Western Digital HD Media Player

I know that people are usually looking for a media player to play their shows on and something that plays different kinds of media and something simple. Other then building your own media PC this is the best and simplest player I have seen around, 1080p without a hitch, doesn’t matter if its an External HD which is Mac formatted or PC formatted but this is your best bet and very simple to operate. Just attached the external drive with all the shows and movie, choose what you want and enjoy.

  • Thumbnail and list views – Browse your content by filename or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art.
  • Media Library – This unique feature lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can view content by categories such as genre, album, artist and date. / Search – Search by genre, title, artist, filename and partial filename
  • Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
  • Movie viewing – Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan; View subtitles – Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
  • Music – Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat; Supported USB Device file systems: FAT-32, NTFS, HFS+ (no journaling)

File Formats Supported

  • Music – MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
  • Graphics – JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
  • Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264)
  • Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL Subtitle -SRT (UTF-8)

Note:

  • MPEG2/4, H.264, and WMV9 supports up to 1920x1080p 24fps, 1920x1080i 30fps, 1280x720p 60fps resolution.
  • An audio receiver is required for surround sound output.
  • AAC/Dolby Digital decodes in 2 channel output only.
  • JPEG does not support CMYK or lossless.
  • BMP supports uncompressed format only.
  • TIF/TIFF supports single layer only.

Price: $110
Link: Amazon

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

24 Comments

  1. Wise

    I have popcorn hour media player. http://www.popcornhour.com

    Its the best player out there. but it has a small drawback, it does not support Arabic subtitle !

    Do you know if this Player support Arabic Subtitle ?

  2. Hey…I bought this ages ago. Its everything you described and it really added another dimension to the diwaniya cinema…

    You can get at Carrefour for roughly the same price (35 KD if I’m not mistaken) and no waiting…and no American adapter or what have you. I bought the WD 1 TB harddrive too and the combination is phenomenal…(plays .mkv so HD torrents shouldn’t be an issue…suggestion: True Blood HD torrents)

  3. i want this product but don’t know why i didn’t buy it already! “

  4. U can get it from Xcite at Baitak tower, and it’s pretty tiny

  5. just one note, if the drive is formated as Mac OS Extended Journaled the WD wont read it.

  6. Q

    i bought it 2 months ago from al-ghanim electronics in fhaiheel, it about 32 KD which is very good deal…. so far its amazing

  7. I have that. It’s badass and very simple. =O

  8. Glen

    Well.. I’d say the popcorn hour is the ultimate multimedia player.. Plays over the network.. Play HD movies all the way upto 1080p n has a digital audio out giving u beautiful DTS or DD sound..

    Nothing beats that coupled with a THX Onkyp HT n 42 inch LCD :)

  9. Q80 In Denver

    Marzouq .. Again? :p “7a6ait eedik 3ala el jar7” hehe ma ra7 en’7ale9 :p ok ok let’s talk :p ok I was thinking of media player for all the movies and series that i download from the internet HD or not.. I had a look on this one and it feels and looks great at first BUT when I read comments and reviews many drawbacks comes with this .. the biggest is that It Lags ALOT! and it reboot while watching a movie or series episode! this had me to look elsewhere .. so I looked further and FOUND IT! the killer media player :) “HDX 1000″

    Specification Overview:-

    CASE
    Solid Aluminium Alloy Case
    SDHC and MMC Card Reader
    Hardware Power ON/OFF Switch
    Compatible with 3.5″ and 2.5” SATA HDD
    Support Vertical or horizontal placement

    CPU
    Sigma Designs SMP8635 Rev. C

    Memory
    DDR DRAM : 64-bit 512Mb
    External NOR Flash : 16-bit 256Mbit

    Audio/Video outputs
    Gold plated HDMI v1.3a (up to 1080p)
    Gold plated Component Video (up to 1080p)
    Gold plated Composite Video
    Gold plated Stereo Analog Audio
    Gold plated S/PDIF Coaxial Digital Audio
    Optical Digital Audio

    Hardware Connectivity
    2x USB 2.0 host
    1x USB 2.0 Slave
    Serial ATA (SATA)
    Ethernet 10/100

    Dimension and Weight:
    20 x 20 x 5.5cm / 1.5kg
    Shipping Weight / 2kg

    Package Content:
    1 x HDX 1000 Player
    1 x HDMI Cable
    1 x Remote control with batteries
    1 x 110~240 power supply
    1 x User Guide

    Streaming Connectivity
    Bonjour
    UPnP SSDP
    DLNA
    Windows Media Connect
    Windows Media Player NSS
    SMB
    NFS
    HTTP servers: myiHome, WizD, SwissCenter, MSP Portal, Llink, GB-PVR
    BitTorrent P2P
    NAS access : SMB, NFS, FTP

