbc iplayer? Mine doesn't. It would be great if it did though.


No Iplayer.. though it might support BBC news feeds

hajj_3;7508027

why would you think this can't play .mkv files?"Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, … why would you think this can't play .mkv files?"Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, [COLOR=Red]MKV[/COLOR] (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9"Yes this is better than the sumvision player, their software is pretty buggy in comparison to Western Digital's.



Ive heard the opposite, rather AVfforums gives the sumvision player a better review than the WD. Rather the members think the sumvision player is quicker and neater than the WD. Both have the same problem of Default Subtitles ON, which is the only con for the sumvision stated. Also the sumvision. can use an external/networked BD drive to play BDs direct to the TV, WD cant. The sumvision player alos has its firmware updates... so in terms of Bang for buck the sum vision MKV V2 enclosure (yes you can pop a 1.5tb drive inside it) is better bang per buck than the WD. Though WD is good, the sumvision has an edge

yipykayay;7508164

Are you sure it has bbc iplayer? Mine doesn't. It would be great if it … Are you sure it has bbc iplayer? Mine doesn't. It would be great if it did though.



"Agree". I have been waiting for information on firmware updates before buying. Any previous info I have read has said that the iplayer is not compatible due to DRM protection.

Foolishspender;7508358

"Agree". I have been waiting for information on firmware updates before … "Agree". I have been waiting for information on firmware updates before buying. Any previous info I have read has said that the iplayer is not compatible due to DRM protection.



Yup, Iplayer support looks quite unlikely. The wii and PS3 are probably the best option so far!

Hey result! I was always flummoxed by Today Only only going live about 1pm. I genuinely believed they really were TODAY only and so how the heck do they expect people to see, evaluate, decide, travel and collect their stuff. 24 hours though...THAT makes sence.

hajj_3;7508292

You can vote to add this here: … You can vote to add this here: http://wdtv.uservoice.com/pages/17442-general/suggestions/403039-bbc-iplayer-support-for-wdtv-live?ref=title


Done, Cheers:thumbsup:

Ill buy it when I get iplayer on it.. If they put wireless ethernet in it, it will be a fantastic peice of kit..

Until then....meh

Original Poster

you can use a wireless usb pen with a custom firmware i believe for wireless.

Can someone actually explain to me what this enables me to do. I'm torn as to wether to ditch sky and get a Humax, but I think I'd miss my sports too much. I'm tempted to go sky HD+ for a year then ditch sky, thsi however still would leave me unable to record any HD channel once/if I ditch sky....I'm a bit confused with all this..

Anyone help and advise..?
Ta muchly

Banned

i hope it can sale more

as with every time a media player is posted....

A this is a good price
B this is a good player
C no it wont do menu's from ISO's
D there are better players available
E this is the type of player you should start with or give to a parent for the least amount of hassle.

Cold

Incredible device! - But only 91.90 at Pixmania = 97.30 delivered (vs. 101.03 on scan). And not only today...

clarence47a;7516074

Can someone actually explain to me what this enables me to do. I'm torn … Can someone actually explain to me what this enables me to do. I'm torn as to wether to ditch sky and get a Humax, but I think I'd miss my sports too much. I'm tempted to go sky HD+ for a year then ditch sky, thsi however still would leave me unable to record any HD channel once/if I ditch sky....I'm a bit confused with all this..Anyone help and advise..?Ta muchly


This really has nothing to do with sky or any pvr ability...

actually most media players dont have pvr options as that adds to the cost.
check out:
digitalera.co.uk/new…596
iboum.com/art…php
avforums.com/for…rs/

BlackCloud;7507984

Would this be better than the Sumvision model sold at Bigpockets? This … Would this be better than the Sumvision model sold at Bigpockets? This one doesn't seem to play MKV files? is it still better to connect a laptop?



what sumvison model?
for the money the sumvision models are pretty good but firmware updates and lack of communication put me off

Ditto above, anyone got links to the sumvision model?

Original Poster

raph;7516104

ColdIncredible device! - But only 91.90 at Pixmania = 97.30 delivered … ColdIncredible device! - But only 91.90 at Pixmania = 97.30 delivered (vs. 101.03 on scan). And not only today...



you can get free delivery at scan with hexus or avforums with 50+ posts so its £5 cheaper than pixmania.

This deal has ended though as the todayonly page has changed.

The sumvision model is buggy, The western digital's are way better and quick firmware updates pretty much solve all known problems at the time the firmwares are released.

