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WDTV Live (2011)

WDTV Live (2011)

Western Digital follow their usual WDTV release schedule (every 2 years before Christmas) to release a new WDTV Live. The main updates are in the form of additonal on-demand services, taking the breadth of offerings closer to the Roku, AppleTV, or Popbox. Thankfully, as with previous WDTVs, format support is still wide so this player will play virtually everything. DTS-HD MA is currently only partial and some may also miss HDMI 1.4 and 3D support. The user interface is similar to that used by the WDTV Live Hub and is great looking and very easy to use.

Rebranded As The WDTV players have always represented a great balance between the latest technology and mainstream usability. This model is no different.
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Same Chipset (Sigma 8670) Bevix BV8038 Dune TV-101 Dune TV-301 TViX Xroid B1 Mini TViX Xroid A1
Summary Specification
Launch Date October 2011  Country USA
Product Ranking 107/824   ?   Chipset Rating 3/5   ? 
Player Type Media Player (Sigma)  
Max Resolution 1080p
Chipset Family Sigma 867x (2011)   ? 
Chipset Model Sigma 8670  0.7Ghz Single Core   ? 
Storage USB (2)
Network 10/100 LAN Wi-Fi(n)
Size 125 x 100 x 30mm   Fan No
Video Outputs HDMI Composite
Audio Outputs HDMI Stereo Analog TOSLINK
DVD ISO Yes   Blu-Ray ISO Yes. Simple (BD-Lite)
Kodi No
HD Audio  ? 
DownmixDolbyDigitalDTSTrueHDDTS-HD MA
PassthroughDolbyDigitalDTSTrueHDDTS-HDMA
Egreat H10 HDMI Splitter
ULTRA-HD 4K HDMI SPLITTER
HDMI 2.0 + 1.4
HDR10 / DOLBY VISION
3D / HDCP 2.2
7.1 HD-AUDIO DTS:X+ATMOS
Discussion

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1-30 of 57 Comments
Rocks – Dallas, TX
January 05, 2013 - 19:33

This generation is just as much a joke as the last generation. It wont even work with a 3Tb WD hard drive...pathetic.

Jim – Chicago, IL
August 03, 2012 - 20:27

I'm looking for a small media player which smoothly plays the Panasonic HD video (1080p 60fps) and includes a remote control which allows pause/slow motion playback along with pan/zoom. Prefer USB flash drive for loading/reading content. Does this product exists?

tweakradje – The Blue Planet
June 16, 2012 - 11:43

Don't the devs of wd have children? We need folder lock option. Please? Every Realtek has folder lock. Why not Sigma?
Cheers

Reply to tweakradje
Bev
June 20, 2012 - 08:11

Get a Realtek then. Look after your own litter the worlds not your babysitter. You squirted them out so clean up your own mess...

Reply to tweakradje
tweakradje – The Blue Planet
June 23, 2012 - 23:19

Relax please. I have many

sherpa25 – Manila
May 13, 2012 - 02:06

Regarding 'mkv stutters', does this happen only when playing vids thru Wifi/Lan, or even through USB?

Reply to sherpa25
Stan – SoCal, USA
July 19, 2012 - 17:30

I have no issues over Ethernet with MKV, however wireless is very problematic. Bluray ISO only works well over USB.

MKV stutters when the bitrate gets too high. Example: Monsters VS Aliens, Galaxar's broadcast encoded at constant quality went to 200 Mbps - played smooth for a few second until internal buffer was exhausted then stuttered horribly. Solution is to limit maximum bitrate or encode with target bitrate.

tweakradje – The Blue Planet
April 27, 2012 - 21:33

My thoughts on WD TV Live 2011 after a few months (1.07.18)
- movies start slow
- mkv stutters
- rss ticker doesn't work, only after manually updating pinned rss
- NOT GREEN, even with media library and network share server OFF
it still uses full power in standby (long press power really shuts off)
- No Favorites with media library off
- no time skip while playing. Could be easy made with arrow keys on remote (only goto dialog box)
- no folder lock possible

Other than that the wd tv live 2011 is very usable. If only they could offer the Media Library and Dashboard as an option, without the loss of Favorites (folders, moviews, online services, shoutcast stations, weather locations etc....) What has that to do with a Media Library? Please!

