Western Digital WDTV HD Live Streaming Media Player Free Your TV! FREE Delivery £69.99 @ Dabs
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Western Digital WDTV HD Live Streaming Media Player Free Your TV! FREE Delivery £69.99 @ Dabs

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Found 31st Mar 2013
As featured in Computeractive Magazine!

DVDs, CDs, Photo Albums, Freeview Boxes, Streaming Sites, On Demand services. Odds are you have and use them all. But do you have them in the same place? How about the same box? With the WD Media Player, enjoy all your favourite content available in one location, able to stream from any computer (Windows/Mac* compatible), server or external hard-drive directly to your TV, with or without wires, and in glorious HD! Free your TV!

Highlights

Enjoy Internet entertainment on your TV
Play your personal media collection
Built-in Wi-Fi™ and intuitive interface





The best of the Internet on your HDTV - Stream hit movies, catch up on TV shows, stay connected to your social network, and watch highlights from the biggest games of the season. Don't settle for online entertainment on your small computer screen. With the WD TV Live streaming media player, you can enjoy it all on your HDTV.

Your media collection belongs on the big screen - Enjoy your media library, home videos, vacation slideshows, and favorite songs on your HDTV and sound system in your living room. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular picture quality of Full-HD 1080p.

Play virtually any media file format - The WD TV Live streaming media player supports a wide variety of the most popular files including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV video formats. Get the freedom to enjoy your media now, in virtually any file format.

Ready, set up, stream - So easy to set up, you'll be up and running in minutes. The WD TV Live streaming media player connects to your high-speed Internet connection wirelessly, no PC required. Or use the Ethernet port to connect to your wired home network.

High-performance, streaming-ready Wi-Fi™ - Includes the latest wireless technology-- extended-range Wireless-N-- giving you the speed you need to stream HD.

Play media from any source - Stream videos, music, and photos from your USB drive, network drive, and any PC or Mac* computer in your home. Our media library collects the content from all the drives, so finding the perfect video, song, or photo to view is easier than ever.

Show photos and movies directly from your digital camera or camcorder - Connect your camcorder or digital camera directly to the media center and instantly view or archive HD video and photos without a PC. Works with any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol.

Bring the arcade to your HDTV - Swap gems with Rockswap, try your luck with Texas Hold'Em, or test your math skills with Sudoku. WD TV Live brings casual games to your big screen TV.

Stay updated with RSS feeds - Stay posted on your favorite bloggers and websites and stream the latest audio and video with timely RSS feeds. You can also add specific feeds to your dashboard to be shown as tickers so you never miss a thing.

Programmable remote - Use the included programmable remote control to make your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated navigation menus. Customize buttons for quick and easy access to your favorite music, photos, videos or menu choices.

Use your keyboard for easy searching and updating - Use the on-screen keyboard or attach your wired or wireless USB keyboard for easy text input. Perfect for searching videos on YouTube or updating your status on Facebook.

Automatic play - Select your favorite song, movie, or photo slideshow to automatically play when the device is turned on. Perfect for living art on your HDTV or for digital signage.

HDMI and composite video output - The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA outputs) ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.

SPDIF digital output - The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience.

Ultra-compact design - Cool and quiet, this compact system integrates perfectly into your entertainment center.

Advanced functions for power users.

Audio lip sync adjustment to match with playing video
Subtitle color, position, and timing adjustment
Password-protected parental controls for specific online services
Ideal For

Streaming hit movies, TV shows, sports, games, and popular Internet entertainment such as YouTube™, Facebook®, and more
Enjoying your digital media library in Full-HD 1080p on the biggest screen in the house
Playing a wide variety of file formats including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV
Wirelessly streaming videos, music, and photos to your TV
Playing media from USB drives, network drives, and any PC or Mac* computer in your home

Kit Contents

Streaming media player
Remote control with batteries
Composite AV cable
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
*Please note the item is Mac compatible but does NOT yet support OSX Lion

16 Comments

When you cut to the chase, this is just a little box with some apps installed.
Is it really any better than the £20 Android HDMI dongle posted earlier? Even if you have to install those apps yourself.

consider a android dongle also!

i have both and both perform great

Its a good device if your TV doesn't have any USB ports and you want to connect an external hard drive to it, i've been trying to find one in HMV but cant seem to find any at all

Sure it is more expensive than an android stick but it works straight out of the box, no need to install anything and no need to purchase a remote control. It is much easier to use a tv media player with a remote than a mouse or touch pad.

I have a few of these and the some Andriod TV units.

They are very different.

The Apps on the WD suck. YouTube / YouTube Leanaback etc.. are slow, laggy and unreilable. The huge benefit this WDTV LIVE has over all other players in the price bracket is the superb quality output of Movies from local HD or NAS. It plays movies 1080p with full DTS etc flawlessly, no dropped frames, no audio glitches perfect.

There are lots of firmware releases for the WD Live, all a bit comical (crashes, slow updates) but if you want the best experience for movies this unit is hard to beat.

