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add some online storage clients, the popular ones: DropBox, google drive, and skydrive

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VPN connectivity

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by a week ago

Add the option for setting up a VPN in the network connection for those of us who work overseas and want to connect to home..

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Hi , i suggest three energy saving ideas:


1) Add inside the configuration menu an option that enable\disable the "real shutdown" with the standard pressure of the power key(today to force the shutdown we need to keep press for 5+seconds the power key), and not like now that turn in standby mode.

2) Add other power saving option inside the configuration, not the only the shutdown after 3 hours, but for example

10,20,30,40,50,60 minutes or xx minutes

3) When we press the power button the wd TV smp 3°gen goes in standby mode, it is possible to enable a led flashing when the smp is in standby mode? This help the user to acknowledge about the power state of the device (standby or power off)


there is a similar idea about the point 2, the power saving:



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Music/Radio Visualization

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by ‎02-27-2014 02:21 PM - edited ‎02-27-2014 02:25 PM

The Clock was a nice addition, but what would really make the box more impressive would be a simple little visualization like this scope/spectrum vis below.  (ideally for me, this exact visualization would be used)


This one as an example is simple, reacts well to the music being played and should be easy to implement (i am guessing).  Playing music sounds fine with the wd smp but looks ugly once the screen saver takes over.  This would really fix that imo.  At song change or press of a button the song info could pop up at the bottom.  

OR, just have the same 'Now Playing' bar that pops up at the top of the main page pop up in the same place on the visualization page so no new graphics/texts need to be made.


I use my 2 boxes for music a lot.  I'm guessing there are many others who listen to a lot of music too who would really appreciate this addition.  

The example pic i used is one of my favorite simple visualizations because it makes use of most of the screen, reacts well to audio and works well for both music and speech (talk radio).  Having a 50" hd tv display a tiny travelling square is kind of a downer. 

Thanks for listening.  Hope to see this soon.  It's at the top of my household's list.


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Idea approved for voting.

I would love to display my photo on a big screen.  Therefore, please consider support chromecast in the mobile and desktop version of WD photo.



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Please add IMDb as Meta-Source in Meta-Source Manager 

as an alternative to  (TMDb).


And, display:

- IMDb User Ratings & Metascore

- multiple genres for movies, and

- awards the movie has received.




In details:

IMDb offers much more information than TMDb

is used by far more users, therefore the user ratings represents way more people,

offers metascore as extra,

shows the awards the movie has got, etc


Also, TMDb frequently shows wrong, or at least partial/inaccurate genres for movies,

as well as movie release dates in the parentheses.



Three examples:


Fargo (1996)


Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama ---> 1. the movie is NOT comedy, 2. WD TV Live picks only the first of them: Comedy (!!)

User Ratings: 7.1/10 (269 votes)

Awards: -


Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller

User Ratings: 8.2/10 from 312,061 users   Metascore: 85/100

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 60 wins & 32 nominations  (Top 250 #151 )


American Hustle (2013)


Genre: Drama, Crime ---> and WD TV LIve picks only the first of them: Drama (!!)

User Ratings: 7.2/10 (236 votes)

Awards: -


Genre: Crime | Drama

User Ratings: 7.5/10 from 181,706 users   Metascore: 90/100

Awards: Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 50 wins & 86 nominations.


Enemy (2013)


Enemy --> 2014  (2014-02-06 the earliest)


Enemy --> 2013

Note: 2013 is the correct date because it was first released at 8 September 2013 (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)

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Add "" Video Game Streams to WD Live

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by ‎02-26-2014 05:05 AM - edited ‎02-26-2014 10:55 AM

This has already been suggested here and here, but it seems to me, that this is still being ignored.


This market is rapidly growing, and as I already stated, there are weekly tournaments for "League of Legends "that hover around 200-300k each week for the duration of 3 days Friday-Sunday. 

Even at any given time more than 100.000 people are watching streams on and being able to watch big events on my TV would not only make a lot of people very happy, but it would also pose a huge selling point for your device.


With the next generation of video-game consoles now released, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are able to stream directly to this site, so the market is increased even more.


Lastly, I'd like to highlight some posts by user Kaneda [1] , [2] and in response to some concerns [3]


Please do not let this go under. This is probably your biggest possibility to add a huge target market to your device and there is no reason to let it just get away. Please don't keep ignoring these posts.

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Amazon Instant Video

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by on ‎02-23-2014 05:38 AM

Amazon is starting Instant Video in Germany on Feb, 26.


So please add support. Since every Prime-Member gets free accsess, there are quite a lot people 

wo want to use it. 

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Mark File as 'Watched'

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by on ‎01-01-2014 08:05 AM

My apologies if this has been requested before as I have seen it mentioned in another forum. 


A manageable feature to set a file as 'Watched' would certainly be a useful feature. Especially for TV Series. With so many of them available, it is often tough to keep track unless one has an excellant memory or marks it down somewhere. I used to manage the files on a local drive and archive them at my PC. Now I has a NAS system and don't want to delete the ones I've watched. My wife and I now keep a piece of paper by the TV and mark last watched.


