Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer
Can the WDTV Live play a full blu ray mkv like Dark Knight? I see that it can handle the format
While I haven't tried the Dark Knight specifically, I have tried other Blu-Rays ripped to mkv and they play just fine. That was the very first thing I checked when I set up the WDTV Live. I used to own a coupld of Patriot Box Office media players and they did not live up to expectations. They would play ripped Blu-Rays as mkv's, but the aspect ratio was shrunken (i.e., black borders on all sides) and totally out of whack with no way to adjust it.
This has been the ultimate stumbling block for the Echo, WDTV live (I thought), Raspberry Pi, Pivos XIOS, etc
I'm pretty sure the Raspberry Pi with OpenElec/XBMC will play Blu-Ray rips, but I don't have one to test. I was hoping the Echo could do this, but it turned out just to be another WMC extender.
They are all trying to walk exactly down the 5-15W power consumption road while maintaining full playback capabilities. I'm just not sure that any of them have been successful. I've heard lots of "workarounds" and un-success stories.
I was ultimately hoping someone would develop a device that could not only stream files from my server but also be able to play live TV and possibly include local or remote DVR functions as well. Basically, I'm looking for a WMC extender and media player in one box. This is what I was hoping the Echo would ultimately be, but so far it has fallen way short. That's not to say that somewhere down the road it won't get upgraded with the features I want.
Aside from blu-rays. Project connect is now live in our home, and you might not want to double down on it just yet. It's very promising, and I think it's a nice feature. However, going from a full blown DVR with guide data to a simple list of channels would be the day my wife calls Comcast back out to install DVRs.
I just tried the WDTV Live this morning after running a new scan on my HDHR Prime last night before going to bed. The interface is a bit clunky and tuning to a channel takes more than a few seconds, but it does work as advertised. The folder listings with no guide data would take a huge hit with regards to the WAF, but it's a step in the right direction. I could probably get guide data via a laptop so all I'd need to know is the time and channel to tune to. I'd like to see the channel folders converted to a simple list we could scroll through. I discovered that if you try to scroll too fast it leaps much farther through the listings than I'd like. Direct channel access via the remote would be a huge plus.