WD TV: Is Western Digital allowing homebrew?

Sure looks like it! I stumbled across the (downloadable) source code for the WD TV on, none other than, WD’s own website.

The zipped file contains the source code for third party copyrighted software licensed under the GNU General Public License (“GPL”), which software may be used in WD TV™ Media Player.

This implies that so long as you comply with the terms of the license agreement (GPL), creating and using “homebrew” for the WD TV, based off this code, appears to be A OK.

It’s times like these when I wish I had more (er, any) coding skillz. Perhaps all the “dream features” mentioned in the last post will come to fruition without Western Digital’s help. Although, I’d still prefer to be running “official” firmware with them included.

Either way, it’s a great sign that WD is open enough (literally) to allow the community @ large to tinker with the software (for non-commercial use). One more reason to support/own this mini black box of fun.