Western Digital WD TV Play

81
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

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.

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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Audio / video player
Audio codec support
AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV
Video services
Netflix, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Rhapsody, Spotify, Other
Video outputs
HDMI
Audio outputs
via HDMI, TOSLINK (optical)
WiFi
yes
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]

General

Type
Audio / video player

Supported media

Audio codec support
AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV
Video playback
yes (AVI, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, XviD)
Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Services

Video services
Netflix, YouTube, Other
Audio services
Rhapsody, Spotify, Other
Photo services
Picasa, Other

Storage

USB
2.0 (1 ports)

Speakers

Speakers
None

Remote

Remote (included)
yes
IR blaster
no
Serial control
no

Power

Power adapter
External

Other features

Upgradeable firmware
yes
Front text display
no

Outputs

Video outputs
HDMI (1 outputs) (v1.4)
Audio outputs
via HDMI, TOSLINK (optical)

Inputs

Video input support
no
Audio input support
no

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100 [Fast Ethernet]
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