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Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player

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  • Turn your USB drive into an HD media player - Play content from most popular USB drives and devices.
  • Play videos, music, and photos from the Internet - Connect to Internet sites like YouTube, Flickr, Live365, and Pandora. (Availability varies by country).
  • Full-HD 1080p video playback - Experience spectacular Full-HD video picture quality and crystal-clear digital audio.
  • Collect without limits - There’s no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.
  • Access files anywhere on your home network - The Ethernet port lets you connect this player to your home network.

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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight304 g
Product Dimensions12.5 x 10 x 4 cm
Batteries:1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
Item model numberWDBAAP0000NBK-EESN
SeriesWD TV HD Live
ColorBlack
Maximum Display Resolution1080p
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
Number of HDMI Ports1
Number of Ethernet Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002LZUHMI
Best Sellers Rank 42,068 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight898 g
Date First Available16 Sept. 2009
  
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WD TV Live - Play a world of HD media on your TV
HD video, photos and music - they're on your computer, on your USB drives, on the Internet, but how do you enjoy them on your TV? Now it's easy - play a world of full-HD, 1080p media on your big screen TV with the WD TV Live network-ready HD media player.

Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation
This is the real thing; full-HD 1080p playback. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular picture quality of brilliant high definition video and the crystal-clear sound of digital audio. Use the included remote control to make your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated navigation menus. WD TV Live also supports a wide variety of the most popular file formats, meaning there's no need to spend time transcoding. Supported file formats include AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS and WMV9 for video, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP and PNG for images, MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG and Dolby Digital DTS for audio, SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB and SMI subtitle formats as well as PLS, M3U and WPL playlist formats.



Connect to your home network or the Internet
with full-HD 1080p resolution and support for
a variety of popular file formats. View larger.

Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV
Explore and watch YouTube videos and Flickr pictures on the big screen, rock out to thousands of radio stations via Live365 and discover new music with Pandora radio. WD TV Live supports a list of popular online services that delivers Internet content onto your HD TV, including YouTube to broadcast yourself on the World's #1 video sharing website, and Pandora – free, personalised Internet radio playing only the music you love. Enter your favourite songs or artists and enjoy stations created just for you. Rate songs as they play, because Pandora caters to your tastes and adapts stations to your feedback on the spot. There's also Flickr to share your photos and Live365, which lets you listen to thousands of commercial-free Internet radio stations. Live365 has broadcasts from Radio Disney, Santana, David Byrne, Pat Metheny, and Paul Oakenfold, as well as stations created by music lovers just like you.

Access files anywhere on your home network
Play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on your home network. The Ethernet port connects this player to your home network through a wired connection or via popular, supported WiFi adapters (sold separately), and is ideal for use with WD's My Book World. You can play content from most popular USB drives, digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognised as mass storage devices, and compatibility is optimised for My Passport portable hard drives. There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space. Plus, with two USB ports on the player you can connect multiple USB storage devices and access them simultaneously. Our media library feature even collects the content on all the drives into one list sorted by media type.



Transfer and play files from your home network
or the Internet on your HD TV. View larger.

Get connected with a simple, intuitive user interface
Using the included remote control you can navigate smoothly through your entertainment choices using the DVD-like navigation, which also supports video chapters, track modes and subtitles. There's a HDMI port that lets you connect to the highest quality HD TV or home theatre, plus additional composite (RCA), and component outputs to ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets. The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience, and there's also support for wireless network connection with optional USB wireless adapter.

Advanced navigation
Advanced navigation in the form of thumbnail, list and video previews also helps you to browse your content by file name or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art. You can even preview videos while you browse your content. The Media Library function enables you to view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders, or simply use the search function to search for your media by filename.

Photo viewing and music playback
The WD TV Live Media Player lets you view your photos in a number of ways. You can create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music, or you can view group all media by type within one menu, regardless of its location in folders. The photo viewer supports zoom and pan functionality, with music playback including the usual fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle and repeat controls.

Manufacturer's Description

WD TV Live - Play a world of HD media on your TV
HD video, photos and music - they're on your computer, on your USB drives, on the Internet, but how do you enjoy them on your TV? Now it's easy - play a world of full-HD, 1080p media on your big screen TV with the WD TV Live network-ready HD media player.

Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation
This is the real thing; full-HD 1080p playback. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular picture quality of brilliant high definition video and the crystal-clear sound of digital audio. Use the included remote control to make your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated navigation menus. WD TV Live also supports a wide variety of the most popular file formats, meaning there's no need to spend time transcoding. Supported file formats include AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS and WMV9 for video, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP and PNG for images, MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG and Dolby Digital DTS for audio, SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB and SMI subtitle formats as well as PLS, M3U and WPL playlist formats.



Connect to your home network or the Internet
with full-HD 1080p resolution and support for
a variety of popular file formats. View larger.

Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV
Explore and watch YouTube videos and Flickr pictures on the big screen, rock out to thousands of radio stations via Live365 and discover new music with Pandora radio. WD TV Live supports a list of popular online services that delivers Internet content onto your HD TV, including YouTube to broadcast yourself on the World's #1 video sharing website, and Pandora – free, personalised Internet radio playing only the music you love. Enter your favourite songs or artists and enjoy stations created just for you. Rate songs as they play, because Pandora caters to your tastes and adapts stations to your feedback on the spot. There's also Flickr to share your photos and Live365, which lets you listen to thousands of commercial-free Internet radio stations. Live365 has broadcasts from Radio Disney, Santana, David Byrne, Pat Metheny, and Paul Oakenfold, as well as stations created by music lovers just like you.

Access files anywhere on your home network
Play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on your home network. The Ethernet port connects this player to your home network through a wired connection or via popular, supported WiFi adapters (sold separately), and is ideal for use with WD's My Book World. You can play content from most popular USB drives, digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognised as mass storage devices, and compatibility is optimised for My Passport portable hard drives. There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space. Plus, with two USB ports on the player you can connect multiple USB storage devices and access them simultaneously. Our media library feature even collects the content on all the drives into one list sorted by media type.



Transfer and play files from your home network
or the Internet on your HD TV. View larger.

Get connected with a simple, intuitive user interface
Using the included remote control you can navigate smoothly through your entertainment choices using the DVD-like navigation, which also supports video chapters, track modes and subtitles. There's a HDMI port that lets you connect to the highest quality HD TV or home theatre, plus additional composite (RCA), and component outputs to ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets. The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience, and there's also support for wireless network connection with optional USB wireless adapter.

Advanced navigation
Advanced navigation in the form of thumbnail, list and video previews also helps you to browse your content by file name or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art. You can even preview videos while you browse your content. The Media Library function enables you to view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders, or simply use the search function to search for your media by filename.

Photo viewing and music playback
The WD TV Live Media Player lets you view your photos in a number of ways. You can create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music, or you can view group all media by type within one menu, regardless of its location in folders. The photo viewer supports zoom and pan functionality, with music playback including the usual fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle and repeat controls.

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There are plenty of reviews here already to assure people that this is an excellent little device that does what it claims to do very well. So I'm writing this to raise a few points that will probably only be of interest to people who want to know what the limits of this device are, rather than how it performs for current mainstream consumers. So this is a review aimed at the nerdishly inclined.

My firmware is the latest currently (August 2010) available. I am feeding the box over 100 Mb/s cat 5e ethernet from a mix of servers including Linux boxes running Samba and NFS devices from WD and Buffalo, as well as playing files from a Seagate 500Gb portable hard disk attached to the USB port. I have also tried linking it to my home LAN via a Devolo 200AV mains-borne link, with results I'll say more about in a moment.

1) The only thing that may impact on mainstream users is that it can be a bit picky about mp3s. I haven't kept an exact count, but I reckon it has refused to play around 2% of my collection with the message that the file is of an "unsupported type". This is easily enough fixed by decoding and recoding the file: all the problem ones have been made playable this way. The odd thing is, I can't find any common feature in the files it rejected. They were from a big variety of sources, produced by different encoders at several different bitrates, and they all checked out fine using the standard mp3 checking utilities.

2) On video files, it performs faultlessly on divX, Xvid and H264-encoded files at 720p and below as well as on DVD material, both from USB attached media and over the Devolo (nominally 200Mb/s but in reality much slower) mains-borne ethernet link.
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I've read a few reviews where some people have had problems with the WD Live TV device. I have to say I've had no issues whatsoever and thought it might be useful to share my setup to give people confidence to try this amazing little box.

Here are the steps I went through to get everything working.

1. WD Live TV device: Firstly I installed firmware version 1.01.11 (There is/was a version 1.01.12 but this has problems so I would stick with 1.01.11 for now). When I first got my device I went to the Western Digital website and downloaded the firmware onto a USB stick. Once I had the device attached to the TV I plugged the USB stick into the device and it immediately popped up on the TV that a new version of firmware had been found and let me install it. I would recommend doing the first firmware update this way, even before hooking up the network connection.

2. The WDTV device is very fast at detecting where media is. I did my first test by copying a few photos, music tracks and a film onto a USB stick and plugging it in to the device. When I went into the Photo menu I could select the USB stick and display the photos, likewise with the film and music. Okay so far so good - time to network.

3. My ultimate plan was to go wireless, but I like to keep things simple to start with so I switched off my WDTV device then plugged a wired network connection (i.e. Cat 5 network cable) into the network port on the back of it, and the other end into one of the network ports on the back of my Internet Router (Netgear WGR614). This might not be practical for some people due to the length of cable that you would need. My WDTV is only about 10 feet from my router, if its not possible you might have to go straight to wireless (outlined below).
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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.
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