WD TV Live Media Player

Looks like Western Digital has decided to change a few things with the latest WD TV media player. There were some pictures posted of what appears to be the new WD TV Live media player. From the picture above you can see there is now network support. That one little feature will make the media player a lot more successful. There is also DLNA and UPnP support. Details listed below but none of it is official from Western Digital.

WD TV (TM) Live Media Player

Play Full HD 1080p video, music and photos on your HD TV
Supports widest variety of file formats and devices
Network capable for easy access to the newest content from PCs, network drives, internet favorites
Kit Contents
Media Player
Compact remote with batteries
Composite AV cable
Component AV cable
AC adapter
Quick Install Guide

HDMI,Full HD (1080p), AAC, MP3, JPEG, USB 2.0, H.264, SimplayHD™, Energy Star®, Dolby Digital, DTS, DLNA, Bonjour, AVCHD, Windows Vista

Media Formats
AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1),
TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1) MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9
Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL

Subtitle – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920×1080p24, 1920×1080i30, or 1280×720p60 resolution. MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280×720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.

WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280×720p60
or 1920×1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920×1080i30, 1920×1080p24, or 1280×720p60 resolution.

H.264 BP@L3 up to 720×480p30 or 720×576p25 resolution. H.264 MP@4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920×1080p24, 1920×1080i30, or 1280×720p60 resolution.

An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output. Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048×2048. Single layer TIFF files only. Uncompressed BMP only. Specific details, please refer to the user manual.

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I have had it for a couple of weeks now, and it would be a great device if the WiFi-part wasn’t as crappy as it is.
It’s hardly impossible to find a USB wireless adapter that will work. Most of the approved sticks are older versions, no longer available. I haven’t been able to find one yet.
Not the way to go for a large company like WD.

Not sure what troubleshooting steps you have taken but I would set a DHCP reservation on your router. That way every time it boots up it will get the same IP and other devices on the network won’t have the ability to take it. I have about 30 devices on my network and sometimes they would fight over a IP. I set them all as reservations and everything works great now.

The problem is the WDTV doesn’t recognize any of the usb Wireless dongles I have. I will only work with the dongles listed by WD, with the revision number as listed. Most of those are out of date and are no longer on the market.
With none of the dongles I have, I’ve even had the choise of choosing “wireless” in the network setup.

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