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For codec support get a dune media player. I've got a 301 and it plays everything.
I'd have to agree with this. They're slightly more expensive and bulky then these hockey-puck sized devices, but Dune media players have excellent codec support.
It's a shame that their support for streaming services is so poor, but that's not a problem if you use them with a Smart TV, Roku or Apple TV. Though I guess most of us are still after the one box that does everything well.
I have the WDTV live and it play everything. I use it to play 20GB+ MKVs from my NAS, handles them no bother.
No USB? And what's with the blue lights?! I hate when they "blue light" everything.
USB is in there - I think it's on the side.
yes it's on the side. The blue lights in this case aren't particularly distracting, thankfully.
How does this compare to the Roku Lite?
Hi Jonny, I presume you mean the Roku LT? That is designed for streaming web services, only plays in 720p, has no YouTube access, USB or wired Ethernet so I find it fairly limited (no pun on the name) and prefer the Play. That said it does have a wider array of streaming services than the Play (YouTube excluded) so it is good for web video fans.
One of the other problems may be in future firmware releases. The WDTV line has been plagued by bug ridden firmwares and late releases. The WDTV Live HD had a final firmware promised only for it to turn up a year later with so many bugs it was removed from download within a couple of days. Even the firmware currently available isn't recommended by users. Just check the WD forums for the number of issues.
At this point I've got to say I have a WDTV Live HD and as yet I've never had a serious problem, except when it killed a brand new 640Gb drive, but I'm accessing content from a local usb powered drive and only internet services with no NAS where some have reported files being changed to unrecoverable folders randomly.
One problem is the support from Flingo where the Chrunchroll feed randomly loses episodes. At the moment if seem to be the flingo service having a problem with a large number of options on a content stream. But watching 3-4 episodes to find that it suddenly jumps 4 and you've no idea when the others will appear isn't great.
I purchased a unit about 6 months ago. It was to be an intricate part of my 3rd floor 'man cave" I buried all wires in the wall, framed and drywalled , installed a 52 inch plasma screen etc etc. I have yet to get any sort of response from my unit. It briefly connected with my laptop and grabbed some files, but I was never able to replicate the process. It mostly flat out refused to do as advertised. I would not be lying to say that I spent over 8 hours trying to get it to work. Tonight I attempted again but it first asked to download a firmware update. Post update that was the end of it. it powered down to install and never returned past home-screen
I calmly disconnected it, took it downstairs to my workroom, and smashed it several hundred times with a hammer. That is the first time it made me happy.
I feel like suing. My apple TV, plug and play.
When purchasing this I thought I would be able to go online with this but this does not have a web browser, no email & can't add apps. This also doesn't play about half my Mkv files. And for some reason deleted everything (400+gb) off my pmp. I hesitate to attach my 2tb.No custom Firmware that I can find either
My WDTV unit is deplorable. Western Digital will not survive as an entity/brand due to such very, very poor, dysfunctional products such as WD TV. Plugging in my laptop to the TV is faster and more reliable than this rubbish. I cannot believe that this company would allow the release of such products with such problems... crashing, freezing, slooooooow and completely unpredictable and unreliable. The senior product managers at Western Digital should be held to account and dismissed. DO NOT ALLOW PRODUCTS TO MARKET THAT ARE FULL OF BUGS - the WD reputation is destroyed.
OK, I should have followed my own advice but I spotted the Play on Amazon for £35 and thought what the hell I'll try it.Crunchyroll supported through the Flingo Launchpad but it's a mess, no bookmarks except on individual episodes so you have to find the series your watching every time. It also takes an age to load as it insists on loading everything at once, all the series and then episodes. There's also no support for the crunchyroll premium hd service.As I said above I've also got a wdtv live hd and it's way better than this even though it's now unsupported and has dodgy firmware releases.Plus my firmware prediction came true. no new firmware release since I wrote the original statement. I'm betting this device will not last much longer and why I was able to get it for half price.
BS, I've tried 4 different playlists and it plays none. Also I have Comcast hi speed and all the streaming media starts and stops every couple seconds. None of my other devices do this when streaming.
Use to be great but they removed netflix. The box is now worthless...
Apart from No DTS support and it won't connect to the hard drive on my router The range on the remote is a bit limited ... I also have the WDTV Live get that instead
Great article Gordon. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your WD TV Live by using UnoTelly or similar tools. :)
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