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I bought this app for the Playbook and it works very well. It works with my WD TV SMP and my Roku3


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That's why I use themes...
is there an easy how to on how to do that?

I looked at this but it seemed pretty daunting :

http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-TV-The...us/td-p/578508
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is there an easy how to on how to do that?

I looked at this but it seemed pretty daunting :

http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-TV-The...us/td-p/578508
It's really not daunting at all. That's the Simplicity theme which you would need to learn Thumbgen which I haven't used but I hear it's not too hard to learn.
There are themes that don't use Thumbgen and just use the metadata generated by the WD. I use the Simple theme which doesn't use Thumbgen, Screenshots are here...

Screenshots! Media Players WD's etc.
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It's really not daunting at all. That's the Simplicity theme which you would need to learn Thumbgen which I haven't used but I hear it's not too hard to learn.
There are themes that don't use Thumbgen and just use the metadata generated by the WD. I use the Simple theme which doesn't use Thumbgen, Screenshots are here...

Screenshots! Media Players WD's etc.
So I googled how to update the firmware (not to Simple) and found a few scary comments : Box won't reboot, lost audio on certain files...


Thoughts? Also thumbgen is a program that works on PC, not on the WDTV right? I'm less concerned about futzing with stuff on the PC then I am on the WDTV.
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Yes, thumbgen works on your PC.

Using a theme and updating Firmware are two different things. The video you show is for updating the Live to a custom firmware from b-rads-wdlxtv.
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So I googled how to update the firmware (not to Simple) and found a few scary comments : Box won't reboot, lost audio on certain files...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIYzwARS8Eg

Thoughts?
That's not even a WDTV SMP. That's the old WDTV Live HD. And that's not stock firmware upgrades, that's changing to third-party "Hacked" firmware.
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That's not even a WDTV SMP. That's the old WDTV Live HD. And that's not stock firmware upgrades, that's changing to third-party "Hacked" firmware.
sorry I don't understand the differences. Is Simple a WD supported firmware? Is Simplicity?
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sorry I don't understand the differences. Is Simple a WD supported firmware? Is Simplicity?
To keep it basic... Firmware is provided by WD to change the operating system to fix errors to add apps or to improve the device. A Theme is written to change the appearance/display of the device.
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is there an easy how to on how to do that?

I looked at this but it seemed pretty daunting :

http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-TV-The...us/td-p/578508
I'm running the Simplicity Theme by Devicious, and am very happy with it. You would have to use the B-Rad OS upgrade, but both of these things are actually very easy to do, and only daunting because there's a lot of old info out there. Basically (very basically) you down load the B-rad files, update one file to put in your SMPs IP address, run that file and move the other files on to a thumb drive which you will keep plugged in to the SMP. The theme will also reside on the thumb and the covers will go in a file with each movie (wherever those movies are...PC or external drive). As far as thumbgen, it's actually pretty easy and I was able to play around with it and understand it in the course of a couple hours (and I usually need step by step instructions).

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The B-rad WDLXTV software is pretty simple to install.
I sometimes struggle with things like that, but it was pretty simple for me to install.
Thumgen took a little while for me to get it exactly how I like it.
The only thing is, the support for WDLXTV has fallen off somewhat and there are issues which have not been fixed and may not ever get fixed.
It's a shame b/c this player has been the best in terms of playing all formats without issue.
I just bought an Amazon Fire TV and although it runs quicker, it struggles to play certain files.
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