|Brand Name||Western Digital|
|Item Weight||6.7 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.9 x 3.9 x 1.2 inches|
|Item model number||WDBHG70000NBK-HESN|
|Batteries||2 AAA batteries required.|
|Item Display Height||2.75 inches|
|National Stock Number||5836-01-610-1715|
WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p (Old Version)
- Enjoy Internet entertainment on your TV
- Play your personal media collection
- Built-in Wi-Fi and intuitive interface
- High-performance, streaming-ready WiFi
- Bring the arcade to your HDTV
- Video Formats supported: 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, FLV (h.264)
- Audio Formats Supported: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
- Image formats Supported: JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
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|Connectivity Technology||ethernet, vga, wi-fi_built_in, usb, hdmi, usb2.0, lan, usb3.0||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi and Ethernet||Ethernet||Ethernet||Wi-Fi|
|Item Dimensions||3.9 x 4.9 x 1.2 in||1.18 x 3.38 x 0.5 in||3.3 x 1.4 x 1.7 in||8.15 x 8.15 x 2.68 in||9.8 x 9.8 x 2.1 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 0.85 in|
|Item Weight||6.72 ounces||1.13 ounces||1.2 lbs||—||4.84 lbs||7.68 ounces|
|Internet Applications||Browser||youtube, espn, amazon_instant_video, cbs, hulu, sling_tv, netflix, fox||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu||Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO||Browser||Netflix|
|Total HDMI Ports||—||0||1||1||3||1|
|Total Usb Ports||2||0||1||1||2||1|
- Mfr Part Number: HI-FI Z77X
- CPU: LGA1155
- Supports Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium/ Celeron Processors
- Supports up to 95W TDP
- Chipset: Intel Z77
- Memory: 4x DDR3-2600(OC)/2400(OC)/2200(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1800(OC)/1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 32GB
- Slots: 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (SLI / CrossFireX x8), 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot (runs at x4), 3x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots
- Multi-Graphics: Supports AMD CrossFireX & NVIDIA SLI Technology
- SATA: 4x SATA2 Ports, 2x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
- Audio: Realtek ALC898 8-Channel Blu-ray Audio CODEC
- Video: By CPU model; Supports DX11; Supports HDCP
- LAN: Realtek RTL8111F Gigabit Ethernet Controller
- Ports: 4x USB 3.0 Ports (2 rear, 2 via header), 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 4 via headers), 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x VGA Port, 1x HDMI Port, 1x DVI Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
- Form Factor: ATX, 30.5 x 24.4 cm
From the Manufacturer
WD TV Live Media Player - Play all your media files on your TV.
Play your movies, music and photos in virtually any file format, including MKV, MOV, AVI and ISO/VOB. Stream the latest online entertainment from Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and more. Enjoy it all on your TV in brilliant 1080p.
Play your media in virtually any file format including MKV, AVI, MOV, ISO/VOB and much more on your TV.
Stream media stored on your USB device, network drive and any computer on your network.
Access thousands of hit movies, TV shows, trending videos and chart-topping music for endless entertainment.
Play all your media files - WD TV Live supports a wide variety of the most popular files including MKV, MOV, AVI, ISO/VOB and much more. Get the freedom to enjoy your media in virtually any file format.
Enjoy media from many sources - Stream videos, music, and photos from your USB drive, network drive and any computer on your network. Your media library collects the content from all the drives, so finding your favorite videos, songs or photos is easier than ever.
Get the best entertainment on your TV - Stream thousands of hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on shows, stay connected to your social network and watch highlights from the biggest games of the season. With WD TV Live, you can enjoy the best entertainment on your TV.
Turn your smartphone or tablet into a touch-screen remote - Control your WD TV experience with your smartphone or tablet using the WD TV Remote app. Get one-touch access to your favorite online services and use the keypad for text input when logging into a service or searching for your media.
Your shows on any TV at home, or away - With a Slingbox connected to your set-top box, extend your living room TV around the home or around the world. Watch and control your live or recorded shows with the SlingPlayer; app on your WD TV Live.
Ready, set, stream - So easy to set up, you'll be up and running in minutes. WD TV Live connects to your high-speed Internet connection wirelessly, no PC required. Or use the Ethernet port to connect to your wired home network.
Stay connected to your social network - Update your status and post photos on Facebook. Access it all on your big screen TV.
Bring the arcade to your HDTV - Swap gems with Rockswap, try your luck with Texas Hold'Em or test your math skills with Sudoku. WD TV Live brings casual games to your big screen TV.
