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Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player @ Play.com for £75.99 with FREE DELIVERY
Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player @ Play.com for £75.99 with FREE DELIVERY

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player @ Play.com for £75.99 with FREE DELIVERY

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Just released by western digital, and play.com are the only ones who seem to be selling this and amazon but their selling it for 79.99 and as for delivery it says (Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months), - So on play.com it is saying "Due for release on 17/11/2008". retail price is £79.99, use the 5% off everything play.com voucher to get it for £75.99. seems a nice bit of kit

Store your HD content on a USB drive. Plug the drive in and play HD movies, digital music and family photos on your TV. Its as easy as 1-2-3.

Description
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Turn your USB drive into an HD media player
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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 -
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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 -
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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 -
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There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.

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

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

Access two USB drives simultaneously -
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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 -
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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 -
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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 -
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Fits easily into your entertainment center.

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Original Poster

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im sure there will be firmware updates coming along soon aswell

I clicked on this thinking it was going to be one of those hard drive media players. Seeing as you have to buy a hard drive on top though it seems a tad expensive to me.

Original Poster

western digitals own description is better i think as it mentions whats included and what you need etc

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Its a real shame it doesn't have a LAN connection if it did I would buy one in an instant.

you can buy dvd players with usb slots iin them cheaper than this and they do the same job plus you have additional dvd player. Also they just had one in lidls for about 35 quid that had nero software built in which allowed you to copy your music cd's onto your usb mp3 player

This is a non-networkable device. Several years behind the competition unless it does something clever...

Ok, it's got MKV support...which is good.

Cheap I suppose, but as you would expect for a portable USB hard drive manufacturer, crippled with lack of connectivity.

this drive will play back almost all HD files unlike the divx dvd players

would this accept any portable HD, not just a western digital one?

not bad for an mkv/x264 player. cheaper than a popcorn hour too.

hmmm this could replace my old xbox to play hd files... :thumbsup:

pc world are doing the 320gb passport essential in black for £64.49 pcworld.co.uk/pro…ner pick up in store

Very tempted as it plays mkv, mt2s files if only it would stream the football......

userone;3411455

you can buy dvd players with usb slots iin them cheaper than this and … you can buy dvd players with usb slots iin them cheaper than this and they do the same job plus you have additional dvd player.


They do not play HD videos only 'upscale' standard definition.
I have one of these and it works well but I have found a couple of issues. It does not turn off the attached HDD when turned off and when playing video it does not play the next one automatically even though this option is set in the menu.

gsloman;3411619

Why buy this when you can buy a dvd player such as the philips ]dvp5960 … Why buy this when you can buy a dvd player such as the philips ]dvp5960 which not only plays dvds but can also accept a harddrive plugged into it to play divx files - i bought one and it's fantastic


Because the Philips only plays standard definition. See my post above.

OK. Have been spending oodles of my hard earned recently on deals from here- The 40v4000 with free bluray(sold on - ebay) and the argos ps3 deal with LBP and GT5 prol. This unit intrigues me further. Will this play bluray files to my Sony panel (think it does) as the files are .x264 type- sorry for being a bit tech illiterate- wife and kids have taken priority now :santa:

Looks an interesting product, but without an internal hard drive and/or a network connection, its a bit impractical. Even if it just had a network port it would be useful to connect it to a NAS drive which could be loaded remotely. Its not a threat to the Popcornhour just yet.

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All electrical products are covered by a twelve month manufacturer's warranty. If your product develops a fault while under warranty, please contact Play.com and we will advise you where to send it for repair. It is a "return to base" warranty therefore there will be a delivery charge to return the product back to the relevant UK service centre.

Many other retailers have a policy to offer repair/replacement of items under the 12 month guarantee (including return postage) and therefore offer a better service.

This looks ok
quick question , If I got one of these I could connect ANY external hard drive to it and watch HD movies (MKV files) on a plasma
cheers

springbrucesteen;3412275

This looks okquick question , If I got one of these I could connect ANY … This looks okquick question , If I got one of these I could connect ANY external hard drive to it and watch HD movies (MKV files) on a plasma cheers



According to the reviews, any external USB hard drive should work, subject to native file format of the hard drive.

withabix;3411456

This is a non-networkable device. Several years behind the competition … This is a non-networkable device. Several years behind the competition unless it does something clever...Ok, it's got MKV support...which is good.Cheap I suppose, but as you would expect for a portable USB hard drive manufacturer, crippled with lack of connectivity.



Agreed, network connectivity would have made this a definite purchase.

Why the preoccupation with (lack of) network capability? Surely, a USB2 connection to a HDD is going to offer much greater bandwidth than a LAN connection - and won't that be important for high-def stuff?

Just browsed the manual online and this has good support for a few audio formats apart from mp3 - The FLAC playback would swing it for me alone

Not impressed with this, should have built in storage for the price, at least 250gb. I'll stick with my pc connected to my plasma and my PS3 and 360 for streaming HD material.

Decentbloke;3412708

Why the preoccupation with (lack of) network capability? Surely, a USB2 … Why the preoccupation with (lack of) network capability? Surely, a USB2 connection to a HDD is going to offer much greater bandwidth than a LAN connection - and won't that be important for high-def stuff?



