WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Wi-Fi 1080p review
The Western Digital (WD) TV live streaming media player is a great device to add to your home entertainment system. You need it because it allows you to stream media in 1080p HD from usb hard drives, flash drives and has wireless connectivity with built in apps to use some of your favorite web services like Netflix and Pandora among others. This review is for the current 3rd generation model. See below to watch my quick review and overview of the WD TV streaming media player.
The front of the unit has a usb input and the back has an optical audio out, ethernet connection, hdmi out, 2nd usb input and an analog audio out.
Set up is easy. Connect via hdmi out to your tv or other video source. Connect the optical audio out to your audio reciever, plug in a flash drive and turn the unit on. After the unit is on, you will need to select your language, enter your wireless password (You can hardline connect the box using ethernet cable) and install any firmware updates. Once the firmware updates are installed, you will need to restart the unit.
After the unit reboots you are taken to the home screen. On the bottom of the screen you can scroll to see your photos, music, videos, games, and services. The menus are very user friendly and you hit the OK button on the remote to enter each menu and hit the back button to exit.
The videos and music are located on your hard drive or flash drives that are connected to your Media Player. You can also set up a home network drive that allows you to stream media from any wirelessly connected computer or tablet in your house. You can also connect the WD TV to a Slingbox to stream live TV to any room in your house.
The services tab is probably how you will use the WD TV the most. There is a menu on the left side of the services tab that sorts the included apps into different genres such as sports, music, movies etc. Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Spotify are just a few of the included apps with the WD TV. You will need to go into each app and enter your login information, but you will just have to do this the first time you access each app. At the time of this posting, Amazon Instant Video is not included with the WD TV. You are able to add any of these apps to your favorites. You can access of your favorites by pressing the blue (D) button at anytime using the remote.
- Streaming hit movies, trending videos, shows, games, and popular online entertainment such as YouTube™, Spotify™, Facebook®, and more
- Enjoying your digital media library in Full-HD 1080p on the biggest screen in the house
- Playing a wide variety of file formats including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV
- Wirelessly streaming videos, music, and photos to your TV
- Playing media from USB drives, network drives, and any PC or Mac® computer in your home
- Connecting a Slingbox to stream live TV to any room in the house
There is also a WD TV remote app for both Android and Iphone users that allows you full control of your WD from your smartphone which is a nice touch. I show how well that works in my video review below.
The WD TV Live is a great buy for anyone who finds technology too difficult to use. It runs about $100-$140 at Amazon. Whether its taking photos from a computer and moving them to a flash drive to show the family or watching the latest Arrested Development season on Netflix, the WD TV makes it easy to do. It’s wireless, displays in full 1080p HD and has a ton of apps. I think that is all you need. You won’t be disappointed.
Check out my short review of the WD TV Live in action:
Feel free to ask me any questions you have in the comments below. Caw!