Purchased WDTV Live Plus
I held back on the purchase of this unit due to all the negative reviews, however after the use of this player I find it to be flawed but an improved product over WDTV Live. I own all three WDTV devices.
1.) High Quality Playback Of MP4 & M2TS 1080p Files.
2.) Cover Art Loading Time Is Improved Over Previous WDTV Units.
3.) Image Quality Of Cover Art In Thumbnail Mode Is Improved Over Live.
4.) Netflix Service Is More User Friendly Than Samsung's 3D Blu-Ray Player.
5.) MP4 Files That Had Stutter & Lag On Live Play Fine On Live Plus.
1080p images are very sharp on my Samsung 8000 3D LCD. I did not see any lag or jutter with my Blu-Ray MP4 rips. I also got a clear image with my M2TS files. Overall image looked improved over WDTV Live. Ipod style rips with low rez picture and sound (m4v,mp4) played smoother on the Live Plus than with WDTV1 or WDTV Live.
1.) Freezes Up While Searching For Media Content In Folders.
2.) Loading Time To GUI Is About 25-35 Seconds.
3.) Issues With Rewind/Fast Forward When Playing Ipod Ready MP4's.
4.) M2TS Files Skip Ahead Or Backward Too Far When Rewinding/FF.
5.) Unit Must Be Turned Off And On Several Times To Correct Issues.
I have a large collection of DVD rips across several hard drives. In my 2TB drive I have 1,854 movies. I have custom cover art for each folder and genre so I enjoy looking over the collection. When using the WDTV1 I would encounter an automatic reset if I looked up too many folders at one time. With the WDTV Live Plus the unit will freeze up and need to be turned off and on several times in order to correct certain issues such as getting the frozen browse icon. This is by far the worst aspect of the unit. After I have turned off the player then turned it back on the unit runs better.
Most MP4's have an issue with rewind or fast forward so I must stop play and resume in order to fix it. This issue also affects M2TS files.
1.) WDTV Live Plus Remote Control Is Less Responsive.
2.) Youtube Quality Is Less Than Live.
3.) Fails To Display Cover Art For 1 Out Of Every 100 Files.
The remote control that came with WDTV1 is not that responsive and requires the user to point the control directly at the unit in order to get the best results. This also may require you to click buttons twice to get a response. The WDTV Live remote was vastly improved and works better with both the WDTV1 and Live. The Live remote let you breeze through WDTV1 menus and you can be almost anywhere within the area of the unit and still get response. AVS user LT.Dang and I went over the control issues in length when the Live came out. How odd is it that the WDTV Live Plus remote is less responsive than the Live! To get the best results the remote must be pointed directly at the unit and you may have to click buttons twice before you get any response. Odd!
Youtube quality on the Live Plus is not as sharp as on the live! I read a few posts that noticed this too. I am going to try direct input of my ethernet cable and unplug the wirless router to see what change occurs.
That 1 out of every 100 covers fails to show up is just annoying. This problem did not exist with WDTV1 or Live. I have the WDTV1 plugged up and it sees every cover in thumbnail mode.
How do I browse all of Netflix? Or do I just get to browse what they offer? Thanks!
Overall the unit works great, but the turning on and off to correct issues is a real bummer!! They improved alot of bugs the WDTV Live had but went backwards when it comes to others.