Reply to tweakradje
tweakradje – The Blue Planet
May 02, 2012 - 23:53

I am working on latest fw with telnetd enabled (1.07.18 gen3). fw is squashfs with block size 132 kb. In /etc/init.d/S45nettune there is telnetd startup. Also have done md5 checksums. No I need to rebuild squashfs (mksquashfs). For that I need linux distro on virtualbox. Telnet will open fw to you.

Will be back later. Hope to find some time.

Cheers

Reply to tweakradje
tweakradje – The Blue Planet
May 06, 2012 - 10:44

The firmware is ready but I cannot flash it back into the wd tv live gen3. The firmware is 32 bit md5 + squashfs 3.1 (block 132 kb) + 2kb something. Think that last 2kb something is the problem. It must be something encrypted. It is not type yaffs2, cramfs, squahsfs, rom1fs etc. That is probably why there is no custom fw for this device already. The good news it that when flashing goes wrong an usb stick with original fw works when the screen "Insert a USB drive with firmware to recover your WDTV"

Anyone?

Reply to tweakradje
sherpa25 – Manila
May 13, 2012 - 02:04

Regarding 'mkv stutters', does it happen when watching through USB or only Wifi or LAN?

Reply to tweakradje
WD user – US
June 14, 2012 - 03:51

Response to NO GREEN, from the WD forum, press the power button 3 sec to do hard power off. This will turn off the power to the USB drive also. Remember to eject HD before that. Otherwise it's on stdby, the drive attached will be available to the network.

ginandtonic – tarifa spain
February 18, 2012 - 11:53

Problem with stuttering in most MKVs with my new WDTV LIVE STREAMING latest firmware 1.06.

NO stuttering at all with my older WDTV live on firmware1.02

This is with a USB disk. (NOT NETWORK STREAMING). iso's, vobs and mt2 are playing fine,.

yuri_pragin – USA
December 29, 2011 - 20:50

Using WD TV Live streaming media player 3rd Gen. Firmware version is 1.04.12, my HDD is 3.5" Seagate 2TB in Vantec NexStar SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock with power supply. Connection with my WD is very difficult. I have to restart several times the box and the HDD, and even then when it recognized, have problem with playing. Stops for no reason. MKV plays for 2 minutes only. Switched to Western Digital My Book Essential 2 TB USB 3.0. Same **** problem!

Reply to yuri_pragin
yuri_pragin – USA
January 01, 2012 - 04:50

Apparently needed to use FRONT USB port. Wow.

Reply to yuri_pragin
Max – Portugal
January 04, 2012 - 15:10

Try the new firmware version 1.05.18.

armando – merced,ca
December 29, 2011 - 05:56

why is it that the roku LT on netflix has better picture quailty than wdtv live streamer?

WDTV Lover – Van
December 17, 2011 - 06:46

Does anyone know if it is possible to turn OFF the WIFI?
Or is it automatically turned off when we are using ethernet?
Really appreciate your responses.

Reply to WDTV Lover
Max – Portugal
December 17, 2011 - 22:43

WiFi cannot be turned off, but you can choose between wired and wireless connection.

Andreas – Indonesia
December 11, 2011 - 02:00

Hi.. All, I have a question about WD TV Live 2011, out side the cover box wrote HDMI 1,4 , it is treu?? if yes, it can play ISOs Blueray 3D?
Thankyou

Reply to Andreas
Max – Portugal
December 17, 2011 - 22:40

WDTV Live Streaming is HDMI 1.4 compliant and is able to play 3D content in hardware, but the current firmware doesn't have this feature yet.

