WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p


WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p

  • Enjoy Internet entertainment on your TV
  • Play your personal media collection
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and intuitive interface
  • High-performance, streaming-ready WiFi
  • Bring the arcade to your HDTV
  • Audio Formats Supported: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Image formats Supported: JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
  • Video Formats supported: 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, FLV (h.264)
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Wirelessly stream the latest movies, hit TV shows, Internet entertainment, and your personal media collection to the biggest screen in the house. With the WD TV Live streaming media player, you can enjoy it all in the comfort of your living room in Full-HD 1080p.Power Requirements AC: 100-240 V AC.Audio: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS.Video format: 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, FLV (h.264).

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  1. 476 of 492 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Network File Streaming Device!, November 12, 2011
    Jason Krol (Jamison, PA USA) –

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    This review is from: WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p (Electronics)

    I recently decided to start a little weekend project of completely digitizing my 200+ home DVD collection. I wont get into any arguments over the legal ramifications of this type of project, but rest assured every digital movie in my collection is a straight rip of a physical DVD I own. That being said, I really needed a good option to actually “deliver” these movies to my HD TV in my living room. I have an Xbox 360 but that just didnt seem to be making the cut. So I started researching these fancy smart set-top boxes.

    At first I was convinced the Roku XS 2 was the way to go – but I started reading more and more about its lack of specific filetype support (i.e. MKV, M4V, AVI to name a few). That and it really didnt do network streaming/sharing well (if at all). I saw the WD TV Live HUB with 1TB harddrive for 199 and thought that was just a little too steep for my price range (the Roku is 99 afterall). Then I somehow accidentally found this device on Amazon. The price was right, and the specs seemed right. Too good to be true?

    No! This device is incredible! First of all, I cant get over how tiny it is! Its literally thinner than a regular DVD case and maybe as tall as 2 dvds stacked. It sits nicely right next to my 360 with some breathing room! It only comes with a cheap pair of composite (or maybe component I didnt check) cables but I quickly ignored them due to an extra HDMI cable I had lying around. That coupled with the extra optical cable I had as well completed this package – although Im sure many will argue that its fairly lacking that the unit didnt come with either in the box (I agree but both cables can basically be purchased for an extra 10 bucks so not that big of a deal and I did have extras lying around).

    Basically, setup took seconds and I had it online in no time. It found my wifi box right away although it appeared to have little to no “connection” strength (it showed no bars). This isnt unusual as my wifi router is fairly weak and my laptop consistently has issues dropping the connection etc – which is unfortunate because the box is only upstairs and like 20 feet away?! But I digress. After the wifi connected I downloaded all the latest firmwares (quickly and painlessly) and was up and running! All the online services you could want are on the dashboard. A few notables I saw missing were Amazon Unbox and HBO Go – but Im not sure what the situation is with those on other devices (Roku supports Amazon Unbox I think? 360 will have HBO Go in like 3 weeks?). But, this review really wont/doesnt cover all of those online services available to the unit. I tried Netflix and Pandora and they both worked fine. There are also a few games preinstalled which is neat I guess.

    So, later in the night I put it through its paces. I basically threw every type of movie file I could at it, all with different file sizes and resolution (all streamed off a network share). I tried some 480p DVD rips of M4Vs, some 720p AVIs, even some 1080p MKVs. All streamed flawlessly (even over my poor wifi connection!). I was never disappointed. Even browsing the folder structure via the network share was quick and painless with no delay (with only 120ish folders so far). Later in the night by the time I was on my 3rd movie I noticed that the lip syncing was off. I started to panic! Was my too good to be true situation finally starting to show its true colors?! I tried a few other movies and all seemed fine, but that one with the syncing issue was consistent. Then I noticed in the quick options a Lip Syncing delay option. Toggling this (delay or advance) by 100ms chunks fixed the problem perfectly! I was VERY relieved to see that this option existed and it was so quick and easy to get too as I could see this being an issue for certain files etc. Lastly the only other issue I really noticed was that home videos taken with my Flip cam (1080p mp4s) were very choppy and delayed/unwatchable. I have experienced this before on every device Ive tried to watch them on (i.e. 360/PS3/etc). I have to assume that this is simply the result of trying to stream a file thats too large over my weak wifi network. Hopefully a Wireless N router will find its way under the Christmas tree this year!

    At the end of the night I was very thrilled with the little device! Its doing exactly what I could want and more! My ONLY purpose for buying the unit was to stream my digital DVD collection via my network. The fact that I can throw an external HDD on the unit if I want to stop dealing with the network is gravy! Add on top the online services like HuluPlus, Netflix, Blockbuster, Pandora, etc, etc, and I have one tiny little unit that packs quite a punch! Most users here will review the online services and only glance over the networking/file type support. Hopefully Ive done the opposite here and covered all the “other” angles that most people arent concerned…

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  2. 234 of 250 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best choice for the $100 range of devices, October 11, 2011
    Chaz Palio

    This review is from: WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p (Electronics)

    —————UPDATE 5/25/2012——————-
    There’s been a lot of changes since writing this review but just this week, WD updated the youtube leanback app and made a ton of improvements!. Now I can play my new videos from my subscriptions playlist :) There’s also more data provided about each video and a sleek ui overhaul. You can also control the app through your iphone/android device (haven’t tested this yet). Nice job WD! Loving this so much now!
    ————— /Update—————————-

    I want to start by letting you all know that I’m very picky about my electronics and I’m not easily satisfied nowadays, so I always play with several products before sticking with one. I’ve gone through the wdtv live plus (grey model with small remote), sony smp-n100, and the apple tv 2 before trying out this device (also used various BD players, gaming consoles for netflix/youtube streaming). I must say that this unit takes the cake in terms of what you get for the price.

