Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player


Are you after a live streaming media player? Then look no further than Western’s Digital WD TV Live Streaming. Besides offering a good performance, this product is also very small. Our review will tell you more about it in a jiffy.

Since we began our introduction by mentioning how very small this Western Digital WD is, here are its exact measurements to prove it (if you doubt us): 4.9″ x 1.2″ x 3.9″. With these in mind you won’t need a huge place to store this device in. And portability is one of its greatest pros. To start using it, take the AC Adapter that comes in the box and plug it to this media player. It all happens in one go, so you won’t waste precious time. After that we connected the product to our home network via the device’s Wi-Fi. We were then welcomed by a screen where we found everything we needed to proceed with our testing.

A new gadget for your home

This media player features a remote control. The buttons on it provide good feedback. The con we experienced with this remote was the fact that we had to input things like passwords almost every single time. Like for example when we wanted to look for a movie and other content. And that is why a keyboard will end up being your best friend. But we will talk about that in a minute.Western-Digital-WD-TV-Media-Player

The ease of navigation once we were in the menu system was great. We could, during our tests, gain access to various options and settings as simple as that. The only issue we had while in the menu system was when we searched through the device’s content provider menus. It was rather difficult. But we eventually got the hang of it. However, if you aren’t the patient kind, this waste of time will most likely annoy you. Another thing that might annoy you is the fact that the remote did not move that quickly once the buttons were pressed by our fingers.

Upscaling to 1080p

Using either a wireless keyboard or the a windows-style USB-enabled one with the Western Digital WD TV live streaming are also possible. That is doable with the help of the product’s front USB port. This will make you forget about that slow remote control we mentioned earlier.

Sound comes through an array of technologies, options and so on. And these are the following: DTS, Dolby TrueHD and, lastly, Dolby Digital. Sound will be decoded according to the movie you will want to watch. We were offered, for instance, a Dolby Digital EXsurround sound signal when watching content. And we could hear everything loud and clear. So no complaints there from our point of view. But it will all depend on the user.

Video output was, for us, great compared with all recently reviewed media players. Definitely this device’s most prominent pro. Video performance was great thanks to upscaling and the 1080p resolution signal that was offered via the product’s HDMI port. In other words, the WD TV upscales lower resolution signals to 1080p. Clips on YouTube tended to make upscaling work slower. So it is all going to depend on what source your movie comes from.

Review conclusion

The Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player is definitely not perfect. However, from a quality, design, specs and performance points of view, it succeeds in earning more than a few congratulatory appreciations from us.

Technical specifications

Supported files
Subtitle filesASS, SSA, SRT,SUB, SMI
Picture filesTIFF, BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG
Video filesAVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9
PlaylistsPLS, M3U, WPL
Audio filesWMA/WMA Pro, AAC, FLAC, AIF/AIFF, OGG, MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, MKA,Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Video supported resolutionsH.264 [email protected] and [email protected] up to 1920x1080p at 24Hz, 1920x1080i at 30Hz, or 1280x720p at 60Hz frequency.
H.264 [email protected] up to 720x576p at 25Hz / 720x480p at 30Hz frequency.
DimensionsWidth: 4.9 in / 125 mm
Depth: 3.9 in / 100 mm
Height: 1.2 in / 30 mm
Total Weight: 0.42 lb / 0.19 kg