There is a war going on, a war among streaming set top boxes. TV Play from Western Digital joins the battle sporting a very attractive price and feature set. The TV Play is a direct alternative to Roku's XD and XS devices ($79 and $99 respectively). Western Digital's Play TV is affordable at $69 and comes with an Ethernet port, an optical audio output, analog A/V output and a USB port - a combination of ports that were reserved for $99+ devices up until now. The WD Play TV has a remote but can also be controlled through smart phones and tablets.
Streaming in full 1080p, the TV Play has access to a wide range of services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Spotify, Pandora and Vimeo. Users can also access and stream personal media via either the USB 2.0 port or any DLNA/UPnP device on a home network. In addition to the USB port, the TV Play also features Ethernet, HDMI, Composite A/V, built-in Wi-Fi and Optical audio.