WD TV Live Streaming Media Player
Submitted by Mike Chin on Sun, 2011-11-20 17:22.
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WD provides a lot of information about TV Live, but in many different places.
The info in the box below is all from WD, the web pages and the manual.
WD TV LIVE SPECIFICATIONS
Model WDBHG70000NBK has NTSC Video Format
Model WDBGXT0000NBK has PAL Video Format
Weight & Dimensions: 0.42 lbs / 0.19 kg; 30h x 100d x 125w
(mm) - 1.2" x 3.9" x 4.9"
- Operating: 41° F to 95° F | 5° C to 35° C
- Non-operating: -40° F to 149° F | -40° C to 65° C
Electrical: 100-240 VAC / 50~60 Hz; Power disspation not specified
Interface: Ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI (1.4), Composite A/V, Wi-Fi,
File Formats Supported
- Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264,
x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV
(MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9, FLV (h.264)
- Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
- Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048x2048.
- Single layer TIFF files only.
- Uncompressed BMP only.
- Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG,
Dolby Digital, DTS
- An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound
- Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL
- Subtitle - SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
File Formats Not Supported - Does not support protected premium
content such as movies or music from the iTunes Store, Movielink,
Amazon Unbox, and Vongo
User Interface: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese
, Portuguese (Brazil), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean,
Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Swedish,
Subtitle: English, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Spanish,
Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish,
Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian,
Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese,
Korean, Japanese, Thai, Hindi (India), Malay/Bahasa (Indonesia), Central
Multilingual Input: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish,
Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarian
The best of the Internet on your HDTV Stream hit movies,
catch up on TV shows, watch the latest videos, and stay connected to
your social network. Dont settle for online entertainment on your
small computer screen. With the WD TV Live streaming media player, you
can enjoy it all on your HDTV. See Internet Services on
page 92 for more details.
Your media collection belongs on the big screen Enjoy
your media library, home videos, vacation slideshows, and favorite songs
on your HDTV and sound system in your living room. Sit back and enjoy
the spectacular picture quality of Full-HD 1080p.
Play virtually any media file format The WD TV Live streaming
media player supports a wide variety of the most popular files including
MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV video formats. Get the freedom to
enjoy your media now, in virtually any file format.
Ready, set up, stream So easy to set up, youll
be up and running in minutes. The WD TV Live streaming media player
connects to your high-speed Internet connection wirelessly, no PC required.
Or use the Ethernet port to connect to your wired home network.
High-performance, streaming-ready WiFi Includes the latest
wireless technologyextended-range Wireless-Ngiving you the
speed you need to stream HD.
Play media from any source Stream videos, music, and
photos from your USB drive, network drive, and any PC or Mac computer
in your home. Our media library collects the content from all the drives,
so finding the perfect video, song, or photo to view is easier than
Show photos and movies directly from your digital camera or camcorder
Connect your camcorder or digital camera directly to the media center
and instantly view or archive HD video and photos without a PC. Works
with any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol.
Bring the arcade to your HDTV Swap gems with Rockswap,
try your luck with Texas HoldEm, or test your math skills with
Sudoku. WD TV Live brings casual games to your big screen TV.
Stay updated with RSS feeds Stay posted on your favorite
bloggers and websites and stream the latest audio and video with timely
RSS feeds. You can also add specific feeds to your dashboard to be shown
as tickers so you never miss a thing.
Several noteworthy points about the above:
- In the statement, "Does not support protected premium content"
from various sources, iTunes music is specifically mentioned. The reference
is to "m4a" files that can only be played with iTunes, but the iTunes
Store stopped selling music encumbered by digital rights management (DRM)
restrictions at the beginning of 2009. Of course, the statement still applies
to older DRM-restricted files.
- The all-important 1920x1080p24 (or 1080p 24fps) playback resolution
is supported. Just about every movie is transferred to Blu-ray at
a frame rate of 23.976 (24p). You get an idea of how important this is when
you consider that the home theater and HTPC-focused site MissingRemote.com
whole article devoted to the topic of 24p, and their
nice spreadsheet comparing video players has a column that specifically
identifies whether the device supports 24p.
- Support for subtitles is impressive, and as you will see,
nicely implemented. Not mentioned is the ability to easily adjust audio
synchronization, which can be most essential: Nothing quite so annoying
in an otherwise unflawed video as a lag between action and sound.
- Although unspecified, ethernet speed is gigabit, not the more
usual 10/100 Mbit/s.
Finally, while WD emphasizes the TV Live's ability to stream all kinds of media
from all sources, it makes most sense in the role of video streaming. Admittedly,
if you hook this device to a computer monitor, say no bigger than 24",
then the power consumption would be modest enough for it to stay always on,
to be used as a music player, with a random slide show screensaver for multiple
entertainment. But it would profligate to use a big screen HD TV with its much
higher power consumption (>200W is not unusual) as the music jukebox screen
for the WD TV Live.
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