Stay updated with RSS feeds - Stay posted on your favorite bloggers and websites and stream the latest audio and video with timely RSS feeds. You can also add specific feeds to your dashboard to be shown as tickers so you never miss a thing.
Programmable remote - Customize buttons for quick and easy access to your favorite music, photos, videos or menu choices. Use the included programmable remote control to make your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated navigation menus.
Use your keyboard for easy searching and updating - Use the on-screen keyboard or attach your wired or wireless USB keyboard for easy text input. Perfect for searching videos on YouTube or updating your status on Facebook.
HDMI and composite video output - The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA outputs) ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.
SPDIF digital output - The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience.
High-performance, streaming-ready Wi-Fi - Includes the latest wireless technology— extended-range Wireless-N— giving you the speed you need to stream HD.
Ultra-compact design - Cool and quiet, this compact system integrates perfectly into your entertainment center.
Advanced functions for power users - Audio lip sync adjustment to match with playing video, subtitle color, position, and timing adjustment, password-protected parental controls for specific online services.
- Playing a wide variety of file formats including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, ISO/VOB and MOV.
- Enjoying media from USB drives, network drives and any computer on your network.
- Streaming hit movies, trending videos, shows, games and popular online entertainment such as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and more.
- Wirelessly streaming videos, music and photos to your TV.
- Connecting a Slingbox to stream live TV to any room in the house.
What's in the box
Media player, Remote control with batteries, Composite AV cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.
Standard or high-definition television with HDMI, or composite video connection. Wireless network needed to enable wireless capability.
Features at a glance
- Play your media in virtually any file format.
- Enjoy your media from a USB device, network drive and any computer on your network.
- Stream Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and more.
- Easy to set up, easy to use.
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At first I was convinced the Roku XS 2 was the way to go - but I started reading more and more about its lack of specific filetype support (i.e. MKV, M4V, AVI to name a few). That and it really didnt do network streaming/sharing well (if at all). I saw the WD TV Live HUB with 1TB harddrive for 199 and thought that was just a little too steep for my price range (the Roku is 99 afterall). Then I somehow accidentally found this device on Amazon. The price was right, and the specs seemed right. Too good to be true?
No! This device is incredible! First of all, I cant get over how tiny it is! Its literally thinner than a regular DVD case and maybe as tall as 2 dvds stacked. It sits nicely right next to my 360 with some breathing room! It only comes with a cheap pair of composite (or maybe component I didnt check) cables but I quickly ignored them due to an extra HDMI cable I had lying around. That coupled with the extra optical cable I had as well completed this package - although Im sure many will argue that its fairly lacking that the unit didnt come with either in the box (I agree but both cables can basically be purchased for an extra 10 bucks so not that big of a deal and I did have extras lying around).
Basically, setup took seconds and I had it online in no time. It found my wifi box right away although it appeared to have little to no "connection" strength (it showed no bars). This isnt unusual as my wifi router is fairly weak and my laptop consistently has issues dropping the connection etc - which is unfortunate because the box is only upstairs and like 20 feet away?! But I digress. After the wifi connected I downloaded all the latest firmwares (quickly and painlessly) and was up and running! All the online services you could want are on the dashboard. A few notables I saw missing were Amazon Unbox and HBO Go - but Im not sure what the situation is with those on other devices (Roku supports Amazon Unbox I think? 360 will have HBO Go in like 3 weeks?). But, this review really wont/doesnt cover all of those online services available to the unit. I tried Netflix and Pandora and they both worked fine. There are also a few games preinstalled which is neat I guess.
So, later in the night I put it through its paces. I basically threw every type of movie file I could at it, all with different file sizes and resolution (all streamed off a network share). I tried some 480p DVD rips of M4Vs, some 720p AVIs, even some 1080p MKVs. All streamed flawlessly (even over my poor wifi connection!). I was never disappointed. Even browsing the folder structure via the network share was quick and painless with no delay (with only 120ish folders so far). Later in the night by the time I was on my 3rd movie I noticed that the lip syncing was off. I started to panic! Was my too good to be true situation finally starting to show its true colors?! I tried a few other movies and all seemed fine, but that one with the syncing issue was consistent. Then I noticed in the quick options a Lip Syncing delay option. Toggling this (delay or advance) by 100ms chunks fixed the problem perfectly! I was VERY relieved to see that this option existed and it was so quick and easy to get too as I could see this being an issue for certain files etc. Lastly the only other issue I really noticed was that home videos taken with my Flip cam (1080p mp4s) were very choppy and delayed/unwatchable. I have experienced this before on every device Ive tried to watch them on (i.e. 360/PS3/etc). I have to assume that this is simply the result of trying to stream a file thats too large over my weak wifi network. Hopefully a Wireless N router will find its way under the Christmas tree this year!
