WD TV LIVE Streaming Media Player ( No Hard Drive )
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Play your entire digital media library on the biggest screen in your house in Full-HD 1080p. Instantly play virtually any file format.
Enjoy your media library, home videos, vacation slideshows, and favorite songs on your HDTV and sound system in your living room. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular picture quality of Full-HD 1080p.
This media player features built-in Wi-Fi and intuitive navigation menus for a beautifully simple entertainment experience.
The WD TV Live streaming media player supports a wide variety of the most popular files including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV video formats. Get the freedom to enjoy your media now, in virtually any file format.
File Formats Supported
- 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, FLV (h.264)
- 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
- Ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI, Composite A/V, Wi-Fi, Optical audio
- MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution
- MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation
- WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution
- H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution
- H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution
- An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output
- Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048x2048
- Single layer TIFF files only
- Uncompressed BMP only
- Remote Control Exlcudes Volume Settings
Hedley, South Africa. 22 October 2012
It is small, unobtrusive and a cheap way to stream content to your second TV. If you use it as a primary media centre you will be disappointed.
Pros: great remote control, wide format support, wifi below R1000.
Cons: sluggish UI, can mount underneath a TV that is already mounted on a wall.
Philip, South Africa. 28 December 2012
Superb media player. Small, efficient, affordable and it handles all the latest media formats with ease.
Spiros, South Africa. 24 June 2014
The WD TV Live is the king of local media. It reads just about everything.
The trade-off unfortunately is that you're purchasing a streaming device that's extremely buggy. For example one of the Youtube apps causes the system to re-boot itself. As well you'll find other instances where the device randomly crashes. The user interface response is also on the laggy side. The apps also load slowly. Netflix for example take it's sweet time to load up.
If you can live with these issues then the WD TV Live should suit you fine.
Hard power recycles are par for the course with the WD TV Live. It's the price you have to pay for the unparalleled handling of local/LAN-based content.
Other than that a device like the Roku 3 blows this thing out of the water in terms of overall stability, ultra responsive interface and channel selection.
David, South Africa. 8 June 2014
Product works as expected. No major problems with installation, and there is no need for a hard drive as you can plug your own into the device. It is small, compact and power consumption is excellent. Only problems were with getting device to be recognised on my home network which is quite secure. Would have been nice if the device had a "Information" windows where MAC addresses are displayed. Secondly device's firmware was quite out of date, so downloading and upgrading took 45 minutes. But overall well worth the money.
Craig, South Africa. 29 April 2013
I bought this product after reading many positive reviews. Unfortunately, it is probably the only media player on the market without volume control. One would assume that the arrow buttons would allow volume control during playback, but they do not - it seems that adjusting the subtitle position is more important to WD than volume. There are numerous complaints on the Western Digital forums about this issue, but no firmware fix.
Michael, South Africa. 15 May 2014
User friendly interface, and great build quality.
Rean, South Africa. 16 May 2012
Loses SMB shares on a regular basis, and the WiFi streaming is beyond slow (even on small SD video files).
Avinash, South Africa. 11 June 2014
I love this media player. It is awesome. Plays every format. Supports subtitles, etc. Is High Definition. What more do you need.
Rich, South Africa. 29 June 2012
Amazing little player, loses signal occasionally though on streamed radio stations through wi-fi, has to reset manually.
Otherwise best small player i've come across
Bradley, South Africa. 4 August 2013
awesome media player.
Kevin, South Africa. 13 March 2013
Bought this player few months back.
Awesome. Value for money. Played everything I could throw at it. Looks amazing. Bit slow on menu browsing but its good trade-off for being able to play just about any video file
Ruan, South Africa. 12 February 2014
Extremely slow and sluggish. Takes about 1min to switch on and 15-30mins to compile library on an external hard drive. Supports most formats as stated on the box, except for some mkv's. It loses the external hard drive when the box is switched off and I disconnect the HDD and connect it again. I have to start the box, unplug the HDD and replug it then it has to connect to the USB device which takes a while and then rebuild the media library.
Apps are just as slow and sluggish.
Phillip, South Africa. 18 July 2014
I use it with my Marantz surround sound amp and quality is great (source file dependent of course). The WD TV live works very well and have played all the formats of files I have. 3D movie files get played as is but my TV creates the 3D picture by itself so I am happy with that setup. Menu is easy to work, setting up the network connection is easy, selecting a media server or file share is just as easy.
I would highly recommend this media player to anyone
Nic, South Africa. 26 September 2012
The only media player you need.
Kirsten, South Africa. 31 May 2012
Great little box, haven't had a problem with in and have had it 3 months.
Wesley, South Africa. 3 February 2014
Awesome device - it's small, light, links to our home wifi and plays HD movies perfectly!
Rudi, South Africa. 26 March 2013
After evaluating allot of options for my home network I've found that this little gadget does everything.
