I have a WD TV HD Media Player Gen 2 (Not Live), I bought it around '07/'08
This player has been great but I have needed to convert my files to .avi to ensure they all play properly.
All files are 720p
As we moved to a bigger house I wanted another unit so the obvious choice was the 2014 (live) edition
specially as it is supposed to play 99% of formats.
This is my set up -
2x Western Digital Elements 2TB desktop hard drives
1x 2TB for Movies I have converted to AVI from DVD
1x 2TB for TV Shows converted (as above) or downloaded
My basic Movie drive set up is folders of Genres eg
Movies (Used about 1.6TB)
Box Sets - Each set has separate folder (ie ALIEN contains movies 1-2-3 &4)
Foreign - Some movies with subs in separate folders
etc most folders contain - Individual movies with covers
TV Shows Disc (Used about 1.4TB)
TV Shows - Each Show in separate folder
I have added dvd cover art images for all movies, max 600 pixels high x ? wide, 72dpi sRGB files
My old WD TV HD Media Player Gen 2 plays both of these drives faultlessly and skipping through the menus
with the cover art runs as fast as I can press the next button, you really have to race to beat the machine.
What I have found with the new WD TV (2014 edition) media player using the SAME hard drives plugged in
via 2x USB ports is that it is slightly slower to access on my TV shows HD and the Box Set section of my
Movies HD (nothing to really worry about)
To access all other files, ie DRAMA, HORROR etc where there is a folder, with say 100 movies, the media
player becomes unbearably SLOW.
The window loads with 16 titles, to scroll to each title takes about 2 seconds but to flip to the next page takes
10 to 12 seconds so in theory if it takes 10 seconds to swap to a page plus about 8 seconds to navigate
across a page that is 18 seconds.
I have 210 movies in Comedies that would equate to almost 1hour to navigate through one genre.
(This is totally unacceptable)
This is not an issue on the Gen2 so why now?
Come on WD developers other people have companied about the sluggish performance what has
changed ** to cause such an issue.**
But like I have said earlier, in TV series, if I have one folder lets say Game Of Thrones with 12 episodes within
navigation is almost instantaneous across folders with cover art.
I have gone through all menu items and tried turning on and off various setting and have not yet even set up
for a wireless network or streaming and have has previous experience using Gen 2
I am debating returning my divice, the only reason I would keep it is because I got it on sale and there
is a workaround (get rid of any images) but I really don’t see why I should need to do this after paying
good money for a divide that SHOULD be better then my old Gen2
Has any one else experienced such sluggish behaviour?