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post #2491 of 4686
GolfinGuy: I figur'd it out for ya. How much is it worth to you for the solution? smile.gif



-- Ya gotta pay attention to what the OSD is telling you. You need to have photos on the USB stick, too -- It's a Photo Slideshow with Music (in the settings.) So, if you don't have photos, it's going to bark because it can't find them.

If you don't want PHOTOS, then just put a "Black" JPG file on the stick, and exit out of it if you want to see the OSD. The music will keep playing.

Ta da!

(And yes, I agree, the user manual is woefully inadequate, but the onscreen prompts are pretty clear.)

And this is with the latest firmware, BTW -- so feel free, of course, to upgrade it back to where you were.
post #2492 of 4686
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Originally Posted by WDFan1970 View Post

GolfinGuy: I figur'd it out for ya. How much is it worth to you for the solution? smile.gif



-- Ya gotta pay attention to what the OSD is telling you. You need to have photos on the USB stick, too -- It's a Photo Slideshow with Music (in the settings.) So, if you don't have photos, it's going to bark because it can't find them.

If you don't want PHOTOS, then just put a "Black" JPG file on the stick, and exit out of it if you want to see the OSD. The music will keep playing.

Ta da!

(And yes, I agree, the user manual is woefully inadequate, but the onscreen prompts are pretty clear.)

And this is with the latest firmware, BTW -- so feel free, of course, to upgrade it back to where you were.



Blank - oh no - I was going to put a pretty picture of my face on it biggrin.gif

I'll try again with new firmware to see if the lack of picture was what caused the inconsistency.
post #2493 of 4686
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Originally Posted by golfinguy View Post

Blank - oh no - I was going to put a pretty picture of my face on it biggrin.gif

I'll try again with new firmware to see if the lack of picture was what caused the inconsistency.


Well, I think I see the difference in our experiences. I'm testing it from a 'hard start' (power outage) and I'm guessing you're doing a 'soft start' from the remote. From a 'soft start' you're right, the new firmware works fine. Its the 'hard start' where it fails and the older firmware succeeds.

Incidentally - auto play worked from either USB port.

Thanks for taking the time to test my poorly worded (saying video when I should have said pictures) suspicion! cool.gif



Now if I could only set a password on the Samba share...
Edited by golfinguy - 2/26/13 at 9:48pm
post #2494 of 4686
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Originally Posted by golfinguy View Post

Hard to believe they have gone 4 updates now with broken auto play.
Apparently not too many people are using it.
post #2495 of 4686
I am interested in picking one up due to the fact it outputs Netflix HD 5.1 through an optical output to run to my dad's pre-amp (since it can't handle HDMI) and supports MLB.TV. Was too lazy to go through 84 pages (sorry tongue.gif) and was wondering what the A/V quality was like. Also heard the software was bug prone, any word on updates to fix that?

I have a 20 Mbps connection so I have no qualms about bandwidth...
Edited by gidgiddonihah - 2/27/13 at 9:26pm
post #2496 of 4686
Quality is what ever is fed to it, no more no less. Optical works fine as does the unit as a whole. I've got a couple of versions of it and have had few issues.
post #2497 of 4686
Thanks for the quick reply. Do you know if MLB is 5.1 and does it allow the DVR features that are on the Roku boxes (FF/RW/Pause)?
post #2498 of 4686
So I've searched through here and I can't find an answer, I'm hoping someone could help me.

I've been slowly converting my Bluray collection to MKV files to play from my WD Live TV so my kids don't destroy my original sources (my daughter already got her hands on some of my Disney blurays and destroyed the cases) but I'm getting zero audio from my rear surround speakers. I have a Denon 2112CI receiver with the WD plugged in via HDMI directly to the receiver. Example is Hotel Transylvania which the auto is DTS, Channels 3F2R/LFE, Sample rate 48000 Hz, 1536 kb/s bitrate, it will play the through the front three and the sub but the rear surround speakers are silent. This is happening with ALL of my mkv files and I don't know why it's not working. =(
post #2499 of 4686
Guys, I desperately need help.

On the last 3 days, my 2 WDTV streaming Live and 1 Live + can't connect to Netflix. "Unable to connect. Please try again".......You tube or other apps are fine.

At first I thought problem from NF, chatted with them last 2 days. We had been doing everything we could: NF deactivated then activate NF. I reset router. Unplugged the WDTV(s), resting wdtv to lower resolution, anything I can think of........... no luck

I though when I came here, you guys here would have the same problems (not that I wanted to see smile.gif

I have 1 Roku and connects to Netflix fine. Also no problem when playing NF on pc.

