I’ve been hearing the quiet rumblings of people hacking their WD TV HD Media Player and making it do all sorts of wild things done typically with an HTPC. So, I decided to do some investigating. It turns out you can now add a USB Ethernet adapter for LAN connectivity to the device and flash it with the custom WDLXTV firmware and then load that with the OptWare package (originally created for the NSLU2-Linux platform) in order to install / enable SSH, FTP, UPnP, USB hub support, Samba, and other exciting features from its available catalog of ~1300 apps. Not bad for a roughly $99 product [Amazon].
WDTV WIKI – instructional resource on how to hack your WD TV HD Media Player.
WDTV FORUMS – a vibrant community of WD TV HD Media Player enthusiasts. Good tips on networking your device here.
MadHat.com – offers a comprehensive review of the WD TV HD Media Player including results of playing back a variety of HD video formats including MKV wrapped H.264 encoded video with AC3/DTS audio and Blu-ray .m2ts files. FYI, the device does support DVD movie .ISO playback (I’m guessing unencrypted).
Tags: OptWare, WD TV HD Media Player, WDLXTV, Western Digital
Filed in: Streaming Media Devices