Hello all, I finally bit the bullet and took the time out to register with the community. I have been a long time user of computer based media centers and have both the original WDTV (3 years) and Hub Version (1 year).
I along with a number of people out here decided to go with this solution because it behaves as an appliance. Don’t have to worry about the HDMI resolution settings, TV’s as secondary monitors, etc etc. As a media player it functions very well. As a hub for media…from a user sitting in front of the hub connected TV…not so sure.
Specifically, I have copied my favourite videos along with other media to the drive. I went through the painstaking process of individually downloading content information to each video (about 300) to create a user friendly environment for viewing videos I deem worth watching in my cave in the basement. Problem is…I thought the genre listing would be useful to sort the videos for quickly navigating to a particular title, but only one genre is listed. I understand that this is a limitation of the device after perusing the forums and net. Well then…how about a workaround…using my own rating system to deem which videos quickly should be viewed…you know based on how good I personally thought a movie was.
Well this in theory was great…I loved the blue stars rating the video…even better. When I turn on the box I see a list of movies I love if sorted by star ratings in descending order…pumps a guy up to watch a movie. Problem is…it seems the box randomly loses the star ratings. I have entered ratings on 4 occasions over the past week and each time sometime during the next hour or so…all the star ratings are removed or deleted. I understand that some problems with the library are solved by simply pressing the power button and doing various types of refreshes, but this particular issues has me baffled.
I would love both the Genre (multiple genres associated with individual videos) and the rating system working and bullet proof, but at this point would be satisfied with either working 100%. You know some easy (user friendly way) of sorting content other than blindly “next paging” or “right arrowing” to death. Certainly this method will kill my remote buttons much sooner than later…lol
FYI - I have tried using playlist generator and created a compatible playlist which will select certain files, but after a little thought about long term management of the solution…it seemed to quickly diverge from the purpose of buying the box in the first place (user friendly experience). I am sure there are those of you who could wax eloquent about the ways you can trick the box, but I was wondering if anyone also had any idea as to how from a user perspective we can negotiate using the sorting, filtering and ratings tool provided to provide a repeatable and dependable method for accessing information on this device.
All comments welcome…ahh feels good to finally throw it out there to a community that cares and feels my pain.