It will be usefull to add a "checkbox" or similar to choose if media player should download background images for the film or not (they are used as scrollabe backgroundinto the 'large' view layout, not the little movie 'poster').
It is a great feature, but it will also consume some space on the media source drive. The best solution in my humble opinion is to leave user able to choose if he/she want them or not.
I've set the WDTV to access to my NAS folders with "shared network" settings. It has succesfully readed all media into them, but I've noticed if I add a new media file it will not be recognized automatically. This is very frustrating.
I suggest to implement a sort of "auto rescan" media folders to search for new files (like many media server already do, for example Plextor or Serviio).
I've noticed that if the LAN media source is in standby mode (in my case a DS214play NAS), the WDTV does not recognize it. The NAS wake up itself if any device try to send request through network, but if I try to access to my media library WDTV says "Media source removed". Sometimes the same behaviour occurs also with an external hard disk (less frequent, I think because hard disk wake up time is less than that required by the NAS)
My suggestion is to ad some feature to wait for the NAS complete waking up.
For example, Samsung TV media player simply says "device not ready", but if you select it after a couple of seconds the NAS is succesfully recognized. Your device instead keep saying "media source removed", it seems not retry to send request to it.
I've recently installed 2 WD LTV units in our home theatres. I'm generally impressed with the gadgetry of these things, BUT the simple interface to play music, add a song to the queue or sorting is all so very tedious. I'm not really an Apple fan, but all these things are much more easily done in, say, iTunes or WinPlayer. It became a game at our last party, (room full of techos) to see who could achieve these simple tasks!
The there is the seemingly unnecessary green ticks and red crosses - to what purpose? If the search works, it works. And then there is the "dashboard" - still not clear in the instructions what this does, other than a quick link to recent additions or whats playing.
I did the the harder stuff, embed artwork, develop playlists etc which eventually worked after plenty of experimentation.
Then there is the verbose manual, which doesn't really help, referring to back and forward to every section of the document. Sure, the basic operation is the same for videos, photos, and music, but why refer time poor consumers all over the place?
My idea of setting up a third unit with a NAS for the grandparents to share our kid's big moments, which I thought would make a great 80th birthday present, is definitely on hold until the interface is more sophisticated but easier to use.
I purchased movies because I like them. I don't want flixster/rotten tomatoes ratings. I've set metadata to only update manually, and keep deleting the flixster information, but it keeps coming back. Makes me want to replace my WDTV boxes with streamers that don't keep downloading stuff I don't want
Would be great to have a PDF read (adobe or other brand) to follow along PDF music scores when listening to music or reading PDFs of books or album notes, and so on. This should be fairly easy and would provide a lot of value to those of us that use WD TV for reading picture captures of text.
When listening to music from my media server, the WDTV only properly cues tracks when sorting by "Album", or following a playlist order.
The problem with pulling media from "Album", "Artist", and "title" is as follows,
1. Every single track you have in your database - including singles - is included in the menus, making it the difference between sorting through 13000 songs, 6000 artists, 5000 albums - (Expected behavior, but not my issue)
2. Pulling tracks from "Artist" and "Folder" from the media server follows (A-Z) sort order by song name - (Part of my problem).
To sort through my large collection I use "Playlists" and "Folders". I create an .m3u file with every rip reducing my sort to 3200 "true" albums and playlists. Playlists behave as expected, but it still is fairly long with a large collection.
If I sort by folder my search is greatly reduced, but song names within the folder are sorted alphabetically - track order is never followed even if I have all my files named either (Artist - Track number - Song name) for one featured artist, or (Track number - Artist - Song name) for compilations. It is likely an issue with how data is provided to the WDTV, but some controls in setup/music to resolve sort issues would come in very handy.
I updated to the latest firmware to discover playlist functionality reduced significantly.
Instead of pressing "OK" to see the list of tracks within the playlist, where I could select the track I want to hear - like before - now "OK" immediately starts play from the first track of the playlist - same behavior as pressing "play" on the playlist title. One can no longer can see the full track list, or manually cue to other select tracks without cutting out what is currently playing. It is like no one ever tests such decisions.
Couldn't you folks add these options in setup rather than remove and reduce functionality?