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WD TV Live Digital Media Player Review

By Olin Coles

Manufacturer: Western Digital Corporation
Product Name: WD TV Live Media Player
Part Number: WDBHG70000NBK-01
Model Number: WDBHG70000NBK-HESN
UPC: 718037784410
Price As Tested: $89.99 (Newegg or Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by WD.

NOTICE: Since the WD TV Live Media Player was first introduced on October 2011, it has been marketed under the same product name despite design changes and hardware revisions. This article pertains to part number WDBHG70000NBK-01 with model number WDBHG70000NBK-HESN, using firmware version 1.09.10 (released 6/5/2012).

Ours is a modern world where physical products have been replaced with digital clones, allowing personal entertainment to reach a new level of convenience. Music, photos, movies… they’re all just a small part of the multimedia library that we save and collect. Most of us have been downloading files onto our computer for as long as we’ve had Internet access, and purchased discs promptly get converted into stored backup copies.

Until recently digital multimedia could only be enjoyed on the computer, and with some extra effort it could be shared onto a portable electronic device. But high-definition movies and music are really best enjoyed on a home theater system, with larger screen and powerful speakers. Now that HDTVs and wireless networking are commonplace an era of attached digital media players has begun, and the WD TV Live helps make the transition easy.

The WD TV Live Media Player is compatible with every modern file format used to play back multimedia items saved onto local storage devices or connected networks. Watching broadcast television and DVD/Blu-ray movies is old-school, and have been replaced with streaming web content and downloaded multimedia files. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the WD TV Live high-definition digital media player, and we evaluate how well it entertains us.

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WD TV Live Specifications

Source: Western Digital Corporation

File Formats Supported
  • Video: 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, FLV (h.264)
  • Photo: JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
  • Audio: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
  • Playlist: PLS, M3U, WPL
  • Subtitle: SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
  • Video: Format NTSC
Notes:
  • 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.
  • An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output.
  • Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048×2048.
  • Single layer TIFF files only.
  • Uncompressed BMP only.
  • For details, please refer to the user manual.
File Formats Not Supported

Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes Store, Movielink, Amazon Unbox, and Vongo

Physical Interfaces:
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • High-Speed USB 2.0
  • HDMI 1.3
  • Composite A/V
  • Wi-Fi N
  • SPDIF Optical audio
Physical Dimensions
  • Height 1.20 Inches / 30.0 mm
  • Depth 3.9 Inches / 100.0 mm
  • Width 4.9 Inches / 125.0 mm
  • Weight 0.42 Pounds / 0.19 kg
Environmental Specifications
  • Operating Temperature: 41° F to 95° F / 5° C to 35° C
  • Non-operating Temperature: -40° F to 149° F / -40° C to 65° C
Electrical Specifications
  • AC Input Voltage 100-240 VAC
  • AC Input Frequency 50-60 Hz
Kit Contents
  • Streaming media player
  • Remote control with batteries
  • Composite AV cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick Install Guide


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