Saw it in the catalogue.
Wd tv live for $88. At JBHIFI
posting from phone . sorry for little info
sorry, got confused with WD TV live streaming
URL to item - http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/computer-ac...
I'd buy it if I hadn't bought the Steaming Media Player the other week. I somewhat regret going for the SMP as it cannot use custom firmware like this can, but whatever…
I take it that the "steaming" media player was a genuine Freudian slip!! :)
I see what you did there.
this is version 1?
ive got 1 that ive had for over a year and starting to get issues from time to time, tho only recently, like not receiving remote signal/slow/not picking up network PCs but was working fine till recently
Try resetting to factory defaults: fixed similar issue for me.
Having the same issue with my Ver 1. Slow to pick up files, jumpy at start of file before settling down. Has the same feel as a buffering issue. Does the same regardless of WiFi, cable or external HDD.
Reset did nothing for mine.
Looking at trying B.rad firmware first before replacing it with the WiFi version.
Other than that, couldn't fault the device for the first 2 years I had it. Played everything and the internet media option is nice when you want to show people youtube clips!
Great device. Had mine for many years and been using the B.rad firmware which gives you the ability to have movie sheets (basically its when you scroll through movies in your collection you will have covers, synopsis, cast etc). Really great, played everything I've thrown at it except rmvb and I think flv but who uses them anyways, if you do this is not for you.
my entire video collection is in RMVB
Most asian encode in RMVB.. Most anime in RMVB too..
Seagate ones play RMVB.
i have 15TB and not a single thing in my collection is RMVB.. in fact i've never heard of it.
switch to fansubbers, they share anime in mkv/h264…
Too bad, asians prefer RMVB…
I will never understand the fascination with RMVB ffs.
people still want to watch their crappy quality video content from long ago.
They are probably watching it on a CRT TV as well lol…
One question about the device. Can you adjust it's output volume with the remote controller? I know with some media players you can, with some you can't (such as Xbox 360, where the remote's volume can be made to control TV's volume, but not the output of the Xbox itself). I have old active speakers with no remote volume control, so it would be essential to me that I can control the output volume of they player device.
not sure about with standard firmware but with brad's firmware you can (up and down arrows).
on the remote you cannot but if you install its app on iphone, it has volume control provided its connected to the network.
New to this device. Is B.Rad a factory firmware or 3rd party? Easy to install?
Also I currently use this for streaming - Laptop running Serviio to my Blu-Ray Player, PS3 & XBOX 360. Works great but I dont get covers on the Blu-Ray Player and I need to add my own covers for the 360. My Sont 3D TV gets the covers for me. How does this WDTV compare to what I am doing? How much better if any?
B.Rad is easy to install. Put on USB stick, power on WDTV. Just make sure you have the right firmware for the right version of WDTV (there are only a few variants, identifiable by serial number).
B.Rad is third party. Other than the "not so aesthetically pleasing" background, I highly recommend B.Rad for 1st gen WDTV Live users like myself. One noticeable difference is the networking behaviour. if you select the network too quickly using WD's stock firmware, you're toast. You'll need to power down the WDTV Live, wait 20 seconds and re-start… it's a Linux feature ;)
Khan Academy videos are sometimes FLV's… :-(
I paid $166 for one of these a couple of years ago, it plays everything.
I buy the second generation. really really recomended product. Play everything you throw at it, no jag no stuter all subtitle readable. i bought the new gen for 120 so this is not a very much price drop then the new one. but if you dont need Windows Streaming / NTFS / 3 TB capacity this is for you.
What do you mean no Windows Streaming. I stream from a shared NAS every day over ethernet. Did you mean no Wifi?
And it handles NTFS no worries too….
If only these could play dvd/bluray isos, i may consider getting one.
I'm pretty sure it can play DVD isos.
Yep does play DVD ISOs :)
Why do you need it to play bluray iso? whats wrong with an .mkv rip?
less quality, no extras etc.
Bluray ISO's are much better if you have them.
Wrong wrong wrong.
My entire collection is in MKV format, and I can 150% tell you that there is no loss of quality because MKV is just a container- there is no 'conversion' and subsequent video loss. Ripping a BluRay with MakeMKV keeps original video intact- no encoding whatsoever. You can go back to ISO from MKV if you really want to just to test it.
ISO's are old school mate… believe me. I researched long and hard before converting my entire collection over to a specific format, because I only ever wanted to do it ONCE. I thought ISO's was the only way, but it turns out there is a much better way.
The only thing with MKV is that you dont get dvd menu's…. but who cares?!? In a proper home theatre setup you want 2 things…. the main feature, and a trailer.
You just clearly don't understand what is implied.
When we say MKV we are talking about certain downloaded content on the internet that has noticeable loss of quality to a regular bluray.
Also extras etc are very important to certain people, its stupid to just ignore that and say ISO is bad.
I somewhat agree. You can transcode or re-code your BluRays if you choose - which -can- have a drop in quality. However, I challenge anyone to pick the difference between my 1080p DTS rips and the original BluRay by simply watching them on my 2.5m wide screen. I usually store a 30gb BluRay in about 10-15gb.
I also encode my extras as separate files, so I can view them too.