Nothing to do with bandwidth my friend, networked files are accessible from everything on the network so you don't have to move an external HDD to each device (e.g. PC, PS3, laptop) whenever you need access. Also multple devices can access at the same time.

im debating whether to pre-order this or not. i have a ps3 and use that to play h.264 and vob at the moment. this maybe be more convenient given the ps3 hard drive has to be formatted in FAT32 and the western digital media player can handle hard drives in NTFS format. also, this maybe easier to move when you want to watch something in a different room.

can anybody tell me what size hard drives this can handle, or is there really no limit. seems hard to beleive that as hard drives get larger and larger, this will be able to handle them all.
also, i know that NTFS hard drives can support files larger than 4gb, but there is no mention of a maximum file size that the media player would recognise. am i right to assume there is no maximum size like there is on the ps3?

i know a little about technology but am not completely clued up so any help would be appreciated.
cheers

if this plays mkv files (as mentioned above) it should play any size file. some mkv files are 12gb and over, so you should have no trouble.
id say a 1TB hdd is supported to, and enough for all your movie/tv needs.

N_W2003;3415629

if this plays mkv files (as mentioned above) it should play any size … if this plays mkv files (as mentioned above) it should play any size file. some mkv files are 12gb and over, so you should have no trouble.id say a 1TB hdd is supported to, and enough for all your movie/tv needs.



Just ripped a HD DVD to my hard drive , came out at 23gb , going to need a few hard drives I think :-D

userone;3411455

you can buy dvd players with usb slots iin them cheaper than this and … you can buy dvd players with usb slots iin them cheaper than this and they do the same job plus you have additional dvd player. Also they just had one in lidls for about 35 quid that had nero software built in which allowed you to copy your music cd's onto your usb mp3 player



Those DVD players often have very limited compatibility with video files, usually just Divx

Tronads;3411949

Looks an interesting product, but without an internal hard drive and/or a … Looks an interesting product, but without an internal hard drive and/or a network connection, its a bit impractical. Even if it just had a network port it would be useful to connect it to a NAS drive which could be loaded remotely. Its not a threat to the Popcornhour just yet.



But what is the total cost of importing the Popcorn Hour? £150+ isnt it?

Hardly fair comparing a device half the price and readily available

so does this make your tv into a hi defanition tv? Will it make the pictures on my normal tv (not a flat 1) look like they are in hi defanition?

^^ afraid not, I think what your looking for is a magic wand :whistling:

samc;3423863

so does this make your tv into a hi defanition tv? Will it make the … so does this make your tv into a hi defanition tv? Will it make the pictures on my normal tv (not a flat 1) look like they are in hi defanition?


no

neilcooper33;3411953

Looks like a really good unit.... am put off by the lack of LAN … Looks like a really good unit.... am put off by the lack of LAN connection also, i wonder if one of these could help connect to my NAS drive.....]Dynamode USB 10/100 Rj45 Adapteror this?....]Newlink HD-USB01 USB to RJ45 NAS dongle device any idea anyone?cheersN



This dongle looks really interesting, cheaper at Amazon also a 4 port version for £30.83

amazon.co.uk/NEW…1-8

Looks like quite a good deal. Uses the same Sigma chip as the Popcorn Hour, so it should handle most file formats. If networking ain't an issue, then the Popcorn functionality would be a waste anyway.

I'd reserve final judgment until we get a shot of the UI - something which lets the Popcorn down

withabix;3411456

This is a non-networkable device. Several years behind the competition … This is a non-networkable device. Several years behind the competition unless it does something clever...Ok, it's got MKV support...which is good.Cheap I suppose, but as you would expect for a portable USB hard drive manufacturer, crippled with lack of connectivity.



You can hardlu call WD portable USB HDD maufacturers, there a flamin market leader lol...

This does seem a little overpriced, but I will leave it be and not vote on it..

Tim

I got one of these from lambda-tek last week, and I have to say - it's very good.

Has played EVERY video I've tried it with, even all the HD stuff - which looks great in 1080p and is very smooth - no stuttering in fast forwarding/scanning.

I understand the criticism that it doesn't have a hard drive or a network port, but my planned setup is:

A freecom network drive 1tb with USB connected to the WDTV and ethernet connected to my network. I can download stuff on any computer in the house, stick it on the freecom over the network and its ready to go on the WDTV. Also, with a USB hub you can have multiple USB drives attached, so potentially gb's of media.

A good purchase.

I'm aware there's a price difference of £50 but wouldn't you be much better off with an xbox 360?

Ch3wbacca, will the USB / ethernet plugged in at same time work? as ive noticed some manufacturers say not to do this? as this is my planned solution.

Anyone who says this isnt a great deal, or is complaining about lack of network port, doesnt really appreciate how cheap this is compared to the next option. Lack of ethernet is an issue, but its overcome by the solution listed above.
This is a fantastic price for the product. i pre ordered mine last week... and cannot wait. £120 saved for me, as i would have got a popcorn hour.
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