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WD TV HD Media Player

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Product Highlights
  • Convert USB Drive to Media Player
  • Plays Video, Audio, & Pictures
  • HDTV and SDTV Compatibility
  • 1080p
  • HDMI

The WD TV HD Media Player from Western Digital is a digital media player for TVs or HDTVs. It can be used to play back video, audio, and pictures from any USB hard drive or storage device. Two USB ports are built into the device, allowing you to connect multiple hard drives simultaneously.

The WD TV connects to a TV via HDMI or RCA composite, supporting up to 1080p resolution. It can access data from any USB hard drive. A remote control is included to facilitate easy playback of media.

Advanced Media Navigation
Browsing large media collections can often be a daunting task. Not so with the WD TV: it features thumbnail and list view options, allowing you to quickly browse your entire media library. You can filter by media type, and search for keywords to quickly locate a particular song or movie.
USB Device Compatibility
Although the WD TV has no internal hard drive, it does sport 2 USB ports. You can use these ports to connect any USB mass storage device: hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, and the like.
Media Conversion Software
The player ships with the ArcSoft MediaConverter 2.5 software for Windows. This software allows you convert media into formats that are optimized for use with the player.
1080p Support
The WD TV is fully compatible with HDTV displays. It features an HDMI output capable of driving 1080p displays. It also has standard RCA composite output for connection to SD TVs.
Interface 2x USB 2.0
Video System NTSC, HDTV
Supported Formats Music: MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
Photo: JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Video: MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264)
Playlist: PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle: SRT (UTF-8)
Video Outputs 1x HDMI
1x RCA Composite
Audio Outputs 1x Optical S/PDIF
1x RCA Stereo
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz
Environmental Requirements Operating
Temperature: 41-95°F (-5-35°C)

Storage
Temperature: -40-149°F (-40-65°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.9 x 1.6 x 3.9" (12.6 x 4 x 10cm)
Weight 0.67 lb (0.3kg)
WD TV HD Media Player
  • Compact Remote with Batteries
  • Media Converter Software for Windows
  • Composite AV Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Western DigitalWD TV HD Media Player
     
    4.4

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (34)
    • Attractive (28)
    • Great picture quality (21)
    • Compact (7)
    • Clear sound (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies (21)
      • Works w/high def (19)
      • Entertainment (6)
      • Sports (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (13), Power user (8), Casual user (5), Tech savvy (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Very good, but some fixes are welcome

      Nice image in a 720p plasma TV, and plays a Ton of HD and FullHD video formats. I was thinking about a HTPC, but this little box does about 90% of the job...Read complete review

      Nice image in a 720p plasma TV, and plays a Ton of HD and FullHD video formats. I was thinking about a HTPC, but this little box does about 90% of the job and costs much less.
      If you don't have a receiver, beware: WD TV can't decode DTS sound for itself. Also, it don't handle well with some of the larger .mkv files (10GB or more).
      It has some minor issues, like the bad subtitle sinc in .srt files and don't show menus in DVDs ISOs. But more firmware updates (there's two until now) can fix them.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not as expected

      We purchased a WDTV media player last month. Here are the problems we encountered with the product:

      ***Cannot support RM/RMVB (real media video formats)
      ***External...Read complete review

      We purchased a WDTV media player last month. Here are the problems we encountered with the product:

      ***Cannot support RM/RMVB (real media video formats)
      ***External hard drive does not power down when device is off
      ***Cannot watch higher bit rate 1080p MKV files due to screen artifacting and other visual problems. I think it has a problem with 29fps @1080p.
      ***The lack of a network connection drastically reduces the convenience by forcing you to disconnect your USB hard drive to copy stuff onto it and reconnect.
      ***WDTV does not even include a HDMI cable, which itself is worth at least $10 (or maybe $50, depending on where you buy it from.)
      ***Slow remote control response

      Reviewed by 35 customers

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      4.0

      Does the trick

      By Wilso

      from Lakewood, CO

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Picture

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Movies

        Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

        I've been using it to listen to music view pictures and watch video on the standard TV. It has solved my entertainment needs perfectly. The transfer of files with the help of an external hard drive has been easy. It also works with files stored on a standard flash drive. I've been impressed with the product.

