Western Digital - WD TV HD Media Player for USB Storage Devices
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- Drive ConnectivityUSB 2.0
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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 152 reviews(152 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Play most USB audio & video media through televisiPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
OK, this is a really good device if you just want to plug out your Mp3s, WMAs, MPGs, WMVs, and JPGs to your television. The GUI is not very intelligent, however. You must select the media type you are looking for (video, audio, picture) first and then enter the folders to look for them with the remote-control. If you are looking for video and are inside an audio directory, guess what, you can't play any Mp3s at all. Really it should be a freeform media player and allow you to look at any type of media based upon the file's own extension. MPEG-ONE quality is not as good as native VCD format and playing a DVD will play ONLY the main movie; no previews, no menus, no extras, no kidding. That's not good. It also however plays ISOs, a rare treat if you want to bundle up those DVDs to a single file, and once again, only the main movie. It's seek feature works in speeds 2x, 4x, 8x, and 16x, but is not very intuitive and you can't smoothly scroll the playbar either direction, nor can you jump to an exact position in a video. if you've saved a video with previews or otherwise to a separate WMV or MPG, you MUST fast-forward through to get past them, not good. You can't do any file maintenance either, like delete or rename media files from the device itself, and it's a little tricky. If you plug a USB storage in with the power on, there's a good chance you can find your media if it's been there a-while, however, if you JUST saved media to your USB device from your computer, then plug it in, it sometimes won't find it. You need to either let the USB stay idle for better than a minute plugged in your computer or turn off the WDTV box first. While I've only had one glitch it created by turning off the WDTV with the movie still playing, it was fixed with CHKDSK /F. Instead there is a button on the remote-control to safely remove USB devices, use it instead. And you have two USB slots to plug in for your media. Playback of Mp3s is good and includes shuffle ability, but there is no audio/visual light effects or beats to the audio, just a playback screen. It is nice, however, if you exit to go view pictures (JPGs) then the music continues to play in the background adding nice ambience. I think these are first-generation media players for USB so we should see something better in the future. If you're out to play movies from your USB and you're content it will only play the movie part of an encoded or ISOd DVD on your USB device, then this is definitely a good purchase for that.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
UNBELIEVABLE, trend-setting, REVOLUTIONARY device!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
there are only a handful of devices on the planet that are even in the same category as this device, and none of them are produced by as big of a company, as well-respected as a company, as Western Digital. WD breaks the norm and essentially gives you a black box media center device that puts the AppleTV to SHAME! The oddly-named WD TV HD plays absolutely every single kind of media there is, period. divx, .mkv, .mov, mp4, mp3, flac, real media, raw mpg2/3/4.. both video and audio - every single kind of codec you've heard of as well as the ones you haven't, yet. It's convenient as heck, how it uses external hard drives to store content. Buyers of the Popcorn box, the prime competitor, list this as a con for the unit. but let me point out, the Popcorn box, with its built-in hard drive, costs well over $200. and think about this - what happens 2 years from now when there's some brand new format invented, or there's a brand new type of media player / black box device that we cannot even imagine now. That built-in hard drive on your Popcorn movie box? useless. My external 1TB hard drives I use for my WD TV HD? they will, without any doubt, work with anything and everything that accepts USB-2 and uses it as storage. I actually have hooked up a USB router and plugged it into the input of the WD TV HD, so I can now actually use 8 USB devices at once, instead of the "mere" standard 2 USB inputs. the upgrade-ability for my storage solutions is almost infinite. It has HDMI-out, so it will play 1080p, 1080i, 720p - whatever format your video is in. It also has an optical output for audio if you want to use a receiver for DTS surround. the unit can actually decode & use dolby digital 5.1 surround for all applicable codecs (I'm thinking .mkv here) - which means DVD-quality. just fine by me. I honestly cannot figure out anything wrong with this device, the low price is icing on the cake..... your only other alternative to play these types of media sources through your TV, is by a direct HDMI output from your running computer to allow for video-out to your HDTV. What does that mean..? a loud, noisy, hot computer running next to your tv screen all the time. instead, the WD TV HD only requires a near-silent external hard drive, and its own absolutely silent black box. this product is a dream come true.