I can't really answer your question, but I just switched from a BDP-95 to the WD TV Live Streaming, and, just on the ability to read more file formats and use windows shares, I prefer the WD TV Live. All I have is a Samsung 43" 720p Plasma, so I can't really say much on picture, but it is comparable. I feed the WD TV Live into my DAC via optical, so I can't say much on that either. I rip all my media to a server, so no big deal on not having a disk player. If necessary, I can play those through my HTPC.