Originally Posted by SilverBlade
That's exactly the problem I see with devices like these. Things streamers were intended to stream movies and music stored on a computer to a TV. But the companies behind the products are trying to make it "everything for everyone". Streaming from netflix, streaming from youtube, streaming from this site, from that service. There lies the problem. They have *too* many functions and they can't perform ANY of them well, then the consumer gets a near-broken device that's slow and is prone to screwing up.
I personally don't want a box which can stream from the web, just to stream the popular file formats from a PC, and to do that specific task well.
Products are already out there or integrated with players / TVs. I haven't used any but last time I checked Panasonic, Sony, Microsoft, LG, Samsung, etc. all have such devices. If WD incorporated such a feature, I would think they would license something that has already had most of the bugs worked out.
As great as this product is, it cannot be everything for everyone within a $100 budget. It's a first generation product. Give things time. I personally avoid most anything that's first generation. The WDTV was an exception for me. I think what's happening here is people have really high expectations for a $100 box and when they don't get instant gratification for a quirk they've encountered they get ticked off. Things will happen in due time. Competition assures that.
I think WD is keeping things simple so as to not dramatically affect their manufacturing costs by keeping things in a small box. I have been using the WDTV since December and the main bugs for me have already been ironed out.
It seems most of the people complaining here have very specific needs that probably most people do not care about every single subtle nuance. I'm not saying those needs are not relevant, just that the more unique your needs the longer it will take to remedy (if at all).