SOSAGES;7516099

as with every time a media player is posted....A this is a good priceB … as with every time a media player is posted....A this is a good priceB this is a good playerC no it wont do menu's from ISO'sD there are better players availableE this is the type of player you should start with or give to a parent for the least amount of hassle.



Which player is better?

I bought the Hisense one that seems to do most of the same but only costs £67 from expansys
expansys.com/d.a…127

mrplay;7508267

some of them arrive dead. just had a replacement and now sending the … some of them arrive dead. just had a replacement and now sending the broken one back, annoyed. Also the hd wmv i used on my noise machine xbox360 wont play sound on the wdtv live. something to do with wmv audio not supported or you need a decoder.




I had similar problem.

There is a quick fix.

you need this software:

MediaInfo -mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
WMV Convertor - networkedmediatank.com/sho…991
TSMuxer - smlabs.net/tsm…tml

1. Run MEdia Info and load your wmv ito it. Make a note of the Frame Rate, you will need this later.

2. Run WMV Converter on the WMV file. This results in an MKV file, but it wont play for more than a few secs in the WDTV Live.

3. Run the MKV through TSmuXeR to get a TS file.
In the settings make sure you force the frame rate to the correct rate using the drop down... they display the frame rate as fractions rather than 23.96 / 24 / 25 Frames per Second. Get your calculator out to do the math

Hope this helps

Oh. and my opinion on this player is that it is fantastic.

We have three in the family now. Very easy to set up for more elderly users with a store of files ona HD for them to watch.

Output via HDMI or Composite / component means can be used on older tvs too.

My only gripe with it is i have it hooked up to my 10 plug adapter, and when everything is switched on via mains switch, it makes my tv auto switch to the hdmi input which is a bit annoying... also for some reason it interfers with my plasma's inbuilt freeview tuner. Powering it off solves that prob.

morpheus;7516694

Ditto above, anyone got links to the sumvision model?



play.com/PC/…b=0

Bit cheaper, and it does Iplayer

Wouldn't Virgin get really ****** if I started downloading loads of 10gb HD files overnight?

I currently have a Humax HD PVR, a Wii for Iplayer and a 360 that I use to watch movies streamed via homeplugs from my PC. Do I need a Sumvision Cyclone,WD HD Live or an Xtreamer? There is enough clutter under the TV already. Can anybody convince me? I do have problems playing MKVs sometimes, need converted and my PC struggles a bit.

Original Poster

from what i've read from feedback about the sumvision the firmwares aren't great and don't get upgraded frequently, the wd live is much better, as for the xtreamer i haven't researched that. There is also the Hisense media player which is around £61 but there firmwares are very poor indeed, 5.1/dts issues haven't been fixed in the 2 months they have been reported so i wouldn't bother with that either, not yet anyway, its a shame as the price and hardware is fantastic, just poor software.

spudgun;7517719

I currently have a Humax HD PVR, a Wii for Iplayer and a 360 that I use … I currently have a Humax HD PVR, a Wii for Iplayer and a 360 that I use to watch movies streamed via homeplugs from my PC. Do I need a Sumvision Cyclone,WD HD Live or an Xtreamer? There is enough clutter under the TV already. Can anybody convince me? I do have problems playing MKVs sometimes, need converted and my PC struggles a bit.



You don't need one no, question is whether you want one.

If you want to eliminate the 360's noise, not to have to convert files, not to have to tie up your PC and network, then go for it.

I prefer storing things locally rather than streaming so out of those I would go for the Sumvision as you can install the largest internal hard drive.

If you can afford a Popcorn Hour then goes without saying get one of those as they blow all competition out of the water. I was lucky enough to bag a Popcorn Hour clone on clearance for £100. Cheapest clone I can find at the moment is this: ]http//ww…tml

Rubisco;7519358

You don't need one no, question is whether you want one.



I am a gadget nerd, so will always be thinking of buying these things. However I tend to be an early adopter and regret not waiting down the line. If the 360 could play MKVs and the Wii could be hooked up by ethernet(for the Iplayer) then I would be happy. Just bought a new router linksys WRT610n, hoping it would help the Wii with Iplayer. Stronger signal but still loses signal at times.
I also need something that the wife can use easily( she gets annoyed with me if I buy gadgets, especially if she can't work them), also I have a logitech harmony One remote, so need new gadgets to work with that. the GUI for the WD models looks nice as does the Xtreamer. The Humax /freeview are meant to be getting the Iplayer soon too, and it has an ethernet connection, should maybe wait for that.

