Create a WD Media MarketPlace and Add a 2.5" SATA HDD Removable Slot to the WDTV
Add a slot able to fit a 2.5" HDD with capability of hot-swap/surprise removal technology. By adding HDD storage to the WDTV we will be able to work with a more robust GUI and options for saving user's media to HDD. With a Multi-Media Marketplace enabled WDTV the user can download Hi-RES content (4K-5K) movies directly onto their WDTV equipped with High capacity HDD storage.
This idea is one similar to the popular game consoles (XBOX, PlayStation,etc) except for those consumers who are not gamers, a WDTV with these type of content delivery system with storage can prove to be extremely valuable.
Really? Should this even be a suggestion? When I got this box home I was amazed that the media player wouldn't stream Netflix. The only reason I haven't returned it yet is the fact I like the form factor, WiFi streaming from my Linux box and the hope this basic feature will be added on the next update.
I'm keeping the receipt in case this wasn't just a fluke omission.
My Sony bluray player for both discs and files played off usb or network shows the current bitrate for each codec when the display button is pressed. For example, updated every 0.5sec I think it will say something like, VC-1 22.5Mbps, DTS-HDMA 3356Kbps as well as the current timepoint of the file and chapter if there are any.
I love this funcationality and use it all the time and seems pretty easy to program seeing almost all bluray players have it and most netflix programs I've used have it...at least the streaming bitrate.
Also, because currently on the WD TV (I have a gen4 bought from bestbuy last week with most up to dare frimware) when you hit options, not only does it pause the movie but the "bitrate" showed is almost always wrong. I was watching Godzilla 2014 bluray remuxed into an mkv last night and the bitrate was 4570Mbps - which is impossible. It would take what, about 165 bluray discs to encode that much information.
Would it be possible to get a forward and reverse skip much like a DVR. It's probably my favorite function of a DVR these days. A programable forward and reverse skip for example 30sec forward and 5bec reverse would be great which is very different than fast forward/reverse. The skip happens almost immediately where the fast forward/reverse takes much longer and you don't know exactly how far ahead/behind you are going really without trial and error.
Hulu buffering is weak on the TV Live. The Netflix app will buffer up to several minutes of video, making it possible to actually completely lose the Internet connection for almost 5 minutes while it continues to play (I've tried it). This is also evident by starting a movie on Netflix, hitting pause, and watching the Ethernet activity continue for several minutes.
On the other hand, Hulu only buffers a few seconds. This is bad for Internet connections with wildly fluctating bandwidth availability. Why can't Hulu buffer more? It can't use that much more RAM itself leaving no more for buffering.
This is with the quality settings turned way down on both services. Netflix is such a reliable streamer. Hulu not so much.
Any chance to get these added to the WDTV Live? I'm more than willing to add them myself, but have no clue how. I'd much rather add these than replace my WDTv live's completely. With how all the Geo-Blocking it would really improve the use of streaming in Canada.
In vielen Fällen ist das WD live TV mit einem Netzwerk verbunden und greif auf Daten in NAS Servern zu. Es wäre schön, wenn das Gerät die "magic pakets" schicken würde um die NAS Serveer aufzuwecken und im online Betrieb zu halten. Meine NAS laufen nicht im 24/7 Modus. Ich muss immer einen PC starten um die NAS aufzuwecken. Braucht natürlich auch NAS Server, die das "magic paket" verstehen. Trotzdem würde das versenden der "magic pakets" keinen Schaden verursachen und wäre auch nur ein minimaler Eingriff
I have been using WDTV for years now. The WDTV Live was a big step forward, but unfortunately technology and the requirements and expectations of a robust media player are advancing. Unlike most of your users(it would seem), I use my WDTV primarily for music playback on three seperate sound systems in my home, which are each connected to a WDTV by optical digital output to an external high performance DAC. . All of my music is kept on a NAS(3TB MyBook Live) I know that I am not the only user that uses WDTV in this manner. Your product would be enhanced greatly and your market penetration expanded by making the following enhancements to your next gen WDTV for use as a worthy network music player in addition to its' current function/feature set.
1. Allow digital pass-through of Hi Def music through the non HDMI digital outputs.(see item 2) This means all 24 bit sampling rates: 24/48 thru 24/192. I pass the digital signal off to an external 24/192 DAC. Most of my music files are 24/96 which do play back, but only at a reduced bit rate( I believe it is 48 kHz). 88.2 kHz files will only play back through the HDMI out and most external DACs do not have an HDMI in. Yes, many of us prefer high performance stereo to low-fi home theater receivers.
2. In addition to the optical digital output, there should also be a coaxial output. It would add much needed flexibility.
3. Spend some more development time on the music database functions. ie. more robust sorting/grouping features like genre/album, or artist/album etc. Also, when I group by "All Albums" and select an album it automatically starts playing. I would like to see the track list for that album presented first so that I can choose which track I would like to hear or play first. This could also be accomplished by adding an "album/track" grouping(see item 2)
An increasing number of users are wanting to use their media players for more than just accessing online content. WDTV has led the way into this arena by offering USB ports and WiFi access to DLNA devices at a reasonable price. However, as more users are now downloading hi-def music files from services like HDTracks, or Linn, or Acoustic Sounds for playback from a centralized home server(like NAS), WD needs to add Hi-Def music file functionality to its range of capabilities. Currently my only remedy for this is to have both a WDTV(for web content), as well as a Bluesound Node($450) for Hi-Def music files. If WDTV could pass Hi-Def music digitally via SPDIF, it could be used for both music and web content(even if the user must use an external DAC for Hi-Def conversion).
In my network there are a couple of hidden samba shares. It's impossible to connect them. Provide the possibility to enter share names and credentials directly (adress, username and password) instead of searching for them.