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post #1531 of 7090
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Originally Posted by zoro View Post

well, then for 1/2 price you get 10x more headache lol. point well taken.

Well the Ps3 uses about 10X more power than the WDTV.

So save a few trees and jump on the media player revolution.

Ps3 uses 180+ watt just when it is switched on, the wdtv uses less than 10 watt when play high def movies.

post #1532 of 7090
Can the PS3 play .mkv ? I seem to remember this was the reason I discounted it, although I might still pick one up as a Blu-Ray player.
post #1533 of 7090
I have the original model and love it, but I am thinking of upgrading.

If I attach a Hard Drive to the WD TV HD live, and then put it on my network, will the attached drive show up as a network share? So I don't always have to unhook the drive to load new content?
post #1534 of 7090
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Originally Posted by SimonJB View Post

Can the PS3 play .mkv ? I seem to remember this was the reason I discounted it, although I might still pick one up as a Blu-Ray player.

No, the PS3 cannot play MKV
post #1535 of 7090
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Originally Posted by bluewhale1 View Post

Ok thanks i guess there is no usb slave function(guess that's what it called) cant copy from one drive to another when they are both attached to the Wd Tv live

How did you come to that conclusion? You can copy through the network, that doesn't mean you can't do it between hard drives that are connected to it directly.

The WDTVLive does have file management functions that allow copy/move/delete within and among hard drives connected to it; through the menu system of the WDTVLive - no computer necessary.
post #1536 of 7090
Received email from Amazon about my WD TV live order. Looks like Amazon will not be shipping this item till the 1st or 2nd week of Nov.

Also the price has gone up.
post #1537 of 7090
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Originally Posted by kjack View Post

Not quite.

8644: dual HD video decode, three audio DSPs
8655: 1.25x HD video decode, one audio DSP

8644 has what is required for full BD playback capability.

8655 cannot be used in BD players as it would never pass BDA certification.


I see acc to Hijack old blog post I now see that the big dif between them is the ability to process video streams and as you state, blu-ray certification.

But aside from BR-players and larger bitstream video capability, where does the smp864X series perform better than the SMp865X series, when we are talking Digital Media Players like C-200 and WDTV?

Does the 2xhd ability translate into something useful for playing H.264 files in mkv containers or is the smp865x series good enough for that?

I am asking since the smp865x seems to be able to handle quite large ref frame for mkv's 16+ acc to ScottWD and users in this forum.


"from Hijack post: Media formats 1.25X HD or 2HD.
This is nothing but a decrypted reference to the performance of the chip. 1X is referenced as being able to handle 30mbps video. 1.25X thus means the chip is capable of processing 40mbps and 2X actually means it can do 60mbps. For real, the SMP864x chip can perform up to 80mbps according to the info we got but even with the 2X "60mbps" we'd be fine already. The SMP864x with 2 HD reference is officially 33% faster than the SMP865x chip with the 1.25x HD reference."
post #1538 of 7090
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No, the PS3 cannot play MKV

True, but if you use the freeware mkv2vob to change the container from MKV to VOB, it does play. Most times, no re-encoding is necessary.
post #1539 of 7090
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Originally Posted by bpmarkowitz View Post

I have the original model and love it, but I am thinking of upgrading.

If I attach a Hard Drive to the WD TV HD live, and then put it on my network, will the attached drive show up as a network share? So I don't always have to unhook the drive to load new content?

Yes...

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/wdfwdtv_live/um.asp

and here are some speedtests

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=1476
post #1540 of 7090
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

True, but if you use the freeware mkv2vob to change the container from MKV to VOB, it does play. Most times, no re-encoding is necessary.

If you use mkv2vob to re-encode files with DTS, you won't be able to play those files with sound outside of a PS3.
post #1541 of 7090
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Originally Posted by daskino View Post

Well the Ps3 uses about 10X more power than the WDTV.

So save a few trees and jump on the media player revolution.

Ps3 uses 180+ watt just when it is switched on, the wdtv uses less than 10 watt when play high def movies.

