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post #2401 of 4703
I could really use some advice on what to try next to get this thing streaming from my laptop. I have tried everything I could find in every forum I have seen but have still had zero luck in getting my wd box to see my laptop. All of the sharing settings are set to what they should be and I checked from the CMD terminal thing that my files are indeed shared. I turned my homegroup OFF as I saw suggested by a few people.

The workgroups ARE the same for my computer (Windows 7 64-bit) and the wd tv live box. My computer sees the player in my network but for the life of me I can not get the player to see my laptop even with the firewalls completely down. My computer is the master browser and Im connected via a wire until I get this up and running.

Seriously cant think of a single thing more I can do to get this up working properly. Any ideas?

Thanks!
post #2402 of 4703
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Originally Posted by Athena Hryhoriw View Post

I could really use some advice on what to try next to get this thing streaming from my laptop. I have tried everything I could find in every forum I have seen but have still had zero luck in getting my wd box to see my laptop. All of the sharing settings are set to what they should be and I checked from the CMD terminal thing that my files are indeed shared. I turned my homegroup OFF as I saw suggested by a few people.

The workgroups ARE the same for my computer (Windows 7 64-bit) and the wd tv live box. My computer sees the player in my network but for the life of me I can not get the player to see my laptop even with the firewalls completely down. My computer is the master browser and Im connected via a wire until I get this up and running.

Seriously cant think of a single thing more I can do to get this up working properly. Any ideas?

Thanks!

Can both machines get to the Internet? Have you tried static /fixed IPs.

 

On the laptop ... Network Discovery and File-Printer Sharing must be on. Selecting "Home" profile might help.

post #2403 of 4703
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Originally Posted by Tesla1856 View Post

Can both machines get to the Internet? Have you tried static /fixed IPs.

On the laptop ... Network Discovery and File-Printer Sharing must be on. Selecting "Home" profile might help.


Both devices are on the internet and the connections are wired for the time being. The network discovery and file printer sharing are on and my network profile is set to home. I havent tried static IP's because I am really really unexperienced with networking and didnt want to screw up the rest of the computers that access the network.

I have followed every youtube tutorial with no success yet. Im thinking about trying another steaming server like ps3media server but I would rather do it this way and it seems to work fine for other people.

Thanks!
post #2404 of 4703
Not much to screw up, really. Check out Settings > network settings > network setup and write down everything (or make a screenshot via Setup > Operation > Remote Settings > Capture Snapshot).
Now switch over to manual and enter these settings. Since your WD won't request an IP via DHCP anymore it most likely won't conflict with any other IP on your network. Now reboot the WDTV (and probably your laptop and router) and try again.
post #2405 of 4703
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Originally Posted by John Moschella View Post

Sorry, that issue is that when I hit the ">>|" button on the remote it does not skip to the next chapter when playing an MKV file. It works fine for DVD iso files. This is kind of annoying because you have to hit the options button to navigate to a chapter.

In that case, no. That's the way WD intends it to work, so not an "issue" from their point of view...
post #2406 of 4703
I just picked up a WD TV Live earlier today, connected a My Book Essential 3TB. The drive is less than 1/3 full. It's now several hours later and the LED on the TV Live is still blinking. Is this a normal amount of time for everything to get set up?
post #2407 of 4703
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

^^ Am I missing something here?
You say you have the WD Live, right?
So you can update to the latest firmware and try it yourself to see if the problem is resolved to your satisfaction?
Yes, I say I have the WD Live.

It's buried in storage that I otherwise don't plan to unpack soon, so I was trying to find out if it was worth the effort to go find.

If the WD Live is still having such epic problems, I'd rather just go buy another Roku, instead of wasting time driving somewhere, unpacking boxes, driving back, hooking the thing up, waiting a day or two for the error to show up, screaming and breaking the thing, and then buying a Roku.

Given that if someone knows the answer, and it takes all of 60 seconds to type a "Yes" or "No" response on here, I figured it was both easier and more harmless to ask first instead of going through all of that.

