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WD TV Play Media Player

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  • Easy to set-up and use with built-in Wi-Fi
  • One Touch access using remote control or smartphone
  • Plays your photos and home videos in Full-HD 1080 p
  • Video formats supported: AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG4, VC-1), MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG4, VC-1) TS/TP/M2T/M2TS (MPEG4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, AVC), WMV9, FLV (AVC)
  • Audio formats supported: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby TrueHD
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions10.6 x 10.5 x 2.7 cm
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Item model numberWDBHZM0000NBK-UESN
SeriesWDBHZM0000NBK WD TV PLAY
ColorBlack
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of Ethernet Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00CL61A5A
Best Sellers Rank 31,721 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight599 g
Date First Available30 April 2013
  
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Product Description

WDTV Play

WD TV Play Media Player--Get Instant Entertainment on your TV

Stream to your heart's content. WD TV Play comes loaded with apps to enjoy your favourite films, trending videos, hit TV shows and chart-topping music. You can also stream your photos and home videos from your digital camera, camcorder or hard drives straight to your TV in Full-HD. WD TV Play adds instant entertainment to any TV.

The Best of the Web on your TV

Stream the latest movies, trending videos, hit TV shows, your favourite music and even highlights from the biggest games of the season. Stay posted on your favourite bloggers and websites and stream audio and video with timely RSS feeds that can be added to your dashboard to be shown as tickers so you never miss a thing. Swap gems with Rockswap, try your luck with Texas Hold'Em, or test your logic skills with Sudoku, as WD TV Play also brings casual games to your big screen TV. Don't settle for online entertainment on your small computer screen. With WD TV Play, you can enjoy it all on your HDTV.

WDTV Play
Relive your Fondest Memories in Full-HD

Show off your home videos and holiday photos the way that they were meant to be seen--on the biggest screen in your house in 1080p. Connect your camcorder or digital camera directly to the media centre using one of the USB ports, and instantly view or archive HD video and photos without a PC. WD TV Media Player works with any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol. You can also stream videos, music, and photos from your USB drive and any DLNA/UPnP device on your home network.

Ideal for:
  • Wirelessly streaming films, TV shows, trending videos and chart-topping music
  • Enjoying your holiday photos and home videos in Full-HD 1080p on the biggest screen in the house
  • Viewing media from a USB hard drive, camcorder or digital camera
  • Using your smartphone or tablet as a remote control to access your favourite entertainment
  • Connecting a Slingbox to enjoy live TV on any TV in the house or away from home
  • Adding entertainment apps to any TV
Features at a glance
  • Loaded with the best movie, TV and music apps
  • Plays your photos and home videos in 1080p
  • One-touch access using remote control or smartphone
  • Easy to set up, easy to use, with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Ultra-compact design
WDTV Play
It Doesn't Get Easier Than This

Use the handy remote to skip straight to what you want to watch. Access your favourite apps using the pre-programmed buttons, or move them to the home page of your customised screen. You can even use your own smartphone to control your WD TV experience with the swipe of a finger using the WD TV Remote app. Great for text input when logging into any online app and searching for a movie or video. Download WD TV Remote for free from the Apple iTunes store or the Google Play store.

WDTV Play
High performance

So easy to set up, you'll be up and running in minutes. WD TV Play connects to your high-speed internet connection wirelessly--no PC required. You could also use the Ethernet port to connect to your wired home network. It works with virtually any TV. The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theatre. Additional composite (RCA outputs) ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets. HDMI cable not included. The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience.

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Features Get instant entertainment Stream entertainment and your media collection Store and play entertainment all in one place
Access thousands of hit movies, TV shows and chart-topping music Yes Yes Yes
Watch your own videos, view your photos and listen to your music Yes Yes Yes
Full-HD 1080p resolution Yes Yes Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes No
Plays the most popular media file formats Yes Yes Yes
Streams media from any DLNA media source Yes Yes Yes
Plays MPEG2, VOB and DTS No Yes Yes
Multi-room streaming to any DLNA device in your home No No Yes
Built-in network drive No No Yes

Box Contains

Media player
Remote control with batteries
Composite AV cable
AC adapter
Quick Install Guide


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Customer Reviews

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Verified Purchase
I purchased this product from Amazon UK in Dec 2013, we seldom use iPlayer but as this was a feature when purchased we expect to be able to use this as part of the package paid for.

