I'm considering the Playon HD to replace my original WDTV , for just one reason:
I record OTA - TV 1080i HD broadcasts, using a Happauge USB tuner, then play the files (.TS format) on the WDTV.
These programs are broadcast in full HD, at about 17MB/sec. (per TS reader)
Pictures are stellar, fully as good as orig broadcast, and Dolby 5.1 is passed to my receiver. But....
When fast-forwarding through commercials (4x), the WDTV will not stop reliably at any predictable time.
It jumps forward, and the time readout gets lost. Very frustrating.
My guess is that the WDTV just doesn't have enough buffering to handle the accelerated playback - which, I assume, would be playing out in ffwd at 64Mb/sec ( 17Mb/sec x 4 ). ( ? )
I've read that the Playon HD uses the internal HD to buffer for streaming, I'm wondering if this might result in improved ffwd over the WDTV.
Might any of you Playon HD owners have any experience along these lines ?? How is the fast fwd, can you stop it reliably ?
Maybe someone who has one, might be willing to check this?
Other than this disappointment, I'm happy with the WDTV, but if the Playon HD is better in this respect, or if you might recommend another player known to be better at this, I'll likely order one.
Thanks for listening, and any help much appreciated..