I’m about to buy the latest model WD TV Live and have been scouring the web for hours to try and get an answer to one of my concerns. I have a Pioneer VSX-84TSXi receiver (top of the line in 2006 when I got it and not yet ready for replacement) that supports a ton of formats but unfortunately not Dolby Digital PLUS. One of my primary reasons for wanting the WD Live TV is to stream Netflix and my understanding is that 5.1 surround from supported Netflix titles is delivered via Dolby Digital PLUS, which, if passed directly to my receiver without any encoding/conversion to normal Dolby Digital, would not work.
I read somewhere that the WD Live Plus (unlike the Roku and some other players) COULD actually send the DD+ signal as normal Dolby Digital, but only if connected to my receiver via the Optical out rather than HDMI.
Can someone who has faced a similar situation please confirm for me if this is the case?