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        5.0

        Excellent Media Player

        By Sathish

        from Charlotte,NC

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Picture
        • Simple setup
        • Works as expected

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Movies

        Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

        I purchased this product two weeks ago. I just plugged in my WD passport to it and able to detected all the movies with different format. Video quality is same as how it was stored in the Harddrive. It worked as how it is supposed to work. Everyone must buy this and should replace their CD/DVD players.

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        3.0

        Not so Happy

        By Nick

        from Redmond, wa

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Movies

          Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

          I spent almost [$] expecting that I will be able to enjoy the movies and pictures that I have on my 500GB external HDD by connecting to TV through this device.I does the job, but browsing the contents of 500GB HDD is soooooooooooooooo slow.

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          5.0

          Good Deal, Great Product

          By Ken

          from Baltimore, Maryland USA

          About Me Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Picture

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies
            • Works w/High Def

            Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

            I use the WD TV Media Player at home to watch and listen to all the media content which I would normally have had to watch on my computer. This product was very easy to set up. Just hooked it to one of the video\audio inputs on my TV and started watching. I have an external USB drive hooked to the WD unit, no problems. I really like the menus, they are easy to navigate and give all the information needed to choose what to watch or listen to. The only problem I have had is with one HD movie in MKV format. The video is fine but the audio is not recognized (no audio). I updated to the latest firmware but this did not help. I will inform WD though their website to see if they will include this codec on their next firmware upgrade. This is the only problem I have had. I gave this product 5 stars and would recommend this to all who want a product like this. Thanks B&H for the low price [...]

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            4.0

            Great product to buy.

            By Benboi

            from Temple City, CA

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Picture

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Movies
              • Sports
              • Works w/High Def

              Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

              Used this product on the HDTV and that the quality is excellent. Really happy how good the picture are. Don't like how it take sometimes to loaded up.

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              5.0

              Very Nice Media Player

              By Joey

              from Florida

              About Me Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Picture

              Cons

              • All funtions on remote

              Best Uses

              • Movies
              • Works w/High Def

              Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

              Im very please with this one, excelent picture when using HDMI cable,

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              5.0

              Great addition to home theater!

              By Mouse

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Picture
              • Plays almost any file

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Movies
                • Works w/High Def

                Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                I always hated the hassle of hooking my laptop up to my entertainment center to each time i want to watch a movie or play music. Now this is just part of it. Great buy!

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                5.0

                easy to use

                By Traveling Reflections Photography

                from Detroit, MI.

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Picture

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Works w/High Def

                  Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                  Very easy to use...Basically power it up and connect to TV HDMI port. I use it mostly for HD videos and photos right from thumb drive into one of the two USB ports. Menu extremely easy to follow. Recommend this product to anyone that enjoys viewing high def photos and videos with ease.

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                  4.0

                  Does what it's supposed to do

                  By MER

                  from Fairfax, VA

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Works w/High Def

                    Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                    I bought this to display my HD home videos and images on my TV. It works fine.

                    If you are new to HD... You can't display your HD home videos and images on an HD TV using DVD technology. To display HD, you can either attach a computer to the TV, use a blu-ray recorder or get one of these little guys.

                    It's not rocket science, but you need to know a little bit about digital video and image files to get the most from it. The resources to learn are online.

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Boris

                    from Deerfield, IL

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Great Picture

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Movies

                    Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                    Easy to install and easu to use. Very happy with it.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent media player 1080p

                    By jazz120

                    from staten island , ny

                    About Me Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Great Picture

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies
                      • Works w/High Def

                      Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                      simple to use worth the money!

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                      4.0

                      Good for the money

                      By G.Stukes Media

                      from White Plains, NY

                      About Me Power User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Access to video on USB
                      • Attractive Design
                      • Bulky PB mach not needed
                      • Compact size
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Picture

                      Cons

                      • Firewire IO not avail
                      • No option for batt power

                      Best Uses

                      • Converting vid from compu
                      • Sports
                      • Video Games

                      Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                      with the connectivity requirements today, you would hope to have a fire wire I/O. such wouuld make this the perfect buy. But as is, very functional and worth having in a media tech's bag of tricks when doing remote productions

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                      5.0

                      Big features, little box

                      By Evilfungi

                      from Detroit, MI

                      About Me Power User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Picture

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Movies
                        • Works w/High Def

                        Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                        Great addition to my home theater set up. Digital storage is so inexpensive that I ripped most of the movies that I have to straight mkv files (no compression) and packed the dvds into storage boxes. Awesome picture with playback, great browsing feature and no wall space taken up by racks of dvds. This is a pretty intuitive piece of equipment, but if you need help I would suggest the wdtvforums (just google it). I love it and would definitely purchase again without hesitation. Also works great with the harmony 360 remote.

