WD TV HD Media Player Review

Over the years, I’ve tried quite a few devices that allow you to watch and listen to your digital media through your television set. Some of these devices have included WiFi, some included hard drives, some required that you stream the content from a computer to the player and some required that you convert the content to a format that the player could handle. For one reason or another, I stopped using all of those devices except for the AppleTV. I really like the AppleTV’s user interface, but have never really liked the fact that I have to convert the files and then ‘send’ them from my desktop computer to the AppleTV in the living room. I’m all about simplicity, and while the AppleTV comes close, it doesn’t quite get there. I think I’ve found a device that does get there tho. It’s the WD TV HD Media Player from Western Digital.

WD TV HD Media Player Package

The WD TV doesn’t include YouTube or allow you to rent movies, but it does play the video, audio and image content that you already have, and does so in a really user friendly way.

Hardware Specifications

File Formats Supported:
Music – MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL
Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264)
MPEG2/4, H.264, and WMV9 supports up to 1920x1080p 24fps, 1920x1080i 30fps, 1280x720p 60fps resolution
Subtitle -SRT (UTF-8)
USB 2.0 ports: 2
External Drive Formats Supported: FAT32, NTFS, HFS+ (no journaling)
Video Interface: HDMI, Composite A/V
Physical Dimensions: 1.57 x 3.94 x 4.94 Inches
Weight: 0.67 Pounds

WD TV HD Media Player Contents

Package Contents

WD TV Player
Remote Control
2 AA Batteries
AC Adapter
Composite A/V cable
Passport USB Drive stand
The WD TV unit is small, allowing it to fit into even the most cramped areas of your entertainment center.

WD TV HD Media Player Front View

It’s made of shiny Black plastic and lacks buttons, dials and switches.

WD TV HD Media Player Side View

On the Left side, you will find a USB port and a reset switch.

WD TV HD Media Player Back View

On the back side, you’ll find an AC power connector, another USB port, an HDMI connector, TOSlink Optical audio port, and composite A/V connectors.

WD TV HD Media Player Remote Control

A small remote control with real buttons is also included along with the batteries to power it.

WD TV HD Media Player Two USB Ports

The WD TV doesn’t include its own hard drive like some players (AppleTV, MVIX). Instead, it has two USB ports in which you can plug in thumb drives or even WD’s own USB Passport drive.

WD TV HD Media Player Remote with Passport

There’s a little stand included specifically for the Passport drive, so that you can set it next to the player.

I tested the WD TV with my 32GB Kingston flash drive and a WD Passport drive. The cool thing is that you don’t have to specify which USB drive you want to view content from. The software in the WD TV reads both drives and creates one list of all the content.

Setting up the WD TV with your TV is a snap. A composite A/V cable is included in the package, that you can use to connect to your TV. While this works fine, you can get MUCH better video quality by using an HDMI cable (if your TV has that capability). The only bad thing is that you’ll have to go out and buy your own HDMI cable. Tip: Don’t go to Walmart, Target, Best Buy or other local stores to buy an HDMI cable. They will charge you $25-$30 for one, which is robbery when you can buy the same thing from NewEgg for less than $10.

WD TV HD Media Player Main menu

After you connect the WD TV to your television and power it on with the remote, you’ll be presented with a simple user interface. You can scroll up and down to choose the main function (Photos, Video, Music, Settings) and then side to side to pick options for that specific mode.

WD TV HD Media Player Photo thumbnails

In Photo mode, you can view images on the attached USB devices by thumbnails or a list of file names.

WD TV HD Media Player Photo

You can click on an image to see it in full screen. You can also rotate, pan and zoom. You can view the images in slide show mode and even have music playing in the background.

WD TV HD Media Player Music

In Music mode, you can easily play your tunes. Even the album art will display on the screen while music is playing. You can choose music based on Artist, Genre and Album.

WD TV HD Media Player Video list

Photo and music modes are nice additions, but my main use for a device like this is to easily view my video content on my TV. I have to say that I think the WD TV does this easier than any device I’ve tried so far. Save your videos on a USB device, plug it into the WD TV, scroll through the list of files, press play on the remote and away you go. The best part for me is that no time consuming file conversions are needed. This is something I had to do all the time with the AppleTV in order to play video that I’d downloaded from the internets. I much prefer downloading the file, copying it to a USB stick, plugging the stick in the WD TV, sitting down and watching it. Easy!