Reply to Andreas
ultrabike
December 19, 2011 - 23:58

My understanding is that it cannot support blu ray 3D. It might support MKV3D.

Reply to Andreas
Max – Portugal
December 22, 2011 - 11:24

With new firmware version 1.05.18, the WDTV Live Streaming Media Player has Vudu 3D working with 3D TV's.

Andreas – Indonesia
December 11, 2011 - 01:54

Hi..All, I have question about WD TV Live 2011, i look The side cover box wrote HDMI v 1.4, it is true..? if yes, it can blueray ISOs 3D? Thanks

Graham – UK
December 10, 2011 - 20:26

Will this play an itunes library - handbrake DVD conversions to m4v - not online purchases?

Marc – france
November 20, 2011 - 21:24

Hello,
Can someone make the test with the matroska test suite :

Hello,
Can someone make the test with the matroska test suite :

downloads.sourceforge.net

and let us know the results?
thanks,
Marc

and let us know the results?
thanks,
Marc

nald – indonesia
November 15, 2011 - 15:07

halooo. my name is ronald from indonesia. i have a question about WD TV LIVE STREAMING. is wd tv live streaming does support MKV3D are...?
oke thx.

whammo – prague, CR
November 11, 2011 - 11:04

again:
does this have a "go to" or "time seek" function when watching video? can you adjust the synching of subtitles?

anyone? anyone? bueller?

Reply to whammo
Tim
November 16, 2011 - 05:54

Yes it has a "go to" where you type in the time. Or if the video supports it, a chapter selection also.

Not sure about syncing of subtitles, but there is an audio syncing option.

Reply to whammo
Tim
November 16, 2011 - 06:14

I just checked again. Yes while viewing a movie, pushing the option button to adjust the subtitles, under the color and size it lets you adjust the subtitle "delay" or "advance".

But I don't know if it works on certain movies or all of them.

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Detailed Specification
Brand
WDTV
Model
Live (2011)
Release Date
October 2011
Brand Country
USA
Rebranded As
The WDTV players have always represented a great balance between the latest technology and mainstream usability. This model is no different.
Chipset Rating
3
Max Resolution
1080p
Box Type
Sigma
Chipset Family
Sigma 867x (2011)
Chipset Model
Sigma 8670
Cores
1
Chipset Ghz
0.7
USB Host
2
USB Version
2.0
File Systems
FAT, NTFS, HFS+
UPnP
Yes
DLNA
Yes
Network Protocols
Samba, Bonjour
Wired Network
10/100
Wireless Network
Wi-Fi(n)
HDMI
1
Composite Video
1
HDMI Version
1.3
Stereo L/R Audio
1
S/PDIF TOSLink
1
Video Formats (Codecs)
MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution. MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation. WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution. H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution. H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
Video Extensions (Containers)
AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, 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
Audio Formats (Codecs)
MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Audio Extensions (Containers)
MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA/WMA Pro, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG,Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Image Formats
JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG
Subtitle Formats
SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
3D Frame Packing
No
Blu-Ray 3D
No
DVD ISO
Yes
Blu-Ray ISO
Yes. Simple (BD-Lite)
Dolby Digital (AC3) Downmix
Yes
Dolby Digital (AC3) Passthrough
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Downmix
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Passthrough
Yes
Dolby TrueHD Downmix
Yes
Dolby TrueHD Passthrough
Yes
DTS Downmix
Yes
DTS Passthrough
Yes
DTS-HD HR Downmix
Yes
DTS-HD HR Passthrough
Yes
DTS-HD MA Downmix
Yes
Web Services
Youtube HD, Twitter, Picasa, Accuweather
Fan
No
Front LCD
No
W (mm)
125
D (mm)
100
H (mm)
30
Volume (litre)
0.38
Weight (kg)
0.19
W (inches)
4.9
D (inches)
3.9
H (inches)
1.2
Weight (lb)
0.42
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