The WDTV Live already has a basic feature which in Gallery or Thumbnail View, displays a half circle meaning it's been watched. However, if power is lost to the unit, this info is reset. If one can set favorite rating to a file, it shouldn't be too difficult to set 'Watched' ? I guess another way to manage it would be to put them all into favorites and remove them as they are watched.




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Idea submitted.

It wood be good if text could be accessable so descriptions stored in a folder with media could be browsed. For example if a web page was copied and saved locally or even text cut and pasted into a text file so in future the media synoposis can be browsed.  

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I recently bought 2 of these boxes.  Started with one and liked it enough to buy another.  


The things i miss from my old xbmc setup that i think are worth mentioning together because they should all be relatively easy to add are, 


1. A volume control on the remote like in the app as mentioned by others

2. The ability to jump forward/backward while playing back video or music using the left/right/up/down arrow buttons

3. A visualization while listening to music like 'milkdrop'. This one not as easy to add but would be a big improvement. 

4. Some sort of mark noting whether videos have been 'watched' or not. 

5. A gallery view for thumbnails (video especially) would be nice too. 


Thanks WD


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Add Mirracast and device mirroring

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by on ‎02-24-2014 11:36 AM

Dear WD developers


I think the most wanted feature for the WD TV Live is the device mirroring (PC and phone) and miracast.


Sure it can't be like by apple tv, because this "send to tv" feature must build in in the android device, but today above android 4.2 every device supports miracast and it doesn't need any android app modifications.


Mircacast is just a software side modification to be implemented.


I think also alot more customer would buy the WD TV Live with this feature build in and you would also satisfy the remaining owners of a WD TV Live. Maybe you could also make an appstore for your device, so the user could choose between programms and in Europe I would also welcome the TV service Zattoo to be added. It's a great tv streaming service and also a lot more people in Europe would buy the device, when it would support Zattoo.


This is unfortuanly missing and a great feature.


Yours sincerly


Lagger Gandalf

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Can we please have a forum for Theming. This have been up before as a suggestion, but nothing happened. So I now bump this suggestion. I know there is a forum category for theming the hub, but there is none for the SMP.

So why not create a new forum part for this and maybe have sub categories for each model i.e.. WDTV SMP, WDTV HUB...


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by 3 weeks ago

Please add support for the Plex media server.

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Add "backspace", "/" and "space" to RC

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by on ‎03-13-2014 01:30 AM

Without backspace the correcting of wrong typed chairs via RC is terrible. 

Also need slash for addresses and space for other purpuses.

Text should be typed as on mobile phone, i.e. with obvious and convenient way withous using screen keyboard in most cases.

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Dual Audio Bitstream

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by 4 weeks ago

Would it be possible to have the SMP output the bitstream to both the optical output and the HDMI output at the same time.  This would allow for audio to your HDTV via the HDMI cable and DD/DTS surround to your AVR via the optical (or vice versa).  The issue with the current setup is that if you connect directly to your HDTV via the HDMI connection there is no way to get 5.1 audio to an AVR at the same time without going in a changing the settings every time.  The only way it currently sends audio to both output connections is when you have the audio setting on Stereo, which eliminates surround sound. 


(The WD TV Live Gen2 and Live Plus I have have are able to do this very thing - its sends the bitstream signal to both outputs at the same time)

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When displaying Videos in the view which shows the  synopsis and fanart, 99% of the time you can not read anything because it displays as White text, directly onto the Fanart. You need to add a black transparent image for the Text to sit on, as displayed via the XBMC image below.


Hope that was clear and sorry if it's a repeat post of something already recommended=)








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by on ‎03-19-2014 10:45 AM

I'm from Canada, and I love my 2 "WD TV Live" boxes.  I wish there was an app so I could get my streaming from "livestation" where I am a paid member.  It would be great to have that option to watch my selected news channels.



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Deactivate WLAN in Standby mode

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by on ‎01-14-2014 11:34 AM

Please deactivate the WLAN connection when the WD TV Live Player is in standby mode.

Since WLAN is using energy while not really needed, it would be better switched off.


I see that, because my AVM FritzBox don't turn into "night mode" (when no device is connected via WLAN!) and switch off WLAN to save energy, because there is always a device (WDTV) connected!

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Full Web interface

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by on ‎08-05-2012 02:06 AM

A complete web interface that allows browsing of the media library as well as controlling the device.


I use my WDTV for steaming music during the day and as such don't want to have a huge TV switched on all day, besides which I'm often not in the same room. The ability to remotely control the unit from a networked computer anywhere in the house would be a massive improvement - I wouldn't need to keep switching the telly on and standing in the front room while I selected the playlists...


At the moment the web control is a lame picture of the physical remote control, but if you can't physically see the connected TV this is pretty useless.



(Would also me nice if a folder with only playlists showed up in the media library or under the music section)


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