I am patiently waiting for someone toss an XBMC-like GUI on one of these $100-200 boxes that play it all.
post #1542 of 7090
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Originally Posted by zoro View Post

well, then for 1/2 price you get 10x more headache lol. point well taken.

heh..except well..I don't.
post #1543 of 7090
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Originally Posted by saiga6360 View Post

If you use mkv2vob to re-encode files with DTS, you won't be able to play those files with sound outside of a PS3.

Ah yes - I remember now that's why I decided the PS3 wasn't an option for me right now. Too bad the "we can run Linux!" marketing line at the PS3 launch never really amounted to anything useful.
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Originally Posted by bluewhale1 View Post

Ok thanks i guess there is no usb slave function(guess that's what it called) cant copy from one drive to another when they are both attached to the Wd Tv live

Actually...yes you can, using the File Management option under Settings.
Check it out.
post #1545 of 7090
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Originally Posted by nithos View Post

I am patiently waiting for someone toss an XBMC-like GUI on one of these $100-200 boxes that play it all.

I believe that it will never happen... maybe in ARM chips... but not in MIPS chips as Sigma.

See here: http://xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?t=40236

If you want XBMC grab yourself a ION... its a much more powerfull platform... and its becoming cheap... starting at 199$ (Acer revo).

post #1546 of 7090
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Originally Posted by scJohn View Post

Received email from Amazon about my WD TV live order. Looks like Amazon will not be shipping this item till the 1st or 2nd week of Nov.

Also the price has gone up.

I got lucky and ordered it before it became unavailable on Newegg and will be delivered Thursday. I primarily bought it to watch 1080p and 720p mkv movies without having to use ConvertXtoDVD since I only have an old DVD player (S-Video output) and not a Blu-ray player connected to my Sharp AQUOS LC42D64U.
post #1547 of 7090
Just a quick note of thanks to the person who suggested the refurb Linksys Wireless N USB adapter with Dual band.

I plugged it into my WD Live, went to network setup, and was able to choose wireless. Entered my key and was running. 1080p would stream, but not well, but 480p DVDs worked great. Going to try 720p soon. Note, I dont have a dual band n router, so this thing may be able to do 1080p
post #1548 of 7090
I have been making wine since i was a little boy- If someone can answer my questions I will gladly send you a bottle of my finest 2007 batch which is unreal.

My WD works great with all the content listed but only from the local USB drive connected to it.

The WD shows up in my Mac, as well as on a PC (running XP) as a shared drive.
The WD sees network shares (I shared out folders in both MAC and PC)
The WD also sees my NAS drive a Zyxel nsa-220 (which says it has media server support)

When I navigate to any folder on any of the above listed I get that error that says no supported content or nothing in folder or something (cant remember the exact term).

1. Does the WD need some sort of Media Server to work correctly?
2. Can I use my NAS (nsa-220) as a file server and stream movies, and music directly from it?
3. What I am trying to do is have ONLY my NAS drive connected via Ethernet, store all my media on that - and have it played to the tv through the WD. Will this work?
4. Anyone have any ideas why this is not working for me?

Correction: In the nsa-220 i can see and stream mp3's - but mp4's iso video ts etc ... do not show up ...

Help -
post #1549 of 7090
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Originally Posted by zoro View Post

I agree! There is nothing better than Ps3. I had one since it was released. It had been getting better since. These dinkie winkie stuff are nothing but PITA**

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Originally Posted by zoro View Post

well, then for 1/2 price you get 10x more headache lol. point well taken.

I have the PS3 and it was 20x headache to get an MKV to play on it. The files need to be converted using mkv2vob/GotSent and then there are issues like DTS getting converted to AC3 and subtitles not converting properly, etc. For someone that only downloads/rips HD movies to watch, PS3 is overkill.
post #1550 of 7090
Has anyone been able to use 480i over componet? It looks like it only supports 480p.
post #1551 of 7090
B-rad said it won't happen soon. XBMC is written for Intel chips.

