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WDTV Live (WDTV2)
The successor to the highly successful WDTV. Similar to the original in interface and external design. Uses the Sigma 8655 chipset. The WDTV Live Plus was released for the USA in 2010 and offers additonal Netflix support.
The WDTV Live was one of the first Sigma 8655 players and has managed to maintain it's position as one of the best throughout the 865x chipset lifespan. It offers great format support, an attractive interface, and more power than many players of similar price. Add in the availability of unofficial firmwares via B-RAD (see link below) and you have a classic player.
|October 2009 2188 days agoLaunch Date |
Ranking 140/779 ?
Player Type Media Player (Sigma)
Chipset Family Sigma 865x (2009) ?
Chipset Model Sigma 8655 @ 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)
WDTV Forum /Live
B-RAD Custom Firmware
Thumbgen thumbnail generator
Youtube GUI Video
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WDTV Live Discussion
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March 20, 2012 - 04:12
as little as i know about media players, i own both the live 2009 and live 2011 wdtv and i wouldn't trade my 2009 for 5x2011. the after market firmware really makes it special, it's lacking proper live sport streaming (for now, who knows what a still thriving independent community can do) but it does everything else from streaming porn to playing full bluray rips to a recently launched WDFlix channel. so with that i say it's still the best price to performance ratio.
January 25, 2011 - 09:11
Does someone of you know where i can buy a WD TV Live for around 70 Euro in Germany? I only get offers for more than 90 Euro. If there are no offers for around 70 Euro so you can change description to 90 Euro on this site.
February 04, 2011 - 13:50
My advice ... wait a little bit ... the new products will be better because of the processors performances.
December 02, 2010 - 16:26
Does this player support internet Radio?
October 26, 2010 - 17:35
WDTV live hub announced.
August 10, 2010 - 15:27
Anyone know the boot up time of this device? From cold.. I wanna know if its quick enough. Also I hear the custom FW is 25s faster to boot which kinda implies this is slow to boot. Time to boot custom'd box is also helpful. Thanks
August 09, 2010 - 21:20
There is new WD element Play Out.
August 10, 2010 - 09:56
Added today. Odd device, doesn't look too great overall:
July 19, 2010 - 01:44
A quick question if anybody can answer that.
July 15, 2010 - 05:05
Is it really capable of downmixing Dolby True HD and passing it to a TV as stereo? I would really love to have that feature.
June 10, 2010 - 14:33
Shouldn't it say "DVD ISO: Yes. With menu." now? Apparently the latest pre-release beta firmware 1.03.22 finally adds this feature, though possibly they did this just so existing users of the Live wouldn't get pi**ed off that the Live Plus was released so soon. Otherwise I'm sure knowing how shameless and useless WD/WD Support is, they'd have never added this feature to the Live ever.
Also, kindly update the firmware updates list above, 'cos it stops at 1.01.24.
June 10, 2010 - 09:36
WD you are not on my top 1 any more......
I bought WDTV (mk1) it was ok player but FW from you stop...
May 17, 2010 - 06:45
Nice mediaplayer but when i bought it i thought it could play
But live works pretty good
April 20, 2010 - 05:11
if i supports ISO files without menu, how do we choose different Audio streams? Like Dolby 5.1 , Stereo etc
May 04, 2010 - 16:11
Did you try the subtitles or audio button when the movies are playing to see if it change.........?
May 10, 2010 - 21:04
can someone confirm if this can select diferent subtitles or audio streams from iso or folder movie ?????
May 12, 2010 - 17:57
Yes these settings can be selected with the "Option" button on the remote while the movie is playing. It's very simple.
January 21, 2010 - 12:43
AVC TrueHD movies with sound dd
March 02, 2010 - 00:13
Do you have a compatible receiver or DAC to decode the Dolby TrueHD signal?
Note the SPDIF interface, optical or coaxial, does not support TrueHD or DTS-MA due to the bandwidth limitation. The HDMI interface is required to support the TrueHD or DTS-MA passthru.
March 31, 2010 - 17:35
Did it have DTS-MA passthru?
January 19, 2010 - 09:30
In order to generate thumbnails for any WDTV player you can try the ThumbGen app ( thumbgen.blogspot.com); was written specially for WDTV Players
January 15, 2010 - 15:34
Based on what I've read WDTVL only supports 480i using composite, not component, connections. Any idea if it could be added with a future firmware update? If not, any recommendations for a comparably priced media player that currently supports 480i over component? Or maybe it's better to wait to upgrade my old EyeHome (and suffer with it's lack of H.264 support) until after eventually upgrading my TV, then reevaluate which products are available then.
Useful site, btw, especially the "Chipsets in Media Players" page. Thanks.
January 13, 2010 - 21:16
I will never buy any of these media players unless they get this blu-ray menu and subtitle thing sorted out.
January 12, 2010 - 22:02
Like I wrote on October 15th (below), I've not been having much luck getting a network connection from my WDTV Live. I now convinced it's due to the unit's incredibly heat sensitive network hardware.
January 12, 2010 - 22:03
Should point out though that most people seem to have no such problem. Maybe I just got a lemon...
January 11, 2010 - 03:32
When shut down by remote control, does the machine completely turn off power to the USB external HDD?
May 12, 2010 - 18:00
Yes, the connected USB hard drive on my unit powers off and on via the WDTV Live player.
December 31, 2009 - 16:12
anyone got issues with blu ray mpg4 compress files? mine play fine for the fist 28 minutes and then went into fast forward.
March 23, 2010 - 04:15
December 27, 2009 - 14:48
Nice Box but it looks like menu support for dvd movies isnt gonna happind. To big a compromise for me, I returned mine.
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