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                        4.0

                        PROBLEM SOLVED!

                        By PaulB

                        from Madison Ct 06443

                        About Me Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Great Picture
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Works w/High Def

                          Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                          I have been trying to find a way to show my digital photos on my tv and when I was last in the store I walked by this display.[...]Works and installs right out of the box.I'm a fan.

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                          5.0

                          Mobile media in a small box!

                          By Mike The Traveler

                          from Chattanooga, TN

                          About Me Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Picture

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Works w/High Def

                            Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                            With this and a WD Passport 500gb portable drive, I have a media player that goes where I go! Excellent tool!

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                            5.0

                            WD HD Media Player works great

                            By blurryeyes

                            from Elizabeth, CO

                            About Me Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Great Picture
                            • It just works

                            Cons

                            • See comments on VOB

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Works w/High Def

                            Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                            After your kid destroys a few DVDs, you decide to look into backing up those things. Before this device, I would rip the DVD to the hard drive, then attempt to record back to a blank DVD. Despite using good software, you would invariably end up with lots of coasters. Enter the WD HD media player. Now I rip those DVDs to a portable drive, connect to the WD HD, and viola, movie access. I do have to say that you need to do a little folder and file manipulation to get the WD HD to display the names and images of the movies if you are keeping the ripped DVD in the VOB format. VOB works, so I would rather have to throw a Jpeg of the DVD cover in the Video_TS folder than convert the VOB files to AVI. But it works great, and I even use the HDMI and toslink optical connection to my stereo. Good product and portable.

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                            4.0

                            Great HD Media Player for the $$

                            By spoolenturbo

                            from Costa Mesa, Ca

                            About Me Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Great Picture

                            Cons

                            • Decent Menu
                            • High Quality Picture

                            Best Uses

                            • 1080p MKV movies
                            • Movies
                            • Sports
                            • Video Games
                            • Works w/High Def

                            Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                            Straight forward to use... Small remote but works fairly well. Do yourself a favor goto [@]and sign-up. Really good information if you have a question. Helped me out to update the firmware.Playback video quality is GREAT hands down. 1080P via HDMI direct with DTS audio fed to my receiver via an optical cable, shakes the house with a great picture!

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                            5.0

                            No need to get Apple TV with this

                            By gimeoh

                            from NY NY

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast Reader

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Movies
                              • Works w/High Def

                              Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                              I must admit a dislike for I Tunes and thus a dislike of Apple TV. Upon an internet search for all other possibilities of playing digitized videos ( legal ones ) on my HD TV I stumbled upon this device. Others have said it is slow but I have not found that to be the case. I connected a 1TB My Book to it and it reads the folders lickety split. Highly recommended as a replacement or instead of Apple TV. The price only makes it better - about 1/3 the price of Apple TV.

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                              5.0

                              Certainly, one of the best players

                              By Vanderlei

                              from Mafra SC - Brazil - South America

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Movies

                                Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                                Compact, functional and beautiful. Excellent equipment, with several options for tickets.

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                                4.0

                                Great product and extremely convenient

                                By senator adam

                                from seattle, wa

                                About Me Power User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Great Picture

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Movies
                                  • Works w/High Def

                                  Comments about Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player:

                                  The reason I bought this is probably a little different than most. I'm in a band called THE NEW LAW and we do video behind us on stage when we play. We got tired of playing video from our laptops, so we bought this device and made our own videos in the studio, recorded them, and then put them on a memory stick.

                                  At the show we plug this into our projector and select play. Easiest option out there. So convenient, and it's highly portable :)

                                  4 stars because I wish the remote wasn't required. I'm afraid I'll lose it while on tour. Other than that, it's perfect.

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