I have been using these units with NF for years.

If one box can be gone bad, but all 3 of them.

My internet speed is 12mp
post #2500 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Dextar View Post

This is happening with ALL of my mkv files and I don't know why it's not working. =(
Is your audio selection in the setup screens correctly set for HDMI?
Is this lack of 5.1 only seen with your MKV files? Do DVD.iso give you 5.1?
post #2501 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

Is your audio selection in the setup screens correctly set for HDMI?
Is this lack of 5.1 only seen with your MKV files? Do DVD.iso give you 5.1?

It is correctly set for HDMI, I haven't tried any DVD.iso. I looked up online and it said that the .mkv is the best format to keep all of my movies in with taking up the least amount of space.
post #2502 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Dextar View Post

It is correctly set for HDMI, I haven't tried any DVD.iso. I looked up online and it said that the .mkv is the best format to keep all of my movies in with taking up the least amount of space.
You need to try another container format with 5.1 audio, such as DVD.iso or BD.m2ts to determine if the problem is with the WD or your MKV's. Problems with MKV on the WD Live are not unheard of. You need to do some testing to isolate the problem.
post #2503 of 4686
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Originally Posted by AVS66 View Post

If one box can be gone bad, but all 3 of them.

Are you using standard DNS services? Or are you trying to use a VPN service (unblock US, or similar) Using OpenDNS?
post #2504 of 4686
Another question:

I read it supported live TV. If I wanted to buy a Happauge adapter can I run my Charter cable through it?
post #2505 of 4686
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Originally Posted by WDFan1970 View Post

Are you using standard DNS services? Or are you trying to use a VPN service (unblock US, or similar) Using OpenDNS?

I don't know what these are but I have AT&T Uverse
post #2506 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

You need to try another container format with 5.1 audio, such as DVD.iso or BD.m2ts to determine if the problem is with the WD or your MKV's. Problems with MKV on the WD Live are not unheard of. You need to do some testing to isolate the problem.

I think I figured it out. I was playing around with the settings on the receiver a bit, the Auto Surround was turned off so it looked like this.



So I switched it to on and now it's like this.



Sorry for the poor image quality, I took it with my phone. I tried the few other files I had and they all displayed the proper information AND they were producing sound to the rear channels.
post #2507 of 4686
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Originally Posted by gidgiddonihah View Post

I am interested in picking one up due to the fact it outputs Netflix HD 5.1 through an optical output to run to my dad's pre-amp (since it can't handle HDMI) and supports MLB.TV. Was too lazy to go through 84 pages (sorry tongue.gif) and was wondering what the A/V quality was like. Also heard the software was bug prone, any word on updates to fix that?

I have a 20 Mbps connection so I have no qualms about bandwidth...

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Originally Posted by gidgiddonihah View Post

Thanks for the quick reply. Do you know if MLB is 5.1 and does it allow the DVR features that are on the Roku boxes (FF/RW/Pause)?
I'm curious about this as well. Specifically if it will use the highest quality Netflix streams and if it does then I'll very likely stop using, and sell, my PS3 as the WDTV Live does all the streaming I normally do with the PS3. I have plans to purchase another BDP so the loss of that capability is not an issue.

I do plan to read this whole thread, but as it is very long some responses/thoughts on the above would be much appreciated.
post #2508 of 4686
Hi all, i am curious if anyone else is having the device tell them that FLACs are not supported when trying to play back from MediaServer installed on my computer. Mine only started doing this since the latest firmware 1.14.09.
post #2509 of 4686
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Originally Posted by techflaws View Post

You do cause otherwise they won't be compressed with zlib (MKVToolnix does this by default) and the LIVE still only plays compressed subs...

I don't use subtitles - is there any other reason to use the MakeMKV WDTV profile? Or OTOH, any downside to using it?

Thanks,

CC
post #2510 of 4686
Nope.
post #2511 of 4686
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Originally Posted by cc_in_oh View Post

I don't use subtitles - is there any other reason to use the MakeMKV WDTV profile? Or OTOH, any downside to using it?

Thanks,

CC

I believe the only thing the WDTV profile does is compress bluray subtitles so the SMP can show them, and there's no downside to using the WDTV profile that I'm aware of.
post #2512 of 4686
Has anyone tried the Windows 8 (Play To) feature with the WDTV Live?

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330
post #2513 of 4686
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Originally Posted by cc_in_oh View Post

I don't use subtitles - is there any other reason to use the MakeMKV WDTV profile? Or OTOH, any downside to using it?