WD TV HD Media Player Video

Video quality using HDMI is great to my eyes. Of course it will really depend on the video itself. If you have low resolution video, it won’t look the best on a large TV.

The WD TV impressed me after I had downloaded an AVI video that wouldn’t play on my MSI Wind and wouldn’t play on my iMac using VLC, without VLC having to reindex it. I thought for sure it wouldn’t play on the WD TV either, but I was wrong. It worked just fine. The only video file that would not play for me was a really old .WMV file that I had created using Movie Maker on a Windows PC. The WD TV comes with some software that you can use to convert files if necessary. I didn’t try it, but I bet it would have fixed that file for me.

One nice feature is that you can resume playing a video if you stop it and want to go start it again later. The player will automatically remember where you left off.

While watching video, you can rewind and fast forward at four speeds (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x). I wish there was a feature to skip ahead so many minutes or to go to the end of a video. Just nit picking here though…

WD TV HD Media Player LEDs

I really like the WD TV HD Media Player from Western Digital. Its small size and ease of use has me sold. It’s definitely going to stay in my entertainment center until something better comes along.


Product Information

Manufacturer:Western Digital
  • Easy user interface
  • 2 USB ports
  • Plays music, video and shows photo slideshows
  • HDMI cable not included
Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Computer Gear

670 comments… add one

  • chris December 5, 2009, 4:48 pm

    By far the biggest disappointment for me is that I cant zoom my very high resolution 4:3 photos to just fill a widescreen TV without black bars and without terrible stretching distortion. It cant be that difficult. What is the point of 3000x4000pixels when you dont even use your available TV screen!? I dont have time to resize and convert 12000+ pics…
    Perhaps they can put this to firmware update No 1? Otherwise it wont be used nearly as much by me.


  • CURT December 9, 2009, 12:20 am


  • Millertimewest December 13, 2009, 12:23 am


    I suggest you learn how to use the product before you bash it. I’m not sure how this machine can get any easier to use?

    You can watch full unconverted rips of DVDs without a hitch. It plays every other type of file I’ve thrown at it with the exception of Blu Ray ISO rips. It plays the .mts blu ray files very well however. It doesn’t get any better than Blu ray quality. Does the free agent play 1080p? There’s a ton of these media players out there but a lot play 1080i only.

    Bottom line……I think you’re way out of line. I’ve tried many products and this one has the best bang for your buck by far.

    I just actually bought the WDHD TV Live as well and so far I’m impressed with that as well, despite the fact that my relocation to Dubai is affecting my ability to access some internet radio stations.

    P.S. You don’t seem to know how to use your keyboard (all caps?) so I guess it shouldn’t suprise me that you can’t figure out how to use the WD unit.

  • Jeff December 13, 2009, 1:48 am

    Hey Millertimewest,

    As you have probably seen from my previous posts here I have had this device for over a year now and love it. Recently a friend of mine asked me what is the best media player for her to buy for her husband for Xmas.

    They mainly want to look at photos and listen to music, not so much of the viewing movies. My question to you is do you think the WDHD TV Live is better than the original WDHD TV and if so why?

    Also having used other players is there any others she should consider such as the Xtreamer?

    Thanks for your opinion. :-)

  • Steve December 15, 2009, 10:24 pm

    Millertimewest and CURT

    Right on Millertimewest. Curt is obviously a usless person with no patience. I agree the remote is bit slow (a whole 3 sec delay sometimes) but its not worth handing back. What a loser. WD HDTV is the best looking devise of them all and is small and compact and doesn’t look like a big chunky 80″s VCR. As for Curts comment about playing individual VTS files, he obvioulsy doesn’t even know how to copy a simple dvd to harddrive. HEY CURT, IT DISPLAYS MULTIPLE VYS FILES BUT PLAYS THE MOVIE RIGHT THROUGH TOOL.

    As for your comment on low quality I think you need to read what you buy as WD HDTV is 1080p loser. I reckon the guy you handed them back to at the counter was thinking “what a idiot, this guys has no clue what he is on about”



  • Millertimewest December 16, 2009, 2:55 am

    Steve – amen brother!

