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WD TV Live (2011)

WD TV Live (2011)
alaScore 79

25 reviews

Jun, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of WD TV Live (2011). The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Blu-ray Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Blu-ray Players the WD TV Live (2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com)

WD TV Live (2011) review

 

WD TV Live (2011)

The WD TV Live features industry-leading format support and built-in Wi-Fi. Its broad selection of streaming services includes Spotify, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, and Pandora, among many others. The interface is friendly, and video and sound quality are...

The best streaming channels require paid subscriptions or pay-per-view fees. There's no support for Amazon Instant. The remote buttons are rubbery, and the onscreen keyboard is a pain to use. DLNA support is spotty, and the software still has a few...

The WD TV Live (2011) offers a solid combination of must-have streaming services and excellent USB and network file support, making it one of the best devices of its kind available for under $100.

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: r!cklaj (cnet.com)

Does it all.

 

I have multiple streaming players Roku Soundbridge, Roku 1 and the WD Live.

DLNA, Netflix, music, video.

remote could be better.

Apr, 2014

Consumer review by: txaggie01 (cnet.com)

"Slow and unresponsive. locks up in apps. Wife HATES it!"

 

Slow and unresponsive (Seriously). Poor build quality of the remote. Buggy. Locks up on most apps. Poor channel options. Wife HATES it compared to our Roku2 XD and PS3.

Streams? Eventually

Slow and unresponsive. Poor build quality of the remote. Buggy. Locks up on most apps. Wife HATES it compared to our Roku and PS3.

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Todd Templeton (cnet.com)

"Firmware updates have destroyed these things!"

 

With the first couple of firmware updates after buying two WDTV Live Plus units, we got increased functionality and smoother media playback. However, the latest firmware updates have been disastrous. Refusing to play files that were never a problem...

Just one decent firmware update away from be a top notch little box.

Same as "Pros"

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Todd Templeton (cnet.com)

Firmware updates have destroyed these things!

 

With the first couple of firmware updates after buying two WDTV Live Plus units, we got increased functionality and smoother media playback. However, the latest firmware updates have been disastrous. Refusing to play files that were never a problem...

Just one decent firmware update away from be a top notch little box.

Same as "Pros"

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: dclarkchem (cnet.com)

"Hands down, the Roku is better."

 

No, I've spent 20-25 minutes waiting for the WD media player to find stuff on my Wi-Fi, thinking that it would be a one-time deal. I've had it for a week and have gone through the process 3 times. It loses the connection and then has to go through the...

Nice looking.

Take it from someone who has had the WD for a week, and the Roku for about 6 months, there is no comparison. I thought "well, they make decent HDD's, so I'll try one. It cost more, but it probably is better."

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: dclarkchem (cnet.com)

Hands down, the Roku is better.

 

No, I've spent 20-25 minutes waiting for the WD media player to find stuff on my Wi-Fi, thinking that it would be a one-time deal. I've had it for a week and have gone through the process 3 times. It loses the connection and then has to go through the...

Nice looking.

Take it from someone who has had the WD for a week, and the Roku for about 6 months, there is no comparison. I thought "well, they make decent HDD's, so I'll try one. It cost more, but it probably is better."

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: pjpassa (cnet.com)

Does its main job well.

 

Great device if you have lots of media stored on your computer, but want to play it on your TV. If you want to buy this only for Hulu or Netflix or anything like that, buy something else. If you have exclusively Apple products, sell them. If you won't,...

Reads many file types Smooth playback Hi-def looks great, and low-def doesn't look too bad either (considering) Android and iPhone apps work great as remotes from anywhere on your network.

Loses my youtube account information UI isn't the best in the world, but it is workable

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: madmonk00 (cnet.com)

Great product

 

Definitely worth the $80, but the apps need a boost and the Roku's performance needs to be better.

Easy navigation, good support with regard to file formats

Limited applications...pails in comparison to Roku

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: sportbikerr1 (cnet.com)

Riddled with lockups and unresponsiveness.

 

I have mixed oppionions about this. Yes it has some awesome features. I don't know if its worth all the lockups and unresponsiveness.

Plays MKV's and handles subtitles well.

Constantly locks up while auto content info is enabled. Also frequently lockup with network shares. The worst is the unresponsiveness. Video freee, hit stop.. nothing. power. nothing. 1 minute later, the frozen video stops and your device powers off.

Jun, 2012