WD is simple to use and update. Great even for non tech folks. Remote is a bit Fisher Price but there are Apps for Smartphones. All the faults and minor quibbles above are overshadowed by the incredible movie playback on this unit.

I use my Andriod TV1000 unit (AMIOGIC Cortex A9 from Gianatech) from Maplin B Grade £55 over >1 year ago shipped with Andriod 3.2 not on Andriod 4.0 ICS. Nice playback, browser supports flash, Play Store works out of the box now) XMBC support, etc takes a normal USB KB and mouse or the supplied air mouse and keyboard. Not for the technophobes out there.

pete_l

When you cut to the chase, this is just a little box with some apps … When you cut to the chase, this is just a little box with some apps installed.Is it really any better than the £20 Android HDMI dongle posted earlier? Even if you have to install those apps yourself.



Pretty daft comment really, its way better than any android box or dongle the WD plays anything you throw at it where as the £20 dongle you are on about wont play anything as it doesn't have the ****. I i have a midnight box which is one of the best Android media boxes around that runs Neon and XBMC and that cant compare to the WD, the WD works with no messing and no fiddling i haven't found a file it wont play and ive owned one for a long time, i also have a Himedia 900b which is 3D with Android inbuilt and is over double the price of the WD but the WD is a better machine. The WD is as close to XBMC as you will get it downloads the pictures and the info for your media use unblock us for American Netflix without issue. Its just a great box that dongle you are talking about would struggle with 720p wont be able to deal with most files as its a very cheap pants spec model with a useless GPU and wont have the ease of use of the WD and the XBMC you install will not function correctly on it so in answer to your question this is a way better media streamer than pretty much all but the most expensive dongles and they cost as much as and more than the WD.

polly69

Pretty daft comment really.


frownbreaker

The huge benefit this WDTV LIVE has over all other players in the price … The huge benefit this WDTV LIVE has over all other players in the price bracket is the superb quality output of Movies from local HD or NAS. It plays movies 1080p with full DTS etc flawlessly, no dropped frames, no audio glitches perfect..


Thank you frownbreaker for a sensible and considered reply. So helpful

Polly69 is spot on with her comment. The wd tv live runs rings around the Android dongles.

@pete_l take it like a man. When you cut to the chase, your lack of knowledge about the topic was exposed. Quite politely aswell.

good box has problems with aac files have to change surround system to stereo

new one out very soon will upgrade

wdc.com/en/…920

MaZSuPeR

good box has problems with aac files have to change surround system to … good box has problems with aac files have to change surround system to stereo new one out very soon will upgrade http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=920



I think the play is an entry level unit to compete with the Ruku (Spelling) WD Play is missing alot of features from the live like DTS etc.. This is to keep the cost down (DTS requires a licence payment) so the Play is a lightweight unit for 2 speaker set ups not really home theatre grade more bedroom and casual viewing.

I have one of these and use it mainly to stream MKV files using DLNA, its only flaw in my opinion is that it does not support DTS master

crumpetman

Sure it is more expensive than an android stick but it works straight out … Sure it is more expensive than an android stick but it works straight out of the box, no need to install anything and no need to purchase a remote control. It is much easier to use a tv media player with a remote than a mouse or touch pad.


On that subject you can also use an app on your apple device to use say your iphone as a control for this device also. It can be useful for doing tasks such as typing in words on youtube off this device as the remote works fine but can take quite some time when doing that task. I have one of these also which i bought from HMV sadly i missed out when they reduced this product but still don't regret getting it. I do like this device and the layout is fine but recently i noticed the newer release of WD TV Play which may be a good competitor for this device with it having a better layout, smaller form factor and other things but as this is not out yet to the UK this would be the second best device on the market i'd say. Keep an eye out for that newer WD media player tho as it looks tempting... youtube.com/wat…azY

muckilla

On that subject you can also use an app on your apple device to use say … On that subject you can also use an app on your apple device to use say your iphone as a control for this device also. It can be useful for doing tasks such as typing in words on youtube off this device as the remote works fine but can take quite some time when doing that task. I have one of these also which i bought from HMV sadly i missed out when they reduced this product but still don't regret getting it. I do like this device and the layout is fine but recently i noticed the newer release of WD TV Play which may be a good competitor for this device with it having a better layout, smaller form factor and other things but as this is not out yet to the UK this would be the second best device on the market i'd say. Keep an eye out for that newer WD media player tho as it looks tempting... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIP5xAc3azY



I think the WD Play is a cheaper model of the WD TV Live lacks some of the high end stuff - See Post #10 RRP is under $70 US

Works with 1080p etc but NO DivX or DTS Support on the yet to be release WD TV Play
The reason for the slow launch in the UK is the time to do deals with content players in the UK.
Another review...
youtube.com/wat…pzg

Edited by: "frownbreaker" 1st Apr 2013

Got one of these for £58.99 from Dabs.com through a deal on this website a few months ago and I would highly recommend it!

Sorry if this is an obvious yes or no, but can XBMC be run / installed on these devices?

cheers

£79.99 now.
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