    Jeff – Honestly….I only use the WD unit for movie watching so I’m not the guy to answer your questions regarding pictures or music. To be fair as well, my affinity to the unit is soley based on its ability to play video. It may very well have holes in Pictures and Video that I’m not fairly considering in my assessment.

    As far as the difference between HD Live and traditional HD, the big difference I see in the specs is the ability to better handle DTS audio, although I haven’t confirmed it. Of course the ability to network the Live unit is an obvious difference as well as the ability to check out You Tube and online radio. The unit is the same size and looks the same with the exception of a revised back panel. Control is the same. I do sometimes experience the lag that people talk about, but I’ve found that since I’ve combined all my remotes into my Logitech Harmony remote that its operated in a much more consistent manner. Oh ya the other difference is a cool preview mode for video which is in addition to the original Thumbnail and List mode.


  • Chris December 28, 2009, 12:57 am

    Curt is obviously a walley,i have one and its brilliant no lag with remote noticed yet and it plays mkv files at 1080p no probs, which was the reason i bought it, as my laptop cannot handle them.All in all a great piece of equipment.

  • CURT December 30, 2009, 10:23 pm


    I do know how. What I’ve done works on Nero Movie Time, Windows Media Centre, and Freeagent Theatre. I’ve got 250 dvd’s backed up to hard disk! (full disk, all menus, all extras, no compression). Why would I do them all over for Western Digital TV with no DVD navigation? And since you want to attack ME instead of my review, without explaining yourself in technical terms, YOU are the quintessential tool. For someone who spent only $100 on what you claim to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, you’re hostility is confusing. You really should be very happy you own one and I don’t.

    Gotta love gangsta consumerism! Better not say nothin’ ’bout my GE fridge beeeee…otch!
    It does so make ice cubes!


  • Juan December 31, 2009, 12:31 pm

    Hi guys,

    I love this device. Got one for about 2 months now.

    I have a comment about this part:
    While watching video, you can rewind and fast forward at four speeds (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x). I wish there was a feature to skip ahead so many minutes or to go to the end of a video. Just nit picking here though…

    You can skip per 10 minutes. Press FF then Skip. ;)

    Also a commend about Curt:
    He’s is right about the DVD’s (VOB files) not having a menu. But that’s not why this device was made. 1080p all the way baby!
    Tho you can just press play on the folder where you DVD is in and play it from start to finish.

    BTW Curt, you might want to get a new keyboard. It seems that your Caps Lock is stuck.

  • Jeff January 4, 2010, 2:07 am

    Does anyone know if it is bad to have your WD HD TV and external HDD sitting next to a plasma TV with nothing between the 3 components? Like CRT TV’s were affected by other magnetic components next to them, are Plasma sets the same and could the WD TV and HDD do it?

    Thanks in advance of any answers.

  • Steve January 4, 2010, 9:59 pm


    Sorry I don’t speak monkey language. The bottom line is if you wanna watch a dvd with all the features, menu’s etc then use your dvd player tool and stop wasting time on sites like this that have surpassed dvd players. Why would you want to watch dvd menu’s ect anyway. The movie is the only thing worth seeing which WD hd tv does excellently. To all people who wanna see crap extras and menu’s I can give you 3 dvd players as they are all now collecting dust in my garage thanks to this great devise. You sure you don’t want one Curt. From your previous comments perhaps you should stick to working old chunky devises for dummy’s.

  • Millertimewest January 5, 2010, 4:31 am

    Jeff – I wouldn’t think there should be any concern. I think initial concerns were with audio speakers being close to your TV. I remember seeing an older TV distort when a friend had some old unshielded speakers near his TV. You’d notice very quickly if there was a problem anyway and it was never permanent unless you left it there. I have my equipment right next to my LCD without any issues.

    As far as Curt goes I think we all agree he doesn’t know his head from is arse. His latest response still shows he’s confused. First off…hostility…..read your ALL CAP post and then we can talk about hostility especially given the fact that your comments are not at all based on fact.

    Second Curt you don’t have to ‘redo’ anything. You can play the movies as they are by simply playing the first vob file from the VIDEO TS directory. You will not get menus but who cares. You can still watch the extras if you want by simply picking the individual files which is no different than having to click a menu button. If you do not leave the DVD files in the structure that they are initially burned in then the WD will only play each individual VOB file on its own. (I tried to eliminate the Audio TS and Video TS folders and ran into some problems.)