    Too lazy to give you my full story and thoughts so I’m just going to sum it up and give comparisons to the atv2, which I’d consider the next best choice for a set top box.

    -Video quality exceeded my expectations (netflix, youtube, network streaming)
    -Youtube steams HD (unlike smp-n100 and other revisions of the wdtv live/plus)
    -Wifi is integrated in this unit but won’t see my N network (no big deal)
    -Youtube won’t allow you to access your subscriptions from the app, only your favorites list, search, popular videos, and your published videos (biggest downside for me)
    -Can stream nearly every video file format I would ever use
    -Netflix app on this device functions very well, better than other devices I’ve used.
    -Includes a few games like chess, memory, dumb boring stuff mostly.
    -The remote is more responsive and has more buttons (which I love) than the other model I used (WDBABF0000NBK-NESN)

    Okay, now for my comparison of the WDBHG70000NBK vs the apple tv:

    Both devices operate exceptionally well compared to the sony smp-n100 and the wdtv live (WDBABF0000NBK-NESN).
    I was very pleased with the performance of Youtube and Netflix on both the apple tv 2 and the WDTV live; However, I appreciated the interface of the atv2 Netflix app slightly more simply because it gave me more choices and allowed me to specify sub-genres of movies to choose from and giving me similar movie/tv choices based on the content that’s currently selected… similar to how Youtube shows related videos on the sidebar. The wdtv live had slightly better loading times with netflix buffering than the atv2 but not by much. The major selling point for me on the wdtv live was the fact that it consistently streams HD and doesn’t change the video quality as often as atv2 did while watching Netflix. I hated switching from HD to SD or worse during a movie!!! The atv2 also has a noticeably blurry/pixelated image quality even while streaming HD content. That alone was the reason why I had to try out this revision of the wdtv live. This unit does not experience the loss of image quality that my atv2 had undergone, but I read somewhere that atv2 uses a different bandwidth standard for HD streaming than other devices and will dynamically change the quality while streaming without notification to avoid disturbances… I have a 20Mb downstream rate… still looked ugly with my 20Mb connection so I’d stay away from that unit if picture quality is important to you. Your wife probably won’t find it irritating but if you’ve gotten used to the clarity of 720p, you WILL see the lack of focus and pixelation while using netflix on the atv2 (youtube was less noticeable). Jailbreaking the atv2 was a MAJOR selling point for me and in my opinion, increases the value of the unit by at least another $100 if you use the couch surfer addon or xbmc :) I won’t go into that but google it if you want to learn about it.
    WDTV live also supports almost every video format you’d ever want to stream from your pc so you wont have to go through the hassle of converting file types to make them work on your device. Atv2 lacks strongly in this department.

    Alright, I’m getting restless typing all this ****. I’d rate the wdtv live a 9/10 and the atv2 an 7.9/10.
    I’d highly recommend this device especially for the price!

    PS- If you buy elsewhere, make sure you buy this unit with the large remote (as seen in the picture listed) not the version with the tiny remote, that’s the old model and it sucks compared this this one. I’m too lazy to list the details, just take my word for it. I’m a wizard.

    Edit 1: Found a few minor negatives about this device that I’d like to address here for the manufacturer to make notice of:

    1. HDMI cec cannot turn off the device when Netflix app is open due to confirmation prompt- FIXED!
    2. Youtube app should include subscriptions…

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  3. 170 of 182 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Plays everything the others won’t!, October 12, 2011
    invisiblexninjas (Aurora, Colorado, USA) –

    This review is from: WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p (Electronics)

    I got this media player elsewhere locally, before Amazon dropped their price. Anyway, the GUI is fine. It’s easily navigable, not cluttered at all, presented in a beautiful package, and certainly easy to read. All pluses there. The first videos I attempted to play were 720p mkv files over wireless network (on a 1TB HDD connected to my computer in the basement via USB). After taking a few seconds to gather the first few pictures from the USB–> wireless connected storage device, the WDTV Live streamed the videos seamlessly! I even paused one for like 8 minutes while making dinner, and it resumed with no noticeable glitches, artifacts, or rendering/buffering. The second (and only other) file type I attempted to play was a 1080p TS file I had recorded from my cable box. This took a little bit longer between hitting play and seeing video on the screen, but time was minimal. I want to say no more than 4 or 5 seconds. Again, it had to pull the video from the HDD to the computer via USB, and then again from the computer to the media player over the wireless G network. This video also played flawlessly! No artifacting, no rendering/buffering/, no audio sync issues or dropped frames. It plays video from hella far away on the network beautifully, and resumes from pause just as well! I only have 2 cons listed below:

    -The out-of-box immediate software update took EONS! I was waiting for the newest firmware to download for almost 30 minutes.
    -The remote control has highly raised rubber buttons that cannot be pressed in fast succession, or must be pressed a little bit harder in order to get signal sent. It’s annoying, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. (Also, on this note, there are privately developed remote control apps for both Android and iOS in their respective app stores which may be an alternative for myself or some of you)

    In conclusion, the new interface is exactly what I was expecting (if not better) after seeing last years release of the GUI on the hub. This player plays absolutely everything! It even plays items from peripherals on computers 2 floors down in my house wirelessly with very little wait time or visible effort. The price point is fantastic, and the product does not disappoint.

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