So yes, you are missing something, mostly that being a rude smartass isn't exactly smart.
post #2408 of 4703
I use a WD TV Live SMP to stream from Netflix on a daily basis and do not have to login - I can't recall the last time I had to enter the account data so it's been a while.
post #2409 of 4703
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Originally Posted by jweinel View Post

I use a WD TV Live SMP to stream from Netflix on a daily basis and do not have to login - I can't recall the last time I had to enter the account data so it's been a while.
Thanks much, this is exactly what I wanted to hear.
post #2410 of 4703
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Originally Posted by shelbystripes View Post

I own a Roku and a WDTV Live player. Until recently I've only been using the Roku, which I bought because the WDTV Live was horrendous for using Netflix (kept forgetting login settings after a day, was frustrating to re-login using the limited user interface that frequently). I haven't used the WDTV Live for almost a year now.

But now I'm going to have a second TV in the house, and I'm wondering if the WDTV Live will work properly for what I need so I don't have to buy another Roku.

Have they fixed the Netflix forgets-your-login issue?

Yes, they did fix this some time ago. And I agree that particular bug was very frustrating.
post #2411 of 4703
I see there's a new kid on the block - The "WD TV Play". I can't exactly tell what's new/different. Any guesses?

Thanks,
-Brett.
post #2412 of 4703
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Originally Posted by Brett_H View Post

I see there's a new kid on the block - The "WD TV Play". I can't exactly tell what's new/different. Any guesses?

Thanks,
-Brett.
See the thread for it.
Low end RoKu, Neo TV competitor. well below the SMP and Hub.
post #2413 of 4703
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

See the thread for it.
Low end RoKu, Neo TV competitor. well below the SMP and Hub.

Gotcha. Doesn't look too exciting, eh? Carry on!
post #2414 of 4703
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Originally Posted by Stillhouse View Post

I just picked up a WD TV Live earlier today, connected a My Book Essential 3TB. The drive is less than 1/3 full. It's now several hours later and the LED on the TV Live is still blinking. Is this a normal amount of time for everything to get set up?

In Setup/System, I think turning off media library should solve your particular problem.
post #2415 of 4703
Hi all,

I'm trying to figure out the best way to view the contents of a simple text file via the WDTV SMP and would appreciate any insight from the experts here?

The list is a recording schedule I prepare in Excel and print weekly to set up 3 recorders and then title the recorded files. It's no big deal to go find the hardcopy when I need it, but it seems like the WDTV should be a handy way to access the list on the TV when I just need a quick look...

Thanks,

CC
post #2416 of 4703
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Originally Posted by cc_in_oh View Post

Hi all,

I'm trying to figure out the best way to view the contents of a simple text file via the WDTV SMP and would appreciate any insight from the experts here?

The list is a recording schedule I prepare in Excel and print weekly to set up 3 recorders and then title the recorded files. It's no big deal to go find the hardcopy when I need it, but it seems like the WDTV should be a handy way to access the list on the TV when I just need a quick look...

Thanks,

CC

Do a screen capture in jpg format.
post #2417 of 4703
I have a few problems with my WD SMP. Do others have these same issues?

1) My kids mostly use it for Netflix. The problem is that it often just hangs in the middle of loading, either starting up Netflix itself or when trying to start a show. It could be the first show or after watching a few. This is very annoying because it means the kids wake me or my wife up early on the weekend to tell us to fix it!

2) HDMI sometimes doesn't sync with TV and you get No Signal on the TV. This didn't used to happen but seemed to start a firmware release or 2 ago. None of my other devices have this problem. Unplugging the hdmi and reconnecting works, or changing the TV input to something else and back works. I also saw a post on the WD site that it may be related to shutting it off when Netflix is on, which probably happens a lot with my kids.

3) It never seems to scan my library and pick up updates unless I manually force it to. I use a WHS with SMB share for content. No matter whether I set the WD to update when in standby or once a day it never seems to happen.

4) Overall it just seems to get progressively slower over time until you power cycle it or restart it. This may be what causes the Netflix problem. It probably has memory leaks. I don't typically do a full power off (long power button press) because it takes way too long to restart when I (or my kids) want to watch it. What do other people do?
post #2418 of 4703
can anyone confirm that this player will do dolby truehd from my mkv blu ray rips? it seems in the specs the "play" can do it but not sure if there's a difference in the models?
post #2419 of 4703
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Originally Posted by vilago View Post

can anyone confirm that this player will do dolby truehd from my mkv blu ray rips? it seems in the specs the "play" can do it but not sure if there's a difference in the models?