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Originally Posted by nithos View Post

I am patiently waiting for someone toss an XBMC-like GUI on one of these $100-200 boxes that play it all.
post #1552 of 7090
Ok, I'm taking your wine offer

If you choose Media Server, WDTV Live won't find ISO files. You can try network share, then you find all files.


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Originally Posted by vsouravlis View Post

I have been making wine since i was a little boy- If someone can answer my questions I will gladly send you a bottle of my finest 2007 batch which is unreal.

1. Does the WD need some sort of Media Server to work correctly?
post #1553 of 7090
For the people who are experiencing problems with their network dropping off every few minutes. The solution for me was to enable all network shares in the Vista network center.
post #1554 of 7090
Hey man, thanks for the response -

I guess what Im trying to figure out is how this device is supposed to be used. Is it supposed to use the content of the usb direct connect? or is is ok to use shared drives to access media? and what is the purpose of having a media server ? how do people use this device?

What I am trying to do:
3. What I am trying to do is have only my NAS drive connected via Ethernet, store all my media on that - and have it played to the tv through the WD. Will this work?

Note: I can see the NAS as a network share and a media server from the UI of the WD.

Many thanks in advance -if ya help me out here - let me know where to ship that wine ...
post #1555 of 7090
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Originally Posted by MenaceInc View Post

B-rad said it won't happen soon. XBMC is written for Intel chips.
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Originally Posted by nithos
I am patiently waiting for someone toss an XBMC-like GUI on one of these $100-200 boxes that play it all.

The request was for XBMC like GUI, maybe XBMC will only run on x86 platforms but surely more simplistic graphics can be used to enhance the WD TV Live.
post #1556 of 7090
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Sirkassad View Post

My apologies for not going through the 50+ pages to see if this has been addressed but I read on one post that someone had better luck streaming a .mkv from a PC media server than streaming from his Dlink NAS.
I am ready to pull the trigger on the WD Live but also want to get either an HP MediaSmart Server, or a NAS.

Or possibly the DLink 323 NAS wasn't made for streaming .mkv's? Maybe a better performing NAS would do the trick like a Netgear, Synology, or Buffalo?

I have the DNS 323 and a WD TV Live. The DLink is not the problem.

If have a 1080p blu-ray iso of earth, 22GB. I`ve been monitoring the network traffic when I playing the blu-ray ISO via my PC. Max troughput is 5MB p/s.
When copying files from my nas it works fine @ 12MB/ps. No problem with the NAS here...

But the WD tv live can`t keep up... I think it just isn`t able to decode it...
post #1557 of 7090
How about from a Windows share on the PC? A NAS emulates SMB so there might be an issue there between the NAS and how the WDTV Live emulates SMB.
post #1558 of 7090
2 requests

PGS (bluray subtitles): some realtek based players competitive to the WD Live already offer this feature

YAMJ or XMBC or similar: WD Live needs a way to automatically download covers and movie info (try finding covers for 200 movies to use as thumbnails, not very practical)
post #1559 of 7090
Agreed about the 2 requests, plus WD needs to fix the DTS-HD bitstreaming issue. I have a WDTV1 & decided to try a WDTV Live (coming via Newegg soon). This thing has promise, especially if WD is active with firmware support and b-rad's homebrew goodies. I'm amazed to see he has a first version of his custom firmware already. If only WD people were this quick and responsive.

BTW, would you guys recommend powerline or dual-band wireless-N (mainly 720p, some 1080p MKV & M2TS streaming from PC)? Nothing beats wired I know, but it isn't always practical.
post #1560 of 7090
Anyone else having trouble with their WDTV Live not seeing their USB drive? I bought a brand new My Passport Essentials 500GB that I plugged in to the WDTV and it only detects it half the time.

After unplugging/plugging it back in and going through the menus, it eventually appears. Maybe it takes several minutes to detect it (which I'd find hard to believe for an "approved device")?

I'm tempted to return the drive and get a different brand if this keeps up.
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