    Anyway…..since you don’t own a unit and don’t like it (for reasons still unclear) I may have just wasted my time since there really is no reason for you being on this site.


  • Wayne Holman January 7, 2010, 2:30 am

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to why my WD TV HD won’t play the AVI files that I spit out of final cut pro ? I’ve tried changing the settings for different compression rates but the media player doesn’t seem to like them. Also, I thought it was supposed to be able to play the MOV files from final cut ?

  • Jeff January 9, 2010, 1:36 am

    great review,

    i like the device and already have one,

    but i was wondering, any device available that can do the same job + RECORDING, because sometimes we all like to record something and view it later or share it with others,

    i know there are devices that can do the recording thing, but i was wondering if i can get an all-in-one device like the WD plus recording function,


  • Steve January 12, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Hi All

    Anyone know how to make a video playlist added in the latest firmware. I do not know where to start.

  • glenn January 12, 2010, 11:39 pm

    hello all,

    good review,I just purchased this and absolutley love it. Was looking for something highly portable to take to my rec property and this does more for me than i had hoped for.
    I may just buy one for both home and the cabin.

  • roy January 15, 2010, 3:32 am

    hi all,

    nice review. i already owned this for more than 6 months and agree that it is very easy to use. main problem is with the digital audio where some files cannot be played (not its fault).

    my other popcorn version 1 can play all my .avi files one after another like in a playlist. just need to check that this wd can do the same as well. thanks in advance.

  • Steve January 21, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Doesn’t anyone right in here anymore. I need help with Playlist people. Make it happen.

  • Melvyn Mildiner January 28, 2010, 2:22 am

    Mine is on its way from Amazon and will arrive hopefully at the beginning of next week. Delighted by this review but nobody has mentioned the network abilities. I don’t intend to directly connect any external drives as Julie did. My primary reason for buying this is to stream content from my D-Link NAS via my (wired) router. Can anyone confirm the abilities regarding streaming 1080p content over a LAN?

  • Rogel January 31, 2010, 5:53 am

    Just got this WD a day ago, before a purchased it a read all the features and comments it. I can rate it now 9/10.

    Only 1 thing that want to know, can i connect this device to a a receiver in order to utilize my sorround speaker when i watch movies?


  • Jeff February 3, 2010, 12:33 am

    Yes Rogel,

    Connect with a toslink cable to your reciever and your surround sound will work perfectly.

  • Dermot February 24, 2010, 7:13 pm

    Bought a WD media player a few weeks back. Very pleased but I have a problem , it doesn’t seem to recognise my Sandisk cruzer 32gb flash drive. Any suggestions?

  • Stu Taylor February 26, 2010, 2:53 pm

    FOR VIDEO BUFFS ONLY…..I love films and have approx 2000 stored on a couple of 1TB ext Hard Drives in Avi Format. I bought a Cyclone Micro which enabled me to view the films directly from the hard drive to TV. The problem was this unit hadn’t the capability of easily accessing a certain film say no 895 for example.
    The ‘WD TV HD Media Player’ is the answer to my prayers. I have stored all my DVD covers in the photos folder which I flip thru & chose a film. I then click on search which brings up a virtual keyboard, enter the film title and hey presto! Within approx 5 secs the unit has searched thru about 1000 films and found my selection. Hit the play-open a beer- this unit is the dog’s B *&^%$£cks!….Love it…worth every penny.

  • Steve March 9, 2010, 12:51 am

    Stu Taylor

    You do realise you can can view coverart under the movies icon instead of the photos icon. That way you don’t need to use the silly search option and just start watching the movie.

