Originally Posted by jtl46
Can I simply download HD and 3D movies to my laptop and send them to WD media player via wifi? I thought that I read that 3D uses too much bandwidth to send via wifi? Alternatively would it be better to just put them on my external HD and use a HDMI connection directly to the TV or won't the TV process the files directly. Obviously I am new to this.
Here is what I'm doing; I plugged my laptop into one of the available HDMI slots(I have the 50" M501), and play video's from my laptop onto the TV. It works fantastic!!! I'm running Windows 8/64, and so far, I've found that this program works great; http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd-ultra/features_en_US.html?&r=1
it's free for 30 days.
I use it to play MP4 and MKV 3D movies. It shows them as side by side on the laptop, but on the TV, I push the 3D button, and select Sensio, put my glasses on, and have fantastic 3D, at 1080P(even though the max resolution on my laptop screen is less than 1080P, the HDMI out, puts out 1080P).
I can also use a wireless mouse, and from across the room, read e-mails, and surf the net, if I want. I do have a wireless keyboard-but I'm not wasting my time hooking that up. I just use the laptop to play 3D movies.
There are some free 3D video players out there, but I haven't really tried them yet, since I still have 27 days worth of free use of the trial version of Powerdvd.
If anyone is on the fence about the M501....mine is fantastic!!! The passive 3D is amazing. The remote can be a bit of an issue sometimes. But, the picture quality is amazing. The blacks are inky black, and the whites are bleach white. I've watches sports(NHRA Drag Racing), and it look great. For $798(Walmart), you can't go wrong with this set. Highly recommend it.
And, mine came with the latest firmware revision already installed(1.04).