|Brand Name||Western Digital|
|Item Weight||5.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||4.2 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches|
|Item model number||WDBMBA0000NBK-HESN|
|Special Features||DC in Jack, HD Compatible|
WD TV Play Media Player (2013 Model)
- Easy to set up, easy to use with built-in Wi-Fi
- One-touch access using remote control or smartphone
- Plays your photos and home videos in Full-HD 1080p
- Video Formats supported: AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG4, VC-1), MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG4, VC-1) TS/TP/M2T/M2TS (MPEG4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, AVC), WMV9, FLV (AVC)
- Audio Formats Supported: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby TrueHD
- Image formats Supported: JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enjoy movies, shows and music plus your photos and home videos in 1080p. WD TV Play adds instant entertainment to any TV. Get instant entertainment with your favorite apps. Get smart - WD TV Play adds the best entertainment to any TV. It comes pre-loaded with tons of apps and you can add even more using the WD TV app store right from your device. Stream hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on TV shows, stay connected to your social network and watch highlights from the biggest games of the season. With WD TV Play, you can enjoy it all on your HDTV. Ready, set, stream. So easy to set up, you’ll be up and running in minutes. WD TV Play connects to your high-speed Internet connection wirelessly, no PC required. Or use the Ethernet port to connect to your wired home network. It works with virtually any TV. Turn your smartphone or tablet into a touch-screen remote. Control your WD TV experience with the swipe of a finger using the WD TV Remote app. Great for text input when logging into any online app and searching for a movie or video. Download WD TV Remote for free from the Apple iTunes store or the Google Play store. Your media collection belongs on the big screen. 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. Enjoy media from any source. Stream videos, music, and photos from your USB drive and any DLNA/UPnP network drive, PC or Mac computer in your home. Your shows on any TV at home, or away. Connect a Sling box and watch your favorite live and recorded shows in any corner of your house. Use WD TV Play as a set-top-box for other rooms using the Sling player app. Get access to your cable service when you take WD TV on the go. With Sling box and WD TV Play, you can get access to your favorite shows on any TV.
From the Manufacturer
WD TV Play Media Player – Get instant entertainment on your TV.
WD TV Play comes loaded with apps to enjoy the latest movies, trending videos, hit TV shows and chart-topping music. You can also stream your photos and home videos from your digital camera, camcorder or hard drives straight to your TV in Full-HD.
Stream the latest movies, trending videos, hit TV shows and your favorite music. Make your entertainment play by your rules.
With one-touch access to your favorite apps and an interface that works just like your smartphone, fun is just a click away.
Show off your home videos and vacation photos the way that they were meant to be seen – on the biggest screen in your house in 1080p.
Get instant entertainment with your favorite apps.
WD TV Play adds the best apps to any TV. Stream hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on TV shows, stay connected to your social network and watch highlights from the biggest games of the season.
Ready, set, stream.
WD TV Play connects to your high-speed Internet connection wirelessly, no PC required. Or use the Ethernet port to connect to your wired home network. It works with virtually any TV.
Get one-touch access to your favorite entertainment.
Use the handy remote to skip straight to what you want to watch. Access your favorite apps using the pre-programmed buttons, or move them to the home page of your customized screen.
Turn your smartphone or tablet into a touch-screen remote.
Control your WD TV experience with the swipe of a finger using the WD TV Remote app. Great for text input when logging into any online app and searching for a movie or video. Download WD TV Remote for free from the Apple iTunes store or the Google Play store.
Your media collection belongs on the big screen.
Enjoy your media library, home videos, vacation slideshows, and favorite songs on your HDTV and sound system in your living room.
Enjoy media from any source.
Stream videos, music, and photos from your USB drive and any DLNA/UPnP device on your home network.
High-performance, streaming-ready Wi-Fi.
Includes the latest wireless technology— extended-range Wireless-N— giving you the speed you need to stream HD.
Show photos and movies directly from your digital camera or camcorder.
Connect your camcorder or digital camera directly to the media center using one of the USB ports, and instantly view or archive HD video and photos without a PC. Works with any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol.
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. HDMI cable not included.
SPDIF digital output.
The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience.