    Web services
    Video : YouTube, Google Video, MetaCafe, VideoCast, DL.TV, Cranky Geeks
    Audio : iPodcast, Radiobox, ABC News
    Photo : Flickr, Picasa
    RSS feed : Yahoo! Weather, Yahoo! Traffic alerts, Yahoo! Stock, Cinecast, Traffic Conditions.
    Internet Radio : Shoutcast

    Media files supported

    Video containers:
    MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V)
    MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG)
    MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS)
    VOB
    AVI, ASF, WMV
    Matroska (MKV)
    MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4

    Video codecs:
    XVID SD/HD
    MPEG-1
    MPEG-2
    [email protected]
    MPEG-4.2
    [email protected], 720p, 1-point GMC
    WMV9
    [email protected]
    H.264
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    Audio containers:
    AAC, M4A
    MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA)
    WAV
    WMA

    Audio codecs:
    WMA, WMA Pro
    AAC
    MP1, MP2, MP3
    LPCM 5.1/7.1
    FLAC
    DTS, AC3 (supported via pass through to decoder)

    Picture formats :
    JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF

    DVD RIP Format:
    ISO, IFO

    Subtitle formats :
    SRT, SMI, SUB, SSA

    Subtitle Language:
    english,gb,big5,german,greek,hebrew,russian,dutch,french,italian,czech,swedish,spanish,polish,
    portuguese,bulgarian,norwegian,hungarian,slovenian,japanese,nimen

    THIS IS THE ULTIMATE MEDIA PLAYER! no glitches, no stupid stuff (lacking format .. mkv, blah blah kind of stuff) so it will play EVERYTHING you throw at! :)

  10. Q80 In Denver

    yeah and it plays all new audio formats (DTS-HD, DOLBY TRUE HD, PLUS, and so on)

  11. anonymous

    Excuse my ignorance,
    I hook that up to a tv and watch/listen to whatever is in there?

  12. Komsomol

    Popcorn hour is so much more expensive then this unit.

    You can’t really compare them.

  13. I’ve got the popcorn hour too, it is the ultimate budget media player, but it will run you a little bit more than this WD, the popcorn hour A110 is around $250(hard disk is extra). but the good thing is that the firmware is constantly updated and all of the widely used formats are supported. it also supports some basic plugins and wares. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, the only drawbacks though are the lack of arabic subtitles and the thumbnails view need some fiddling and tweaking to be turned on
    for more info
    http://www.networkmediatank.com

  14. Rashisha

    Hmmmm I really need to get one

  15. Glen

    AQ: I’d second that… Its a litle more expensive but its definitely work the money… If you have your home network you wont even need the additional hard drive.. play the files off the network.. I have the A-100 costed me KD 60 with shipping..

    I didnt know bout the Arabic subtitles.. i always thought PCH was flawless :)

  16. does it support a 5.1 sound? DTS? i read on the box it’s only 2 channel support!
    can anyone confirm

  17. Q80 In Denver

    @vampire

    If are talking about it WD MEDIA then yes it does support 5.1 Dolby Digital .. No latest surround sound (dolby-HD, DTS-HD MASTER)

  18. DnDon

    it cost 30,990 K.D

    Carrefour Avenues

  19. Naveed

    I have just bought a WD Media player; connected to the TV using HDMI cable and the sound to my home theatre with an optical cable. The DVD ripped movies work fine; however the BluRay ripped movies (5.1) doesn’t have any sound! The setting on the WD for sound is set as digital. Somebody please help.

  20. brianbuys

    It’s true this is a very good player for the money though it does have buggy issues as many have reported. Too bad western digital has not released a firmware version yet to fix these problems. once they do this will be a hard to beat player since it can do ALMOST everything you would want it to do. Seems there are two types now: with and w/o hard drive. those with HDD like the Mediagate or Popcorn hour are a good choice. those w/o hard drives like the WD TV, IOMEGA Screenplay are good too but you have to attach some sort of external usb storage anyway. So choose wisely. If you are looking for something that may be better than the WD TV, search for this: “Mediagate MG-M2TV”. this is the newest player from Mediagate which can do everything the WD TV can but actually supports more formats like RMVB (real video) for many Asian videos. so this is one item i’m really looking forward to. hoping the reviews are good on this one.

  21. Bilal

    @ Naveed

    Dude the best way is to actually convert the audio file to an ac3 format and then remux the file. This will not affect your video quality at all and will keep the original resolution, it’ll only downgrade the audio into a format you can hear, im doing the same.

  22. Dave

    I’ve had the same issue with Audio not working on MKV files???

    what do we use to convert the audio so we can hear it
    Video plays crisp…

  23. Raj

    Try the firmware update. its on http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/.

    Seem to have a problem playing the big 1080 files though. Got a transformer rip that is 12 gigs and there is a pixel drag !

  24. tony

    hi i am on holiday and brought my WDHD media player with me and forgot to bring the remote control with me, does anyone know the code so i can control this with a universal remote……….your help would be appreciated we are in florida and its raining big time and the kids are bored !!!!!!!!!

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