At the end of the night I was very thrilled with the little device! Its doing exactly what I could want and more! My ONLY purpose for buying the unit was to stream my digital DVD collection via my network. The fact that I can throw an external HDD on the unit if I want to stop dealing with the network is gravy! Add on top the online services like HuluPlus, Netflix, Blockbuster, Pandora, etc, etc, and I have one tiny little unit that packs quite a punch! Most users here will review the online services and only glance over the networking/file type support. Hopefully Ive done the opposite here and covered all the "other" angles that most people arent concerned with!
PS Its worth noting that I cant really see a reason to get the more expensive WD TV Live HUB with built in 1TB harddrive. Its lacking WIFI and something else I cant recall - but you can get an external 1TB drive for basically 1 hundred bucks anyway nowadays and just attach to the WD TV Live unit and have the same situation only better (because you have a replaceable drive AND wifi built in!).
So... after much research, I decided I would try the WD TV Live Media Player since I was not interested in having to go full board with a media center PC or purchase an XBOX ONE. The specs seemed similar to my latest ROKU but had the advantage of being able to read off of the network directly and process pretty much any video file of any codec natively. For $79 on Amazon, I thought that it may not be the perfect solution, but it seemed like a good choice.
Got the unit in and setup was easy (as expected). The unit went through 2 or 3 firmware updates and then I set the initial settings and was pretty much ready to go. The interface is much more of a file structure / basic than what I expected, but it works. It certainly does not have the polish of the latest ROKU software nor the access to online streaming services (VERY limited on the WD TV Live). Nonetheless, I pointed it to my network drive (which it saw right away) and was able to start streaming my media immediately. I thought "this is exactly what I've been looking for". Went to a movie that I knew had a "glitch" in it and fast forwarded to that part and it handled it like a champ. Just went straight through with nothing but a small digitized image of the video for a second. So I threw a bunch of other video files at it in different codecs and formats and it was able to process all of them (some slower than others, but it worked). So... I thought to myself "I can live with the deficiencies in the interface and with the lack of content compared to the ROKU since this appears to have solved my issue".
Then, day 2 came. Started it up and noticed that it had "lost connection" with all of my network drives and media. So I pointed everything to it again and it seemed to be fine. Then, I tried to play a video and there was no audio. After 30 or 45 minutes of trying to figure out the problem, found the solution on a forum stating that you had to "disable" the AC3 audio if your receiver was capable of handling PCM audio. Weird issue, but it solved the problem. Showed my wife and kids how to use the device and went on with my day. That evening, my wife told me that the unit just stopped working and that it "lost connection with the network". So I checked my network drives and my iMac running PLEX and everything was up and running. I decided to bypass my PogoPlug and run the drive through my iMac and PLEX to see if that could be the issue. Same results after watching 30 minutes or so of video. I decided to reset the unit and see if it just needed to "clear things". Reboot went fine and I went through all sorts of process of elimination with the unit and my network. After an additional day and a half of working with the unit, I simply came to the realization that the only thing that had changed in my setup was this box and it just wasn't working reliably.
So... here are the PRO's and CON's, in my opinion:
- Easy to set up
- Reads pretty much any video file, INCLUDING VOB's and ISO DVD's with menu structure
- Has the ability to plug a third party device into it to watch live television
- Is small and unobtrusive with good connection options in the back of the unit (composite, component (using breakout cable provided), HDMI, optical audio
- Has a remote control app that can be downloaded from Google Play Store to input text
- USB input to access drives directly
- Not reliable in that it kept losing connection with my network devices, computers, and drives (and all stay on all the time)
- Interface is not as user friendly or polished as ROKU
- Lacks online streaming sources (with only Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, and CinemaNow being your only real choices for movies)
- Clunky remote (had to use too many buttons to accomplish any given task, which is sort of an interface issue)
I decided to send this unit back as it just seems to be "half baked". My hope is that they will either fix all of the issues with the next model or ROKU will figure out a better way to handle local media so that I can just stick with the more superior line of ROKU boxes. I don't believe that this WD media player is a "bad" product, but it just wasn't a satisfying experience and when it just "stops working" in the middle of watching something due to losing it's connection with my network, that just equals failure on the product as far as I'm concerned. If they can get the interface right, fix whatever bugs they have with this thing, and get some additional streaming services on board, then they could give ROKU a run for their money and possibly win me over just on the basis of their support for so many more video file formats.