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Western Digital's latest streaming player takes on Roku and Apple, with easy access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more, and includes full 1080p HD playback, WiFi, and Ethernet, all at a very affordable price. In addition to supporting many (though not all) streaming video services, the WD TV Play excels at playing back locally stored content. As Ars Technica puts it, with support for "a variety of video container formats," the Play is "the best at making all of your local content available without any fuss." Media-player expert Dave Zatz concurs, saying the Play "significantly outperforming native Roku and Apple TV capabilities in this area." Zatz also liked the Play's user interface, saying that its use of "Android-esque" widgets and apps sets it apart from the competition.

Critic reviews

7.1
11 reviews
  • Media support
    8.3
  • Video quality
    7.6
  • Audio quality
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    7.6
  • Design and form factor
    7.8

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8.5
2 reviews
8.0
CNET Feb 12, 2013

The WD TV Play is the best alternative to Roku and Apple TV for viewers looking to access their personal media collection.

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8.0
Ars Technica Feb 18, 2013

The Play is also the best at making all of your local content available without any fuss. With the available compatibility for various file types and one-touch access to some of the most popular streaming services currently available, the Play is definitely worth considering over the alternatives.

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6.0
Wired Mar 3, 2013

If you’re looking for a fast, simple way to get videos anywhere in your home onto your television, the WDTV Play’s simplicity makes it a decent option.

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6.0
PC Mag Mar 12, 2013

Western Digital's latest low-cost media hub, the WD TV Play, dabbles in many cord-cutting areas, but doesn't lead in any of them.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 12, 2013

... it turned out to be better than almost anything else we've used as a media player ... we think the price also makes the WD TV Play a great deal. There's support for portable hard drives, BBC iPlayer and Spotify which, typically, you'd end up paying out more cash for elsewhere.

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7.0
MacLife Mar 25, 2013

For owners of Apple TV or earlier WD TV models, there's not a lot to convince you to switch or upgrade. But if you're looking for a do-almost-everything streaming box, WD TV Play offers a lot of bang for just a few bucks, even if the "extras" don't amount to much.

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8.0
DesktopReview Feb 12, 2013

As a package, the WD TV Play is hard to beat. It offers users a modern UI, streaming videos galore, the ability to play almost any audio or video (or picture) file that you've got stored anywhere in your house - the list goes on and on.

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8.0
Zatz Not Funny Feb 22, 2013

Overall, we came away impressed with this versatile little guy and find the WDTV Play quite compelling. And it’s nice to finally see some 10′ interface innovation in this sector.

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6.0
TrustedReviews May 7, 2013

All in all the Play is good value for those looking to add functionality to a kitchen or bedroom TV, but we wouldn’t be happy with it for our living rooms.

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6.0
TechRadar Jun 4, 2013

Although its interface is attractive and versatile, its flakiness when streaming online services and limited codec support render the WD TV Play less of a bargain than its price otherwise seems.

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6.0
Digital Trends Feb 12, 2013

We suppose $70 is the right price for the WD TV Play, since it delivers 1080p video resolution plus the USB and Ethernet ports that the Roku 2 lacks for $10 less ... We’re just having a hard time being enthusiastic about the WD TV Play’s video quality.

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9.0
Pman Pman

This device kicks butt! Advantages It's $70 versus the $100 Apple TV and Rokus. Supports up to 1080p video Apps are pre-installed and it has more apps than the Apple TV It has a USB port Supports any media format (.avi, .m4v, .mkv, .mp3, you name it!) Supports any storage device (USB...

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