I have tried ALL available versions of the firmware (1.08.17 … 2.03.20). And, I am staying with 2.01.86 because, 2.02.32 is horrible, and; the one that followed after that, 2.03.20, does not present any useful improvements that I can see. It is really quite sad this device was let fall by the wayside by WD. I can tell you, that as a professional veteran 40+year software developer, I’m rather shocked, that WD allowed the many FLAWs and BUGs to actually “go over the wall”.
In some instances, I believe it was angry developers who threw the bugs out there – “just because”. Something I would have personally fired the managers and developers for (Managers for NOT being aware – Developers for being Un-professional)
Even with the many bugs in the user interface, 2.01.86 works well enough for me. There were several things this device NEVER DID, but should have, and; I tried to get WD to listen, but; they never tried, not once, to add any of the enhancements I recommended, which included:
Allow for SHUTDOWN timer other than merely 3-hour (1,2,3,4 for instance).
Allow for SCREEN SAVER DELAYs beyond the 5/10/15-minutes it is locked into
Give option to Display TOTAL ITEMS/VIDEOS, not TOTAL NEW since a period of 1-day/week/month/year.
Provide a CLEAR cheat sheet that tells how to CUSTOMIZE backdrop photos and thumbnails
(I learned how, but; it took a lot of web searching)
Allow user lock-out of unused services – for instance, if you accidentally select obsolete Flixter – it CRASHES the box.
DOCUMENT the XML that is UNDERSTOOD by the movie box
(I know what XML it appears to know, but; that was pure guesswork from LOOKING at it)
- Provide HOW-TO “VIDEOS” right on the FIRMWARE, or an included USB thumb drive, for box features/usage.
( they missed the boat by NOT doing something like this )
- Put a tiny “HINT” for the COLOR BUTTONS on the remote
( Y=View G=Sort R=Src B=Dash )
( I did so with a 6-point font printed sticker on the back of my remotes )
When it comes to playing personal video libraries, there is NOTHING as good as the WD TV Live. I’ve tried most of the boxes out there including: Roku, Netgear, Amazon, Mica, Sling, and MediaSonic. NONE of the other available media players supports playing VIDEOs as well as does this one.
THE MAIN FEATURE it has that NONE other support??? The Play QUEUE. You can “Que-Up” as many as 50-videos, and therefore, the WD TV Live is your own “On Demand Channel”. THAT is the single most valuable feature it has.
(And the only reason it is only up to 50, is the idiots who programmed this, did not INDEX the play list in the SQL-Lite database. So, after 50-videos or so, the box gets so SLOW to respond to the USER that it makes you believe the box is broken.) And DELETING all those videos in the QUEUE – another missing menu item: CLEAR ALL. Really, there should have been an easy way to say: CLEAR ALL IN THE QUEUE. But there isn’t.
God bless you, and thank you, so very much, for the follow-on.