WD TV Live

Discussion in 'Home Entertainment Systems' started by Gabriel1, May 18, 2012.

  1. Gabriel1

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    Hmm, I don't think that is entirely correct, you will see from my first post that I was using the app back in May......just sayin'

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    Oh ok, no prob.
     
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    Just to close out my part in this WDTV Live thread:

    The box did it for me -- pink screen (think blue screen of death), won't play NETFLIX, does not do anything. Thought it might be the cable but it's not.

    I have an Apple TV box arriving on the brown truck tomorrow. That will do every thing I need -- mostly streaming videos for my grandson.
    Thanks for your help. I believe that my trouble with the remote app was that the box was dying.
     
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    Gabriel,

    Great review of the WD TV Live remote app. I picked up the WD TV Live a few days ago and I'm using it in much the same way as you describe above. My LG BD670 BluRay player couldn't stream AVCHD video (got a new Canon HD camcorder for Christmas!) from a network share, so I picked up the WD TV Live, which streams AVCHD at full 1920x1080i resolution BEAUTIFULLY!

    One question I hope you could answer regarding the remote app, which I am using on an iPad. If you tap the "speaker shaped" icon to the right of the power button (mute button?), the four color buttons at the bottom of the screen (A, B, C & D) go away and are replaced with what appears to be a volume slider which has a green check mark at the far right end of the slider. Can you advise what this is? It doesn't appear to affect the volume much at all and after I hit the green checkmark, it goes away and the A, B, ... buttons re-appear. All I got through my HT Receiver when I moved the volume slider was some "crackling" thru my speakers with almost no increase in volume.

    Thanks in advance for your reply,


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  5. Gabriel1

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    Hmm, I'm not sure about that. I've never used it because I always control the volume on the TV remote. If I get a chance I'll have a play around with it later.

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    I've been thinking about replacing my HTPCs with WD TV Lives. I think these little boxes will require no maintance where as PCs always do. Also, i've been having problems with my player software. For example, one box all of a sudden won't play files whose audio DTS-HD Master Audio when I use my mkv player. I don't know why...it used to do it...now I have to gigger around with it to figure what is wrong. And then PowerDVD Ultra is always acting up and stuff, so I'm tired of it. And since I have two of these...and Windows wants to update all the time...and drivers want to update...Argh. Too much stuff to do.

    So, I'm looking at streaming boxes and the WD TV live comes to mind. I see it can handle all the file formats I need, which are mainly MKV, ISO (blu-ray) and DVD into folders. I use MyMovies as a means to bring down all the cover art needed, so all the content is stored in folders that have the appropriate fan art. I have some 40TB of media ripped. I keep this on a windows PC with the drives shared on my network. The various drives contain nothing but the media arranged in folders with fanart.

    So, first question is how do I get WDTV to see it?

    Second question is does the WDTV live support high-resolution lossless audio formats like TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio? This is very important to me as I buy blu-rays for this reason. I could not find clear wording that says both are supported.

    Third, and I will check Youtube for this, but how does the WDTV Live display your ripped content on screen? Does it have internal storage of some kind so it can remember what you have? I have a bunch of hard drives...once they fill up the content on them doesn't change. I'm currently using Windows Media Center to see my content. Big long menus with fancy backgrounds and such. TV shows pop up by season, then episode, etc. Very nice. MyMovies maintains the database behind Media Center to make all of this work. It runs on each of my HTPC and on the PC that serves up the media. I don't mind leaving it as long as I get something similar to replace it. Having to root through zillions of folders and drives is not my idea of fun.

    Thanks for any info anyone can provide on these points.
     
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    Ok....I had $60 in certs at Best Buy, so I'm going to pick one up tomorrow for $42. It seems it handles the high-def sounds by pass-thru over HDMI to my AV receiver, which is exactly what I want. I'm not convince the menus will be as nice, but this should at least give me an additional option until I can get my HTPCs back in order. Now to get my networking in order so this thing can see it.
     
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    After doing some more reading, I have ordered one of each (WD TV Live & Play). Still concerned that the menu for 700+ files and TV episodes will suck, but the at least I can play with full sound, which is important to me!
     
  10. Gabriel1

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    That's really interesting, I'll take a look at that and probably order one.

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