Would my current configuration benefit from the WD TV live?


#1

Currently I have a PC connected to my 50 in TV via VGA cable.  I use a sound card with optical out to my receiver.  The receiver does NOT have HDMI.  The PC is hardwired to my network and I keep my media on an external 1 TB USB drive.  

So I purchased the WD unit and connected it to my TV via HDMI and ran the optical to my receiver then streamed the video from the aforementioned PC, would I get more bang for my buck or would it really make no difference.  I currently use an IR keyboard to control the PC.

Thank you for any input.

-Jim


#2

Other than simplicity, no, I don’t see there’s any value in a standalone media device if your PC is already fully connected to your system…


#3

That was kind of my feeling as well.  I don’t want to give up the connection to the TV because I can currently use it to surf the web, read email, etc.  I just wasn’t sure if I would see any improvement in picture or sound quality.  Of course if the interface is intuitive enough for my wife to use it may be worth it.


#4

Well, another advantage for the Green-Conscious is that a WDTV plus an External HD consumes a LOT less power compared to a PC…