WD TV, WD TV mini & WD TV Live

by Marin Franković on 30 September, 2009


Here is little update on WD TV version 1. Latest prerelease firmware is 1.02.10. Scott Rader has tweeted about a new WD TV firmware update coming soon.  This would be the first release in months from WD on their first media player.  There is no indication as to what will be on this new firmware release. Here is a quote form his tweeter: #WDTV we are working on the WD TV HD Media Player product update! Will get it out to everyone as soon as it’s ready.


WD TV mini is basically the same product as WD TV, but bare in mind that it lack HDMI output connector and relies on Component A/V , Composite A/V and USB 2.0 connections. It is 30 $ cheaper than original version.

WD TV Live or WD TV 2 is supposed to appear in the next 2 week. Two of the greatest improvements among other features are

on board network card for copying or streaming content over network and DTS (not confirmed). All I can say is that I will probably sell my version 1 WD TV and buy this new one if all of the specifications are true. It remains to be seen. Full specifications are bellow.

 WD TV Live   WD TV Live Top   WD TV Live Back

-Play Full HD 1080p video, music and photos on your HD TV
-Supports widest variety of file formats and devices
-Network capable for easy access to the newest content from PCs, network drives, internet favorites

Kit Contents

-Media Player
-Compact remote with batteries
-Composite AV cable
-Component AV cable
-AC adapter
-Quick Install Guide


HDMI, Full HD (1080p), AAC, MP3, JPEG, USB 2.0, H.264, SimplayHD™, Energy Star®, Dolby Digital, DTS, DLNA, Bonjour, AVCHD, Windows Vista

Media Formats

AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, 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 JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG
MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL

Subtitle – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

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@4.1 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.

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