  • DEBBIE March 11, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Hello i got the wd player last week and i think its great but can anyone tell me why some off my moviees some times go to file managment instead off play list/movies……. ect for some reson i can not play them form file managment and there not in any other file this only happens to a few movies but always the ones i am looking forward to please some one help i am giving up hope …

  • Mark March 15, 2010, 12:46 am

    Hello everyone,

    I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to storing my current DVD library onto hard drives but I am learning. Anyways, I just bought the WD live tv and I was wondering if it is worth it to just keep the original ts files or to compress to divx. Memory is not a main concern for me since I have (2) 2tb hard drives for my movies. I put them on hard drives so I can get rid of the disks and cases and of course for the cool factor. So any advice would help as to if the picture qaulity makes a big difference with divx and also if you guys have any problems playin the original ts files on this unit. Thx

  • Millertimewest March 16, 2010, 4:08 am

    If “memory” or space is not a concern then I’d stick with the native files. This gets to be an issue when you get into Blu Ray files of course. I have close to 10TB of movies right now but wouldn’t do it any other way since my biggest consideration is time. One of the biggest reasons I prefer the native files is that I don’t have to waste any time converting files. In my experience with this, the conversion of files can take longer than watching the darn movie. Plus, although I don’t have any real quantitative data for you, any time you convert or compress a video file you’re going to do so at some quality loss (whether it be sound or image).

    My vote is for Native format…..save your time and keep things “real”


  • anil March 19, 2010, 10:16 pm


  • Nobby March 26, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Hello All,

    The WD Media Player is excellent and play native (TS) folders most of the time. But space is going to become an issue for me soon.
    I’m a bit new to converting files and I’ve spent hours testing ripping/converting applications to create files to use on the Media Player to view on my HD TV.

    All the applications seem to concentrate on converting to mobile, hand held devices, but I just want to compress my DVDs at a reasonably high quality – a compromise over the large native files.

    Can anyone suggest the optimum file format, settings, image size, frame rate etc,.

    There seems to be loads of movies and TV shows posted on the web, and they’re great quality (for compressed files) but I’m confused as to how they’re ripped/converted.

    I have an iMac running Snow Leopard.

  • Willum April 15, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Hey there have had a read of the above posts and sounds like the general consensus is that the WD is the shiznit. Can someone clear up just one thing for me. Where possible I backup full discs and menus without compression. On such a disc will I have to go into the Video_TS folder and select the films first .vob file? Also that sometimes on the laptop for no explicable reason my player will decide that is is going to default to a random language. With no menu navigation is it easy enough to alter audio and subs info?

  • matt87 April 21, 2010, 4:32 pm

    hey every one, can i just start by saying i have been on ALOT of threads/sites looking for people who know what they are talking about and finally i found you. thank God!!!!!!!!

    know for the science part i have ripped all of my dvds onto 5tb of lacie hard drive, i was about to buy a mac mini just to use plex to play them but i found the wd hd tv just in time my question is because i used mac the ripper to rip them will they play on the wd??? thank you matt,

  • Steve April 29, 2010, 3:15 am

    Anyone help me regarding music album artwork … I cant get the artwork to appear at all!!

    What am I doing wrong guys??

    The artwork ripped to my external drive along with the relevant wav files and album info … but no fecking artwork icon … hmmm.

    Thx for any suggestions.


  • TED May 3, 2010, 10:26 am

    I bought the WD TVlive Media Player to play the iTunes TV shows & movies I have downloaded to the “My Passport” WD portable hard drive
    History –
    I have a WD “My Passport” 350 MB portable hard drive (S/N WXE80PP2606). I have 3 computers “authorized” to play iTunes downloads (office, home & another at the non-internet location). My iTunes settings allow the TV & movie downloads to be sent directly to the “My Passport” portable hard drive. I take this portable hard drive with me to watch iTunes downloaded TV shows & movies on an “authorized” computer at a location with no TV or internet service. This is the same WD portable hard drive I have tried to use with the WD TV live media player. The WD TV live media player recognizes the files, starts to play, then stops & says it cannot play the file. It plays the iTunes audio files with no problem.
    A WD customer service rep told me I must ‘convert’ the files – tried movavi (got only white screen when playing through WD TV live media player – PRISM could not convert)

    The primary reason for purchasing the WD TV live media player is to be able to watch the iTunes TV shows & movies I have paid for & downloaded on several TV’s without the need for a computer.

    My simple logic asks “is there a way to “Authorize” (through iTunes) the WD TV live media player?”

  • J. Lynne May 7, 2010, 5:07 pm

    I’m with Ted. I feel misled. The advertisement I read just said that the WD Live TV could play MP4 movies; it didn’t say it wouldn’t play iTunes movies. I bought it with the intent to watch movies and TV shows I have personally purchased and want to watch on my 40″ TV rather than my 15″ laptop. I feel jipped.