Jonathan, South Africa. 2 July 2013
Bought to be used in connection with the WD live HDD. Connects fast and plays most formats. Gets a tad slow on youtube and sometimes takes awhile to load if you're skipping ahead. Worth it for the price.
David, South Africa. 26 May 2014
Great device, upgraded from the 2010 edition of this device. The content info feature is great and another useful feature is the lip-sync adjustment feature - great for when the audio is out of sync.
Adam, South Africa. 12 May 2014
This is a great media player. I still have a box CRT TV and was limited to a player with AV outputs. The WD players were my only option. I first bought the WD TV Play and had issues with certain MP4's as well as the fact that it doesn't play MKV with DTS audio which is becoming more prevalent.The WD TV Live plays pretty much anything you can throw at it. There is some reports that it's GUI is slow but I have not experienced this. You should rather buy this player than the WD TV Play as it plays all formats and has more online apps. The one issue I have is that I cannot get the Android remote to work which helps with text input when searching Netflix and other apps. 2 USB ports is a bonus if you have a hard drive with media on as well as a Flash disk.
Jason, South Africa. 26 June 2014
Excellent media player and not too bad on the streaming side of things
Andrei, South Africa. 9 April 2014
If you want a device that can read pretty much any media type - this is the one. I've yet to find a file type that WD TV Live couldn't play. There're a few kinks to this however and hence the 4 stars - compiling media library took almost 3 days for my network attached 2Tb drive, which is way too long for my liking. Switching the device on after it's being switched off doesn't always work from the remote - you have to resort to unplugging the power cable and plugging it back in. The interface itself is very intuitive and works well, however going from item to item takes a few seconds at a time - a little better response would be welcome. WD TV Remote for Android works very well with the device, however for the life of me I can't figure out how to get a numeric keypad up when I want to skip to a specific time in a movie or show.
Irene, South Africa. 23 July 2014
An absolutely perfect product!
Patrick, South Africa. 9 November 2013
This is undoubtedly the best Streaming Media Player in my house, It was so easy (after firm ware updates) to get working
My only prob;lem is the home network needs a bit of attention from me as I am running Windows 7 and Vista and this is causing the slightest glitches
William, South Africa. 15 April 2014
Quick and easy setup.
Suggest not using the media library as I just use folder view which makes more sense to me.
Links to my WDTV Live Hub easily and accesses 4TB NAS in seconds.
Full HD Bluray plays best over cable, but wireless ok for most peoples needs.
Good product / Good value for money.
Nigel, South Africa. 30 May 2014
Nice and compact. Very easy to set up and use. Seems to play all the modern formats. Wireless link makes firmware updates very easy.I made a good choice.
Ben, South Africa. 12 June 2014
A compact media-center device that is plug and play ready. Easy setup for WiFi and your Network share devices. This little box is packed with Good Media management features,good price range, quick learning curve, once connected to the Internet, it will find and update this little box with the latest firmware update and allows finding and adding missing movie covers, categorizing, moving, deleting and renaming your media files straight from your couch and is ideal for those scared of technology and those who are not computer literate. Excellent BUY and highly recommended.
Adam, South Africa. 20 June 2014
Great product - Streams everything I have thrown at it from a network share, even over wifi.
Problems automatically picking up the information from TV shows, and some movies, although performing a manual search always finds the info.
Would be great if there was a separate TV tab on the home screen, instead of the current situation where all movies and TV shows are lumped into the Videos tab (Although you can filter to only show TV shows).
Radio streaming works great. The other streaming TV services work ok, although content is pretty rubbish. As a dedicated box to watch your own collection of TV shows and movies on, it does its job very well.
Nathaniel, South Africa. 26 June 2014
While i like the fact that the device supports many different file types and codecs i'm not to happy with its performance. The User interface is sluggish and sometimes i'm not even sure if the WDTVLive console received the command from the remote.
I have been a fan of the WD TV Live for a while and have owned the V1 and V2 models which worked much better than this model, the good thing is that i can use the other remotes on this model too which saves me having to rush buy another remote if ever i break or loose the one that comes with this model.
I currently use it along side a 3TB WD MyBook which works really well together.
TIP: if you are using an external Hard drive make sure to only place media files on the hard drive, the unit struggles to read and compile the media library if you have documents/games/executable files on the same drive. It displays a message "Compiling media library" and if you have anything else on the drive besides media files it will continue to do this for hours.
Other than the sluggish UI and response its a good model and plays all file types i have, i'm relatively happy with it.
Brett, South Africa. 20 July 2014
Love this product.
This is my second, bought for use in a second TV environment, and I love the way it can play virtually every video format out there. The built-in wireless connection makes it a breeze to play videos from shared folders on the network.
One word of warning though, do not let it update its firmware beyond the 1.16 version if you will be using network shares on Windows as the version 2.0 firmware tends to disconnect from those shares quite randomly.