If you really like sitting through several minutes of warnings and ads, and are happy to keep 30-50gb per movie, then fill your boots - each to their own.
ISO files don't have any re-compression done on them. Essentially they are a duplicate of the disc and thus I consider this uncompressed (highest quality obtainable). With large data storage drives available today, I don't know why it isn't more common :)
I completely agree.
Lossless all the way!!! You can always buy more hard drives ;).
Depends on the mkv rip. Like UFO pointed out, you can convert the bluray ISO into MKV without re-compression/additional compression. One advantage of doing that is you can just pick the bits you want (main movie without the extras) and the subtitle you want. However, you normally can only get that type of rip if it is a rip from blu-ray disc(s) and done by someone you trust (not those ones you downloaded from Internet) or you do it yourself. Basically, mkv can be used just as a video container of the original blu-ray movie.
It is easier to play mkv (and since most of these media players cannot support blu-ray menu), an ISO is kinda a waste on these. However, if you do have needs to keep the menus and extras, then ISO is a better choice.
You can make ISO with just the movie too. I have done it to my collection which originally had full menus.
My ISO rips contain the movie + all english audio/subtitles.
IF you don't want the menus, you might aswell go with MKV and be more compatible with the world :)
Also $88 at Officeworks… no price match I guess :(
How is this a bargain then if it's the same price at JB Hifi and Officeworks?
Using the magical Google cache, the price at Officeworks was $98 on the 4th Jul 2012 17:07:24 GMT.
What does this mean? Officeworks have quickly matched JB Hifi price to stop price matches.
because it means officeworks have probably already dropped their price to match the JB bargain.
So no wifi on this version? Can you use a USB wifi adapter?
There is a list of supported USB wifi adapters somewhere from memory. Otherwise you could always use a wifi to ethernet bridge.
not all wifi adapters work… but yeah see this http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3805/~/list-...
yes wifi can be used
bought them for bucks last time in Jb's
so you need to buy wifi… sounds hard. which one to buy if i want built in??
The $10 dlink ones off ebay have always served me well.
Wow these have really held their value
So is this the new or older version?
This is the older version. The new SMP version has WIFI, New chipset and receives updates. Can be found here:
Personally id go for the SMP because of the updates and its only an extra $50.
$129 at Officeworks -
Personally I'd go for the older version because of the WDLXTV custom firmware which is way more useful than stock. To each his own.
I've got a few questions about streaming MKV files with this device
I use my PS3 to stream from my NAS at the moment but it doesn't do the above with MKV.
You might want a NAS with the capability of encoding for different DLNA cients on the fly
Oh my NAS does already play MKV to my PS3 (Synology DS411), it's just the PS3 doesn't support those extra features (for MKV) i asked about - embedded subs, fast seeking, chapters, switching audio streams. I was just wondering if this WDTV as a DLNA client does support those features.
For all of these things, it works very well. Now only if it would allow me to set defaults for subtitle, language, folder, volume, etc.
Thanks for the reply, and yes for subs i meant 'in the file' not hard coded :P I might grab one of these for the lounge room then. Thanks again.
Warning: if you watch the latest Anime in H.264, most releases are now encoded in [Hi10] H.264 profile, which is not supported by WDTV (the one that I have sitting by my TV at the moment anyway).
Thanks for the tip Dazzer. I am yet to see a movie that can't be played that's in H.264. I'll keep an eye out. Anything in particular that comes to mind?
Thanks for the info, so how does the new version of this compare to Boxee?
is this the same as a WD Mini? Renamed?
i always get resolution exceeds or not supported or something on the WD mini. Does the update correct this?
I've never seen the error message you're talking about, but I don't own a WDTV mini. I run my movies at 1080p with a high bitrate, using DTS audio - and never have a problem.
I think with no Apple TV 3 jailbreak in site, this is indeed a good player - Of course Popcorn Hour is amazing but at this price no one should complain.
I think the Apple TV 3 now supports 1080p… but I believe it's very limited in what it can play. This can be good and bad. If you only use Apple gear, it's ok … but if you interoperate with anyone else, then i'd avoid Apple TV, unless there's something particular you really need. There's lots of noise about air play (I think)…
I researched media players a few years back and really liked the ASUS and the WDTV Live, but I went with the WDTV Live because back then it was the only thing that I could find that played obscure things like FLAC and APE audio. This box has been one of the best "small" investments i've made.
@jatdipasand (OP) : Appreciate your love for the forum :)
THought this was the WD WDTV Live Streaming for a min :( darn..
Need one with WiFi for under $100 :) not long now :D
$82 in Harvey Norman
Do you know which store has it for $82. Or which state?
Bought one of this about a year and a half ago for the same price.
Love this box. Bought one about a year ago. What really makes it shine is the custom firmware. The features are amazing and the BT client is very useful.
switching over from my htpc (which is now faulty)
one key feature i need is incremental zoom. i use it to zoom really wide screen movies (eg 1.35:1) to 16:9 so half my screen is not taken up by black bars
this means i need a zoom in between 1 and 1.5
does the WDTV live do this? all versions (live, live plus, streaming)? if not will the WDLXTV firmware do this?
is the WDLXTV firmware worth it for me to get the old gen vs the new "Streaming" version for only $20 more?
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