Tag: media player

Western Digital alienates existing WD TV Live customers, confuses potential consumers with its new ‘Plus’ model

I’m all for companies iterating and releasing new products with slight upgrades. I also completely understand that slightly older models will soon after be left in the dust. It’s called planned obsolescence. Apple and other successful gadget companies have taken this strategy to heart and made a killing from it. However, there is always a …

WD TV Feedback Site: Suggest / vote on new features

Western Digital finally responded to an email I had sent a few weeks back re: an official WD TV forum, pointing me (and my fellow WD TV owners) to its official feedback site.
There are a few intriguing things about this UserVoice powered forum: 1. WD is showing that it is actually interested in what the …

WD TV: Pre-release 1.02.10 firmware now available

Western Digital has made available its latest WD TV pre-release firmware – 1.02.10 – which includes the following fixes/additions/updates:
Prerelease 1.02.10 (includes all previously released updates)
Fixed Items:
* Greek subtitles now render properly. Previously they rendered slowly, causing them to briefly flash on the screen.
* Korean subtitles now render …

WD TV: Pre-release 1.02.08 firmware now available

I can’t stress enough just how refreshing it is to see Western Digital continue to improve the already solid WD TV hardware through (fairly) regular firmware updates – highly commendable. The latest release pre-release – 1.02.08 – includes the following:
Prerelease 1.02.08 (includes all previously released updates)
* Enhanced cover art, album art, …

WD TV + Boxee = A match made in media heaven?!

Update: Looks like the dream is over 🙁 …A Boxee employee has already shot this idea down due to “inadequate processing power” (i.e. the hardware ain’t good enough).
Until Western Digital adds native USB WiFi adapter support to the WD TV (like some haxors have already figured out how to accomplish), this is really just a …

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 …

WD TV: Video “thumbs” rock, still needs VOB support

As promised, here is a quick review re: the best new and improved features in the latest (1.02.07) WD TV HD Media Player firmware update.
First and foremost, the addition of video thumbnails really takes the WD TV to the next level. The whole (or at least the main) point of digital video is convenience, so …

WD TV: New 1.02.07 firmware update released

Update 2: Take the “new feature request” poll
Update: Review of new features is up!

Attention WD TV owners: Western Digital has (finally!) released a new firmware update – 1.02.07 – for its WD TV HD Media Player.
1.02.07 includes a number of major (highly anticipated and requested) feature enhancements/fixes:

Enhanced cover art, album art, and thumbnail support …

WD TV: HD media playback done right

Update: Now with video thumbnails!

After quietly showing up on electronic retailers’ shelves/websites last month, the WD TV HD Media Player has made quite a splash, garnering solid reviews from the likes of CrunchGear, real consumers (see Amazon / Newegg reviews), and now Boilr. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to watch all …