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Great Little Player,
This review is from: WD TV Live Media Player (Accessory)It sets up in a few minutes and connected to my home DLNA (Windows Media Player) Server in no time. Already had a couple of firmware upgrades which seems to have resolved a couple of small issues I had. Streaming is smooth over wireless, though I am only streaming around 720 and not 1080p. One observation is that the supplied video cable is a waste of time, and simply doesn't do the box any justice. Replace this immediately and run HDMI which shows the interface in its full glory.
It is intuitive and easy to use, and although you may need a little PC knowledge to set up your media sharing, the instruction manual (only found on line here.... [...]) is pretty helpful. I would recommend streaming from a DLNA NAS rather than PC, but honestly that is more for convenience of not having to have the PC always on rather than anything else.
It seems to support every file format I need it to, and overall, I am more than happy with it. Much more flexible than Apple TV and all in all a better box in my view.
I have had this over two months now, and have not changed my opinion. BBC iPlayer and NetFlix are now supported in the services menu, which is great. The Media Library function needs read/write access to your media server, and adds great value by giving details of cast, director, artwork running time etc.
As an aside, another review stated not to expect great results with HD wireless streaming. To be clear, although I haven't tried 1080p HD, I am easily streaming 720p HD throughout the house, and the WD TV Live never misses a beat. Generally this is MPEG4 (ISO and VOB formats are also fine) and up to 6Mbps (generally around 1Mbps) streaming rate over a pretty standard home wireless router (802.11n @ 2.4GHZ). My BT Home Hub2 streams well to one device, but with multiple can start to drop out. I must stress this is nothing to do with the WD TV Live, but worth noting. My LinkSys X3000 copes easily with 3+ simultaneous 720p HD streams.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2012 23:46:29 GMT
now that NetFlix has launched in the UK, does this UK version of the WD Live support NetFlix, like it does in the US?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 13:44:45 GMT
Yes it does, and with a UK not US billing account.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 14:01:42 GMT
Great, thx. I just opened a new UK Netflix account, and the WD live looks like a great media player if the UK version also has the netflix app built in.
Posted on 14 Feb 2012 14:30:04 GMT
A. Owen says:
What is mkv playback like? also avi? i have a boxee box and the thing is getting right on my nerves, its struggling to play some files, so i might consider selling and buying one of these.
Posted on 16 Feb 2012 10:17:31 GMT
B. M. Post says:
could I ask you a question please? Is it possible to surf the net through this media streamer? thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2012 15:42:03 GMT
To the best of my knowledge and experience using this box, no. There is no browser present.
Posted on 18 Feb 2012 16:13:52 GMT
K. Smith says:
When playing through TV, is it possible to record on a DVD recorder ?
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 08:58:38 GMT
mkv playback is fine.
no, not possible to record. I suppose if your DVD recorder had the right inputs you could plug this into it but I'm not entirely convinced it would work and it seems an incredibly convoluted way to achieve what you want.
Posted on 4 Mar 2012 18:07:53 GMT
Jonathan J. Hutchins says:
Dave.., iv just set up my WDTV and all is well apart from it wont play .ISO files from my NAS. On the WDTV menu, if i go into video's it sees the files because the titles are there but when i play them its just a black screen and iv noticed that some files only play for a few seconds. I know my .ISO files are ok because i can play them on my mac no problem. Need a little help please.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012 23:11:37 GMT
Hi, couple of things. When a film first loads you are going to get a 'black' screen for around 5-10 seconds under normal operation anyway. This is especially noticeable with ISO files as they are so large and require a higher bit rate. This is around 6-7x that of an equivalent MPEG4 codec. Don't lose sight of this as the bandwidth demands are significantly increased. This is also true when considering the impact on jitter, which needs to be within tolerance. Your signal quality, if on wireless, is the biggest factor here.
I am sure you have waited for the file to load, but the symptoms you describe sound a little like a bandwidth issue over wireless? I have an 802.11n with MIMO and around 90% signal. Of course I am guessing, but do a network check and make sure your signal is strong enough to handle the demands of an ISO file. You could try a few things here to see if the player is at fault.
1. Copy the file to a memory stick and test it as a local file.
2. Use a wired Ethernet link.
3. Make sure your media library 'knows' where the directory is on the NAS'. You do this in the setup menu, but I don't think this is your problem.
Good luck and tell me how you get on.