GADGET FEATURE: Media Streaming via WD TV Live

I always love watching movies especially viewing it in our smart TV. But there's one dilemma that I always encounter -- not all digital formats can be read by our television directly via flash drive. Thanks to the WD TV Live, that issue was solved. Not only that I can view all types of media formats, I won't have the hassle of saving it the files in a flash drive. I could access the movies, music, even photos in my laptop wireless via WiFi.

The WD TV Live's size dimension is 4.9-inches (125mm) Wide, 1.2-inches High (30mm), and 3.9-inches (100mm) Deep. Extremely small I must say.

Physical setup was a breeze.. RCA cables are ready and available when you open the box. Simply connect the device to your smart TV. Definitely, you'll be needing a WiFi connection.

The device immediately prompted me to have the firmware upgraded. So I did. Afterwards, the testing began..

It was quite challenging accessing my laptop files via WD TV. It took me awhile to get the right login details. Also, typing the characters using it's remote control is quite time consuming.

Here are some of what you could see when navigating the WD TV.



1. Core Function: Network Media Player that features content streaming from the internet or home network for viewing on a TV and home theater system.

2. Internet Connectivity: Wired Ethernet or wireless WiFi.

3. Internet Streaming Services (at the time this review was published - some services are free and some require paid subscription):

TV/Movies - Blockbuster On Demand, CinemaNow, Flingo, HuluPlus, and Netflix.

Music - Live 365, Deezer (non-U.S. users), Mediafly, Pandora, Picasa, Shoutcast Radio, Spotify, and TuneIn Radio.

Misc Videos - Daily Motion, YouTube. Added via firmware update: Vimeo

Information and Social Networking - Accuweather,Facebook and Flickr.

4. Inputs: 2 USB (1 front/1 rear), Ethernet/LAN.

5. Outputs: 1 HDMI, 1 Digital Optical, 1 AV (3.5mm).

6. Video Output Resolution: 1080p.

7. Audio Codec Compatibility: MP3, MP2, WAV, PCM, Dolby Digital (2 channel), Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, FLAC, WMA, WMA Pro, AAC, OGG Vorbis, AC3, APE.

8. Audio Container Compatibility: AIFF, MKA, OGG, WMA

9. Video Codec Compatibility: MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4 (ASP, AVCHD, H.264)

10. Video Container Compatibility: AVI, VOB/ISO, ASF/WMV, MKV, MOV, DAT (VCD/SVCD), FLV.

11. Photo File Compatibility: GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIF/TIFF.

12. Subtitle File Compatibility: SRT, SUB, SMI, ASS.

13. Playlist Format Compatibility: PLS, WPL, M3U, XML (iTunes), CUE.

14. Advanced functions: Audio lip sync, Subtitle color, image position and timing adjustment, Password-protected parental controls for specific online services

15. Included Accessories: Quick Start Guide, Remote control with batteries, RCA to 3.5mm AV cables, AC Adapter.

Overall, the WD TV is your one-stop device to access media remotely, watch videos online and view different types of media formats.


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