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WD TV question before I buy

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Trypt

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Mississauga, Ontario
I'm sure this is not the best place to ask about non computer hardware, but I'm sure there are some people who have tried this amazing TV hardware.

Basically, I have a 2gb external HDD, and on it I have lots of videos that I keep, movies, etc. Most are divx which play on my dvd player, but of course I have to copy them on dvd.

Now, this thing will allow me to play anything on my external HDD on my 1080p screen, amazing.

But before I buy, I need to know its limitations. What can't it play? I need it to play all the older format, such as xvid/divx, but will it play x264/mkv files? mp4 files? I really need it to play high def computer files.

Any info is appreciated, and anything anyone knows about this thing will help, I just found out about it yesterday.

Here is the link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=734
 

Jolly-Swagman

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Sep 20, 2007
Looks pretty good but before you buy check out some others as there are ones around the same price that also have wifi and 10/100/1000 Lan capabilities too!
 
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Trypt

Trypt

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Really? I'm not sure what exactly I should search for! I came upon the WD by accident, I had no idea devices like that existed. Is there a name for them? Even better, perhaps some links to some competition? Wifi would be amazing, if by that you mean that instead of connecting a usb hdd, I could just connect to my home network and play anything from my computers? although I would still like the usb hdd connector to use my external drive (i suppose i could just connect it to my network and it would be the same).
 

Creegz

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Jan 9, 2010
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British Columbia, Canada
If you get the WDTV Live, you can get it as a networked one. The Asus O!Play has a wireless version out now, but the WDTV Live can take USB network adapters for wireless N, depending on what model it would work well, there's a couple of em out there, I'll look into what ones do it and try and post back tomorrow.