Western Digital's $70 WD TV Play Undercuts Apple's Streaming Box

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TrollBot5000

Yeah I'm an audiophile so if something can'tplay back DTS audio then that's a total deal breaker for me.

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dgrmouse

These used to be so much better, back when they had hard drives. I guess WD had to change gears because they didn't have any good sources for quality hard drives.

Seriously, a video streamer that doesn't even support MPEG2? If all you want to do is watch Netflix, you probably already have a device through which you can do so. If not, buy a cheap dvd player that has it built in instead of this garbage.

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j_j_montez

I still have my two first-gen WD TV players. They're small enough to use in the car with a portable hard drive for road trips. My system has evolved to a Plex server kicking out to 3 TVs and 3 laptops. Depending on the details/reviews that come out with this, I may pick one up to play with to see if I can suggest it to clients.

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acidic

can't get any easier than this. I'm running one now with plans for another once they are back in stock

http://openelec.tv

bought the pi and case for $45

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GrimResistance

How did you get one? Every time I look to buy one they're out of stock :(

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acidic

you can get a pi at numerous places like eBay or amazon but you will pay more and sometimes a lot more. I bought mine from their only authorized us reseller just to support the little guys. they went into a 6 week wait just minutes after mine shipped. good luck getting one as they are pretty damn neat

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jgottberg

Nice!

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jgottberg

Not entirely related to this article but I think it would be a cool MPC feature if they showed how to build something like this device using the Raspberry Pi.

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Shooter

If you have a Rpi, and already burned an image of an OS. This is pretty simple: http://www.raspbmc.com/

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jgottberg

Thanks Shooter, I appreciate the reply! I plan to give this a shot fairly soon. I have been looking for a fun, inexpensive project and this fits the bill nicely.

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sniper62

FYI, the Rpi cannot stream netflix. One of the sad things I found out about it when trying to use it as such...

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