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WDTV Live Plus
An updated US version of the WDTV Live based on the Sigma 8654 chipset and with added Netflix support.

Lack of DVD menu support was the big drawback of the original Live so fixing this is a massive plus. Adding Netflix gives (paid+legal) access to a wealth of content. The chipset used is essentially the same as the Live (Sigma 8654 vs. 8655) so giving wide format support and great decoding performance. As with the original Live, unofficial firmware is available giving enhanced features. See links below.

The original WDTV Live was a great player with one big flaw. This new version fixes that flaw and adds a valuable (to US users) on-demand content service. The WDTV Live Plus is therefore a superb product at a great price.

WDTV Live Plus
Specification Summary

Launch Date June 2010 3326 days ago
Country USA
Ranking 129/837   ? 
Player Type Media Player (Sigma)
Chipset Family Sigma 865x (2009)   ? 
Chipset Model Sigma 8654 @ 0.5Ghz Single Core
Chipset Rating 3 /5   ? 
Storage USB (2)
Network 10/100 Optional Wi-Fi(n)  ? 
Size 126 x 100 x 40mm   Fan No
Video Outputs HDMI Component Composite
Audio Outputs HDMI Stereo Analog TOSLINK
DVD ISO Yes   Blu-Ray ISO Yes. Simple (BD-Lite)
XBMC No   ? 
HD Audio DTS DmixTrueHD DmixDTS-HD MA Dmix
DTS PassTrueHD PassDTS-HD MA Pass   ? 
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WDTV Live Plus Discussion

There are 13 comments
April 19, 2011 - 02:28

My understanding is that the WDTV Live Plus cannot downmix Dolby TrueHD from other forums. Please verify.

ABARRAF – Mexico
February 25, 2011 - 20:25

Jeez does it or does it not reproduce DVD and BR ISOs, and does it have full or lite menu ?
Need to know that before I buy it

January 22, 2011 - 16:52

I bought this player based on the specs above. Somebody should be fact checking or at least clarifying certain attributes. Although this player will play BD.iso's it has no menu support, including Simple menu (lite). This is significant as there is no way to control audio or subtitles...

Gonna have to return it

August 23, 2010 - 06:38

Would not correctly play back from Twonky Server where several LaCie LaCinema Mini Connect units would--the WD unit repeatedly froze. Sticking with LaCie for local streaming and Roku for Netflix.

June 30, 2010 - 08:55

does this one support flv and rmvb? i need a player than can handles what wdtv can with flv and rmvb too

June 17, 2010 - 17:03

I also agree with GG.

I bought WDTV Live 3 months ago. Now it is an obsolete model.

At least the beta firmware enabled the DVD menus on the original WDTV Live.

Anyway I will thing twice before buying another media player from WD again.

subcorpus – www.subcorpus.net
June 17, 2010 - 02:16

I gotta agree with GG ...
am not gonna buy another media player from you so that i can mute my music from HDMI ...
pls give us a FW update to fix this ...

June 10, 2010 - 14:49

So let me get this straight. Since this model has a Macrovision-enabled chipset like Sigma 8654, it can support copy-protected DVDs? But the Live with the non-Macrovision chipset 8655 cannot? Right?

But how the heck can one play copy-protected DVDs from a HDD/network? Since official firmware doesn't allow external USB DVD drives to be connected to these players, how is someone supposed to play copy-protected DVDs anyway? Doesn't ripping a copy-protected DVD to HDD involve removing the copy-protection first? Plus since the Live can also now display DVD menus with the latest firmware, just what is the advantage of the different chipset in the Live Plus when it comes to playing DVDs?


One more thing. Can someone confirm what is new inside this model that allows it to support Netflix while the Live supposedly can't? Is this assertion true, or is it simply a case of WD not being willing to add Netflix to the Live with a firmware update and having to play the company lots of money for all the units sold till date?

If the latter, then I'm sure folks will try to install the Live Plus firmware on the Live, though I'm sure WD will try its level best to prevent this and deliberately sabotage/brick Lives that manage to somehow support Netflix.

Reply to Dave
June 11, 2010 - 14:36

It is possible to copy a CSS protected DVD to HDD and leave the copy-protection intact.

Reply to Dave
Dromo – London
June 23, 2010 - 21:45

The live plus also runs at a faster cock speed than the earlier model, making it a bit more responsive. Maybe more memory 256mb? than earlier.

Reply to Dave
June 28, 2010 - 23:38

From what I understand the copy protection provided by the 8654 is required for Netflix, not for DVD.

All new features on the Live Plus except for Netflix should be available on the Live in a future update.

WD released a table of features coming in the next update and I believe the only difference between the two will be Netflix.

Reply to Dave
Superduper – US
February 12, 2011 - 13:25

"Can someone confirm what is new inside this model that allows it to support Netflix while the Live supposedly can't?"
Is the difference between 8654 and 8655 - hardware support for DRM video.
DVD content from HDD is not relevant for the discution since is stripped of encryption.
Netflix and Blockbuster files have the encryption in place.

June 10, 2010 - 09:35

WD you are not on my top 1 any more......
you are starting to be just like xtreamer . promise something from your player and when it is coming , you come out with new player with all the support that was promise , and leave people out in the cold that bought your player be for thish version .. shame on you WD

I bought WDTV (mk1) it was ok player but FW from you stop...
then you came with WDTV Live. i bought that one and it is really nice player but still no dvd menu and still have some problems and so little fw support
now you come out with new wd-live just call it WDTV Live Plus. and fix things from live that need to be fix, in stead of come out with new fw for live and fix the problem
again leave us out in the cold
i am not going to by more media players from you. after this stunt of yours

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Detailed Specification
Max Resolution1080p
Box TypeSigma
Chipset FamilySigma 865x (2009)
Chipset ModelSigma 8654
Chipset Ghz0.5
Flash Memory (GB)
Internal HDD
USB Host2
USB Slave
USB Version2.0
SD Card Type
Other Storage
File SystemsFAT, NTFS, HFS+
Network ProtocolsSamba, Bonjour, DLNA
Wired Network10/100
Wireless Network Optional Wi-Fi(n)
Component Video1
Composite Video1
HDMI Version1.3
Audio/Video Other
Stereo L/R Audio1
S/PDIF Coaxial
AV Recording
AV Inputs
Video Formats (Codecs)AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1) MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9
Video Extensions (Containers)
Audio Formats (Codecs)MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Audio Extensions (Containers)
Image FormatsJPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG
Subtitle FormatsSRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
3D Top Bottom
3D Frame PackingNo
3D Frame Sequential
Blu-Ray 3DNo
Blu-Ray ISOYes. Simple (BD-Lite)
Dolby Digital (AC3) DownmixYes
Dolby Digital (AC3) PassthroughYes
Dolby Digital Plus DownmixYes
Dolby Digital Plus PassthroughYes
Dolby TrueHD Downmix
Dolby TrueHD PassthroughYes
DTS DownmixYes
DTS PassthroughYes
DTS-HD HR DownmixYes
DTS-HD HR Passthrough
DTS-HD MA DownmixYes
DTS-HD MA Passthrough
Internet Radio
Web ServicesYoutube HD
Native XBMC
Play Store
Web Browser
Browser Detail
Front LCDNo
Supplied Remote
Power Usage Standby
W (mm)126
D (mm)100
H (mm)40
Volume (litre)0.50
Weight (kg)0.30
W (inches)5.0
D (inches)3.9
H (inches)1.6
Weight (lb)0.67
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