WD TV Live Streaming Media Player

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INTRODUCTION

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"

Temperature

  • 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, Optical audio

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)
    • MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
    • MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.
    • WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
    • H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution.
    • H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
  • 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 digital output.
  • 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

Languages Supported

User Interface: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese , Portuguese (Brazil), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, Polish, Czech, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian,Hungarian

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 European language

Multilingual Input: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarian

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

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. Don’t 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, you’ll 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 technology—extended-range Wireless-N—giving 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 ever.

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 Hold’Em, 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 has a 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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