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Western Digital WD TV Play Media Player
 
Price range:
$49.95 - $89.99
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Type: Basic
About - Western Digital WD TV Play Media Player

The Western Digital WD TV Play Media Player is part of the streaming media player & service test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, streaming media players models like the WD TV Play Media Player are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Picture quality:
Picture quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast of streaming video. It's based mainly on the judgments of a panel who compare each device's output to a reference. However, the quality of the video that you'll get is largely dependent on the speed of your wired or wireless network. We tested all the players using a wired Ethernet connection, if available.

Features:
This score reflects the presence or absence of features, including the number of streaming video services, other internet services, and the ability to play media files

Everyday use:
How easy it is to use on a normal basis.
Features & Specs - Western Digital WD TV Play Media Player
info App or channel store None
info Streaming video services Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow
info Web browsing No
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi No
info HDMI input No
info USB ports 1
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User Reviews - Western Digital WD TV Play Media Player
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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Best Of The Bunch
1/4/2014
Pros
Built in wi-fi
decent remote
Plays Virtually Anything
Simple Easy Setup
Cons
It's not free
Some Settings Dif To Find
Best Uses
Playing Personal Content
Comment:
Video files can be found online in any number of video and audio formats: mov, flv, avi, wmv, mp4... the list goes on and on. Unlike the others, the WD will play virtually all of them. <br /><br />Find a flick that has sub titles? No problem for this little box. Like your subs in bright yellow rather than white? Or bigger? Or in a different font? Easy Peasy. <br /><br />All you need are the movies (video files) themselves (You can find thousands of newer and older movies online for free or for fee. Choose wisely.) and a way to store them (Generally an external hard drive), which connects to the box via USB 2.0.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Slow response to remote
12/16/2013
Pros
Netflix button
Simple Menus
Cons
Slow
Best Uses
Comment:
Count to five before pushing a remote button a second time. Only use it to watch netflix. Anytime we push a remote button (pause, play, shutoff, etc. it can take up to five seconds to respond. If you push it a second time before the five seconds it will cancel the first push - very frustrating!
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Loading problem
9/9/2013
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I thought this product was excellent except it kept stalling while loading a video from Netflix or Hulu plus. I have plenty of internet speed (15 mbps)and when I hooked up my Xbox in the same location, it had no issues. I would like to see reviews of these products from CR that contains the processor speed and the amount of memory as these impact buffering.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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