Pros Plays most codecs, but so do all the others.
Cons * NO DVD file Menu or chapter support.
* Intermittent failure to find network shares
* Apparent abandonment of the player by WD
* problems and studdering with >25 FPS HD content.
Summary * NO DVD file Menu or chapter support. All the other players in he price range have it but WD.
* Intermittent failure to find network shares, also a problem not found on other players.
* Apparent abandonment of the player by WD, no response on firmware, botched firmware updates.
* Known and documented problems and studdering with >25 FPS HD content.
Get any of the other products in this category. If you have DVD rips all of them an play them with chapter advance and chapter back except for WD.
Pros I searched all over for what to buy to play all my ripped movies from my DVD collections. Now i just put them into my
thumb drive and choose select..and im watchnig my movie or TV show.
Cons shows nearly 99% of the encded file available. But enough that you will be happy it
was well spent instead of converting files to DVD formate 1hr later to view for the family. Just
plug and play.....working in 4min flat!
Summary Get it....save yourself the time i waisted on other products and considering putting a whole computer in my
family room to watch all these shows at night. You'll love it!
"Yes, it does that."on by 777-3
Pros easy setup
web channels = pure bonus.
Cons still looking
Summary I was using a xbox 360 as my media extender (not with media centre; I used media player for less memory usage.) I never loved that xbox set-up, but got used to it. This unit is way better.
Bottom line: If you are wondering how to get your downloaded movies onto your new plasma/lcd TV, then ...
This is the device for you !
Pros Very easy setup. Connected easily to all my network drives and media servers. Great Video and Audio playback quality. Supports all my required video, audio and subtitles format, has a great iPhone Remote Control application (www.wdtvremote.com).
Cons Menus are a bit unintuitive, thus I'm mostly using the 3rd party iPhone remote control application. They could also do a better job with showing movie sheets.
Summary After using AppleTV for 2 years, trying D-Link Media Lounge, Roku's device and others - I've finally chose WDTV over them. Mainly for it's price value. It provided me all the functionality that I needed - connectivity to my network shares for streaming movies and music, with a very simple and intuitive setup. The playback is smooth, no hick-ups or jitters or anything else I've experienced with other streamers. So far - all my file formats are supported (including support for subtitles). What could I ask for more?
Pros Works on an old TV. Noiseless. Wireless network option. Recognizes WMP playlists.
Cons Works on an old TV, but fonts and screen layout aren't optimized for it. Known defect: logging onto YouTube resets the device.
Summary ??compatibility can always be upgraded if Western Digital releases new firmware that can be loaded automatically via the unit's Internet connection. Overall, compatibility was noticeably more reliable than the Netgear Digital Entertainer Live.? WD issued an update in December that bricked units, then withdrew it: http://community.wdc.com/t5/forums/forumtopicpage/board-id/tv_live/message-id/581#M581
?You will need to provide the device with power and a wired internet connection, so plan accordingly.? WD lists several current USB WiFi adapters known to work, so the wired connection is a soft requirement: http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3805#wireless