Searching the internet we find that may people have had the same issue with this product and it seems it no longer supports iPlayer, this being the case the product does not fulfil the specs when purchased and this product is less than a year old.

Also try going back or forward when watching a file and the thing either takes ages to catch up or locks up altogether.
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This is an old review but, this is a great little item. you can even stream to it!
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Its slow and clunky and not very responsive. I haven't updated the firmware yet which could speed up performance.
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A cheaper version of Apple TV that was easy to set up and is very easy to use. Bought as a present so hopefully it will last! Good delivery service.
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About this review, note that I work in the consumer-electronics industry. I take part in the development of products similar to the WD Play. These products do not compete with the WD Play, so please consider my review to be unbiased and based on a modicum of knowledge for such products.

To summarise: I think it is an excellent product and beats others I have tried (many, including Boxee box and AppleTV). It is far superior to the so-called smart TV functionality integrated by the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, Philips etc.

Positive points in my experience:
> Small and compact.
> Does not get hot in normal operation. This is a modern device using a power-efficient chip dedicated for such products.
> Responsive user interface. It is also uncluttered and devoid of any adverts for sponsored content. It can also be tailored (in terms of displayed apps and background image).
> Control via iOS/other app is possible.
> Some useful apps available, e.g. iPlayer, Netflix, Spotify, TuneIn, Shoutcast, Slingplayer, AceTrax, YouTube, Flickr, FaceBook, Twitter.
> Set up is easy.
> uPnP works very well (in terms of content compatibility and trick modes).
> Output of digital audio over HDMI or SPDIF.
> Hasn't yet crashed!
> Is able to play uncompressed AIFF (inc. 24-bit/96KHz) audio files and Apple lossless audio files.
> Boot time from standby is very fast.
> There are two buttons on the RCU that can be configured to perform desired functions, e.g. go straight to BBC iPlayer.

Negative points:
> Like many other devices it doesn't let go of the HDMI connection when switching into standby, which means that it can fool HDMI switches that can autoswitch into thinking it is still on.
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Firstly I must say that the physical set up of the wdtv Media Player is really simple. Plug a HDMI Cable into the back and the mains in and you are set to go. Plug in a Hard disk drive with all of your favourite films, music and pics on and they are at your disposal through the tv also.

The set up for internet connection wirelessly is simple also - it detects your router so just punch in your security password and you can get set immediately.

It has a number of pre-installed things like Youtube, BBC i-player, Netflix etc - all worked perfectly well. I had absolutely none of the problems any of the other reviewers have had with glitches with this. My TV is in the same room as my router so maybe this is the reason? I watched a number of programmes on i-player and a few videos on Youtube and there was no delay of the action or blockiness or anything untoward.

I then went onto my storage device which is a 1TB hard drive. I watched a few programmes on this - an mp4 file, a few mkv files and some avi files - viewed a few jpegs and listened to some mp3 tracks. No problem with any of these at all.

The only problem I did encounter was at first my device would not "pause" a film but this only happened on one particular film so it may be more to do with a slightly corrupt file than any problem with the device.

This is my third media player so I was interested to see how it rated in comparison. My last one did not have the wireless internet connection or the access to the apps (iPlayer etc) through the device so these are all bonuses to me (though I do have other ways to view all of these through my tv it's still a nice feature). I like the "front screen" - others I have used have just had a black background.

All in all a good device - it does what I want it to when I want it to. I've only been playing with it for a few days though and if I have any problems to report I will furnish you with an update.
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Having used many computers and consoles in the past for media I chose to buy this so I wouldn't have to pay monthly for Xbox Live just for Netflix. After using this, I'd rather pay for XBL. Not only does this device crash often, it's not responsive at all. Whilst using the YouTube app, there's a ten second delay between me pressing a button and the device responding. Then another 20 second delay as I wait for the menu selection to actually move in the direction I pressed.

It also takes the device a full 20 minutes to recognise a 1TB drive. It takes my 1GHz 512mb RAM Android tablet 20 seconds and it wasn't even designed to be used with external hard drives.

Save yourself the trouble and get a more powerful device, or a smart blu-ray player.

Having gone over it's awful problems, it does however play movies well. Via Netflix and storage when it finally loads up.Subtitles are customizable too which is a nice feature.
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