After this last FW update I pretty much gave up on WD. I have better things to do in life than fight untested FW and shares not found. I go weeks and then at the most inopportune time that stupid spinning wheel and once again shares not found.
I had 4 WDs, sold 3 at about $60 each on Ebay and wound up replacing them with Rokus and Plex. I tried the Amazon device, it is pretty cool, but I am not an Amazon prime user so in the end I decided I liked the Roku better, so the FireTV went back. If you are sold on XBMC then you may want to look at the FireTV or the Nexus player when it ships.
I’m also using the Chromecast mainly because I got a refurb for $15. Using a smartphone or tablet to drive it is a negative to me and I really haven’t done enough with it yet to have an opinion. The fact that the Nexus Player doesn’t even have an Ethernet port speaks volumes about how much technology has changed since the WD shipped. I have no issues streaming bluray on N 5 ghz, on the Roku but having AC 2x2 MIMO is going to be pretty sweet.
Bottom line is even though I kept a WD no one in my house wants to use it. Roku/Plex is so much better/easier and no one can tell a difference when watching bluray or HD quality content between the WD and Roku.
The consistent theme in these threads are someone coming in and saying “works fine for me” implying that the poster doesn’t know what they are doing. The other is pointing to some supposed super technical capability that the WD has, that other devices don’t as a basis for why only a fool would get rid of WD. Call me a fool I guess, but I am not looking back.