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WD TV Live (2011)

WD TV Live (2011)
alaScore 85

41 reviews

Oct, 2014

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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.

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"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."

Consumer review by:

"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

Loses my youtube account information

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"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

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"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.

Consumer review by:

"i like my 1st WD playe (without wi-fi) better..."

 

not the right one!

installed apps, HD, play any movie formats

SOOO SLOOOW performance after the firmware update and also it freezes most of the time so i have to unplug it...which causes more SLOW when booting up just to update the media library. DARN!! i'm so dissapointed!

Consumer review by:

"Was great!"

 

This thing was awesome until it updated. Think about that for a moment.

Played EVERYTHING very well. Easy setup and very small.

When it updated to most recent firmware it stopped working completely. Now it is in the mail and will not be replaced until I read that WD has gotten their collective $hit together. The toll free line for help is awful, they don't speak english.

Consumer review by:

"Nice Product, but boy watch the firmware updates!"

 

Works wireless or wired. Will play pretty much any format. Prior to the last 2 firmware updates I would have rated as 4.

Wireless range is poor. The last 2 firmware updates have been disastrous. You want to ignore prompts to update firmware and check WD forums before applying. There is a 26 page thread on the WD forum about the things broken in the last update.

Consumer review by:

"Nice Integration With Home Media CENTER"

 

Had some trouble connecting to WiFi out of the box. Disappointed a bit with blank screens between tasks. Can't play *.mov files from older cameras (QuickTime). I also have an ATV2, apple does Netflix a bit more smoothly. Interface is nice, but I prefer...

FILE support and Hulu Plus/Netflix access

Long blank screens between tasks. No volume button.

Consumer review by:

"Works really well for what I use it for..."

 

I spent a lot of time ripping my DVDs to the computer. I've ripped some in formats from xvid to mkv. I've tried a jailbroken Apple TV running plex and the Roku 2 XS. The Apple TV works alright but I'd prefer to plug a hard drive into the device for...

Plays a wide variety of video file formats

Will not pull TV show info

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