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post #211 of 7090
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Originally Posted by dmeader View Post

No DVD ISO (menu and chapter) support...
No sale.

Probably still Sigma (8635) chipset ?
post #212 of 7090
Streaming 1080p DD from my laptop to it now, perfect picture. I am going to try a dvd file and see if maybe that is in there but not advertised.
post #213 of 7090
Just picked one up at my local Best Buy (W Simsbury, CT). $140. I'm a long time classic XBox w/XBMC user and just got an Acer AspireRevo a couple of days ago which I've been working with to get XBMC Live running on it (I started a thread up here about my experiences with that).

You all won't be happy to hear that I will be unavailable till later this evening, though, so I won't be able to report back on my initial experiences with it until then.
post #214 of 7090
Thought it was supposed to retail for $120.00?
post #215 of 7090
Streaming .iso dvd right now. I did not get the menu or any of the fbi warnings before it started to play, also I am not able to switch chapters in the WD menu, but the video is playing perfectly. I will try it on a different dvd when I get a chance.
post #216 of 7090
Forgot to mention...they had at least one more (maybe more). They had them mixed up with the regular WDTV units (of which they had several). So there was a $99 price tag in front, which I knew wasn't going to be right. I pointed it out to them when they did a price check but, in typical Best Buy fashion, they didn't seem to care. I don't know if it's just my local Best Buy or a national issue, but they're constantly putting items behind tags which don't match up with the right model.
post #217 of 7090
Thanks Ken, for the timely updates!! We're eagerly awaiting your next report.

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Originally Posted by nube View Post

Just glancing at the spec sheet (thanks alot for that, btw!), I'm kinda shocked that there's really not a whole lot new and additional, even with the clamoring from the community.

I wonder why that is? Is this relative lack of new and additional functionality why the product launch was such an abortion?

"Relative" is the key word there. What's lacking for you may not be missed by others. For me, adding networking is huge. Also this:

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Originally Posted by ken984 View Post

It is 2 or 3x as fast as the first model. Thumbnails build almost instantly.

And this:

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Originally Posted by ken984 View Post

Local file management, copy, move, delete.

I personally don't care about ISO menu support, lossless audio, or any of the other bells and whistles I wouldn't expect in a cheap box like this. If you have other needs, then this box may not be for you.
post #218 of 7090
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Originally Posted by ken984 View Post

I just got one at the local BB. 139.99.
It is 2 or 3x as fast as the first model. Thumbnails build almost instantly.
More to come.

So perhaps not a Sigma 8635.

ken984, I and many others would be eternally grateful if you would open the thing up and tell us what is written on the chip?
post #219 of 7090
Are the menus the same? and can you confirm the DTS works on Tv's now?
post #220 of 7090
Well, went to my local Best Buy and wouldn't you know; NO WD TV Live!!!!

Typical small city BS. They said it probably won't be in until late next week.
post #221 of 7090
Menu system is almost identical, with all the new stuff in there its deeper. DTS is on the box now, logo imprinted on the top of the unit, and it says DTS 2.0+digital out. I do not have a DTS file here to test with though.
I will have to think about opening it up.
post #222 of 7090
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Originally Posted by ken984 View Post

Streaming .iso dvd right now. I did not get the menu or any of the fbi warnings before it started to play, also I am not able to switch chapters in the WD menu, but the video is playing perfectly. I will try it on a different dvd when I get a chance.

The old box does that. From an ISO it will play the main feature, but nothing else. I want access to the menu .
post #223 of 7090
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Originally Posted by dmeader View Post

The old box does that. From an ISO it will play the main feature, but nothing else. I want access to the menu .

Why?
post #224 of 7090
I've been following this thread for a while since I really wanted a WD TV with network capabilities. When I saw that people already got there hands on the WD TV 2, I had to find one for myself.

I went to the Best Buy on I-35 next to Crossroads Mall in the south OKC area and they had 4 on the shelf. They were in the hard drive area. They had no price tag, and I couldn't find any of the original WD TV's. Rang up as $139.99.

Haven't messed with it yet, but I have a feeling many Best Buys have these things on the shelves right now. Odd that its not on there site or WD's website.
post #225 of 7090
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Originally Posted by Derelict_Drvr View Post

Why?

Uh.....maybe to play the DVD extras???
post #226 of 7090
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Originally Posted by dmeader View Post

Uh.....maybe to play the DVD extras???

Who says you need the menu to play the extras? It's a lot easier to copy the vobs to a new folder and play them directly from there, as I pointed out earlier in this thread...

