Hello all, first post here. Bought the WDTV Live Hub on new year’s day of this year (2011/01/01). It came with, and presently has, firmware 2.02.16 installed.
Am just finishing ripping my movie collection (~ 200 discs) as .iso files to a 2TB USB drive, which is presently attached to my computer, but will be moved to the hub when done. As the movies were ripped I’ve been copying them a few at a time to my NAS, for testing with the Hub, so the reported results are with the movies viewed from a network share.
In general the movies have played fine and, although there is room for improvement, I have been pleased with the Hub. However, certain movies simply won’t play from an .iso (I copied one to the Hub’s drive over the [wired] network, which was painfully slow, and got the same results trying to play it from there, so I don’t think it is a network issue).
What occurs is that the disc appears to be trying to load, but the screen soon goes black and remains that way until the BACK button is pressed. I can get the OPTIONS menu and select MENU, but the disc menu doesn’t appear and the screen remains black until BACK is pressed. And the strange thing is that, if I rip the same movie as a directory structure (.vob files), it plays fine!
As more movies were ripped that presented the same problem, I began to see a common thread running through them. It seems that each of the movies with this problem is released by Columbia (including TriStar, Castle Rock, etc.). Every one of my movies which is a Columbia release (and no others) has this exact same difficulty. [This means movies which as listed on IMDb for example, as produced by Columbia (or TriStar, Castle Rock, etc.), not ones which are simply distributed by them.] Some examples are: Blue Streak, The Freshman, Groundhog Day, Rudy, Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3, Starman, Stripes, and True Believer, among others.
Before posting, I did search this forum for Columbia, TriStar, and Castle Rock, and found only one possible mention in message 18 of this thread: http://community.wdc.com/t5/Firmware/Feature-Request-RE-Thumbnails-Network-Shares-without-showing-jpg/td-p/94760/highlight/true/page/2
So the question is, can anyone confirm difficulty playing these movies (or other Columbia releases) as .iso files, though no difficulty as .vob files? Further, can anyone confirm that this same problem exists (or does not exist) on any newer firmware?