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City Software - WD TV Live $159.80

Posted By: ninkasi, posted 2010/06/03 21:54
Great little unit. Have one myself.

Details:
HD video, photos and music - they're on your computer, on your USB drives, on the Internet, but how do you enjoy them on your TV? Now it's easy! Play a whole world of Full-HD, 1080p media on your big screen TV with the WD TV Live network-ready HD media player.
Key Features

Full-HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p - This is the real thing; Full-HD 1080p playback. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular picture quality of brilliant high definition video and the crystal-clear sound of digital audio. Use the included remote control to make your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated navigation menus.

Play a wide variety of file formats - WD TV Live supports a wide variety of the most popular file formats. No need to spend time transcoding.

Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV - Explore and watch YouTube videos and Flickr pictures on the big screen. Rock out to thousands of radio stations via Live365 and discover new music with Pandora radio.

Access media files on your home network - The Ethernet port lets you connect this player to your home network through a wired connection or an optional wireless connection.

WiFi Ready - Supports wireless network connection with optional USB wireless adapter. Click here to view compatible wireless-ready USB adapters.

Turn your USB drive into an HD media player - Play content from most popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices. Optimized for My Passport portable hard drives.

Collect without limits - There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.

Play media seamlessly from multiple USB drives - Two USB ports on the player let you connect multiple USB storage devices and access them simultaneously. Our media library feature collects the content on all the drives into one list sorted by media type.

Transfer files easily - Copy, move or delete files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, your camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using the on-screen menus.

Show photos and movies directly from your digital camera or video camera - Works with digital cameras, digital video cameras, in fact, any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol.

Advanced navigation options

* Thumbnail and list views - Browse your content by filename or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art.
* Media library - This unique feature lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can view your content by categories such as genre, album, artist and date.
* Search - Search by genre, title, artist, filename or partial filename.

Photo viewing

* Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
* Zoom and pan
* Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date

Movie viewing

* Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan
* View subtitles
* Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date

Music playback

* Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat
* Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date.

File Copy

* Copy files between USB drives

HDMI 1.3, composite video and component video output - The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA), and component outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.

SPDIF digital output - The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surroundsound experience.

Ultra-compact design - Fits easily into your entertainment center.

System Requirements

* My Passport portable hard drive or other USB storage device with supported video or audio content stored on it.
* Standard or high definition television with HDMI or composite video connections
* Home Network and broadband connectivity for online services.

Languages Supported
User Interface:

* English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese

Subtitle:

* English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Russian (KOI8-R & Windows 1251), Portuguese, Central European, Turkish, Malay
47°-+
  • modtang2010/06/04 07:45:59
    You can also get them at OrangeIT for $155. Don't know what they charge for postage though (City Software charges $13).

    Orange IT - Media Player and TV Media Player WD TV LIVE HD Media Player
  • betaman2010/06/04 09:11:56
    OrangeIT's prices are not bad for a local computer store. What are their after-sales services like?
  • ntowill2010/06/04 09:13:07
    OrangeIT charge $10.20 for postage from memory (or can pick up from their store in Sydney).

    I bought one last week from OfficeWorks, told them about the Orange IT one and they beat it by 5% - cost me $147.25 (OfficeWorks normal price was $199).
  • ninkasi2010/06/04 09:22:15
    ntowill
    I bought one last week from OfficeWorks, told them about the Orange IT one and they beat it by 5% - cost me $147.25 (OfficeWorks normal price was $199).


    Wow. Great price. When I bought mine they'd only just come out so it was pretty much rrp.... if I didn't have one already, the *only* reason I might hold off buying one of these is the Boxee Box that is due for release soon. I'm not a big fan of dlink, but have been impressed by boxee and look forward to this first boxee appliance hitting the stores. I don't know how much this is going to be sold for though... I would expect it would be more than the wdtv live but less than an apple tv (which is $329, has a hard drive, and can be easily hacked to run boxee).
  • ntowill2010/06/04 09:35:55
    I was waiting for the Popcorn Popbox (US release soon? at US$129), but no idea how long until someone brings it out to Australia. No plans to release here, so would be the US version + OS postage + power coversion (from 110v) + their margin, etc. WDTV Live does me fine. Can even hook into YouTube, etc. I'm happy with it and the price is a steal!
  • kickling2010/06/04 10:18:27
    OrangeIT : Just made a dummy order to NSW, and postage is $12.85 and postage to SA is $13.25 but I suspect it varies for other states still.

    City software : Dummy cart shows $10 to NSW and $13 to SA .... so go OrangeIT to save a couple of dollars in total.
  • ninkasi2010/06/04 11:28:47
    ntowill
    I was waiting for the Popcorn Popbox (US release soon? at US$129), but no idea how long until someone brings it out to Australia. No plans to release here, so would be the US version + OS postage + power coversion (from 110v) + their margin, etc. WDTV Live does me fine. Can even hook into YouTube, etc. I'm happy with it and the price is a steal!


    Would need to check, but probably won't need power conversion - just an adaptor for the power brick. These guys and here and here distribute the popcorn kit in oz - I'd contemplated getting one as well (way back when there was a special where they threw in a hard drive for a nominal amount), but the WDTV live fitted the bill just as well for less.

    Still reckon the boxee box with the rf remote with built in keyboard is something to keep an eye open for.... will see how well dlink make it though. If it's put together shoddily then it will go to the sad place kit with great promise but poor execution go.....
  • ntowill2010/06/04 11:53:33
    ninkasi
    Still reckon the boxee box with the rf remote with built in keyboard is something to keep an eye open for.... will see how well dlink make it though. If it's put together shoddily then it will go to the sad place kit with great promise but poor execution go.....


    I looked at the Boxee and liked the keyboard on the remote and what it could do, but wasn't too sure about the weird box design (like it's put on its corner and sunk into the table). Doesn't fit in cleanly in with the other equipment - is more like is has to be out in the open as a statement.

    Is also more expensive (plus have to wait until it's released - can get WDTV Live now). Supposed to be around $200 but I assume that's US$ and the way the AU$ is performing at the moment isn't helping...

    I figured if I got the WDTV Live for under $150 and later found something even better (and wanted to get the 'new' one), I could sell the WDTV Live on eBay and probably get most of my money back on it anyway.
  • ninkasi2010/06/04 14:22:40
    ntowill
    ....wasn't too sure about the weird box design...


    Agreed. Then again, it's an RF remote so you could probably shove the god-awful design nightmare in a drawer and try to forget about it. But. If it's US$200 then it's in Apple TV territory and has well and truly missed the mark. I also prefer the small box form like the WDTV live though as you can shove that neatly behind the tv itself which is nice if it's wall mounted.

    Boxee are working with other companies to develop appliances as well as to have the app installed in TVs. Might have lost its chance with the google behemoth coming out with google tv....

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