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dfergie
11-24-2009, 10:17 AM
Turn your USB drive into a Full-HD media player
Amazon.com: Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player WDBABF0000NBK-NESN: Electronics@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/312Pp27jIEL.@@AMEPARAM@@312Pp27jIEL (http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Media-Player-WDBABF0000NBK-NESN/dp/B002USAIYS/ref=sr_ob_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1259079172&sr=1-2-fkmr0&condition=used)

dfergie
11-24-2009, 10:28 AM
Ordered one last Thursday, came in Monday and I unboxed, but did not get to play with till 10 last night...took it into the bedroom where I have a Mitsubitsi HD1000U FPTV set up with a diy 120" screen... unhooked the Hdmi cable from the PS3 and plugged into the WD box...
I then hooked it up to an older 250 gig Seagate EHDD I have been using with my old Htpc (an old AMD machine in the HT room) it took a minute to find the files and then wow! I had access to both AVC HD and Mpeg2 HD files as well as a Dvd I had ripped in 5.1 sound , it played all flawlessly as well as playing .MOV files from my camcorder.
I then got the other old 250 gig drive from the HT room and swapped and again was amazed, there were some AVC HD files I had created a couple of years ago that the old AMD would not touch that it played again flawlessly... I had some MP3 files on the drive that I had for my ipod and again it pulled them up With the information (remember this box doesn't connect to the internet) and sorted into genre's etc...
I took one drive into the livingroom and copied some AVC HD files from the Haupauge box and again, flawless PQ and AQ... I had some 1080p trailers that it played with no problems, I have been playing with a PS3 for the last few days, looks like the WD will get more play as it is quicker to access than using the networked PS3.

ronton3
11-24-2009, 06:06 PM
I have had a WDTV for a year and few problems, and it looks great. I believe the new one just out, the 2nd version does hook up to the internet. there have also been many firmware updates for the original.

dfergie
11-24-2009, 06:13 PM
I missed seeing the new one or would have gotten it instead... Recording some stuff for later right now from the Hauppauge...

diogen
11-24-2009, 07:06 PM
Actually, the first generation WDTV can be networked.
You need a Trendnet USB-Ethernet adapter and modified firmware (http://wdtvforum.com/main/index.php?PHPSESSID=f5d09c212b0f81e9342d71749fad7eaa&topic=446.615).
Best not to fiddle with Samba and go straight NFS.

Diogen.

dfergie
11-24-2009, 07:09 PM
Thanks for the heads up!

ronton3
11-25-2009, 05:24 PM
There is a huge thread on AVS forum about the player, and a new one about the new player, and threads about hacked firmware. You can get the" WDTV Live" the new one on Amazon right now for 119.00. If it isnt to late to return the other one.

dfergie
11-25-2009, 05:26 PM
Yeah I came across those threads, and ordered the one I have... one thing I have found, it works better with disc images than disc files... and nah, I'll keep this one... perfect for the camper etc...:D might order one of the others later on...

gash1965
12-04-2009, 03:08 PM
will the wd tv play external hard drive files transferred from a dish dvr?

harshness
12-04-2009, 03:17 PM
will the wd tv play external hard drive files transferred from a dish dvr?No.

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