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post17274792
post #227 of 7090
For me the increase in speed along with the networking is well worth it. I would like the dvd menu .iso support but its not a deal breaker.
post #228 of 7090
How about auto power shutoff on ext. usb hdd?

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Originally Posted by ken984 View Post

For me the increase in speed along with the networking is well worth it. I would like the dvd menu .iso support but its not a deal breaker.
post #229 of 7090
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Originally Posted by seymouru View Post

Who says you need the menu to play the extras?

I'm not going to get into an argument about this with you. I'm aware of your method and I'm aware of your thread. The DVDs I own are backed up to hard drives as ISO images because that is a quick, convenient method which allows me to easily replace a damaged disc without moving files around to their proper location. I want a media player that will access those files. Seagate and Sage and many others will do so, and I'm disappointed that the WD won't, despite many people requesting that capability.
post #230 of 7090
Video_TS folder and chapter support?
post #231 of 7090
DVD menus aside, can somebody put this through more standard tests to see what the limits are of the hardware? this seems to be the most common bunch of video files to use...

http://files.getdropbox.com/u/132004...mple_16ref.mkv
http://files.getdropbox.com/u/132004...010000kbps.mkv

try direct connection through USB first, then streaming.

and there's a host of files in this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1181902
post #232 of 7090
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Originally Posted by dmeader View Post

I'm not going to get into an argument about this with you. I'm aware of your method and I'm aware of your thread. The DVDs I own are backed up to hard drives as ISO images because that is a quick, convenient method which allows me to easily replace a damaged disc without moving files around to their proper location. I want a media player that will access those files. Seagate and Sage and many others will do so, and I'm disappointed that the WD won't, despite many people requesting that capability.

No arguments here either. Hope you enjoy whichever box meets your needs.
post #233 of 7090
I read the Asus O!Play will do what you want. UI sux, but oh well, we all have a cross to bare.
post #234 of 7090
Hmmm. So why is Best Buy the only one selling this?

Best Buy employees are ignoring the retail floor date. This happens all the time and not just at Best Buy. A store receives a shipment and the manger says put it out on the floor.

The SRP is $140.00 and Best Buys sells new stuff at SRP.

Western Digital had to recall this item and Best Buy buy did not get the word. This happened with the Sony A3000 series of RPTVs 2 years ago. Sony had already shipped from the warehouse and then found out the the bulb inside were exploding when the sets were turned on. Sony issued a recall to the distubutors and there was a 2 month delay in the retail release.
post #235 of 7090
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Hmmm. So why is Best Buy the only one selling this?

Best Buy, Fry's, J&R Music World, etc.
post #236 of 7090
If someone else doesn't do that before tonight I will try those and see how they work. I have been testing this at work so its been tough. I need to get a few work related things done in the meantime.

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Originally Posted by joshjoshlol View Post

DVD menus aside, can somebody put this through more standard tests to see what the limits are of the hardware? this seems to be the most common bunch of video files to use...

http://files.getdropbox.com/u/132004...mple_16ref.mkv
http://files.getdropbox.com/u/132004...010000kbps.mkv

try direct connection through USB first, then streaming.

and there's a host of files in this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1181902
post #237 of 7090
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Originally Posted by Derelict_Drvr View Post

I read the Asus O!Play will do what you want. UI sux, but oh well, we all have a cross to bare.

ASUS O!Play has ISO menu support and network capability so if that's your primary need, it will do fine.
post #238 of 7090
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Originally Posted by seymouru View Post

Provantage also shows it in stock at the moment. A little cheaper than J&R/Buy.com, after shipping is added in...

Just placed my order there for $127.53 shipped.

Just an F.Y.I.,
if you order from Buy.com you can apply for the Visa card & get $30 off. I know not everyone likes to do that with the (ahem) credit crunch....

Also, it apparently arrived rather quickly..according to UPS its at my doorstep already.
post #239 of 7090
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Originally Posted by aos007 View Post

ASUS O!Play has ISO menu support and network capability so if that's your primary need, it will do fine.

But it really is an UGLY little sucker in the UI department!!

Regards,

Lt. Dang
post #240 of 7090
I just called 2 of the bestbuys in my area, and they couldn't find anything. They wanted a SKU, but Not having one - They looked and didn't see anything. I called the Folsom, CA and the Citrus Heights, CA stores. - Incase anyone is in the Northern California area. and wanted to know.


They might have better luck on Sunday when they empty the trucks being delivered on Saturday.

Gzerot
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