    I feel there should be a way to do this in the comfort of my home. Why else would someone need such a thing?

  • Chris May 10, 2010, 4:59 am


    Yes you will have to navigate into the Video_TS folder and press Ok on the first vob file. The movie will play from there. Menus are not supported by the WD unit so it will just be the main movie that is played. No worries about the audio tracks or subtitles…there is an in movie “options” menu that will allow you to pick audio tracks and turn subtitles off or on.

    Ted/J.LYnne….do a little research. Read the box or check out the website. Its pretty clear that the WD unit does not support these protected media types.

    “Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes® Store, Cinema Now, Movielink®, Amazon Unbox™, and Vongo®” (taken from Western Digital website)

    You shouldn’t feel “jipped”, just embarassed by your inability to do a little research before purchasing something.

    Where did you buy it from anyway…..there is usually a 30 day return policy from most big box electronic stores so get off your butts and return it if it doesn’t do what you want it to do. Come on now……

    I hate to suggest it but there is a very interesting thing on-line called google….use it and I’m sure you’ll find a way to do what you’re trying to do……..

  • Kay May 10, 2010, 2:03 pm


    Loving my WD TV Live. I copy my videos and music to a local drive over my network, which gives me local drive speed, with network ease of access and a backup copy of my media.

    QUESTION: Can you tell me how to configure the WD TV Live so it ONLY and at the top level shows the local USB drive in the menu? That is, to no longer display the menu where media servers and network shares can be selected, but I can still access it over the network from my computer. (To speed menu navigation)


  • ry ly May 14, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Need help
    my name ry i have wd live mediaplayer ineed help how to setup to have aresume play?

  • steve May 17, 2010, 10:52 pm

    Ry Ly

    Speak english if you want to use this site mate. Can’t help unless you speak properly.

  • Fab May 20, 2010, 5:10 am

    Great review!!!

    P.S. ….and nice clock! XD

  • Emmanuel May 22, 2010, 8:12 am

    Hey! I just bought a WD TV HD Media Player 1080p. However when I connect this to my TV using a HDMI-DVI cable the video quality I must say is simply the best! BUT, the movies don’t play with sound. I have a FULL HD LG Flatron TV, and I play 720p movies from my USB drive. Any idea how I can get sound to work? My firmware version on the WD is not the latest. Is this the reason? Will it give sound if I use a proper HDMI-HDMI cable?

  • MILLERTIMEWEST May 25, 2010, 4:33 am


    How come you’re connecting through DVI? If your TV has an HDMI connection then use just an HDMI cable and you’ll get sound assuming your movies have a sound format compatible with your TV. If you only have a DVI connection you will not get the sound through DVI. You’ll have to connect audio cables from your WD unit to your TV.


  • Nick May 29, 2010, 11:24 am

    Does anyone know if you can use a universal type remote controller with the WDTV as I’ve recently moved house and lost the dammed remote so my WDTV is just sitting there teasing me!
    Any help greatly apprieciated


  • millertimewest May 30, 2010, 2:23 am


    Not a problem. I use a Logitech remote myself as it replaces about 6 other remotes. You’ll need to buy a remote that has the WD key mapping available on line or you’ll need to borrow someone elses remote to get the mapping into your remote.

  • Nick May 30, 2010, 6:08 am

    Hi all
    need help regarding the remote moved house and lost remote so my wdtv just sits there staring at me!
    does anyone know of a universal remote that works with the WDTV
    any help greatly appreciated

  • Nick May 30, 2010, 6:17 am

    please disregard last post
    many thanks millertimewest will look for a Logitech at my local store is there a particular model I should go for and where do you go online for the mapping is it available on the WD site itself
    many thanks

  • Millertimewest May 31, 2010, 2:52 am

    Nick….the model escapes me at the moment, but there are a bunch of models available and I’m sure they all run from the same platform. The mapping is actually from Logitech….you’ll program all your compenents into the remote online and it will grab the functions from their data base. You can also let the logitech remote learn functions, but you’re S.O.L there since you don’t have the original.

    The other options is to simply purchase a WD unit from a big box electronics store that allows 30 day returns. Just use the remote to program your Logitech and then return the WD.


