I just want something that will play the majority of media that is now used for Hight Def.
What I see mostly is MKV.
I was interested in WDTV untill I see all theese problems.
The one I got and just got rid of did not play the MKV that I tried on it… So I got rid of it.
If all the versions of this product are the same in terms of firmware with codec support then I don’t see a reason to get another when I have a xbox360 that will do WDM in 1080.
The model you purchased was a WDTV HD Gen1, which uses an older chipset and is now unsupported by WD.
The WDTV Live range has no issues playing MKVs with DTS. It can downmix to stereo or it can pass-through to a reciever. Playback of 1080p MKVs encoded with h.264 is smooth, which is probably the most common codec for high def video.
I’m not familiar with WDM files, it’s not a common format as far as I can tell (or at least, Google returns no relevant first page results).
All of my files play fine. Mostly 720p MKV, a few 1080p, and a bunch of SD AVIs. The only issues I have are with poorly encoded files (such as XviD’s encoded with GMC or QPEL, which require a PC to play smoothly).
Your media library will dictate the media player you purchase. If the inability to play WDM files is a deal-breaker, you could find your choice is very limited…
You could try posting the MediaInfo for one of your WDM files, so we have some idea what codecs are being used.