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  • Turn your USB drive into an HD media player
  • Full HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p
  • Access two USB drives simultaneously
  • Designed for My Passport, works with many other USB storage devices
  • Includes free media conversion software
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight304 g
Product Dimensions10 x 12.5 x 4 cm
Item model numberWDAVP00BE
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
  
Additional Information
ASINB001ILFDCK
Best Sellers Rank 44,407 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight898 g
Date First Available8 Jun. 2007
  
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Features at a glance
  • Full HD 1080p
  • High-def menus
  • Access two USB drives simultaneously
  • HDMI and composite video connection (HDMI cable not included)
  • Includes free media conversion software
  • 1-year limited warranty
WD TV
Simple and compact. Designed to easily fit on or in your media cabinet. (My Passport™ portable drive sold separately)
Browse through your media with beautiful high-definition menus.

Turn your USB drive into an HD media player.

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.

WD TV HD Media Player Highlights

Designed for My Passport, works with many other USB storage devices - 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 - 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 - There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.

Advanced navigation

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, date.

Search – Search by genre, title, artist, filename, partial filename and most recently viewed.

Photo viewing

--Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
--Zoom and pan

Movie viewing

--Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan
--View subtitles

Music playback

--Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat

Access two USB drives simultaneously - Two USB ports on the player let you connect two USB storage devices and access them simultaneously. Our Media Library feature aggregates the content on both drives into one list sorted by media type.

HDMI and composite video connections - 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 - 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.

File Formats Supported
Music - MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
Graphics - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264)
Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL Subtitle -SRT (UTF-8)

Note:
- MPEG2/4, H.264, and WMV9 supports up to 1920x1080p 24fps, 1920x1080i 30fps, 1280x720p 60fps resolution.
- An audio receiver is required for surround sound output.
- AAC/Dolby Digital decodes in 2 channel output only.
- JPEG does not support CMYK or lossless.
- BMP supports uncompressed format only.
- TIF/TIFF supports single layer only.

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®

System Requirements: My Passport portable hard drive or other USB storage device with supported video or audio content stored on it. Standard or high definition television with HDMI or composite video connections.

Package Contents: HD Media Player, compact remote with batteries, CD with Media converter software (Windows only), composite AV cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide



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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By TechLAD on 27 Dec. 2008
I was very wary of this with it having a 'Western Digital' badge on it. I had the 'LG' thing in mind - they were once great when they made just televisions, but then they branched out and slap their name on all sorts of rubbish. Absolutely not so with the WD TV though - this thing is every bit as good as WD drives are reliable... Not just that, but this device fills a small gap that I had been waiting for.

I got myself a 40" Samsung 1080P back in October, but for a few weeks it was going to waste on standard def TV, so I decided to invest in a media player, and with the price and features of this, it was a clear winner - at least on paper. Having used it for a month or two now, I cannot praise it enough, especially after the recent firmware update which appears to solve pretty much every bug it used to have, as well as introduce some new features and codec support, so it's good to see WD are keen to support this wonder device of theirs.

Now, onto the important stuff... Has played every single DivX and XviD file I have thrown at it - 100% success. Has played about 90-95% of all 1080P MKV x264's that I have fed it too. Now, the biggest downfall of this device is the fact that it does not support DTS audio which is a pretty common format for 1080P x264's that you'll find on various 'sources'. If you connect the WD TV to a home cinema with a DTS decoder then you'll be fine, otherwise you'll need to transcode the DTS audio into AC3, which will play fine. The process should take about 15min to an hour on a modern computer with free software... The bundled conversion software that WD give you may do the job too, but I religiously dont touch anything developed by Arcsoft so could not say for sure.

Video quality is absolutely fantastic though...
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Papa Smurf on 2 Dec. 2008
I bought the Iomega Screenplay TV Link and used it once because the picture quality was so poor and it wouldnt play tv shows/films from the USB memory key without resetting the unit every 5-10 minutes so i sold that and looked for a suitable replacement. I found some reviews on this device and thought i would give it a go as it was only £12 more expensive than the Iomega, i wish i had bought this one first! This is leagues above the Iomega, if it was 3x the price it would be worth it, VERY easy to use and set up, the picture quality is outstanding and the sound is awesome! I have watched avi, mkv (720p) Divx and ripped dvds (iso) files on it so far and i am very impressed, it outputs dolby digital through hdmi as well as optical.
it also has 2 usb inputs and you can select which one you want (or both), the menus are very easy to navigate and give you all the options you need, the remote is small but does everything it needs to. As others have said, it needs an update to turn off the power on the external hard drive when you shut off the unit and then it would be pretty much perfect. If you do not unplug the hard drive it remembers where you are on each song/tv show/film and gives you the option of resuming from where you left off.
I am very impressed with this device, get one!!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By pb on 24 Mar. 2009
Before my purchase I read more than 300 reviews of 12 different media centers (so my review is also a thank to all people whose reviews helped me to choose my one). In my opinion, WD TV is the second best available choice. Number 1 is Popcorn Hour, but it is much more expensive. Generally, the media centers market still seems to be very immature - my 4 years old DVBT PVR device offers better features than WD TV and I still rate WD TV as #2.

My pros and cons findings:
- supports all main video/audio formats
- WD still improves features via new firmware versions - this is very important
- menu - extremely easy to understand; but folders show only 7 (!!) lines. If you have hundreds of movies then the browsing is slow and boring
- supports text search (movie name) for easier browsing
- supports Library browsing or folder (PC-like) browsing
- supports list view or thumbnail view
- doesn't support slow playback (e.i. 1/2, 1/4)
- doesn't support bookmarks (bookmarking favorite parts in movies)
- supports FWD and REW (but only 4 speeds: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x), the speed indicator is very tinny
- jumping forward (and backward) /available from firmware version 1.01/ works very strangely - combination of FWD and NEXT TRACK keys (REW and PREV). it is a mystery why left & right arrow keys are not used for this.
- keys and the remote itself are very small. there are no buttons on the device, so without the remote the box is absolutely useless
- current firmware supports only sub/idx subtitles, not .
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Friend on 29 Dec. 2008
-It plays .MKV files perfectly- be that 720p or 1080p- without any problems on my HD TV.

-Customer support for this product is exceptional as the WD team have already released a new firmware which addresses several issues and adds several new features. They plan on releasing even more!

-The price is a complete bargain.

-Only downside is that it does not decode DTS audio, which MANY .mkv files are encoded with. This results in no audio if using a HDMI cable only, and so the only way you can get sound is by using an optical cable and connecting it to your surround sound (given it has a DTS decoder). HOWEVER, I have found a way around this problem and that is converting MKV DTS to MKV AC3 using the Popcorn Audio Converter (Google it- it's freeware).

~This device truly is brilliant and I highly recommend it to everybody~
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