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Western Digital TV Live £74.69 - 10% Quidco @ Dell
Western Digital TV Live £74.69 - 10% Quidco @ Dell

Western Digital TV Live £74.69 - 10% Quidco @ Dell

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Use discount code MW3WZR5$$BBG4P for 10% off price of £82.99 and use Quidco for 10% cashback for net price of £67.22. Free delivery.

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Great deal, but you can't include Quidco in the net price. It's £74.69 pre-Quidco.

Original Poster

windhoek

Great deal, but you can't include Quidco in the net price. It's £74.69 … Great deal, but you can't include Quidco in the net price. It's £74.69 pre-Quidco.

Which is what is listed as the price!

supermod

Amended title to remove quidco from the quoted deal price, thanks again.

cheaper at Best buy (and already posted yesterday !)
£89.99 - 15 % Code:15COM) = 76.49
plus 15% quidco !
mine tracked at £11.39 cashback - net price £65.10
and free delivery
ok yes if we don't include quidco then this offer is £2 better or £2 worse with quidco - take your choice

PS - still a good deal though and votd hot !

45ure

cheaper at Best buy (and already posted yesterday !) £89.99 - 15 % … cheaper at Best buy (and already posted yesterday !) £89.99 - 15 % Code:15COM) = 76.49plus 15% quidco !mine tracked at £11.39 cashback - net price £65.10 and free deliveryok yes if we don't include quidco then this offer is £2 better or £2 worse with quidco - take your choice



A chance to get it for £65.10 after 2pm Saturday, when I'll be cancelling an order. Don't know how quickly it will reappear in stock.
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Original Poster

45ure

cheaper at Best buy (and already posted yesterday !) £89.99 - 15 % … cheaper at Best buy (and already posted yesterday !) £89.99 - 15 % Code:15COM) = 76.49plus 15% quidco !mine tracked at £11.39 cashback - net price £65.10 and free deliveryok yes if we don't include quidco then this offer is £2 better or £2 worse with quidco - take your choice



But out of stock for home delivery!

Thanks! Ordered one.

Thanks brookheather - I'm about an inch away from pressing the buy button!

I didn't get the BestBuy deal on this since out of stock for delivery so ordered from Dell.
Will be couple of quid dearer but delivery probably quicker.

i waited weeks for mine from Dell!

Gents.
I don't say anything here for reaction or to upset anyone, these are my experiences.

I personally own the WDTV gen1 and WDTV gen2 (which shares the same chipset as the Live)
My friend has the Live and an AC Ryan Playon Mini.

My advice is avoid WD at all costs.
Whilst my Gen 1 works very well and in my opinion is still the most stable of all the WDTV products, the Gen 2 has given me nothing but problems.
In short the gen 2 and live both do not handle some codec variants well, in particular MKV and MP4. These self same files will operate flawlessly on the Gen 1!

When the Live model became established WD dropped support for the Gen 2, When the Live + arrived, the same happened for the Live. Now the Live Hub has been released everyone knows what WD will do regarding its predecessor.

In complete contrast the Playon, which has far better file (and file structure) compatibility, connectivity and remote and generally very good support can be had for the same money.

Steven
Edited by: "steveex" 11th Dec 2010

I have had mine over a year and it has never failed to play anything, mkv, mp4, avi, iso etc. Never had a problem with it and neither have 2 mates that have one. Steevex, maybe yours is faulty or your files are not encoded properly.

Edited by: "simate" 11th Dec 2010

I looked at upgrading from the WD Live to the AC Ryan, and the latter still has enough annoyances not to make it worthwhile at the moment. The layout of the remote looks almost as flawed as the WD.
I would want the NAS version, so would wait until it supports gigabit.
The WD has custom firmware to fall back on and seems to have a much bigger community.

Original Poster

steveex

Gents.I don't say anything here for reaction or to upset anyone, these … Gents.I don't say anything here for reaction or to upset anyone, these are my experiences.I personally own the WDTV gen1 and WDTV gen2 (which shares the same chipset as the Live)My friend has the Live and an AC Ryan Playon Mini.My advice is avoid WD at all costs.Whilst my Gen 1 works very well and in my opinion is still the most stable of all the WDTV products, the Gen 2 has given me nothing but problems.In short the gen 2 and live both do not handle some codec variants well, in particular MKV and MP4. These self same files will operate flawlessly on the Gen 1!When the Live model became established WD dropped support for the Gen 2, When the Live + arrived, the same happened for the Live. Now the Live Hub has been released everyone knows what WD will do regarding its predecessor.In complete contrast the Playon, which has far better file (and file structure) compatibility, connectivity and remote and generally very good support can be had for the same money.Steven



I've had a Live since it came out and never had any problems with MKVs or Handbrake encoded MP4s. They released two new firmware releases for the Live model just last month so I would hardly say they have dropped support. Have you tried the latest firmware?

