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Does this require DLNA drives or can any SMB mounted drives work?

How many USB 3 ports do they have?

Does it support DTS MA HD Audio or sending the raw streams to AVRs over HDMI?
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  1. Does this require DLNA drives or can any SMB mounted drives work?
  2. How many USB 3 ports do they have?
  3. Does it support DTS MA HD Audio or sending the raw streams to AVRs over HDMI?
1. Works as DLNA client, or using SMB or NFS shares.
2. Zero. Two USB-2 ports.
3. DTS-HD and True-HD pass through to AVR over HDMI.

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How to choose a WDLive?

I was going to ask why people refer to WDLive SMP but then I figured that was just short for Streaming Media Player ... but I see just about everyone talking about the SMP like that's some particular model.

Also, I see several models.... I want one, but I want a good one ... how do you choose one of these. (I've never had one before.)
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How to choose a WDLive?

I was going to ask why people refer to WDLive SMP but then I figured that was just short for Streaming Media Player ... but I see just about everyone talking about the SMP like that's some particular model.

Also, I see several models.... I want one, but I want a good one ... how do you choose one of these. (I've never had one before.)
WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KOZNBW...42tb1NTYF3SJJZ


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WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KOZNBW...42tb1NTYF3SJJZ


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Ok so ... this is the same right?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=-1&isNodeId=1

(Refurb but I like Refurb. )
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Ok so ... this is the same right?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=-1&isNodeId=1

(Refurb but I like Refurb. )
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How to choose a WDLive?

I was going to ask why people refer to WDLive SMP but then I figured that was just short for Streaming Media Player ... but I see just about everyone talking about the SMP like that's some particular model.

Also, I see several models.... I want one, but I want a good one ... how do you choose one of these. (I've never had one before.)
Somebody posted a list of the generations but I can't remember where it is.
In a nutshell:
There was the WDTV Live
followed by the WDTV Live plus
followed by the WDTV Live streaming media player = WDTV Live-SMP (WDBHG70000NBK)
which was just recently replaced by the WDTV (WDBYMN0000NBK)

If you look at the literature I just linked and read the WDTV thread you will see that the only substantial differences between the last two models is that the WDTV Live-SMP has a Netflix client and the WDTV does not. Also, the new WDTV has the UI of the WDTV Play (which is primarily a poor-man's RoKu Internet streamer and not to be confused with a full-function local media player). The hardware appears to be identical which has people scratching their heads.

You can buy either the Live-SMP or the WDTV and get the same unit with or without Netflix. The Live-SMP has had a good run with 16 firmware updates but is now at end-of-life and probably won't see another FW update -- I have several of them. If you don't need Netflix, go with the newest WDTV model which basically picks up where the Live-SMP left off and starts the FW update cycle all over again. Amazon is recently selling it for $80 which is less than they are selling the Live-SMP for. If you want Netflix or want to buy a cheaper refurb, go with the Live-SMP before they are all gone.
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Thanks! That's useful. I hate Netflix. (I used to love them but right around the Quikster period they lost me.) I honestly would pay a little more for a model without Netflix.

Edit - On the other hand... If they are done updating the old model and it's aready awesome... that can be a better plans in some ways too.... Hmmmm... Going to keep reading up on it.

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Edit - On the other hand... If they are done updating the old model and it's aready awesome... that can be a better plans in some ways too.... Hmmmm... Going to keep reading up on it.
It is pretty good and has only minor glitches. I picked up a couple more of the Live-SMP when the WDTV came out because I already had them in play and wanted to keep a consistent interface around the house.

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