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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Versatile Media Center that can play ANYTHING. However some people...., June 24, 2011
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I've been converting .mkv-->.avi's for years and streaming them to my PS3. This process was old, tiring, and unreliable. 30% of the time i'd run into trouble. The picture quality was reduced, sound a bit muffled. PS3s, Xboses, and Tversity all have their limitations in regards to streaming. I got fed up and decided to build a computer for this purpose. After realizing it will cost a minimum of $650 - I decided to get the WDTV.

Yes, The WDLIVE does not have a Web Browser, it does not support Amazon, and does not have direct access to Itunes "Databases" . But guess what? Its not WD's fault for Apple and Amazon's business strategies.

The WDTV never said it did support Amazon so what are you expecting? Can you car keys open your house door? Seriously people.. This is a sub $200 device. I don't get how people are removing star's because they clearly didn't read the product description or even understand what they are getting into?

This is an amazing product for less than $200 that will play any file-type I throw at it without any performance issues. It has a great interface, very easy to set up, and has a ton of great features.

Those of you complaining about transfer speeds over network. I average about 15mb/s with a USB drive directly attached. Transferring over the network is about 11/mbs. Guess what people- This is the amount of bandwith you need to stream a HD video! Also - This is about the same speed as your typical Ipod! Ever sync 200gigs of music to a Ipod from a very powerful computer? How do you honestly expect WD to keep this product under $200, yet have the horsepower to support very fast-PC like transfer speeds? If that's a need, spend $600 and build yourself a media pc.

This device does the job, perfectly, and I'm really glad its a staple in my household. If you brought the wrong product for your needs, that's not my problem.
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Initial post: Jul 14, 2011 12:38:37 PM PDT
~Chase says:
Best review ever!! Even better than the one on the main page with all the sub sections. I need this for the exact same thing you use it for. I'm tired of converting MKV files to AVI and reducing quality. This right here is PERFECT!!! Hopefully I will be buying it real soon. Great review man. GREAT!!

Kiddos need to read before they buy stuff, and stop complaining about miscellaneous stuff that really doesn't apply to the item. Anybody can buy a device and complain for cons that the device was NEVER meant to do.

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 4:12:15 PM PDT
JCL69 says:
Nice Review, I just bought one of these and find it an extremely capable DLNA box. Nice menu system and great responsiveness. Plus a bonus that it does in fact work as a DLNA server, renderer and control point (to an extent). Any how, I too am an Amazon VOD fan and I found a workaround you may want to try out until WD gets their licensing issues worked out with Amazon. If you download a DLNA Server called 'PlayOn' It has the Amazon VOD function built in as well as ESPN, Hulu, MTV and etc etc etc etc (Long list of services available on this app). Load PlayOn on any PC on your network and the WDLive TV Hub will pick it up as a new DLNA server device. It works like a champ for me (isn't the most elegant solution on the planet - but quite nice actually). Hope you find this of some use for your Amazon VOD needs.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 4:52:25 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 14, 2012 8:29:12 AM PST
consumer123 says:
I love your quote about how people shouldn't expect your car keys to open your house door. Lmao!
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