My head is spinning with all the posts I've read about the WDTV Live. However one thing seems to be constant, as reflected in this thread, and that is that it can't play DVD menus or chapters. I had actually put the WDTV Live + external HDD on the christmas list for the wife, but if this remains true then it's a deal breaker. If it won't play DVD's properly then I don't want it.
I went as far as calling WD's presales support to ask about this and he said that it's not a feature because "they need a licence" to do so. So it appears that it's not a hardware/firmware limititation but a legal limitation, and if they have to get permission from some entertainment lawyer somewhere then I don't think it's ever going to happen, officially.
So. Two questions. I haven't found a "home brew" firmware that enables DVD menus/chapters (not to say there may not be one, I just haven't found it). If there is one then can someone please point me to it.
If there isn't a home brew firmware that does the trick then what other device would people recommend that will handle DVDs properly and also play .mkv, .avi, .flv, .mpg, .xvid, .divx, .mov and, preferably, Panasonic video cam and Canon Powershot videos? I'm going to look at the Popcorn Hour, Asus Oplay and other items mentioned in this thread, but some informed feedback for an ignoramus would be appreciated.
For reference currently the device would be used on SD TV's, using component video and TV sound inputs, but I'd want something capable of use on HDTV's, and probably a receiver, once the existing one's are upgraded.
The WDTV Live looks great, if only it would play DVDs!!