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent devicePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I don’t know about you but I got tired of constantly burning my movies and video clips to DVD’s and then having to store the disc and making sure it didn’t get scratched. I almost broke down and bought a XBOX 360 because of the streaming features but hadn’t read great reviews for streaming large files; plus I was going to have to invest in a N router as well. Then I stumbled across this device and decided to give it a shot. My local BestBuy store did not have it in stock, actually only two stores in the Seattle area did and I had to drive 25 minutes each way to grab it but I didn’t mind as long as it worked… which it does! I got it before it went on sale but even at that price it is worth it. I am very happy with the product, most of my files are .avi and they play flawlessly. The menu system is user friendly, I just plugged it in and off I went. I did have to go into the system menu and change the thumbnails to list instead of the image as I have a lot of video folders. The remote is pretty small and does work well but it does feel cheap. My next purchase is going to be a new universal remote and I will just program it into that and I will be set. The only thing that does bug me is when viewing my video list, you cannot hit the fwd buttons to jump to the next page; you have to scroll through each listing. If you hold the button down it will eventually scroll faster. Honestly, that is my only gripe so I can live with it. If you purchase this, you will not be sorry. Just make sure that the video format you use is listed as being compatible.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Best media player for HDTVPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Easy to setup. Video and audio quality are super. Small body and portable. I have been looking for this type of HDTV media player for long time. Now I can share my HD video collection with my friends easily. No need Blu-ray player or SP3. I just tested out the WD TV HD Media Player, and it can play the following HD format: 1. File recorded by Panasonic HD camcorder (HDC-SD1) in .m2ts format (1080i) 2. File recorded by Sony HD camcorder (1080i) 3. File recorded by Hauppauge HD PVR (720p and 1080i). But need to rename the file extension from .ts to .m2ts 4. File in .MKV (720p) downloaded from web 5. File in WMVHD (720p and 1080i) Very happy with it. Finally I have all needed for my home HD gedgets: Recorder family high definition video with Panasonic HD camcorder (HDC-SD1) , record HDTV program with Hauppauge HD PVR , and play all High definition video on HDTV with WD TV HD Media Player.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Worth the MoneyPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
We purchased a new Canon Powershot IS980 that takes snapshots and Hi Def movies in Quicktime (mov) format. We also have a lot of MP3 music and JPEG photo files. We don't own an IPOD and wanted an easy way to get the media into our AV receiver and TV. Also, I don't think IPOD supports HD TV and HDMI. If I am wrong someone let me know. This was only $75 on Black Friday, a lot cheaper than an IPOD, and does the job very well. Connect the power, plug the HDMI output (cable not included) into my AV receiver which is already connected to the TV, transfer the video, jpeg, and audio files to a thumb drive (it also supports USB hard drives) and plug it in to the Media Player. Easy to understand menus pop up on the TV screen. Your play options are similar to most computer software media players only you don't need a computer connected to your entertainment center. It includes a remote control and is also supported by the Harmony Universal remotes. The one downside. My camera (which is a new model) produces Quicktime files for which the audio channel is not supported by this player. I contacted WD support and they were helpful. They had me send them a MOV file for their engineers to examine. The interim suggested solution was to use the supplied ArcSoft Media Converter software. Forget it. When you try to convert a Quicktime file, it needs to see a version of Quicktime 7.0 or newer on your computer, however even though I have Quicktime 7.6.5, Arcsoft doesn't recognize it, so you can't convert the MOV files to AVI. Arcsoft technical support is virtually non-existent. A bug in their email support prevents you from emailing their support and if you call, you can be on hold (not toll free either) for hours and never get a technician. By the way, I see on the internet lots of people are having the same Arcsoft issues. I reported this to Western Digital. WD's suggestion was to download a free MOV to AVI converter. This is what I did and the movie files play just fine on the WD Media Player. In summary, if you have an IPOD and don't have HD home movies, this product does not bring much to the table. On the other hand, if your home movies are HD or you don't have an IPOD, this product is a terrific option and Western Digital is a very easy company to work with.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Media Player that Rocks!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
