WD TV Live HD Media Player Available Now


wd tv live hd media player

Late Sunday evening (10/11) it was discovered that online retailers and select brick and mortar stores already had the much anticipated WD TV Live HD Media Player in stock and listed for around $119. Unfortunately for Western Digital’s marketing department, the news came out a bit earlier than they would have liked and have had to play catch up by posting an official press release (attached below) and a product page on Tuesday (10/13) for the second generation WD TV — which, by the way, has an MSRP of $149 and is featured in the company’s new WDTVLive.com community portal. In any case, the WD TV Live HD Media Player is a very capable device with newly added online content tie-ins, DTS audio playback, and DLNA / UPnP network media streaming features built right in.

* Check out our earlier sneak peek post for additional pics and details.

Supported File Formats
Video – AVI (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
Photo – JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Audio – MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

Note:
- MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
- MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.
- WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
- H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution.
- H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
- An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output.
- Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048×2048.
- Single layer TIFF files only.
- Uncompressed BMP only.

WD® UNVEILS WD TV™ LIVE HD MEDIA PLAYER WITH NETWORK CAPABILITY AND ENHANCED USER EXPERIENCE

Consumers Can Stream HD Content from USB Drives, Network Drives and Popular Internet Sites to Their Big Screen TVs

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Oct. 13, 2009 – WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today introduced the WD TV Live HD media player featuring network capability and Full-HD 1080p resolution. The new WD TV Live HD media player makes it easy for anyone to play HD (high definition) videos stored on USB and network drives, as well as Internet content from popular Web sites, on the biggest screen in their home — their HD television. Building on the success of the WD TV HD media player, the WD TV Live HD media player offers a new, more responsive interface to help consumers enjoy a world of digital content in their living room, without a computer.

The network capability of the WD TV Live media player enables users to stream or transfer movies from PC or Mac® computers or a network-attached storage device such as WD’s My Book® World Edition™ and WD ShareSpace network drives to their HD TVs. The WD TV Live media player also allows users to stream rich content from YouTube™, Flickr® and Pandora®. The HD onscreen menu brings together all of the users’ available media in an elegant and simple-to-navigate interface.

Consumers are amassing large libraries of digital videos, photos and music on their computers. According to research firm Parks Associates, the average consumer had 123 GB of videos, photos, and music in 2009 which will grow to 1.3 TB by 2013 (Digital Lifestyles: 2009 Outlook). In addition, an increasing number of consumers are looking for seamless access to their personal media, as well as to Internet media. According to Parks Associates, the sales of connected consumer electronics devices, such as connected TVs and digital media adapters, is expected to more than double from 57 million units in 2009 to 115 million units in 2013 (Home Networks for Consumer Electronics 2009).

Consumers are investing millions of dollars in HD TVs, with HD televisions representing more than 50 percent of TVs sold in the U.S., according to Parks Associates (Home Networks for Consumer Electronics 2009). But consumers’ digital content is often relegated to the relatively small screen on their PC or Mac computers. The WD TV Live HD media player is the newest member in the family of WD TV media players by WD, which make moving digital content from a computer to playing it on a big screen TV simply plug-and-play.

Like the popular first-generation WD TV HD media player introduced last fall, the WD TV Live media player connects directly to a users’ HD TV and plays almost any file stored on a connected USB drive such as My Passport™ portable drive. The WD TV Live media player features powerful media processing, which enables playback in Full-HD 1080p resolution. WD TV Live media player also will play movies and photos stored on other popular USB devices such as digital camcorders and digital cameras.

“The media enthusiast community has embraced the first WD TV HD media player and given us tremendous feedback,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD’s branded products group. “With the new WD TV Live media player we’re giving them what they asked for — network connectivity and Internet-content streaming capabilities — and offering them a simple way to enjoy all of their digital media and enjoy it on their HD TVs.”

WD TV Live HD Media Player

Features of the WD TV Live HD Media Player include:

  • Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation with the included remote control and crisp, animated navigation menus;
  • Play a wide variety of file formats including support for a wide variety of the most popular file formats with no need to spend time transcoding;
  • Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV and discover new music with Pandora Internet radio or listen to thousands of radio stations via Live365 Internet radio;
  • Ethernet port for wired or WiFi connection1 to access files anywhere on the network to play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on a home network;
  • Turns a USB drive2 into an HD media player and plays content from most popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices;
  • Unlimited media collection, just add more USB drives for more space;
  • Two USB ports for seamless media playback from multiple USB drives and ability to access them simultaneously while a media library feature collects the content on all the drives into one list sorted by media type;
  • Transfer files by copying, moving or deleting files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using the on-screen menus;
  • Picture Transfer Protocol support to show photos and movies directly from digital camera or video camera and or any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol;
  • Advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views, media library and search;
  • Photo viewing to create custom slide shows, zoom and pan and search;
  • Movie viewing with fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom and pan, view subtitles, and search;
  • Music playback with fast-forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and search;
  • File copying between USB devices;
  • HDMI® 1.3 port, composite video and component video output3 for the highest quality HDTV or home theater;
  • SPDIF digital output that sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience; and,
  • Ultra-compact design to fit easily into a home entertainment center.

Pricing and Availability
The WD TV Live Media Player is available now at select retailers and online at shopwd.com. Covered by a 1-year limited warranty, the MSRP for WD TV Live Media Player is $149.99 USD.

About WD
WD, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications.

WD was founded in 1970. The company’s storage products are marketed to leading systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company’s Web site (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.




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  • daskino

    this thing is wicked

    It packs the latest Sigma 8655 SoC chipset and 1 GB RAM/flash.

    and also you get this

    New Functions

    * still has 2 usb ports, great for adding ie a wireless adapter and a hd

    * Search function for all types of media, and on-screen keyboard for input

    * support and cables for Component og Composite and HDMI (no HDMI cable included)

    * Music can be sorted by album, genre, Artist, Number, and it can read Itunes and normal playlists

    * Network DHCP or static IP adr.

    * Option for adding wireless adapter by USB port, and support for wireless setup in the menu with WPA2

    * a connected usb harddisk can act as a network harddive when connected to the wd tv, other clients can see and acess the harddisk and MAC support.

    * flickr, youtube, 365 og Pandora web services built into the menu with login and search

    * file magement for delete, copy, move on usb harddisk

    * change of border and size of subtitles

    * Photo scaling size, Diff transitions in slideshow and interval between pics in slideshow

  • daskino

    this thing is wicked

    It packs the latest Sigma 8655 SoC chipset and 1 GB RAM/flash.

    and also you get this

    New Functions

    * still has 2 usb ports, great for adding ie a wireless adapter and a hd

    * Search function for all types of media, and on-screen keyboard for input

    * support and cables for Component og Composite and HDMI (no HDMI cable included)

    * Music can be sorted by album, genre, Artist, Number, and it can read Itunes and normal playlists

    * Network DHCP or static IP adr.

    * Option for adding wireless adapter by USB port, and support for wireless setup in the menu with WPA2

    * a connected usb harddisk can act as a network harddive when connected to the wd tv, other clients can see and acess the harddisk and MAC support.

    * flickr, youtube, 365 og Pandora web services built into the menu with login and search

    * file magement for delete, copy, move on usb harddisk

    * change of border and size of subtitles

    * Photo scaling size, Diff transitions in slideshow and interval between pics in slideshow