Thanks,

CC

the thing is though, if you don't use the WDTV profile, NO subtitles will show whatsoever. So if you're watching an english movie with a few conversations in another language, you won't have any idea what they are saying. good recent example off the top of my head is something like inglorious basterds. trust me, you want the subtitles to work even if you don't watch foreign films.
post #2514 of 4686
I have a problem with Netflix. It usually occurs when playing multiple episodes of a tv series. The first one generally plays fine and then when you try to play the next one it just hangs with the loading bar on screen. Sometimes it happens after a couple episodes. Sometimes Netflix hangs just starting up. It does not happen every time, but frequently. This is on a wired network.

Is this a known problem or is my WD defective? I did a full reset and have the same problem.
post #2515 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Gib View Post

I have a problem with Netflix. It usually occurs when playing multiple episodes of a tv series. The first one generally plays fine and then when you try to play the next one it just hangs with the loading bar on screen. Sometimes it happens after a couple episodes. Sometimes Netflix hangs just starting up. It does not happen every time, but frequently. This is on a wired network.

Is this a known problem or is my WD defective? I did a full reset and have the same problem.

this happens to me sometimes too but not that much. i think it's an internet speed problem
post #2516 of 4686
Yes..............."Play to"
works with WIN7 and WIN8
post #2517 of 4686
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Originally Posted by Gib View Post

I have a problem with Netflix. It usually occurs when playing multiple episodes of a tv series. The first one generally plays fine and then when you try to play the next one it just hangs with the loading bar on screen. Sometimes it happens after a couple episodes. Sometimes Netflix hangs just starting up. It does not happen every time, but frequently. This is on a wired network.

Is this a known problem or is my WD defective? I did a full reset and have the same problem.

I have 100Mbps internet service and it happens now and then. It's just the crappy WD firmware. When I use Netflix on my Sony S790 it just works.
post #2518 of 4686
Hi,
I've been looking at media player for a few weeks now. I "may" have narrowed down my choices to WDTV Live or the new Dune HD TV-303D.
My primary focus was viewing my videos on photos on my NAS drive, but reading about the other internet channels available on the WD, I started to lean towards WD.

First question I have is regarding DLNA vs. SMB access. I have a Synology DS213+ NAS that supports DLNA as well as SMB.

What is the pros/cons to viewing my video content on my NAS using its built-in DLNA server or to use the WDTV Live's SMB access as a network share?

So I'm wondering if I play all my files directly via network share/SMB, would that be preferable to DLNA? Is there a PQ difference ?

Your thoughts?
thanks,
Steve
post #2519 of 4686
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Originally Posted by saz25 View Post

Hi,
I've been looking at media player for a few weeks now. I "may" have narrowed down my choices to WDTV Live or the new Dune HD TV-303D.
My primary focus was viewing my videos on photos on my NAS drive, but reading about the other internet channels available on the WD, I started to lean towards WD.

First question I have is regarding DLNA vs. SMB access. I have a Synology DS213+ NAS that supports DLNA as well as SMB.

What is the pros/cons to viewing my video content on my NAS using its built-in DLNA server or to use the WDTV Live's SMB access as a network share?

So I'm wondering if I play all my files directly via network share/SMB, would that be preferable to DLNA? Is there a PQ difference ?

Your thoughts?
thanks,
Steve


To be honest, you will be disappointed on the photo viewing deal. The media players are more geared toward playing video files. The Dune overall is a better media player, but it doesn't have Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Pandora ect. Dune doesn't care about that. I own a Dune Smart Series D1, and it is what I recommend for people who want a solid media player, but they are more expensive.

I used to own a WDTV2, and I gave it to my parents. It was a PIA to set up a jukebox for it. My parents use it for Netflix and Pandora. Sometimes I lend them a movie in a USB drive so they can watch it that way. If you don't care much about having a jukebox, and you rip all of your BD's to M2TS format you should be okay. I found that WDTV has issues playing MKV files at times. It definitely didn't like MP4 formats.

The main reason why I bought a WDTV2 was because of the extra applications, but I gave it to my parents a few days later. If I want Netflix I just use my gaystation or XBOX.
post #2520 of 4686
funny, I have the opposite reaction. The latest Wd play is smooth and easy to use. One you tell it where to find network shares it displays photos easily as well as movies. I have one of the original versions too and it does a fine job of playing files but has no Netflix or such. The latest full version WD Live seems to have found the sweet spot for me, having lots of streaming content like Roku and the ability to stream photos and video content from my NAS.

BTW I only do network shares I do not use any DNLA clients.
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