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Western Digital WD TV HD 1080P Media Player

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  • Play Full HD 1080p video, music and photos on your HD TV
  • Play a wide variety of file formats
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS audio support
  • DVD-like menu

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Product Description

Product Description

WD TV HD Media Player turns your My Passport, or similar USB drive, into an HD media player. Supports Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation of a wide variety of file types. Simply plug in your drive to the HD media player. No need to delete movies to make room for more; simply add another USB drive to expand your collection.

From the Manufacturer

WD TV HD Media Player - Turn your USB drive into an HD media player. You've collected photos, videos and music but they're stuck on your PC. Set them free! Play Full-HD 1080p movies, digital music and family photos in brilliant 1080p resolution on your big screen HD TV.

Full-HD 1080p resolution.

Experience spectacular Full-HD video and crystal-clear DTS 2.0 digital audio.

Enjoy your media instantly.

Plays most popular file formats so you can instantly enjoy your favorite media on your TV.

Collect without limits.

Turn your USB drive into an HD media player. There's no limit to the size of your media collection. Just add more drives.


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Simple and compact. Designed to easily fit on or in your media cabinet.(My Passport™ portable drive sold separately)
Browse through your media with beautiful high-definition menus.

Turn your USB drive into a Full-HD media player.

Play content from most popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players. Optimized for My Passport portable hard drives.

Full-HD 1080p video playback - Experience spectacular Full-HD video picture quality and crystal-clear DTS 2.0 digital audio.

Easy on-screen interface - Use the included remote control to navigate through your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated HD menus.

Play a wide variety of file formats - Plays most popular file formats so you can instantly enjoy your media.

Collect without limits - There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.

Transfer files easily - Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) lets you view or backup photos and video directly from your digital camera, camcorder or USB drive. Use the on-screen menus to copy, move or delete files.

Automatic play - Set the player to play a selected media file automatically when the unit is turned on. Perfect for living art on your HD TV or for digital signage.

Advanced navigation

Thumbnail, list and video previews – Browse your content by file name or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art. Preview videos while you browse your content.

Media Library – This unique feature lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can view your content by categories such as genre, album, artist and date.

Search – Search by genre, title, artist, filename and partial filename.

Photo viewing

--Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
--Zoom and pan
--Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date

Movie viewing

--Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan
--View subtitles
--Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date

Music playback

--Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat
--Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date

Access two USB drives simultaneously - Two USB ports on the player let you connect two USB storage devices and access them simultaneously for playback and file management. Our Media Library feature aggregates the content on both drives into one list sorted by media type.

HDMI 1.3 and composite video connections - The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) version 1.3 port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.

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

Photo: JPEG, GIF, 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, SMI

Note:
-- 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.
For details, please refer to the user manual.

Formats not supported -- Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes® Store, Cinema Now, Movielink®, Amazon Unbox™, and Vongo®

Languages supported -- User Interface: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese
Subtitle: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Russian (KOI8-R & Windows 1251), Portuguese, Central European, Turkish, Bahasa

External Drive Formats Supported -- FAT32, NTFS, HFS+

System Requirements: WD's My Passport portable hard drive or other USB storage device with supported video, photo, or audio content stored on it. Television with HDMI, composite or component video connection.

Package Contents: HD Media Player, compact remote with batteries, composite AV cable, CD with sample media, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.



Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Western Digital
Item Weight 10.7 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.9 x 4.9 x 1.6 inches
Item model number WDBABF0000NBK-NESN

Additional Information

ASIN B002USAIYS
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,008 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Streaming Media Players
#10,658 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available November 17, 2009

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Verified Purchase
I purchased the WDTV Media Player (version 2) through Amazon two weeks ago. I have an extensive collection of movies and tv shows that I have ripped from my blurays and dvds over the past few years, plus downloads etc (over 2.8 gigs worth and counting). I built a HTPC 1.5 years ago and always hoped there would be a simple, inexpensive solution that would allow me to easily transfer my media to the TV without constantly playing with settings to the point where my wife is getting up from the couch out of boredom.

