Pros Works wireless or wired. Will play pretty much any format. Prior to the last 2 firmware updates I would have rated as 4.
Cons Wireless range is poor. The last 2 firmware updates have been disastrous. You want to ignore prompts to update firmware and check WD forums before applying. There is a 26 page thread on the WD forum about the things broken in the last update.
Pros Crisp fast interface....reasonbly priced..blows away my popcorn hour unit....finds the server immediately....Picture quality is superb.....
Cons If they would include more 3rd party internet content apps like the ROKU...there wouldnt be a need for the ROKU anymore.....but thats the only thing missing from this unit...
Pros - Best value product in it's category "Media Player"
- Works with USB keyboards.
- Wireless AND Gigabit port.
- Multiformat player (much better than Roku)
- More Service Providers than in Blu-ray players.
- Easily sees and connects to other network device
Cons - GUI is hard for novices (Roku easier)
- Firmware updates from WD can be problematic.
- DLNA functionality could be better.
- Many less Service Providers than Roku offers.
- Occasional lock-ups requiring reboot.
Summary NOTE: I own the previous WD TV Live PLUS, and previous model Roku without wireless capability. I do not own the most recent models of these two products.
My spouse likes the Roku because of the friendly GUI. But i prefer the WD because it can do so much more than the Roku.
The WD unit was originally developed for streaming from your local network; Netflix capability came later. Roku was originally made for Netflix, but has been expanded with 200+ apps and Service Providers. They have both followed their origins. Roku has never offered their own application to do local network streaming, although they keep hinting.
There have been several Roku-based LAN streaming apps offered by third party developers (hobbists). I tried one which was very complicated to set up, it did not work. Another app was easy to set up but was way too slow to use, and had limited codecs. A third app was so complicated and invasive I didn't try it.
Buy Roku if you are mostly interested in Netflix and other internet sourced media.
By WD if you want to easily connect to other LAN devices to listen and watch your own media. If you are tech-savy, this is a very fun unit.
Those of you that fall somewhere in between will have to study the two choices carefully, or buy BOTH!
Pros Beautiful, functional interface, stellar improvement over the old models
Supports more file types than any other player out there
Plays anything from network shares/media servers (unlike Roku)
It has Netflix, Pandora, Hulu plus, TuneIn, Youtube...I at lea
Cons Really none so far
Summary A major improvement over the older models. I will cut cable TV and will get my TV fix from Netflix and HuluPlus. It updated to the newest firmware automatically. There is a lot of crying going on about the lack of Amazon streaming. Doesn't touch me so much, if you want it, look elsewhere. Also everybody whining about past issues with firmware on different devices take note: no issues.
Really, so far I love it.
Pros Streams? Eventually
Cons Slow and unresponsive. Poor build quality of the remote. Buggy. Locks up on most apps. Wife HATES it compared to our Roku and PS3.
Summary Slow and unresponsive (Seriously). Poor build quality of the remote. Buggy. Locks up on most apps. Poor channel options. Wife HATES it compared to our Roku2 XD and PS3.
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