Hi - I have recently encountered a HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) video codec which is not able to be played on the WD Elements Play media player. This is a relatively new format but seems to be becoming more popular. Is it possible to develop an update to the firmware so that this format can be played?
The WDTV has been a great player over the years but it is really starting to show it age now and in some areas has fallen far behined.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that WD have issues with Android which is why you havent gone down that path either with your own fork ala Amazon FireTV or officialy with Google's own AndroidTV platform.
That doesnt leave a lot of other contendors out there though there is one which is Mozilla's Firefox OS which has a TV version, developer docs and tools.
1) Run's Linux and is open source.
2) Standards compliant with app development based on web standards.
3) Vendors can control what appears on the app store of their FirefoxOS device (or so I've heard).
4) Apps for Netflix and Youtube are already present with support for Amazon incoming.
5) Supports USB media playback and hardware decoding of all big name codecs H.264, H.265, VP8/9.
Panasonic are already using it in their TV's, a review of one is here that is worth a look and the reviewer is impressed with it's speed and ease of use.
So WD could adopt the Firefox OS TV version for a new Arm or x86 WDTV box and craft their own media player to run as an app on the device at the same time you no longer have to worry or develop an app platform of your own while still maintaing some degree of control over the box.
The WDTV stays competitive as a strong local USB/NAS media player with online media access and might not get left behined in the wake of app store enabled players from the others.
Please add a pause/resume function for network share. Presently it only functions fully with USB devices. It should be great to have the function fully operational for netwrok shares too. Only VOB files on the network share offer the pause/resume function after switching off the devices.
I have a lot of DVD's on a Hard Disc, connected to WD TV Live. Most of the DVD's are aspect ratio 4:3, some DVD's are 16:9. I had to know the right aspect ratio before start a DVD, otherwise it will be show in a wrong aspect ratio.
The switch from Widescreen to Normal is only possible in the settings of WD TV. So I had to stop the movie, go back to main menu, go to settings, change the aspect ratio, go to the right DVD directory and restart the movie.
It would be very helpful, if the switch Widescreen-Normal is possible dynamically during the playback.
Please make ist possible to switch the screen format with a button on remote control during the playback.
byfahdriyami05-29-201503:27 AM - edited 05-29-201503:30 AM
Have you guys considered using Windows 10 (or Windows 10 IoT maybe) as the operating system for the new WDTV? It would make the new WDTV very integrated with Windows 10 PCs and Microsoft services like Xbox, Xbox Music/Video, Cortana and Universal Apps like Netflix and others. In addition to possible integration with the HoloLens. It would certainly future-proof the new WDTV.
I don't like giving the TV Live Write access to my movie files. Since you can only get the cover art via setting the shared directory as the library and since you can only set a directory as the library if the TV Live as write access I'm currently having to view my movies with no cover art. I thing a good solution would be to allow for a seperate Write access for meta data and cover art than the actual media directory. Thanks.
The current operating system requires us to wait on firmware update to be able to update apps or add new apps. I propose adding Android system to our units (wdtv Live Hubs, Live,etc.) To allow us freedom to update or add our own (new) apps whenever we want.
With new movie and tv steaming sites becoming available to us users in Australia eg Netflix, I was hoping to be able to use my WDTV for linking to Quickflix. However I was unable to find any option to be able to add this option to the current list that includes many unusable items as well as the aforementioned Netflix. I sent a message to WDTV support and was advised that the option to add more sites was not available but that I should enter a request/new idea post here.
Therefore can I request a software upgrade to delete unusable/ unwanted sites and to download / add new user specific sites please.
Until this option is available my WDTV so restricted compared to the options available now and makes it an inferior item when looking at the Smart TV's and the new Smart media players.
All movie titles that begin with the word 'The' are all grouped together in the 'T's, regardless of what word comes after 'The'. For example, "The Aviator", instead of being grouped with the 'A' titles, which is where the mind expects to find it, is listed down in the 'T's. I think it'd be more ergonomic to provide a fix in the next firmware update that groups titles into the section we expect to find them. Please and thank-you!