I’m with you on that, with the problems you’ve just described, and thanks for answering my questions. If I could get a free pass I do think I could happily go on with my beloved WDTV forever.
The problems you describe with the (app-generated) circle, sound hair raising to me. Very disturbing I’m sure, to see that. Great that the SD card logo gave the game away though.
Do excuse me Mike, but having seen the help you have given others on here, and the Kodi circle annoyance you’ve just had (and fixed, hopefully), makes it seem to me it’s almost like you’re fated to surf the curve of what is not known so that later, others can benefit from what you have learned!
I think there’s no percentage in being defeated by such things, from my standpoint now with WDTV, without my own will to win (and I’m not kidding about that) and equally with the help available on here, and last but not least, google, I do believe I’ve reached a place with my WDTV where I do not worry anymore, trusting and hoping that whatever difficulties I experience it will only be ones I have had before, the devil you know, as it were.
My own private grief is little indeed, the only annoyance I get being “sharing” shutting down regularly, but infrequently. I don’t want to minimise this problem, as soon as I see it (it happens voluntarily) I think two things. First (having become a minor WDTV geek), I know I can fix it, and second, know the grief of fixing it will likely take a minimum of an hour. The fault originates in Windows, not the WDTV, but when fixed in Windows, WDTV will have developed into not recognising sharing. In short, it’s a reiteration loop that has to be gone through repeatedly before the stream, and the streamed-to, are talking to each other again as they should. The inevitability of it happening is the frustrating part, if I could identify the initiating factor (in Windows) I would, but it isn’t possible for me to do that. I do know even regular, successful Windows updates have caused it to occur, but they are not usually or necessarily, the cause.
The good is that my WDTV, working right, almost all of the time, is a beautiful thing in my eyes. Yes, I know nothing else quite matches the streaming quality and that has been attested to on here a lot.
I would be surprised if all of this has not changed in the next number of years because this streaming is a billion-persons thing, it’s all there to be played for and won, as it were. And I think certainly WD will know more about this being true than we. And perhaps even know that their WDTV as it stands, great or otherwise, is not going to be the answer going into the white-hot future. It’s probably that they have to choose whether to invest in the development of a new model of the product big-time, or cut it loose. I would like them to succeed however, and send any rats scuttling away from WDTV’s chequered past, and create a foolproof and friendly streaming unit suitable even for dummies, from their hard earned old WDTV experience, if possible. And I root for WD to do it because only they got it right in the main thing that matters in the view of most of the sophisticates on here, namely, VIEWED QUALITY!
And now with 4K arriving to confound existing streaming models, I would imagine there would have to be a new WDTV as we speak. I’m sure WD at the highest level realise all this and more, and probably cannot make a determination for reasons stated. We (WDTV users) are in a strange place where I’m sure, there’s a change of epoch. (I don’t feel in any 4K hurry, but I expect that will change). Certainly I think WD aren’t going to invest in bringing to the market a new, 4K-less product.