I own a WD TV LIve SMP and I love that it can play all the video formats I own.
I use it with a Full HD TV(Samsung 40F5100) dedicated to watching content (both SD and HD) with WD TV Live SMP.
The issue is, I miss the option "fit to screen" on WD TV Live SMP .
Of course I can do it with zoom functionalty of the TV set for the video being played but the problem is in the zoomed out mode :
I cant see the duration of the video, "skip to" button as the WD bottom bar is not visible when TV is zoomed out.
I have to switch between 2 remotes (TV and WD) to switch the content and zoom in/out , which is not very convenient.
I think this feature would definitely add a value to this product .
I know some people prefer to see the video in the original format 16:9 and 4:3.
But with "fit to screen" option viewers can keep the TV on one fixed ,zoom or wide zoom mode making it more convenient for all.
So I guess, to summarize the take away would be the convenience to use "one remote" which watching and switiching through videos of varying aspect ratios which I dont feel is very hard to achieve and is a definite value addition for an already great product.
I've been begging WD for this since day one since the fidgety WD logo is annoying the **bleep** out of me. I can't understand why such a simple feature (done in maybe two lines of code) still hasn't been implemented. Until it is, I'm using this workaround:
- create a black image sized 280x187 pixels and save it as 'welcome_logo.png'
- create this folder structure /image/welcome_logo.png meta.xml
and zip it without compression into an archive called 'Mochi2.zip'. Connect the WDTV to your LAN and enter the WDTV's IP in your browser to upload this new theme under 'Appearance' which makes it selectable on the WDTV. Everything else will stay the same, only the screensaver is a black screen.
Now that HEVC (H.265) is being supported by programs like MPC HC and VLC as well as the LAV Filters, I think it's time for the WD TV Live to begin the groundwork to supporting the HEVC format (specifically in MKV).
DivX has released their HEVC encoder and it does a fantastic job and making Blu-rays much smaller, and even at low bitrates it looks as good as a 20 MB/s AVC (H.264) MKV.
This is the codec of the future, and it won't be long until most of our files are using HEVC for smaller size and still the same great quality
Prevent Audio Clipping works as a sort of Dynamic Normalization, which might be desireable on weak speakers (built into the TV) and/or headphones.
While Normalize Audio will average out peaks in the audio to a norm, Clipping Protection will attempt the keep the audio levels from fluctuating too much into the highs, which may cause clipping.
While Normalization will give you a constant volume throughout the movie, Clipping Protection will cause a decrease in volume when the peaks are too high. This might be a more desireable approach to watching a movie that has loud explosions or loud and sudden sound effects.
I think this setting will probably be best if you have elderly people in your home and don't want them jumping out of their beds when the explosions begin in the movie you're watching. The Clipping Protection will detect that the explosions are much louder than the rest of the audio and dynamicaly lower their peaks to prevent loud shifts in sound.
Normalize Audio, which I've also suggested should be static, bringing the peaks all the roughly the same point for consistent audio volume, whereas Clipping Protection should be dynamic, only applying the normalization where needed. I hope this addresses any confusion on what the two options do, and how they should behave in terms of audio reproduction
First of all I am one of those people who had multiple streaming boxes such as Apple TV, Roku and Boxee and let me say that the WD Live player to me is the best of them. Especially with its AV File support and DNLA capabilities all without special applications that need to be downloaded. Perfect network player hands down.
Now lets talk about services. It needs a major overhaul. I mean only a niche crowds watches Yupp TV and Red Bull. The You Tube channel is the sorriest in network box stream history, because the only thing you can watch on it is some cat calendar because 80% is blocked. What's the purpose of having it? Open it up or get rid of it!
Now here are some great suggestions. The main services that you need to have in this over haul is this...
Movies / TV: Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Vevo, Crackle and a REAL YOU TUBE CHANNEL!! That is a great set right there.
Music: Vevo (as mentioned above), Pandora, Spotify, Shoutcast, iRadio, Tune In and BBC
Network Services: XBMC, Plex and Play On
Now this format and I am sure if you were to put this up on an public forum I say over 80% would agree to this. The services above are must have services. The AOL HD and other niche services which are good services, but they are not primary material.
Now one of your compeditor streamer like Rolu boast there hundreds of chanels and services, but you don't need all of the channels just the best ones and a awsome example as before the mentiend above.
Thank you for taking the time to read and I do hope this is something your company will take under serious consideration. Because I truly believe this overhaul will attract a lot more users to the WD Live player.
Imagine for a second that you have a harddrive with 10 movies on it - then you let WD TV download the info and media thumbs for every one of those 10 movies. For every item (movie) it creates a folder (.#movietitle), a metathumb file (#movietitle.metathumb) AND an XML file (#movietitle.xml). That is additional 3 items for every movie - so 10 movies on the drive become 40 items (folders and files) on the drive.
Then lets bulk this up to a 3TB NAS drive with a 1000 movies... That becomes 3000 items (folders and files) in addition to the 1000 movies. As long as you're just accessing this through WD TV there is no big problem.
But try and open your NAS in Explorer on Windows - holy mother of.... That is a BIG BIG mess!!
Put all extra files and folders downloaded into one single top-folder - call it WDTVINFO for example... That one folder would cover ALL downloaded media info in any folder/sub-folder on our storage device. (Does it make sence??)
- Back to the future.mkv
- Pirates of silicon valley.mkv
- Trip to Paris()
- Big Bang Theory()
- Season 1()
- Episode 1.mkv
- Episode 2.mkv
- Season 2()
That way you keep a sleek looking overview when accessing the NAS or harddrive from Windows, MAC or Linux...
Hope you (WD) will make this as it will help a lot in overview of folders...
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)
I just switched from a competing product (Popcorn C-200) to WD TV Live Streaming and the feature I miss most is being able to use the number keys on the remote to jump into fixed percentage positions of a video(/audio). I.e. pressing 1 will jump to the first 10% of the movie, pressing 5 will jump to 50% of the movie , pressing 0 will jump to the very beginning of the movie etc. Right now the number keys are not used for anything on the remote so this feature would fit in well. Also the existing features on the remote to jump forward/backward in a video is not very easy to use.
byequinef11-19-201112:51 AM - edited 11-26-201101:31 AM
the way we can zoom and pan when video are displayed is great. But one key feature is mising to be able to change the video playing ratio. it would be great to be able to select to play the video in real size, in full screen, in fit-to-screen or full screen with original ratio (the same way you can select the display format with windows media center). Most of the movie are in a different ratio than 16:9 and when the wd live streaming play them, it adds black area on top and bottom. If we zoom, we lose part of the image on the right and left. Changing the ratio should modify the video display but it could extend the video size to its maximum and fully cover the screen.
I'd personally like to see in the services section an "app" platform, much like the roku, where developers can build their own apps and share them with the community, and you can pick whichever you like and have them on an apps dashboard. It's the way forward.
In the Netherlands a lot of people use Uitzending Gemist, which is the ability to watch back TV shows that aired on the 3 Dutch public broadcasting channels (Nederland 1, 2 and 3). They have an API here.