|WD TV Live HD Media Player Review|
|Home Theater Media Servers Home Theater/Media Center PCs|
|Written by Mike Flacy|
|Wednesday, 26 May 2010|
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In the current age of media consumption, movies and television are being utilized in vastly different methods than five years ago. Nothing is more of a testament to the changes in how consumers are viewing their media than Western Digital’s TV Live HD Media Player. Improving on their first player (the WD TV Digital Media Player), the new TV Live builds on the strong file support of the first model and adds a variety of networking improvements.
You will also find a component output, a HDMI 1.3 port, an optical output and two USB ports (one on the back and one on the top). New to this unit, there’s an Ethernet connection for wired access to your home network and the Internet. The small (likely easy to lose) remote is identical to the last version of the player. There’s no back-lit feature to the remote as well.
Similar to the previous model, the file support is off the charts! There were only a handful of times that I had a media file that wasn’t compatible with the WD TV Live (usually a Divx encoded file). In terms of video files, it can handle AVI, xVid, VOB, MKV, h.264, MOV, Matroska, WMV9, MPEG, etc… Music is no slouch either with support for FLAC, PCM, OGG, WMA, AAC, MP3, etc. It also has subtitle support, audio play list support and photo display functionality. One really handy feature that was added to this version of the player is a preview function. On-screen, it shows the file size and type as well as demoing a portion of the file. It’s very useful if you are a habitual mis-labeler of files.