Thank you for your reply janryAVS
I have successfully managed to output Dolby Surround via the HDMI. There is clearly an option for digital audio output via HDMI and optical, the device must do this.
I have been looking into this, I think it may be my TV is not HDCP compliant. I believe the WDTV live plus uses the HDCP where the WDTV Generation 2 does not.
I believe that the WDTV Live plus may be outputting the digital audio using HDCP, my TV not been HDCP compliant will not be able to accept it, its the only thing I can think of and so far its the only plausible explanation.
There is no way someone would invent a player which could not output HD/digital audio via the HDMI port, not while HDMI supports this, it would not be a very smart idea, HDMI supports HD audio so why not utilize the technology.
Reading up on HDCP
, If any device outputs hdcp audio via hdmi, any non supporting HDTV's are not going to be able to use it.
What I do not understand is why, I do not understand how this is protecting anything. Its probably just a way to make everybody buy new compatible hardware so the big companies can make more money.
About contacting support, I can confirm that WD and Vizio support must lack some brain cells or something.
The player does not support digital output via HDMI.
This does not make sense, there is an option in the audio/video settings for this very feature, "digital pass-through via HDMI only".
If the WDTV does not support this, why does this option exist, oh yes, that's right, wd support do not know anything about their products.
None of our HDTVs support digital pass-through with HDMI.
Wrong, I have made this work with my WDTV generation 2 device and can gather any other devices (non hdcp) and make it work also.
Once again, support has no clue
With the above said, can we really confirm anything by contacting support.
Apparently my TV does support HDCP, damn.