Good grief, there will not be a new WDTV until WD announces it. Duh. When they announce it on their website, at trade shows, etc , we ALL will know about it. And, anyone who DOES know about one coming is sworn to secrecy not to divulge anything. Nobody wants to get fired, ya know.
And to those enamoured with Plex. I am sure it is cool and works fine, (Pearl did a good summary of it) and he knows to use the best tool for the job, and Plex is not the end-all way to do it in many cases.
I am a technical consumer with a tech background, but ya know what? When I sit down to watch a video (in any of its formats) I want EASY, and sending video from a PC is cumbersome and not “easy” – not like turning on the gadget from the couch, grabbing a remote, selecting a video from a Roku or WDTV hard drive, clicking go, and sit back and enjoy. I watch videos on the TV from discs, ISO files and MKV files, and Plex cannot handle all those formats – the WDTV can. Easy.
I boughtt a WDTV years ago, not because of it’s streaming assets from internet, (Roku does this better) but because it could do things the Roku could not do. So, I have a Roku for streaming internet media and a WDTV for streaming MY media. Right tool for the right job.
One last concept to add to the discussion here – MOST people are not techies, they want something that does the job and works, but even some of them are totally turned off by gadgets – even something as simple as a Roku. Like Pearl’s parents above, when we gave some relatives a Roku for a gift, it sat there for a year unboxed, unused, until they asked us if we would want it back. (Yea, sure!). They were that intimidated by it. Their loss; our gain (a spare and new Roku.)