I believe the WDTV does play True HD, but doesn't play DTS Master Audio, which the majority of BD use DTSMA.
post #2420 of 4703
I can confirm, Yes it plays TrueHD from BD rips. smile.gif
post #2421 of 4703
So...I just came across the new WDTV Play, and took a quick peek to see if it might suit my needs at a Bedroom location. I agree with the last few posts; nothing too exciting. But that got me looking at the "new" Live. I say "new", because I tried an "old" WDTV Live...a few years back, and wasn't so impressed; but I'm sure this is a different animal.

Here's what I'm hoping for at this location. I currently use a Roku for Netflix and Hulu...and a PopBox (don't laugh; wasn't much I could do with it, after it PopFlopped...and it does play BD rips nicely). I'd like one unit that handles the Netflix and Hulu "nicely" (good UI, subtitles, etc), will play and display my extensive TV-on-DVD series-rips (good episode UI, etc); and play the occasional BD rip (mostly .m2ts, some ISO; don't need HD-audio at this location).

What do you think; does this "new" incarnation of the Live, fit the bill? Thanks
post #2422 of 4703
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post

I believe the WDTV does play True HD, but doesn't play DTS Master Audio, which the majority of BD use DTSMA.

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Originally Posted by Otter0911 View Post

I can confirm, Yes it plays TrueHD from BD rips. smile.gif

great thanks! hopefully the next model will support more of these better audio formats. at the moment I can't complain though since it plays more formats more easily than any other player in this price range
post #2423 of 4703
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Originally Posted by CDLehner View Post

So...I just came across the new WDTV Play, and took a quick peek to see if it might suit my needs at a Bedroom location. I agree with the last few posts; nothing too exciting. But that got me looking at the "new" Live. I say "new", because I tried an "old" WDTV Live...a few years back, and wasn't so impressed; but I'm sure this is a different animal.

Here's what I'm hoping for at this location. I currently use a Roku for Netflix and Hulu...and a PopBox (don't laugh; wasn't much I could do with it, after it PopFlopped...and it does play BD rips nicely). I'd like one unit that handles the Netflix and Hulu "nicely" (good UI, subtitles, etc), will play and display my extensive TV-on-DVD series-rips (good episode UI, etc); and play the occasional BD rip (mostly .m2ts, some ISO; don't need HD-audio at this location).

What do you think; does this "new" incarnation of the Live, fit the bill? Thanks

Is this the "stock" TV UI? I could live with this.

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post #2425 of 4703
Is there any way to view a video file's resolution and framerate from within the WDTV Live SMP's UI? The 'Options' button on the remote just displays the audi/video codecs and total bitrate.
post #2426 of 4703
Not that I know of. At least, with specifics... I do know that if the file's resolution is 720p or higher, there'll be an "HD" icon on the Info page.
post #2427 of 4703
I can't seem to be able to get my TV shows listed in episode order, a seemingly simple thing.
I have things set to sort by folder and list alphabetically.

Here is what I've done.

I have a folder, say Game of Thrones, and then a subfolder Season 1, and then all the episodes as individual MKVs in the Season 1 folder.

I started out with the file names as,

Game of Thrones - 1x01 - episodename.mkv
.
.
.
Game of Thrones - 1x10 - episodename.mkv

With this arrangement, when I went into the Season 1 folder the episode order was 1, 10, 2, 3, etc.

Then I re-arranged things so that the file names were now

Game of Thrones - s01e01 - episodename.mkv
.
.
.
Game of Thrones - s01e10 - episodename.mkv

Now when I go into the Season 1 folder is ignores everything in front of the "episodename.mkv" part so I get it listed alphabetically by the episode name.

Both these formats work fine using my HTPC with Media Browser.

Why can't this thing list files alphabetically.
Any idea? What do other forum member do in this situation?

Thanks.
post #2428 of 4703
Use the TV Show filter.
post #2429 of 4703
Thanks for the suggestion, but I am trying to simply get it to list the files alphabetically within the folder. If I go to sort by TV Show it will mess up my folder organization. I already have a folder for TV Shows that is easy for me to access.
post #2430 of 4703
Are you trying to get them alphabetically or numerically?
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