HD video, photos and music — they’re on your computer, your USB drives, and the Internet. Now it’s easy to play a whole world of Full-HD, 1080p media on your TV with the WD TV Live HD network-ready media player. Western Digital HD TV Live Media Player is a converter lets you attach a hard drive, a camera, or practically any video output device and view images and movies directly on your HDTV via HDMI connectivity. If you download movies from the Internet to your computer’s external hard drive, simply attach the drive to the Western Digital HD TV Live Media Player and view them directly on your large screen HDTV. This is simply one of those devices every home should have. It is currently on sale at J&R.
Consumers are amassing large libraries of digital videos, photos and music on their computers. According to research firm Parks Associates, the average consumer had 123 GB of videos, photos, and music in 2009 that may grow to an average of 1.3 TB by 2013 (Digital Lifestyles: 2009 Outlook). In addition, an increasing number of consumers are looking for seamless access to their personal media, as well as to Internet media. According to Parks Associates, the sales of connected consumer electronics devices, such as connected TVs and digital media adapters, is expected to more than double from 57 million units in 2009 to 115 million units in 2013. When you consider how many video rental companies, such as Blockbuster and Netflix, are boosting direct video downloads over rentals in standard and high-definition modes, the above projections seem extremely conservative.
The new Western Digital HD TV Live Media Player makes it easy for anyone to play HD (high definition) videos stored on USB and network drives, as well as Internet content from popular Web sites, on the biggest screen in their home — their HD television. Building on the success of the WD TV HD media player, the WD TV Live HD media player offers a new, more responsive interface to help consumers enjoy a world of digital content in their living room, without a computer.
The network capability of the WD TV Live media player lets you stream or transfer movies from Windows PC or Macintosh computers or a network-attached storage device to HD TVs. The WD TV Live media player also allows you to stream rich content from YouTube, Flickr and Pandora. The HD onscreen menu brings together all of the users’ available media in an elegant and simple-to-navigate interface.
The WD TV Live media player features powerful media processing, which enables playback in Full-HD 1080p resolution. Western Digital HD TV Live Media Player also will play movies and photos stored on other popular USB devices such as digital camcorders and digital cameras.
Features of the Western Digital HD TV Live Media Player include: – Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation with the included remote control and crisp, animated navigation menus; – Play a wide variety of file formats including support for a wide variety of the most popular file formats with no need to spend time transcoding; – Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen TV and discover new music with Pandora Internet radio or listen to thousands of radio stations via Live365 Internet radio; – Ethernet port for wired or WiFi connection (where available) to access files anywhere on the network to play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on a home network; – Turns a USB drive into an HD media player and plays content from most popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices; – Unlimited media collection, just add more USB drives for more space; – Two USB ports for seamless media playback from multiple USB drives and ability to access them simultaneously while a media library feature collects the content on all the drives into one list sorted by media type; – Transfer files by copying, moving or deleting files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using the on-screen menus; – Picture Transfer Protocol support to show photos and movies directly from digital camera or video camera and or any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol; – Advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views, media library and search; – Photo viewing to create custom slide shows, zoom and pan and search; – Movie viewing with fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom and pan, view subtitles, and search; – Music playback with fast-forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and search; – File copying between USB devices; – HDMI 1.3 port, composite video and component video output for the highest quality HDTV or home theater at 720p or 1080p modes. – SPDIF digital output that sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience; and, – Ultra-compact design to fit easily into a home entertainment center.
Western Digital HD TV Live Media Player makes sense for the home that has a computer and an HDTV. It allows you to merge Internet video download assets from various websites and easily view them on a large screen HDTV. The Western Digital HD TV Live Media Player is firmware upgradeable and that opens possibilities for viewing 3D HDTV from web downloads, when available. Keep your DVD and Blu-ray players for now. The future is in Internet downloads. The future presents itself now with the Western Digital HD TV Live Media Player. It’s the accessory that every avid TV viewer and computer user must have.