  • Eric May 31, 2010, 8:03 pm

    Hi everybody,

    i’ve been using the WD HD media player for quite some time now. It’s quite an impressive thing for such a (relatively) low price. I have one problem though: i have one problem though: i have to connect the device to my tv with the composite cable as an HDMI cable connection doesn’t seem to work. I’ve already tried to connect it by composite and hdmi at the same time and then switch to HDMI in the menu and plug out the composite cable, but then it doesn’t work anymore…
    Anybody some advice? I don’t know if it’s the device itself ( which works fine, except for the damn remote control which requires you to really aim on that small thing), the HDMI cable or the TV (might be the tv as it has no direct HDMI ports, they’re all integrated in the foot, difficult to explain:p but our digirecorder isn’t directly connected to the TV either: http://www.shoponsite.be/shops/robberechts/product_detail.php?pid=21278)

    BTW, i don’t know if it’s really a problem that i have no HDMI connection as i only watch dvd ripped movies( 700mb) and the standard size for tv shows ( 175/350mb) so no HD or blue ray
    Thx in advance guys!

  • Anant Anand Gupta June 6, 2010, 3:02 am

    Hi all,

    I am going to by WDHD Live very soon … thanks for your review and comments. i tho have a few questions?
    1. Does it support other makes of USB HDDs other than WD passport? In either case what is the max size of HDD it can read.
    2. Can it read the shared files from my computer on the network.
    3. I understand that it requires and additional device for the WiFi connection, can anyone tell me what are the supported devices.

    i will be really appreciating your feedback on above.

  • Steve June 9, 2010, 2:34 am

    anyone know when another firmware upgrade comes out.

  • schalk June 18, 2010, 8:05 am

    I bought the very basic WD TV Mini and wrote all my DVDs to .ISO files. When you click on the file it plays as if you just inserted the DVD (irritating trailers and all), but exactly how I wanted it – easy for kids to use and I have all the subtitles and DVD navigation available. The only slight issue I have is that every so often the video jerks for quarter of a second – but I guess it must be the WD drive (1.5TB) that has a delay so I cannot blame the device.

    I would really like the artwork (DVD cover) to show as I browse the available movies. Does anyone know how to do this?

  • Brian June 21, 2010, 3:40 pm

    I have a question for anyone who has this device.

    Does this device allow you to load on, say, 10 different video files and then have them play in a continuous loop? I’m looking for a device that does that.

    Thanks very much,

  • Steve June 22, 2010, 11:38 pm

    Hi Brian

    Yes this devise does play videos ina continuous loop. All the files need to be in the same fold though to acheive this. Press the op[tion button on the remote and move across to the last icon (i think). It looks like a little arrow repeating on itself. Press that and it should repeat all files in the folder. I use this for watching tv series so I don’t have to start the next epsiode. Works a treat.

  • Bart June 29, 2010, 9:21 am

    As many of the posters here in this forum I like my WD enormously. One downside though : it does not seem to be able to handle “chapters”. When I play an ISO of a series, it plays the first episode flawlessly, with the correct subtitles and all. But I cannot get to the second or third episode. The “Chapter”-icon through the OPTION-button is greyed out, so that ‘s not an option either.
    Anybody any ideas ? Was the ISO maybe badly ripped ?

  • bonerdirect July 4, 2010, 4:38 am

    WD HD TV Rocks! The best I’ve ever seen in the same product line. I’ve had this product for almost a year and this thing still amaze me. Not to mention the cool interface that they had created. No other product has the same features as this.!

  • Anamorphic July 23, 2010, 11:45 am

    Hey guys ..
    i have a simple question : when playing a list of files , say apple trailers what do you get on screen between the files, i want it to be just black and not show anything else like the filename or anything else like ‘loading’ etc . Also , how quickly does it load the next file ? .thanks in advance.

  • Ken David August 10, 2010, 3:53 am

    First thanks to Juan for the 10 min skip (FF+ Next) also to Steve for the play mode info.

    Trying to figure out how to make movie play list. Thus far putting movies in same folder works. My video play list has same audio music listed as they audio play list. Have only had it a couple days (daughter got it for my bday) and still learning the devices functionality.

    As for those like Curt calling this device an overrated piece of junk that’s only feasible for low quality downloads you’re clueless. Today I watched an mkv Avatar blu ray rip and the picture was amazing even my dvd rips look slightly better using this device. There are some functions I wish it would do for they are to my liking but because they aren’t there doesn’t make the device crap.

