I keep copies of DVD discs (the entire DVD disc image folder) on my hardrives. The latest firmware allows me to see my list of FOLDER NAMES (movie names), and then go inside a folder to select the VIDEO_TS folder, then select the VIDEO_TS.VOB file inside to play the movie. An absolutely fantastic firmware upgrade.
Basically, with this latest firmware (1.01.11), WDTV will simply PLAY DVD files, PAUSE them, and will run FASTFORWARD and BACKWARD at a few speeds, and STOP the movie.
However, the firmware update doesn’t allow me to VIEW THE DVD MENU, SELECT SCENES, JUMP TO MARKERS/SCENES, SELECT SUBTITLE OPTIONS, ETC, ETC. All the things that any basic DVD Player software will do. Can I ask WESTERN DIGITAL to add a more robust DVD player experience in the next upgrade of their firmware?
If I plug my drives into any computer I own, and use the computer’s ‘DVD player’ to access these stored files, they play exactly as though they were discs put into a DVD player, so I suspect there must be a fairly accessible software solution to creating a DVD-like viewing experience through the WDTV box.
Thanks for this great box, and hopefully we’ll see this firmware upgrade soon.