Sorry, don't expect answers . I'm just ruminating, lol.:-D

iplayer isn't great on the Wii, it's better on the PS3 but still not perfect.

hajj_3;7517772

from what i've read from feedback about the sumvision the firmwares … from what i've read from feedback about the sumvision the firmwares aren't great and don't get upgraded frequently, the wd live is much better, as for the xtreamer i haven't researched that. There is also the Hisense media player which is around £61 but there firmwares are very poor indeed, 5.1/dts issues haven't been fixed in the 2 months they have been reported so i wouldn't bother with that either, not yet anyway, its a shame as the price and hardware is fantastic, just poor software.



FYI
Sumvision is the latest player to use the Realtek Chipset. Their development team is UK based and reep is active on AV Forums.
THey have already issued a firware update, with another on the way. They are also releasing WIFI N adpater for wireless networking the cyclong MKV players.
Not only that as the Realtek players are being pused into the market, the actail SDK 3 has been released. New firmware for the sumvision should be out by feb. I can't see how you say the firmware is buggy. Can you point me to one BUG (besides subtitles defaulting to ON)?

Original Poster

i found the bugs after a few mins of googling. Its all well saying the bugs will be fixed in february, hisense could say the same, players can only be judged by their current firmwares.

the hisense can even send DTS-HD and TrueHD to an amp and is only £61 but the software is poor at the moment, if they can get that working fine it will be the best non-popcorn hour player on the market and also pretty much the cheapest.

hajj_3;7522200

i found the bugs after a few mins of googling. Its all well saying the … i found the bugs after a few mins of googling. Its all well saying the bugs will be fixed in february, hisense could say the same, players can only be judged by their current firmwares.the hisense can even send DTS-HD and TrueHD to an amp and is only £61 but the software is poor at the moment, if they can get that working fine it will be the best non-popcorn hour player on the market and also pretty much the cheapest.



can you give the links to the bugs please. Just for clarity we are talking about the sumvision MKV V2 Enclosure... proper bugs not " I think this is not good" or "I think this is slow"

was looking at one of these for months, but in the end went for the sumvision cyclone mkv enclosure. Great bit of kit, has played everything i've put at it, and only cost £79.45.:)

vegasbaby;7524149

was looking at one of these for months, but in the end went for the … was looking at one of these for months, but in the end went for the sumvision cyclone mkv enclosure. Great bit of kit, has played everything i've put at it, and only cost £79.45.:)



HI Vegasbaby, thanks for the info. And according to you are there any bugs in the firmware? Except for the subtitles ON by default, I have not heard of any other bugs!!!

unileeds;7525364

HI Vegasbaby, thanks for the info. And according to you are there any … HI Vegasbaby, thanks for the info. And according to you are there any bugs in the firmware? Except for the subtitles ON by default, I have not heard of any other bugs!!!



so far, the only thing i've come across that is annoying (but not a bug) is the fan noise. Was hoping it would be quieter, and also no usb at the front ,which is a slight inconvenience as I use a usb flash drive for media, but other than that, so far it's been great.

dayman76;7517222

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/13069847/Sumvision-Cyclone-MKV-1080p-HD-Media-Player-Enclosure/Product.html?ptsl=1&ob=Price&fb=0Bit cheaper, and it does IplayerWouldn't Virgin get really ****** if I started downloading loads of 10gb HD files overnight?



If you got them from a paid from source i expect virgin would be fine.
if u download them illigally then the copyright owner and virgin will be gruimpy

hajj_3;7517772

from what i've read from feedback about the sumvision the firmwares … from what i've read from feedback about the sumvision the firmwares aren't great and don't get upgraded frequently, the wd live is much better, as for the xtreamer i haven't researched that. There is also the Hisense media player which is around £61 but there firmwares are very poor indeed, 5.1/dts issues haven't been fixed in the 2 months they have been reported so i wouldn't bother with that either, not yet anyway, its a shame as the price and hardware is fantastic, just poor software.



Xtreamer has mixed review.
my xtreamer works fine and it has the nicest HD menu's of any media player i have seen.

i would also look at:
A200
Dune Base
Mede8er
Playon HD
Asus Oplay.

remember that none of these do iplayer in a nice way (drm issues) but it will get better over time.
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