    Overall I’m enjoying the device and glad my daughter didn’t try for cloths again this year. Have no plans of returning this gift.

  • Brett November 12, 2010, 3:07 am

    I’m going to agree with Ken David, people bashing this device either aren’t encoding their videos properly or perhaps using crappy drives? Not sure but I encode all my own content at very high resolutions, in MKV formats and this thing performs beautifully.

  • Deisel December 31, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Just got my WD HD player because SONY decided that we cannot watch dowwnloads on the PS3 anymore via CINAVIA.I am letting “The Social Network” run all the way through just in case that horrible watermark rears its ugly head , so far so good.My problem is when I turn on the WD , I get the logo when it boots but then its like my TV loses connection with the WDHD.I have somehow sorted it but not sure how I did it , but when I turn it off I will be spending time using trial and error.Any ideas?

  • smaa January 2, 2011, 8:34 am

    i have a Q
    this WD TV HD Media Player support RMVB/RM and all Avi and bluray????

  • jason May 15, 2011, 11:26 am

    Will a usb hub work on the wd media player, as I have three usb external drives to connect

  • Sats June 14, 2011, 9:41 am

    I am still in confusion which one to buy from these two. Please help me.

    Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player

    Micca MPLAY-HD Net 1080p Full-HD Digital Media Player and Network Streamer With UPnP Client and Internet Radio

    thanks a lot

  • Shabbir October 6, 2011, 11:37 pm


    I have a blu-ray rip of a movie but for some reason I cannot get sound. When I play the same file in my PC it is fine. I am using the HDMI cable. Any answer?

  • Tyler P October 16, 2011, 12:45 am

    I have both the WD HD 1st Gen and the WD HD LIVE Plus.

    My 1st gen is still working great coming close to 2 years now. As you get more and more content, the unit does start to lag alot as many have posted. The new HD Live plus runs alot smoother and includes some extras.

    Both players did not play some .avi files I got before. Reencoding the files will work. RMVB DOES NOT work. (as per my experience only). I simply reencode these to .MKV (.264+MP3) and all is good. 1st gen does NOT play .flv, the new Live one does.

    FYI: I use ANY Video Converter to convert files. Program is free and works nicely and quite quick too. I reencoded a 1hr RMVB to MKV in about 5 mins.

    Overall very happy with these units. I have recommended these guys to some people and everyone was very pleased with it. The real key in these units is that they play .MKV perfectly. Nowadays this format is extremely popular due to smaller files size, multiple audio, and multiple subtitle all in one file.

  • Tom November 15, 2011, 4:07 am

    Hey, have been using my media player with a 1TB hard drive, which became quite full so
    I purchased a 2.5TB hard drive. Transferred everything over to it and plugged it into the media player and it said that it will not support over 2TB at this time, have read through instructions and box and there was nothing written about this.
    Is there something I can do to get it to play?

  • ska November 18, 2011, 11:59 am

    Please let me know how to open .srt files of subtitles while playing avi files (both files in the same folder)

  • tyler P November 18, 2011, 8:20 pm

    To open .srt. Put the both files in the same folder. Both files must have the exact same name.

    ex. The new movie.avi / The new movie.srt

  • Johnny Deigh November 19, 2011, 1:03 am

    @Tom, there are limits to what size hard drive these things will play. I was wondering myself, so thanks for the info because I was wondering if it would support a 1 TB or larger HD.

    @Ska, play your video, then hit the “option” button, a menu should appear at the top of the screen. One of those is the option to turn on or off the subtitles.

    There is also an option in the setup menu to have subtitles automatically load (you can press the “home” button to get to the main menu).

  • Johnny Deigh November 19, 2011, 1:11 am

    @Shabbir – your video file might have DTS audio which this player, I think, doesn’t support.

  • tyler P November 24, 2011, 11:19 pm

    @ Johnny D. – When I had this first generation one, we had a 1.5TB hard drive plugged in and it was fine. Now I have the WD Live Plus with a 2 TB hard drive plugged in and this too is ok.

    1st Gen player does not support DTS. You will have to reencode the file. The new live and live plus models support DTS.

  • paul March 27, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Is the WD tv HD WiFi compatable


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