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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but needs some tweaking, 13 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player (Personal Computers)
I bought this for my front room which has the router in it and so would be good for the network facility. I already have a Western Digital TV HD 1080P Media Player for the back room and have been very pleased with it, running very well from a portable USB 500GB drive mainly.
The WDTV Live works fine from an external drive just like the vanilla WDTV.
Youtube works straight out of the box.
However, the networking takes quite a lot of fiddling to get it sorted out. (I have Windows 7 by the way). Straight out of the box, it works with something called Media Streaming, where it seems to pick up files and folders from your PC that the Windows Media Centre already knows about. Avi files are fine, but it won't recognise MKV files this way. In order to get MKV files, you have to use Network Shares. This took a lot of tweaking, and reading forum posts. Eventually, it could see my shared folders and play the MKV files very well over the network. Curiously, I had to rename my Video folder to !Video - it seems to have a problem with letters of the alphabet above M ! And I had to tell it to connect to my PC using my log-in details I use to start Windows 7, rather than the easy anonymous option.
Finally the output sound can be set to either Stereo or Digital. If I use Digital, there is no sound over the HDMI to my TV for a file with digital sound (eg a MKV). Not a major problem for me as I use my digital surround amp most of the time anyway. (This may be a problem with my Toshiba XV635 tv though).
Apparently there will be a firmware upgrade soon which may help.
Overall: stick with the WDTV if you don't need the network. If you are planning on using the network options - be prepared to fiddle about.
Edit: 4 days later, a new firmware which seems to have sorted out most of those network niggles! It found the upgrade automatically - I recommend you upgrade straight away. Add at leat 1 star to my original 3 stars.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2009 12:30:23 GMT
Hi mate, just wondering if you have tried watching iplayer or anything like that with this media player? Thinking about getting one but not sure how much use it is on the internet. Thanks in advance

Posted on 14 Dec 2009 14:08:33 GMT
Hi, connect the box to your surround sound using an optical cable. Set the box to digital and you'll get the sound from the mkv files. It's something to do with the way the mkv files are encoded. Some mkv files can play sound through stereo, if not, then use optical cable, hope it helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2010 16:02:27 BDT
Dip says:
You cannot see iPlayer as the device has some in built interfaces like YouTube, flickr, live365, pandora (not available outside US).

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 13:52:05 BDT
The use of username and password to connect to a shared folder is not an issue with this box, but with how *you* have shared your folders. If you don't allow 'guest' access to the folder, you need to input security credentials.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2010 16:34:52 BDT
Lee Lucas says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2010 15:18:11 BDT
Jaz says:
Lee, perhaps the reason is that my PC is upstairs in my office, whereas my telly is downstairs in the lounge?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2010 14:30:27 BDT
Great idea,i think i will give it a go.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2010 18:35:59 BDT
Lee - you have missed the point entirely. As Jaz says, the PC may not be in the same room as the TV. A PC is very noisy - this box is silent. A PC takes several minutes to boot - this box takes several seconds. A PC does not always have a remote control (unless you have a MCPC) - this box does.

This box works brilliantly. Simpler to use and much more convenient than a PC.

Posted on 5 Jul 2010 06:44:29 BDT
Pardon my ignorance, but I already have the WD HD Media Player you mention above - WHAT does this other WD device do that the other doesn't ?

Am thinking of getting an Apple Tv for my 3 apple macs...

Do I need this, if I already have the WD Device above ?

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