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Nask26
Mar 18, 2009


I got all excited about that app and then realized quickly it's only for the new box. I really hope they add this to at least the plus. Supposedly they have an update planned for January.

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Railroad5
Jun 24, 2005


Just received my WD Live Plus. When loading Netflix it loads the menu and even loads the movies but give the error "We're having trouble playing this title. Please try again." Also after inputting my user name and password it does not display an activation code. Youtube plays just fine. I've power cycled, factory resetted and downgraded the firmware to 1.05.04. I'm connected through a wifi adapter and have disabled the firewall in my router. Any ideas?

BeefofAges
Jun 5, 2004

Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the cows of war.



Log into netflix and press up up down down left right left right up up up and take a screenshot of the resulting screen. Email it to netflix tech support and ask them what's up.

Built 4 Cuban Linux
Jul 15, 2007

i own america

Can the WD TV Live Streaming be hacked to add torrent capabilities and whatnot? Or do I need to return it and get an older model? It's hard to find reliable information about this. This is the one I'm asking about : http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...26662067&sr=8-1

Nask26
Mar 18, 2009


Built 4 Cuban Linux posted:

Can the WD TV Live Streaming be hacked to add torrent capabilities and whatnot? Or do I need to return it and get an older model? It's hard to find reliable information about this. This is the one I'm asking about : http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...26662067&sr=8-1

I don't think so, The new version just came out a few weeks ago I believe. You could checkout the forum http://forum.wdlxtv.com/ and ask around if its even planned to support it.

ClassH
Mar 17, 2008


Thumposaurus posted:

It seems like it either will work as seeing the computer as a media server, or as a network share, but only one or the other. If one way works the other doesn't and it changes randomly. I'd prefer it to work all the time with the network share so the thumbnails work but for now it's stuck in server mode.
I'm going to try and flash the b-rad firmware that is floating around it looks like it solves alot of the factory bugs.

Turn on netbios on the computer you are streaming from. (Windows 7 only turns it on if it detects a legacy device) I would only have the file browser show up sometimes also, after I turned that on it shows up every time.

Built 4 Cuban Linux
Jul 15, 2007

i own america

Any way to get volume control on the latest version of the WDLXTV custom firmware?

You can control volume with the iPhone app, but it only works with the latest official firmware (the custom stuff is based on a slightly older version). There are some Javascript plugins to control volume with the remote, but they only work with super old versions of the firmware. I'm right in between with the firmware based on 1.05.04. Any tips?

bilperkins2
Nov 22, 2004

Fashion for Dogz


Is there any way to access this over the internet (i.e. NOT local)? I sometimes want to add files to it when I'm not at home. I know it'll be slow but the files aren't big and it's less annoying than putting them on a stick and bringing them home to copy locally.

Cornjob
Jun 12, 2007

NOT AN ACTOR


I loaned my old popcorn hour A110 to a friend, and it got destroyed, so he bought me an A-300 to replace it. I have it unopened, still in the box. Any takers? Im in SoCal. $150 and its yours.

Thumposaurus
Jul 24, 2007



Drizzt01 posted:

Turn on netbios on the computer you are streaming from. (Windows 7 only turns it on if it detects a legacy device) I would only have the file browser show up sometimes also, after I turned that on it shows up every time.

It had been working for a few weeks again, but stopped the other day for no reason.
I turned the netbios on and BAM! works perfectly now.
Thanks for the tip

kyuss
Nov 6, 2004



bilperkins2 posted:

Is there any way to access this over the internet (i.e. NOT local)? I sometimes want to add files to it when I'm not at home. I know it'll be slow but the files aren't big and it's less annoying than putting them on a stick and bringing them home to copy locally.

After installing that custom firmware, you should be able to access it with SSH / SCP easily enough.
Set an an appropriate rule in your router, register with a dynamic DNS provider and you should be set.

Chainclaw
Feb 14, 2009



I want to put all my Blu-Rays and DVDs onto a device that can also stream Netflix, Youtube, and Amazon. I also don't want to spend much getting this setup (less than $300), and I want it to be as easy to use guest-friendly as possible. Currently we use the PS3 for Netflix, and connect our laptops using HDMI for Youtube/Amazon/other content, and I don't have a solution for video storage. Poking around here and other places, looking at HTPC, Boxee, Roku (there's no Roku thread on SA that I could find), NAS, PS3/Xbox 360 streaming solutions, and other stuff, it seemed the best and cheapest bet was to get a set top streaming box, and a NAS. At first I was looking at the Roku, but search results were implying that playing content from network attached storage was a hassle, and a few results pointed at the WDTV.

So would getting a WDTV Live and a My Book Live 2TB let me accomplish these goals? I picked the My Book because it's also Western Digital, and seems like I would have the least problems.

Also, the WDTV Live Hub looks great, except I want to use the NAS for other storage, and my router is in a different room than my TV.

Chainclaw fucked around with this message at Feb 1, 2012 around 01:48

GEMorris
Aug 28, 2002

Glory To the Order!


Chainclaw posted:

I want to put all my Blu-Rays and DVDs onto a device that can also stream Netflix, Youtube, and Amazon. I also don't want to spend much getting this setup (less than $300), and I want it to be as easy to use guest-friendly as possible. Currently we use the PS3 for Netflix, and connect our laptops using HDMI for Youtube/Amazon/other content, and I don't have a solution for video storage. Poking around here and other places, looking at HTPC, Boxee, Roku (there's no Roku thread on SA that I could find), NAS, PS3/Xbox 360 streaming solutions, and other stuff, it seemed the best and cheapest bet was to get a set top streaming box, and a NAS. At first I was looking at the Roku, but search results were implying that playing content from network attached storage was a hassle, and a few results pointed at the WDTV.