Along came the WDTV Media Player, the best solution for someone like me. I have tried as hard as I can to dig up a format (H.264, X.264, .mkv, .flac, .omg etc.) or problem to throw at this device to muck it up and I have yet to succeed. It has even been able to playback halfway decompressed files. I have it hooked up by HDMI through a Pioneer 819 AVR and set to bitstream audio codecs. I have had none of the audio syncing issues that were prevalent in the first generation machines. The user interface is attractive and intuitive. If you are use to using a HD set top box from your cable company and a PVR/DVR, this is basically the same functionality. Set up takes minutes and playback is beautiful. Unlike an previous reviewer, I have found that playback on standard definition content to be excellent. It upscales as well as any high quality dvd/bluray player. For HD playback, playback is just as good as bluray--without and time lag between pressing play and start time.

As with any device, it has its flaws-although they are minor in the scheme of things. First, it will not play menus from ripped DVD's and blurays (only the largest file in the rip, i.e. the movie). The WDTV does have its own menu that allows you to change audio tracks and subtitles on the fly.
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This review is about WD TV Live and WD TV generation 2 (featured on this page), which share the same hardware minus the network capabilities.

I bought this unit recently, after having bought WD TV generation 1 a few weeks ago. There was a significant improvement in user interface, plus the capability to copy/move files between media and to play DTS audio over a stereo or HDMI output (on WD TV gen1 DTS won't decode, it only outputs it in digital mode through the optical output).

Besides occasional problems with audio sync, the unit operates beautifully for high definition video. However, for standard definition video, which needs to be upscaled by the device to play on most LCD or plasma TVs, the picture quality is quite worse than that of the WD TV generation 1. The picture is grainier, with very noticeable artefacts. This is super annoying for me and a great disappointment for a device that otherwise would be ideal.

WD has not addressed the matter and has not replied to queries about it. I hope this is solved in future firmware upgrades, because the device is otherwise excellent.

I've seen this issue addressed in many user forums, there's no clear explanation for the phenomenon, hopefully WD will address it.

Meanwhile, I'm returning my unit.
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I just recently purchased my second one of these and I say that while there was a learning curve (more below), this box performs admirably. I even recommended it to my old boss and he loves it.

Why do some people bash it? I am not sure, unless they have the newer live version and use it for streaming.

I only use this box for direct viewing of attached videos on USB drives. If that is not you, this review may not apply.

In anticipation of getting this device, I did a bunch of research on codecs, container formats, bit rates, etc., etc. It proved to be invaluable to my experience and I highly recommend you educate yourself to get the most out of this player. Anyway, I was backing up my personal movie collection to 720P / H.264 (Codec) / MP4 (Container) / 2.0 (128 Kbps) sound format. I only planned to use it while traveling, so I figured this would be fine. Well, I thought about it, and I figured why not use it at home? I began the tedious task of ripping everything all over again...but this time in 5.1 (AC-3)sound, and at a much higher video bit rate and audio rate. After finding a good quality balance (subjective I know - but I error on the higher quality side), the files were coming out to be about 4 to 5 GB a piece. Perfect...

...or was it. I noticed that I was only getting stereo sound through my receiver via HDMI. I checked the files and the media player settings but nothing worked. To make matters worse, I noticed sound sync issues whenever I FF/RWD'd a movie. In frustration, I almost returned it, but then I decided to try multiple containers / codecs. I tried H.263 (ugly!) / AVI, DIVX, MP4, raising the audio bit rate, lowering it...BTW...I found that the box doesn't like audio VBR in all cases. I only use CBR now. So I tested H.
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This product does what it says. Works great although more directions on how to use would be helpful for technically challenged people. I particular like that it loads fast from a 2T external hard drive where I stored movies. Once I figured out the necessary steps to get them to play I was pleased the movies play and look great.
One downfall is to keep the captions turned off unless wanted. They load with each new movie and I have to manually turn that off each time. I might have missed how to keep that off for all movies when played. Default should be off unless wanted (say-for foreign films). Like I said there is not much of an instruction manual for the product.
I would recommend it especially for those who still use old tube type TVs, get tired of sorting through DVDs or VHSs to watch movies. Once I get all my movies transfered to the hard drives (not included with purchase) things will be less cluttered at home. I am really happy with this purchase.
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