WD , WD TV Mini Media Player
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- DVD-quality playback
- Play media from your USB drive
- Collect without limits
- Real Media playback
- Supports a wide variety of video, photo and music formats
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||IsaacTronics||Amazon.com||MallStop||SUPERSAVINGS|
|Connectivity Technology||Wired||USB||Wireless||Ethernet||Wi-Fi and Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||3.6 x 3.6 x 0.8 in||4.9 x 3.9 x 1.2 in||1.6 x 6.1 x 8.7 in||8.15 x 8.15 x 2.68 in||3.3 x 1.4 x 1.7 in|
|Item Weight||6.4 ounces||6.72 ounces||1.3 lbs||—||1.2 lbs|
|Internet Applications||n/a||Netflix||Browser||Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu|
|Total HDMI Ports||—||1||1||1||1|
|Total Usb Ports||1||2||1||1||1|
WD TV Mini media player is an easy, affordable way to watch digital media on your big screen TV. Simply plug in WD’s My Passport portable hard drive, or similar USB drive, and play movies, music, and photos in a wide variety of file formats, including Real Media (RMVB) format. There’s no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more drives for more movies. Supports DVD-quality video playback. Also works with most popular USB drives, digital cameras, and camcorders.
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Occasionally, when pausing a video, then resuming, or fast forwarding or rewinding, it'll skip to the next file when you push play. When you go back to the original video, it won't resume where you left off, and you can't fast forward. I know it's not the video file, because it plays just fine on my Xbox 360.
Add on top of that, it's limited selection of supported video formats and resolutions.
AVI? Sure, if it's 720x480 or smaller, low bitrate, and probably has to be XVID.
Mp4? Sure, if it's smaller than 320x240.
mpg? Sure, if it feels like cooperating.
Also does not display bmp, gif, or png.
I'm thoroughly disgusted with this thing, and I would recommend buying something else. Like a netbook with VLC and HDMI-out. Or build an HTPC.
If your one of those people like i was not too long ago, that was always buying blank DVDs, then spending all kinds of time converting and burning, and then last but not least buying folder after folder so you can store your entire DVD library........YOU NEED TO STOP WASTING ALL YOU TIME AND MONEY! You need to make a change for the good and go get you one of these WD TV Mini Media Players like i did! I spent $50 on mine on amazon, and it's been well worth it!
Western Digital, WD TV Mini Media Player WDBAAL0000NBK-NESN
What I am missing is a way to conveniently play my MP4 video library on the TV in my living room. While I have a video adapter for my Mac that will allow me to play video on my TV, the TV is too far away from my computer for me to conveniently stretch cables across the house in order to connect it.
I have held off from buying a WD Player up to now because they were priced too high and came with many features I don't need or want.
All I want is a simple media player, that I can attach a USB drive to, and play movies on my TV. I don't have an HDTV, and none of my content is HD. So, all I really need is composite connections. I don't need networking, or anything else. I also don't want to PAY for those features.
So, when I saw the WD Mini-Player on sale at Amazon for $49, I was very excited! This seemed to be EXACTLY what I was looking for!
Unfortunately, after the unit arrived and I hooked it up, I discovered that it doesn't play ANY of my MP4 files. Apparently it will only play SIMPLE MP4s (Level 2 or below... I.E. 5 year old obsolete compression technology). It will NOT play level 10 MP4 files (AVC/H.264).
I tried updating the firmware to no avail. I then called WD, and they confirmed that AVC/H.264 encoded MP4 files are not supported on the mini, and won't be any time soon. They suggested that I buy the more expensive model of WD Media Player that DOES support it.
Ridiculous! H.264 has been the de facto video file standard for most of the computer industry for over 4 years now! It is the standard video format preferred by all Apple devices; iTunes, iPods, and iPhones all work best with this format. (iPods and iPhones will ONLY play MP4 files with AVC/H.264 encoding.) MP4 (AVC/H.264) is also the preferred video format on the Sony PSP. Handbrake, and Nero both produce MP4 files with AVC/H.264 encoding, and consequently, my whole video library is encoded in this format.
MP4 video format with AVC/H.264 encoding (AKA, MP4 Level 10) was designed to replace AVI, MPG, and MP4 level 2 (Simple encoding), and has compression algorithms that offer roughly double the quality of a similarly sized AVI, MPG, or simple MP4 (Level 2) does. The only reason some people are still using AVI, MPG, and simple MP4 (DIVX, XVID) is that they apparently don't realize the benefits that the newer encoding technology provides (Better video quality, smaller file size).
WD must recognize this, because their more expensive players all support this format. So why did they remove it from the list of supported formats on the Mini???
Well, the result of this brainless exclusion of the most widely used, industry standard video format is that this device is totally useless to me. So, back to Amazon it goes.
It's quite a shame too, because I had planned to give these to all my friends and family for Christmas!
Don't the Product Managers at WD know ANYTHING about the industry they are making products for?