Pros Seems to be capable of playing all files.
it's very small.
easy to connect.
Cons would freeze up daily, and would have to be reset often. Firmware updates seem to destroy the functionality. Would lose account (pandaora) information, which is a huge pain in the ass because you have to use the arrow keys to type in your info.
Summary CNet seems to love WD, and generally I liked WD too. But this thing is a complete dump. Not only did I return this piece of trash, but after talking with their understaffed, broken english, under trained, irresponsible support staff, I sold every penny of stock I had in the company. If your main responsibility is to talk to people, and you can't speak their language, you are hiring the wrong people WD!!! I used to be a huge fan of their products, but this encounter has completely killed my opinion of this company.
"BUYER BEWARE!"on by bhs506
Pros Amazing file format support! Compatible with Mac HFS drives, which is GREAT because I can take my Time Machine drive and just plug it in. You can see the device over wifi network as a networked drive so you can just drag and drop files.
Cons CUSTOMER SUPPORT WORTHLESS. Access over my home network had to be setup several times. IF YOU PLUG TWO DEVICES INTO THE USB PORTS, they don't always both work. Slow for file transfers over wifi. HORRIBLE playback of highdef quick time files.
Summary Completely worth it if you are a mac user and want to play all kinds of media formats and want the ease of a networked drive that you can share media with.
"WDTV is Awesome!"on by Athenon87
Pros *Supports almost every format (in other words, completely unrivaled format support)
*Subtitle switching support
*Audio track switching support
(The above two are not found on the Revue, the box that I replaced with the WDTV)
*Runs 1080 video like a champ
Cons *Sometimes the subtitles are a little messed up for shows with subtitles for more than one character simultaneously.
*Not a lot of different outputs
*You really need a keyboard for certain things
*The Netflix app is inferior to the one on the Revue (speci
Summary I watch a LOT of foreign shows that require me to activate subtitles and alternate audio tracks in MKV files. I initially bought the Revue and was extremely happy with it except for two fatal flaws: network streaming support was limited to DLNA only and it didn't support switching subtitle or audio tracks in MKV files (or any files for that matter). Before I returned it, I did some research and found that, from every corner of the net, the WDTV's name came up in relation to anime streaming over the network. I also noticed it had a dedicated button to switch subtitle and audio tracks. As such, I decided to buy the newest model of the WDTV (in my Best Buy it was located with the HDDs for some reason, even though the Revue and the other WDTV models were located with the TVs).I just wanted to add that I think a lot of the user reviews here on CNet aren't actually referring to the WDTV Live 2011. There was a previous device under the exact same name (WDTV Live) and people get them confused very easily. Note, though, that I am referring specifically one released in October 2011 in my review.
Once I got it home and unboxed it, I was surprised that such a small box could support so many different formats. I have read several places that the WDTV will play more formats than any other streaming box out there. So far, I've not run across a file it couldn't play, and that seems to be the norm. That's more than I can say for the Revue, albeit a lot of it had to do with my DLNA servers.
The WDTV doesn't have as many features as Google TV, but if you need a solid streaming box that can play any file any way you want, this is the box for you. If you mostly just need streaming services like Netflix or Amazon and would enjoy your box being able to control your entire entertainment setup in a very cool way, then the Revue is definitely for you.
I subscribe to the former. I just need a box that will play any format I throw at it (via Samba!) any way I want it (along with Netflix or Crunchyroll occasionally). I really love the WDTV for this reason and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to buy a streaming box.
Note: I have 20mbps internet and a 1gbps router, cables, and network cards as well as a custom-built gaming computer streaming files. As such, your experience might be a bit slower on the streaming side of things. I also have not tried plugging in an external HDD or flash drive to play files off of it.
Updated on Oct 27, 2011
"Was great!"on by captcruzan
Pros Played EVERYTHING very well. Easy setup and very small.
Cons When it updated to most recent firmware it stopped working completely. Now it is in the mail and will not be replaced until I read that WD has gotten their collective $hit together. The toll free line for help is awful, they don't speak english.
Summary This thing was awesome until it updated. Think about that for a moment.
Pros 1080 capability
Playing multiple file formats
Very good user interface
2 USB's, wireless/LAN connectivity
Very convenient subtitle button and well designed remote
Got it for around $88 at WD Web Store using WDCARES code.
Cons The first unit was a firmware update nightmare. Tried to exchange it but I was offered only a refurbished unit for my 7 days old one.
Needed to order a new unit and return the old, malfunctioning one and pay for shipping???
Summary After receiving my second unit watching movies and listening music from USB attached drive is nothing but pleasure.
Netflix works as good as on my old Roku or PS3.
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