Western Digital WD TV Live Plus
Released June, 2010
The Pros:Compact and lightweight. Component or HDMI connectivity. Now supports a variety of online streaming such as Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, etc...
The Cons:Most expensive model yet - not worth it over the existing WD TV Live for those uninterested in streaming media, those outside of the States (who cannot get Netflix or Pandora access anyway). Single additional feature didn't warrant an entirely new product - couldn't have just been a firmware update to existing models? No built-in WiFi.
The Western Digital WD TV Live Plus is a digital media player designed for streaming Pandora, Live365, YouTube, and Netflix video content directly to a compatible TV from a home network. Featuring a compact & sandwich-like design, the WD TV Live Plus streamer can plug into a television via component/HDMI cables; and unlike Roku, it’s limited to standard Ethernet, although Wifi is optional.
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More importantly, unlike other Netflix-compatible devices, the streamer lets users browse their entire collection, manage their Instant Queue and, of course, stream videos. Included are dual USB ports for accessing thumb drives, UPnP/DLNA compatibility, and access to the menus on ripped DVDs. Additional features include Windows 7 Play To feature for initiating/controlling streaming content, full-HD 1080p video resolution, and advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views.
- Digital Media Player
- Windows 7 Compatibility
- Movie Streaming
- Photo Viewing
- Music Playback
- 1080p Video Resolution
- Content Browsing/Management
- Windows 7 Play To
- Advanced Navigation
- Ethernet Connectivity
- Optional WiFi
- UPnP/DLNA Compatibility
- File Transfers
- 1-Year Limited Warranty
- HDMI v1.3
- Composite A/V
- Component video
- USB 2.0
- SPDIF Digital Output
- Live 365
- Mediafly (Podcasts)
Supported File Formats
- Video - 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, WMV9 Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
- Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
- Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL
- Subtitle - SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
User Reviews (5)
component or HDMI connectivity
now supports a variety of online streaming such as Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, etc...
dual USB ports for connecting media filled storage devices
Ethernet port - network ready
WiFi capable (requires using a usb port with compatible usb wireless adapter)
supports a large number of popular media file formats
capable of full 1080p playback
DLNA, uPNP and media share compatible
most expensive model yet - not worth it over the existing WD TV Live for those uninterested in streaming media, those outside of the States (who cannot get Netflix or Pandora access anyway)
single additional feature didn't warrant an entirely new product - couldn't have just been a firmware update to existing models?
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