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       WDTV Live vs New Devices Being Announced
    Nehptis
    post Jan 8 2010, 10:53 AM
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    So, with all the new Media streaming components coming out of CES would you still buy the WDTV Live?

    IMO, the MAJOR deciding factors to choose a device are:
    Under $200
    1080P
    Wired and Wireless Network
    As many web services as possible (Youtube, Netflix, Pandora, etc.)
    External storage capable
    Best UI
    Plays as many file formats as possible

    Here are some of the new / old ones:
    http://www.boxee.tv/box
    http://gizmodo.com/5439293/syabas-popbox-g...-streamer-champ
    http://gizmodo.com/5443319/monsoon-volcano...led-up-into-one
    http://gizmodo.com/tag/hdmediaplayers/
    And of course the PS3
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    post Jan 8 2010, 12:33 PM
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    I think a lot people would consider a new device, if only for the 'perceived' slowness of Western Digital giving support and features to the Live. As of today, if knew then what I knew now... I most likely would have held off for something like the PopBox. But if WDC turns it around soon w/i 2 months or so (by fixing bugs and adding features like Netflix)-- I'd count myself a happy camper.
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    post Jan 8 2010, 04:25 PM
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    The most frustrating thing for me is that I really think there's absolutely no reason whatsoever why WD cannot fix most issues with these players (barring hardware limitations of course), with better firmware. At the price they retail for and given their (promised) capability, they're certainly not bad at all, if only... Sadly, WD's firmware development folks just don't seem to be up to snuff, and that, more than anything else, may be what will sink them in the end and allow other players to surpass them in terms of price/performance ratio.

    Thanks for the link Nehptis, am gonna check 'em out right now. I'll probably be looking to buy another one of these sometime soon, so having used WD's offering, I now at least know what exactly to look for in my next purchase over and above what my current player already has.
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    post Jan 9 2010, 06:18 AM
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    QUOTE (WDUser @ Jan 8 2010, 04:25 PM) *
    The most frustrating thing for me is that I really think there's absolutely no reason whatsoever why WD cannot fix most issues with these players (barring hardware limitations of course), with better firmware. At the price they retail for and given their (promised) capability, they're certainly not bad at all, if only... Sadly, WD's firmware development folks just don't seem to be up to snuff, and that, more than anything else, may be what will sink them in the end and allow other players to surpass them in terms of price/performance ratio.

    Thanks for the link Nehptis, am gonna check 'em out right now. I'll probably be looking to buy another one of these sometime soon, so having used WD's offering, I now at least know what exactly to look for in my next purchase over and above what my current player already has.

    Yes, especially since many of rival players use the same family of chips as the Live. I could see if WD just picked the absolute wrong chipset; but they really didn't.
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    post Jan 9 2010, 10:30 PM
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    I agree with you both. I have a Live and it is a nice device. No buyer remorse for me. But, I'm upgrading my ET Center and ready for a 2nd device. However, I'm not 100% sure that another Live is going to cut it.

    Right now, my new device would either be the Boxee or PopBox. And it's not the price, 1080P Networking or Ext Storage. They all have that now.

    It's these that are the difference makers. And from what I have seen WD Live is not tops in all of them. Which again to your point, can be EASILY fixed via software:

    -As many web services as possible (Youtube, Netflix, Pandora, etc.)
    -Best UI
    -Plays as many file formats as possible
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    sleky
    post Feb 17 2010, 10:27 AM
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    *cheers*

    I'd LOOOVE to see some more internet based support. That's just eye candy for me.
    I'd LOOOOOOVE to see a bit more work on the firmware. IE... Some external USB buffering? I've got a MILLION of these lil USB flash drives laying around. Can I plug one in, and just use that as additional buffer storage, so that none of my 1080p playbacks hiccup? Network bandwidth bursting can be a b*tch.

    Finally. I'd like them to clean-up their network stack. Honestly. If I have to reboot this thing one more time... I'm going to eat the cost of my WD HD TV Live. And then literally... See how many pieces it can smash into, and buy a PS3, and be done with this.

    Long story short. WD is losing some MAJOR ground with me. =[
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    TXmike
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    I'm not sure there is any better option out there though, for as many people who have hell with the WD Live just as many don't. That can be said for any of the other devices out there. There's always going to be some who love it and some who don't. I've always considered myself one of the lucky ones cause I've never had so much as a hiccup out of my WD Live (knock on wood) but I can see where if you do have problems how frustrated you might be with the thing.

    In comparison with a PS3, most of my video library is in MKV format. The PS3 won't play these natively you need a server to transcode the files. When you transcode them you lose the digital audio not to mention I get major buffering issues watching on the PS3 I don't get on the Live.
    The same MKV files play natively on the WD Live and in perfect digital audio. Now if your video files do play natively on the PS3 then your results might be better but, in my instance the PS3 can't match up with the WD Live.
    A side note is that I love my PS3, it's almost a one stop shop for everything which is cool.

    I guess if anyone knows of a for sure better option over the WD Live then I'd love to hear about it. It may just be that the grass isn't any greener on the other side, it's still just grass.
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