- Wirelessly streaming the latest movies, hit TV shows, trending videos and chart-topping music
- Enjoying your vacation photos and home videos in Full-HD 1080p on the biggest screen in the house
- Viewing media from a USB hard drive, camcorder or digital camera
- Using your smartphone or tablet as a remote control to access your favorite entertainment
- Connecting a Slingbox to enjoy live TV on any TV in the house or away from home
- Adding entertainment apps to any TV
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.
HDMI cable not included.
Features at a glance
- Loaded with the best movie, TV and music apps
- Plays your photos and home videos in 1080p
- One-touch access using remote control or smartphone
- Easy to set up, easy to use with built-in Wi-Fi
|WD TV Play||WD TV Live||WD TV Live Hub|
|Get instant entertainment.||Stream entertainment + your media collection.||Store and play your entertainment all in one place.|
|Access thousands of hit movies, TV shows and chart-topping music||✔||✔||✔|
|Watch your own videos, view your photos and listen to your music||✔||✔||✔|
|Full-HD 1080p resolution||✔||✔||✔|
|Plays the most popular media file formats||✔||✔||✔|
|Streams media from any DLNA media source||✔||✔||✔|
|Plays MPEG2, VOB and DTS||✔||✔|
|Multi-room streaming to any DLNA device in your home||✔|
|Built-in network drive||✔|
Top Customer Reviews
In other words this is a budget box (look at the price) designed to compete with the Roku boxes. It is not intended as a replacement for WD's on WD TV Live product line. I notice a lot of people have made that mistake.
Western Digital have been producing these sorts of media players for several years now without much fanfare or attention. That all goes to Apple TV and Roku it seems. But honestly these are as fully featured as either of those and frequently cheaper.
For me this hits a sweet spot in that it has both wireless and wired connectivity (I always want wired and the cheaper boxes usually have one or the other but not both) and while it can't handle network shares, unlike it's big brother, it can handle DLNA. Which means it's very simple to set up a media server via Plex, XMBC etc. and stream your local movies and music that way.
The WD TV Play offers a different and significantly impoved UI over the WD TV Live boxes. One that is reminiscent of current tablet UI design. It's effective and easy to use. Setup is minimal and there's plenty of customization to hide the apps you don't ever use. It also helps that it works with the WD Remote Android app which makes it very easy to control .
There do seem to be a few bugs still mind you. Occasionally it disappears from the network and has to be reconnected and sometimes an app doesn't seem to work quite as intended. These are things that could be fixed easily with an app or firmware update. But as far as actually playing back movies or streaming them is concerned I have had no trouble at all. It doesn't play as large a range of formats as its big brother, but it plays all the most common ones.
Basically it's small and unobtrusive, requires minimal setup, is easy to use and just does what it needs to do. What more do you want for this price? The only significant missing app that I note is the lack of Amazon Instant, which is a shame because that's one of the most popular services.
And since I didn't discuss it in my initial review, the android app that controls the device as a remote? Worse than the actual device. I'm talking 15 second lag. If you're lucky.
The UI on this thing is atrocious. I say that not because I'm a snob that thinks all UIs should look alike, but because it's horribly, horribly, horribly laggy. You hit a directional to move the cursor and there's always between a 1sec-3sec delay. Going from the home screen to being inside of a stream on Netflix takes upwards of 2 minutes between the loading screens -- and no, I'm not including the buffering.
Now, that said, it does exactly what I want it to do. It acts as a near perfect XBMC extender (through DLNA). It plays everything from my DivX to my mkv just fine. Once Netflix is loaded, it streams it in perfect HD as well. (Which is why the lag is so frustrating, if it has the power to decode 1080p files, it can handle a simple UI -- it's just sloppy, unmotivated coding causing the lag).
So four stars. It's cheap. Cheaper than a Chromecast, and can do much more (DLNA). If you're looking for a very low cost device to act as an extender to your main XBMC HTPC, this will do exactly what you're looking for. Just go in to it knowing the UI is a nightmare.
If you plan to buy it for yupp tv (like I did), please wait. First of all, yupp tv is the worst service I have ever used. It is not worth even half the price at which it sells and they will make you pay extra $10 just to activate the device. UI for this is 0/5 (extremely confusing, makes you perform repetitive tasks, very difficult to find what you are looking for) for WD TV and the stream freezes for no apparent reason (I switched to netflix and it was streaming without any issues). And on top of this, the money goes in to a black hole as there is no way to get it back if you are dissatisfied with the service.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is hard to be typing thru a remote control.
I prefer a Chrome Cast.