After some extensive use with the WD HD TV Live this tiny device makes watching your favorite media a pleasure. The menus are simple and you can do anything from watching videos, view photos and listen to music. To connect the WD player to your TV you can use either RGB connections or HDMI connection. I prefer the HDMI connection. The WD has 3xUSB connections and network (RJ-45) connection which allows for multiple ways to access media content.
The menus on the WD are easily access through a simple remote that allows you to manipulate the features on this device through the on screen menu. If the WD is connected to a internet connection then you can view YouTube, flickr, firefly and stream music from Pandora.
Initially the original firmware update didn’t allow much variety in internet content viewing other than YouTube or whatever attached storage you have going to it. Which brings me to my next point about the firmware, you can update this device so new abilities keep happening. After having my WD HD TV Live for over a year I am very pleased with its capabilities. Probably one of the only drawbacks is when typing input to view YouTube content. To type input to search you have to use the remote with the on-screen keyboard which requires patience as this process takes time.
One of the main reason I bought the WD was to watch digital content on my TV. With the continuing downward spiral of large hard drive (2Tb costing only $99) it has allowed me to condense my huge DVD library down to an attached media storage that is the size of a child’s lunch box. I believe it will take me years to rips all of my DVDs to the storage drive, but the space savings is worth it and I can backup the data. The WD is capable of discovering media on your network and making the music and videos easily accessible.
If you are putting the WD on a network then setup is simple as you can choose static (manual) or DHCP (automatic) configuration of the IP of the WD. Once your WD is recognized on your network all media can be discovered on the network unless the attached storage needs a password which you can configure the WD with a username and password to access the media. The latest update on the WD allow you to even set the WD for 1080p for HD viewing.
You can buy the WD HD TV Live player for under $100. Newegg sells this device for a good price. I got mine at Bestbuy because they had a deal which listed the WD Player for only $60 with taxed added. This media player gives you ease of use ,and its portable for a reasonable price not to mention that its also a rather durable piece of equipment. Did I mention that it also has an optical port for audio? All in all this is a great media player, and it is a good deal “…and you can’t beat that with a bat.”
– Enjoy and Happy shopping!