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Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player

by Western Digital
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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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
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight304 g
Product Dimensions10 x 12.5 x 4 cm
Item model numberWDBABG0000NBK-EESN
Hard Drive InterfaceUSB 2.0
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 37,894 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight798 g
Date First Available19 Nov 2009
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Box Contains

  • HD Media Player
  • Compact remote with batteries 
  • Composite AV cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick install guide

Product Description

You've collected photos, videos, and music but they're stuck on your PC. Liberate them! Play Full-HD 1080p movies, digital music and family photos in brilliant 1080p resolution on your big screen HD TV.

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By uncle barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This fantastic little unit turns your USB connected drive into an HD media player! It has full HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p quality.

In the box is the Media Player, Remote control, some leads and a CD.

The unit is really quite small (about the size of a large hedgehog! - 10 x 12.6 x 4 cm) and light (just 304g).

There is a 92 page User Manual on a CD - you don't get this as a hard copy in the box but can ask the nice people at Western Digital to send you one.

I've hooked my 1 Terabyte Hard drive up to my TV via my Media player and now have a huge number of films, music and talking books I can play when I fancy. Download some jpegs of movies and put them in the same folder as the movie and hey presto you'll get a thumbnail pic of it...

With this new HD Media Player you can play a huge number of different file types.

You will need a HDMI cable (i.e. one is not supplied) unless you are happy to connect via a Composite AV Connection (for Standard Definition).

It has an excellent navigation system - which obviously shows up on your TV and is accessible via the remote control (batteries included)

This "Advanced Navigation" offers the following Options:
* Thumbnail, list, and preview modes - browse your content by filename or by
thumbnails of photos, album covers, video preview, and movie cover art.
* Automatic Media Library - lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can filter by categories such as genre, album, artist, and date.
* Search - search by genre, title, artist, filename, and partial filename.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
In short, this unit is great. I work in broadcasting and have access to lots of digital content in all sorts of formats. So far I have not found a format this device will not play. The menus are great, it is so easy to use and if you don't need network access to shared drives why pay extra? I have a 500GB USB2 drive on mine which I disconnect as needed to upload new files, which is fine by me. Colleagues of mine suggested I get a PS3 to play my movies and files, but I don't want a games machine and I am happy with my DVD player - all the HD quality files this can play at a fraction of the price.

Buy one.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WD TV 9 Jan 2010
All in all, a fantastic little unit.

It really is as simple as plug and play. I took this out of the box, and was pleasantly surprised by the size, it was about the same size as one of my hands, when i expected it to be much larger. Once i had got over this, i took it out the box and plugged it into the mains and linked it up to my TV with a HDMI cable and another optical cable going to my surround sound, and i instantly had a great picture up on my screen.

Updating the firmware is simple too, there are easy to read instructions on the website. Once it was updated with the latest firmware, i plugged both of my USB sticks in, it took a second to analyse, and it showed me all my music and films. Easy as that!

The user interface is extremely user friendly, its nice to look at and easy and responsive to work with. The remote is small but simple, with clearly labelled buttons.

If you are someone like me, and have many of your films / videos in a digital format and spend ages hooking the laptop up to the TV to get a mediocre picture, this is the unit for you. It makes life so much simpler, in so much better quality. The disc it comes with comes pre loaded with high quality photos videos and music to let you see what the player is really capable of.

My opinion, a fine little player, extremely useful and extremely easy to use. Great value for money, and well worth a buy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player 11 Jan 2010
By Bof_cat
I have only recently thought this item... and ill i can say is thats its a great little player.... it does everything that i hoped it would do. I purchased the media player because i was previously using an Xbox 360 to play films, which was fine... but it wouldnt play MKV files easily. I got put off by this product by people moaning about it not playing audio on MKV files, but it does!!! it plays all MKV files that are AC3...... out of all my 20 odd MKV HD files there all AC3 and when you download, its nearly always AC3... so dont get put off by this.

Its a very small sylish little box.... and works with by 500gb buffalo hard drive, my 1tb freecom hard drive.... and also by 4gb Memory stick. So i far as i can tell it plays from all storage devices. The controller is small (which a few people dislike) but personally i like it.

The only draw back i find with the player is that it takes a few minutes everytime i turn it on, for it to scan the files on the External hard drive. But other than that i would say this little player is perfect. It has good menu systems.

The films on the player can be organised in a list, a list with a small demo box, or in thumbnails. I find the list the easiest to navigate through. And i didnt fancy downloading the film covers for every films just to have thumbnails.

Just remember if you have a HD tv, make sure to get the HDMI cable, because although it will still work without one, its better quality to use it with it.

Serisouly buy this item.... its Great :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good
A very good buy. An excellent product.

An excellent product. Do buy it, its worth it... totally loved it

Thanks and regards..............
Published 9 months ago by Hassan Ur Rehman
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault
This is a excellent bit of kit. Saves setting up your laptop to watch films on your hard drive. Got it set up in the bedroom and use it a lot, fully recommend.
Published 24 months ago by jon
3.0 out of 5 stars Product OK, WD customer service poor
Had significant problems getting my TV to recognise this was attached. Found a tip (for this known problem) on the internet that the plastic cover on the HDMI cable needed to be... Read more
Published on 8 April 2012 by A. Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Media Player
I have had this device for over a year now and am totally satisfied with its performance. It is the best interface for playing your movies in your hard drive on TV. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2011 by Tej Rai
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player
Black Box of wizardy magic, plays just about anything (except ipod stuff, but I have an ipod for that), plug and play and your good to go .......
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by Nick
1.0 out of 5 stars Steer well clear
Check out what is on the web forums forst..wish I had. This unit has a VERY common fault...it will not display via the HDMI socket, only via the Composite one. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by BurnoutSam
1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of support lets it down.
Thought this was a brilliant little piece of kit at first however is now getting very fussy over files it will and won't play. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by Craig Rosamond
5.0 out of 5 stars My best gadget!
I've had one of these for about 18 months now and I can't imagine life without it.

I've got 2 1TB hard drives plugged into it, and basically all my media plays through... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by lvlark
5.0 out of 5 stars WD Media Player HD
Awesome product, I cannot believe I went so long without one!

Only one fault; no buttons on the unit. Lose the controller and you are in trouble!
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by MontyFisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't play newer MKV files!
Be warned - newer MKV files will no longer play on the WDTV. If you try to play one it will crash the device, forcing to restart the unit before it will let you play an other... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Mr. A. M. Mcdonald
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