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."
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.
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
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 ...
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**
Originally Posted by zoro
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.
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 ...
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...
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.