As regards to dumping support i stand by my words, sadly i suspect you will see for yourself. It has been a long standing, well supported opinion (or certainly for the last 10 years or so) that WD support is right up there with the worst.

As regards firmware, yes there are many homebrew cookers out there, although most swear by B.Rads.
As previously stated the problem lies with the chipset, to which WD themselves have said the vendor will not open-source the micro-code and a little digging around will show that any and all devices (of which are/were a few) sharing this set suffer from the same deficiencies.
I have had a look at the firmware code and have spoken to many about this and again confirm that these problems do exist and are not firmware related.

Steven

That all said I am more than happy to accept that you could use this device alongside some standard, popular file formats any never encounter these frankly well documented issues.

Steven

I've had my WDTV Live since the start of the year and it plays anything I throw at it perfectly. I'd be lost without it!

steveex

Gents.I don't say anything here for reaction or to upset anyone, these … Gents.I don't say anything here for reaction or to upset anyone, these are my experiences.I personally own the WDTV gen1 and WDTV gen2 (which shares the same chipset as the Live)My friend has the Live and an AC Ryan Playon Mini.My advice is avoid WD at all costs.Whilst my Gen 1 works very well and in my opinion is still the most stable of all the WDTV products, the Gen 2 has given me nothing but problems.In short the gen 2 and live both do not handle some codec variants well, in particular MKV and MP4. These self same files will operate flawlessly on the Gen 1!When the Live model became established WD dropped support for the Gen 2, When the Live + arrived, the same happened for the Live. Now the Live Hub has been released everyone knows what WD will do regarding its predecessor.In complete contrast the Playon, which has far better file (and file structure) compatibility, connectivity and remote and generally very good support can be had for the same money.Steven




Never had a problem really with this unit.
Other than problems with MKV headers (like other players too) that is all I have had to gripe about.
The headers were easily amended with MKV merge - hardly the end of the world.
The only problem I have is that even with custom firmware I am still unable to get it network sharing with Windows7 (tried every which way) - I suspect this is Windows to blame more than the WDTV.
Still its no big deal really.

Excellent little toy and at a great price too.
I take this with me when I go on hols.

Now on a sidenote...
If R4 for the DS is illegal, why are these ok?
They work on the same principle, don't they?

this is an excellend device and like others I have not had problems. I had a gen1 and then purchased a live. Buy this

Possiby down to the licensing of DIVX etc perhaps?

Banned

£65 (with cashback and code) @ Bestbuy

azazael

Never had a problem really with this unit.Other than problems with MKV … Never had a problem really with this unit.Other than problems with MKV headers (like other players too) that is all I have had to gripe about.The headers were easily amended with MKV merge - hardly the end of the world.The only problem I have is that even with custom firmware I am still unable to get it network sharing with Windows7 (tried every which way) - I suspect this is Windows to blame more than the WDTV. Still its no big deal really.



Just got my Box. Connected to my router, upgraded software no problem. Has shares with my NAS drive, XP desktop and Windows 7 laptop. Plays everything so far. Considering whether to use custom firmware but as I have no problems i think i will hold off for now.

machofairy

Now on a sidenote...If R4 for the DS is illegal, why are these ok?They … Now on a sidenote...If R4 for the DS is illegal, why are these ok?They work on the same principle, don't they?

No. The R4 circumvents copy protection, these don't. They can play unauthorised copyrighted content sure, but that doesn't make them any less legal than a DVD player that can play DVDRs (ie. pretty much all of them)

Good Price - heat added.

Voltro

£65 (with cashback and code) @ Bestbuy



What code?

azazael

The only problem I have is that even with custom firmware I am still … The only problem I have is that even with custom firmware I am still unable to get it network sharing with Windows7 (tried every which way) - I suspect this is Windows to blame more than the WDTV. Still its no big deal really.



Have a look at this I had the same problem when I changed to W7 Ultimate from XP Pro, followed the video and walla! All working.

Good deal!

purchased. Heat added.

Banned

atppkr

What code?



15COM

Just a quick question guys. Ive recently brought a Mac and ive been trying to stream to my PS3 with little success. Do you transfer the files over the network to the box and play them from there or does it stream? Im presuming that the box reads NRTS/FAT32 Usb Sticks wheras the Mac uses a different file standard, so I dont want to buy the thing and not be able to get anything on it!

ordered.... thanks

Got the wdtv gen 1 on release and it will play pretty much anything but it does suffer from lip synch problems

Gold Feet

The WD has custom firmware to fall back on and seems to have a much … The WD has custom firmware to fall back on and seems to have a much bigger community.



I've had my wd live for over a year and I still haven't seen any custom fireware which remedies the appalling interface. Which makes me conclude it just isn't possible. Avoid if you want a slick userfriendly interface though it does playing pretty much everything, except flv flash files.
Edited by: "shopkeeper" 12th Dec 2010
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