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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little unit for playing any media files onto your TV!, 21 Dec. 2009
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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.

Photo Viewing:
* Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
* Zoom, pan, and rotate

Movie Viewing:
* Fast forward, rewind, 10-minute skip, pause, zoom, and pan
* View subtitles
* Multi-audio tracks support
Music Playback:
* Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, and repeat

Also, the price of this second generation media player is coming down all the time. Amazon have slashed almost 10% off it in the past two weeks. There is an earlier version you can buy for around £69 if you check its technical spec and see that it plays all of the files you want to use it for.

If you want to play HD files from your hard drive on your TV then this really is a superb unit which does the job expertly!
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2009 10:54:36 GMT
Rich T says:
You're right about it being small but I'm not sure about your comparison to a large hedgehog. I've seen hedgehogs three times bigger than the WD TV Media player :)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2010 16:37:49 GMT
Uncle Barbar says:
Hi Rich T,
OK then I will bow to your superior knowledge of hedgehogs.
I've seldom seen a live hedgehog - certainly most I've seen are a lot "flatter" than this unit...
Uncle Barbar

Posted on 29 Jan 2010 17:49:08 GMT
Mr. M. Akra says:
Id like to ask if this is compatible with Blu-ray movies

Would i be able to play a downloaded Blu-ray movie in true Blu-ray quality if i was to connect this to my HD ready T.V?


In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2010 14:10:02 GMT
Uncle Barbar says:
I guess it would depend what format you saved it as. Amongst others - it can play mkv files - which is the format I have some blue-ray movies in and they play in superb HD digital quality.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 12:19:36 BDT
Paddy says:
Does this box output audio from the phonos and HDMI at the same time? I ask as I like to put music through my hifi but movie audio through my 32" LCD speakers. I don't want the hassle of unplugging stuff and changing settings as that's such a bind.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2010 07:58:22 BDT
Uncle Barbar says:
Sorry Paddy I've not tried this and don't have a hifi near to the tv to even try it. I hope someone else can answer your question.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2010 11:38:04 BDT
Why it is not playing QuickTime Movie files ???!!!

I thought that was a supported format !!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2010 12:22:39 BDT
Ernie says:
It does, it supports Apple's quicktime video in both .mov & .mp4 format.

Posted on 23 Sep 2010 10:36:22 BDT
IMCPU2 says:
Does anyone know how to get the sound to work given that my tv is DVI and I don't think I have an optical connection on either the TV or Sound system that is connected to the TV. I know that I can get a TOSLINK cable to connect the WD but I would need to split this signal to analouge and I am not sure if this would work. Anyone any ideas?

Posted on 6 Oct 2011 09:20:32 BDT
d lowery says:
how do you do 10 minute skip when you are watching movies? I keep reading that you can do this but i haven't a clue how it is done, it is jolly annoying when you have to spend an age fastforwarding a film to a certain point. Please help
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