It simply works". If you know how to back up your DVD's ;) and convert them to any format then this is the device for you. I mainly wanted this thing because its easier store multiple movies in a portable HD, than search for discs. At first I was looking at Lacies LaCinema but the price was way too steep, and I liked the interface of the menu screen better on the WD's Media Player. Another feature that also sold me to this unit was Western Digitals updates on "firmware". Another review commented on not being able to return to an area on the movie where you might have left off. You can now with the newer firmware update. Just to make sure I tried it... I was watching Fan Four, stopped it and started to play Eagle Eye... stopped that movie and went back to Fan Four. A pop up then asks you if you would like to "resume playback", so it works...very nice feature. The unit comes with ripping software so you can transfer your DVD's to your "own" external hard drive. I opp to go ahead and buy the WD's Portable Essentials Hard Drive, which is a Fat 32 format with a 5400rpm HD. I was kinda worried about the rpm, but it works perfectly and I can hook it up to a PC or Mac no problem to transfer files. I honestly did not like the sync software thats a built in feature in this hard drive because I like to do things manually, so I don't use it. To me its bloatware! :OBlah!!! Other things I don't like about the unit. You are totally dependent on the remote, so if it breaks your screwed, and you can't control the unit without it because there are no controls on the unit itself! Scary!!! I almost want to see if you can buy another remote from Western Digitals Website. One other thing I learned about the unit, if you buy movies off of iTunes you "WON'T" be able to play their movies, or music on this unit! So all I can say is you have to know what your doing to make it work!!! ;) Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and hope it lasts for a long time! Oh did I mention it has component & HDMI ports and can upconvert to 1080p! OH... and its small so it wont take up too much space, and its easy to connect to your TV! I give it 4 stars and would recommend anyone to buy this thing. I like it so much I plan on buying another one!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Been waiting for something like this, it's goodPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
(NOTE THAT I DID NOT NEED OR USE THE VIDEO CABABILITY) I wanted something to interface a USB hard drive to my stereo for music listening only (WAV files). My PC is already connected to the stereo, but the PC is old, slow, and noisy and I can't upgrade now. I already had a USB drive with music (it was a backup), so I set it up with the WD TV. Everything connected and started up fine. The interface is convenient and easy to navigate. The displayed graphics are just a bit dim and some of the lettering a bit small, but you should be fine navigating with any decent monitor 19" or larger. I don't know how a video would look. The remote is quite tiny, but pretty good in actual use in spite of this. I am connected using the RCA outputs to an unused line input on my receiver. The output seems to be low in noise and distortion, and to have "flat" (smooth) frequency response. It sounds very good. The signal level, however, is pretty low. I have to turn the gain up 10-15 db higher than I would playing a CD to get the same output level. This causes some noise from my gear to become audible. My system is pretty complex and uses a combination of balanced and unbalanced components, so that's partly a problem with my system. Anyway, it might be that the HDMI output does not have this minor problem. I plan to switch to that at some future time when I have the right front end. I saw a piece of DJ gear that does the same thing (audio only) for about $300. It did of course have other features I would not need, but it did not have a remote. The point is that this WD TV unit is a good value. I would have expected it to cost more. I only just bought and set it up. Maybe I will post a long-term review later. John
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Upgrade your firmware to 1.02Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
My wife picked one of these up the other day and brought it home. I have a bunch of TV series that I can't get on this continent or in a format that will play in this region. Needless to say, watching them on a 12.1 laptop is not always optimal. I hooked this puppy up to my 40" Samsung LCD and used a 400GB WD Passport. It took a few minutes to create a catalog of the drive's contents, but then it was off to the races. The Version 1.01 menus are not bad, but are not very informative. When listing files on the drive, you have to have a file selected to know what it is. I performed the upgrade to 1.02 this morning and there is now a listing of files with file names. Much better. The picture quality on some of my videos is passable, but the WD TV has the ability to sharpen and tweak the image while playing, which makes this a very nice little box for under $100. If you have a large digital video collection, this is a must have.