I have had the very first WD Media Player Live (Gen1, 2008, WDBAAP0000NBK) for years. Very happy with it.
However, it has started to have problems with recognizing large external hard drives, I guess the USB ports are just worn out from constant connect/disconnect.
So I bought the WD TV Live Streaming, Generation 3, updated to the latest firmware (1.15.10), plugged in my old hard drives and here is what I experienced.
Note: I don’t use any streaming or online services, all my media are on external hard drives.
Note2: I see myself as experienced Windows power user, so you can assume that any problem reported here has been thoroughly investigated and researched using online forums (such as this one, great job guys, btw).
No USB3? Come on, it is 2013.
No USB HUB functionality? I have more than 2 hard drives and it would be nice to be able to connect more than two at the same time.
Media Library took ages to compile so I turned it off as I have all my files properly categorized on the file system
Absolutely dreadful responsive times Remote Button Press -> WD TV Live Streaming Device.
Seriously, even with the newest firmware, when I press stop during movie playback, it takes the device up to 3(!) seconds to react!
Needless to say, even navigating through the home menu is delayed. Gen 1 was lighting fast and I cannot understand why this new version is soo sluggish??
Pressing ‘options’ during playback, forwarding, pause/resume are another examples.
Is the device running some background threads/tasks constantly or what could be the cause of this?
Please WD do something about this.
Hibernate? What kind of idea is this? If I want to turn off the device, it should be turned off and not just hibernate. This option keeps the hard drives powered up and therefore consuming more power.
So, when I want to turn it off, I have to press the ‘turn off/turn on’ button for 5 seconds. Fair enough. Only when I do that then:
6.a. The device looses its video resolution settings and goes back to default 720p/50Hz. So I have to set it up EVERY time I turn the device on. Very annoying.
This is already reported to WD and is in ‘under investigation’ status. Added my comment there so hopefully it will get resolved soon.
6b. Device looses the playback position of last played movie. Also annoying.
- Boot up time. Even with the media library off, I was hoping that the device would boot up faster than Gen 1. Not the case here. With the same 3 TB external HDD and 2 TB external HDD , after PROPER shutdown, it takes the device at least 3 minutes to be up and operational with both drives accessible. How about an option to disable the indexing so the device would use the previously indexed information?
8.TS format playback worse. With the same TS file, the playback is stuttering on the Gen 3, as if the time index/frame rate entries were not correctly interpreted. The only solution is to remux/reencode into MKV to avoid the annoying ‘faster frame rate’ - ‘slower frame rate’ - ‘faster frame rate’ effect.
- Subtitle position. Why can’t I have the subtitles at the very bottom of the screen as it was with Gen 1? Now, with wide format when the movie isn’t full screen, the subtitles are obscuring part of the picture when they could be at the very bottom, covering the unused black space. How about an option to enable/disable this?
And now some positive feedback.
DVD/BluRay menu for ISO files. Great addition, thank you WD.
Windows shares finally work (sort of).
Menu looks nicer.
Better navigation and usability when/during music playback
Ok, that is about all I could think of right now, might add more later.
Would appreciate if people could comment on my observations, maybe I am too demanding?
But as I already mentioned, this is a direct comparison with the Gen 1 player, not just my own subjective observation.