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Announced and launched immediately on November 3rd 2008, it is Western Digital's first foray into consumer electronics.

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Pros

connect to 2 USB drives simultaneously - 2 USB ports

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compact design

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upgradeable firmware

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includes digital outputs for both audio and video - allowing for use with expensive home theater equipment

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inexpensive

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includes a remote control

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full 1080p playback

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includes support for the most popular file types such as mkv

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attractive and easy to use interface

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large community of developers

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Cons

cannot replace the full usability of a media PC

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no network connections - need to place media on a USB drive before watching

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not compatible with online content services like iTunes, Amazon unbox, Netflix

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requires users to have a USB drive

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somewhat simple

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Announced and launched immediately on November 3rd 2008, the WD TV HD media player is Western Digital's first foray into consumer electronics. Unlike the majority of HD media streamers that attempt to replace dedicated media PCs, the WD TV HD remains a simple external hard disk 'expansion' tool that can read and display a large variety of filetypes through a high speed USB2 connection. Most importantly, the device includes a plethora of connectivity options - including HDMI and digital toslink audio, allowing full digital passthrough to potentially higher quality home A/V equipment. While in some way limited by its lack of connectivity or storage, this fact allows the device to lot less expensive and small.

File Formats Supported
  • Music - MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
  • Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
  • Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264),MTS, TP, TS
  • Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL
  • Subtitle -SRT (UTF-8), SMI, SUB, ASS, SSA
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