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Western Digital TV HD 1080i Mini Media Player

by Western Digital
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Turn your USB drive into a media player
  • Supports an extensive list of file formats
  • Simple, intuitive user interface
  • Small and portable
  • Automatic play
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BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight558 g
Product Dimensions9.1 x 9.1 x 2.1 cm
Item model numberWDBAAM0000BK-EESN
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Best Sellers Rank 37,525 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight540 g
Date First Available20 Aug 2009
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162 of 165 people found the following review helpful
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Hello, my Grandparents have an extensive collection of DVD's, dwindling space on the shelves and an old crt television set. Not exactly my idea of a Home Cinema set up. So when I saw this little gadget on Amazon I thought I'd take the plunge and test it out. Connecting the little Media Centre to your TV is as easy as connecting a dvd or video player, just plug it into your AV sockets or scart adapter and turn it on. I had already backed up a tonne of DVD's to a 1.5tb Samsung Story External Harddrive, so I just plugged that into the USB port and 'bingo' it appears as a drive on the Media Centre. Now I set this up for my Gandparents, who are in their early 70's and gave them a brief tour of the remote, and how to find a film and how to play, pause and stop. They were away within an hour or two, of painless experimenting, with remarkable ease.
Now, this media centre is great for older TV's as it is only 1080i on a high def set and there is NO HDMI port, but it is so very cheap and easy to use, which is great.
If like me you want to change the way your parents or grandparents watch TV then this is a great introduction. Be aware though, there is only 1 USB port for your media library and you will need a POWERED USB HUB to connect another drive when it gets full. As far as file support goes it will play anything unless it is an MKV or the audio is DTS, (it will only do AC3 at the moment). Picture quality was as good quaity as the rip, but a good rip on a low def crt TV was good DVD quality. The remote is very responsive and very small, so if you are a bit quick with it you can hit buttons too many times, just slow down a bit and you are fine. The media centre itself is tiny, smaller than 2 cd cases on top of each other, small!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comparison between WDTV-Live and WDTV-Mini 27 Jan 2010
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I recently bought both a WDTV-Live and a WDTV-Mini.

I think they are excellent products, and very good value for money.
They each have their advantages and drawbacks: here are my views at the moment.

*** WDTV Live

I like:
* plays up to 1080p (some comments say it gets hot, but I haven't noticed that yet)
* recognises ext3 filesystem on a usb drive - a real plus for me (cf below on WDTV-Mini)
* copes effortlessly over my LAN with both Windows/samba shares and my UPnP server - streams/plays video and audio - even plays mp2 audio (a distinct plus)
* online access to Live365 internet radio (and the network access in general)

I dislike:
* user interface a bit clunky - but the remote has a "Go Back" button which really helps - although confusing when to use that and when left-arrow
* should be easier to network wirelessly - only works with a small range of "compatible" usb wifi sticks
* even on hdmi interface, doesn't send "switch input" control signal to TV - whyever not?
* why the small range of online services? Would like also: any internet radio by url; BBC iPlayer (of course); video sources other than YouTube eg TED talks, even MySpace
* some glitches on FastForward eg with audio/video sync
* [quite minor] won't play RealMedia files (see below re WDTV-Mini)

Conclusion/summary on WDTV-Live:
- there's a pretty powerful linux system inside this
- despite the limitations on network services, the access to shares and UPnP compliance/features make this great (mainly if you have wired access)

*** WDTV Mini - surprisingly good!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's better than you think. 8 Jan 2010
By PhilAI
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The key with this device is knowing its limitations. I required a device to play from a USB device AVI files - it does just this!

If you want HD or surround sound, this is not for you.
If you want to stream files, this is not for you.
If you want to simply plug in a USB device and play any number of AVIs, MP3s or JPGs on your TV, this is ideal. It's compact, fast and makes watching downloaded TV series so easy to do!

I make my life easier by using a free backup application to synchronise the files from my PC onto a 120GB USB hard drive. I also wrote an application that allows to mark files are watched so that the backup application does NOT copy previously seen files across (useful for TV series).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super simple video and photo player 24 April 2010
Plug the little WD into your TV. Plug in a usb drive/stick etc., on which your movies/photos are saved. Browse the folders and view. I've used with a 500gb usb hard drive and 16gb usb stick to view mpeg videos and jpeg photos with no problems. It couldn't be simpler, and it's cheap.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Digital TV HD 1080i Mini Media Player 6 Jan 2010
Absolutely Brilliant. I did not see the point of spending an extra 20 to get the 1080P since all the AVI's I download , the majority are rips and will be at a lower compression than the 1080I let alone the 1080P. This is more than enough to cover your current AVI downloading addiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portable movie perfection 6 April 2010
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Hi all,

I purchased this as I wanted to take movies to a friends house to watch what I had purchased through my computer. I knew it said portable, but was really pleased with how small it was. Simple to set up & easy to carry, it does what it says on the box, and at a high standard.
I Would recommend this product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars mini media player
a good product that does exactly what i got it for. is working well and attaches to the t.v. easily
Published 4 months ago by carpf1sher
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Have had this product for quit some time now its a grat little device, I watch movies from my external USB hard disk and listen to music. Read more
Published 14 months ago by AE GREGORY
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent good quality
Fits perfect
Does what it said it would do
Recommend it Thats why I have given it 5 Stars
Published 16 months ago by P. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
Already own one of these and it is a god send. Bought this for my father as his Christmas present. It came perfectly packaged and I'm delighted with the product seeing as the RRP... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Vanessa Kehoe
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm confused!
I bought this media player because my boyfriends dad has one and when i plugged my hard drive into it magic happens!! Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by Hollypolly
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but stubborn with file formats.
I wanted something small and portable that would play the .mp4 movies I have.
As many people have said, it is very particular about the .mp4 files it will play. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by I. Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of this market place seller
Firstly this is not merely a review of the product, which is very good (I have purchased another one of these elsewhere) this is a warning about dealing with 'Trusted Goods' (great... Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Skoobaskunk
3.0 out of 5 stars It's only ok and doesn't work with Mac hard drives
This product is good for it's value and since I own alot of western digital hard drives and other technology i thought i would get this but i have really been disappointed with it... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2011 by MSUH
4.0 out of 5 stars Good unless you want to play MP4 format
I bought one of these last year and so far it plays all formats I throw at it, except for the annoying problem that MP4 videos and audio goes out of sync. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by Reviewer from USA
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic Value
Really good product that produces high quality images and sound. I couldn't believe how small it is but it works perfectly straight out of the box. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by Mr. Timothy Allen
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