So would getting a WDTV Live and a My Book Live 2TB let me accomplish these goals? I picked the My Book because it's also Western Digital, and seems like I would have the least problems.

Also, the WDTV Live Hub looks great, except I want to use the NAS for other storage, and my router is in a different room than my TV.

I have the WDTV Live Streaming and a QNAP NAS that we use for media and household filesharing. I love it and its very easy to set up. You just need to decide what fileserving solution you want to use (NAS, old desktop, directly attached drive, etc).

Chainclaw
Feb 14, 2009



Picked up a WD TV Live and My Book Live yesterday from Fry's (they price match Amazon now). Really easy to get everything setup, I ripped a few Blu-Rays, put them on the My Book, and was able to watch them no problem.

The Netflix interface on the WD TV is identical to the PS3 version, and I had no problem getting it to see the My Book and play video off of it. It meets my needs so far just fine, but it's far from flashy.

Is there a way to "bookmark" services, or add them to the front menu somehow? Part of the idea behind this is for it to be a super simple Netflix box for when we have guests over. Having them navigate to the services menu and scroll over to Netflix is complicated for non-techy people like my mom.

Also, I haven't been able to get the RSS stuff to work at all. For things that require me to log in, like Giant Bomb's premium feeds, it won't add it. For Giant Bomb's non-premium feed, it shows the feed but doesn't let me click through to videos. For youtube, it shows the feeds I add, but it doesn't show videos when I click through them, it just shows the single frame image that a youtube video shows before you click it.

I also would love a cleaner way to browse the video selection off of the NAS. I was hoping it would be a grid of box art or something, instead it's just some folder navigation and filenames.

Other than that, it seems great, and it will be nice to not stress out over people leaving the PS3 on overnight by accident.

Thumposaurus
Jul 24, 2007



Push the option button and change the view to thumbnail view instead of list view and it should display whatever the folder.jpg is in the folder.

Bag of Sun Chips
Jun 7, 2003


Can somebody with the newer WD TV describe the UI, particularly networked content? Is it just a list of your file names?

mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006



Corbet posted:

Can somebody with the newer WD TV describe the UI, particularly networked content? Is it just a list of your file names?

There are a few options--you can get a list of file names, a grid of thumbnails (reading the folder.jpg in each folder), or a bigger gallery view. I'm actually pretty happy with the interface.

ZetsurinPower
Dec 14, 2003

I looooove leftovers!

I would kill an orphan to be able to organize by date modified

Radio Talmudist
Sep 29, 2008


Is there subtitle support? I watch quite a lot of foreign flicks.

I bought an AppleTV over the summer instead of the WDTV Live, which was my second choice. I did so because I thought ATV Flash would make the atv a superior media player. I was wrong. It can be a bitch to get working right. Lets not forget it only outputs in 720p.

Maybe I'll sell this on ebay and get a WDTV live instead.

SB35
Jul 6, 2007
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

Radio Talmudist posted:

Is there subtitle support? I watch quite a lot of foreign flicks.

I bought an AppleTV over the summer instead of the WDTV Live, which was my second choice. I did so because I thought ATV Flash would make the atv a superior media player. I was wrong. It can be a bitch to get working right. Lets not forget it only outputs in 720p.

Maybe I'll sell this on ebay and get a WDTV live instead.

there is definitely subtitle support. English subs work great, the only ones I've problems with were Chinese subs, they were hit and miss.

Uncle Ivan
Aug 31, 2001


Cornjob posted:

I loaned my old popcorn hour A110 to a friend, and it got destroyed, so he bought me an A-300 to replace it. I have it unopened, still in the box. Any takers? Im in SoCal. $150 and its yours.

I'm interested. Would you be able to ship to NY?

Chainclaw
Feb 14, 2009



My girlfriend absolutely hated the WDTV. It was kind of laggy, slow to boot up, it seemed to crash often, both randomly and when she tried rewinding. I picked up a Roku, which she likes way more, the UI is easier, it runs way faster, but it doesn't do Youtube, and I spent 4 hours last night trying to figure out if I could stream video off of my NAS, and got nowhere. It seemed possible, but there was a million caveats and weird tricks and headaches to it, whereas my WDTV was setup to stream off my NAS in all of 5 minutes.

I think I'm going to have both of these hockey pucks in front of my TV for a while. I'm sure it'll expand to an Apple TV at some point just because I hate myself.

If I do get the Roku working, I might bring the WDTV into work and hook it up to the TV in our gym, would be a great way to get Netflix going while working out.

Nask26
Mar 18, 2009


Chainclaw posted:

My girlfriend absolutely hated the WDTV. It was kind of laggy, slow to boot up, it seemed to crash often, both randomly and when she tried rewinding. I picked up a Roku, which she likes way more, the UI is easier, it runs way faster, but it doesn't do Youtube, and I spent 4 hours last night trying to figure out if I could stream video off of my NAS, and got nowhere. It seemed possible, but there was a million caveats and weird tricks and headaches to it, whereas my WDTV was setup to stream off my NAS in all of 5 minutes.

I think I'm going to have both of these hockey pucks in front of my TV for a while. I'm sure it'll expand to an Apple TV at some point just because I hate myself.

If I do get the Roku working, I might bring the WDTV into work and hook it up to the TV in our gym, would be a great way to get Netflix going while working out.
give the wdxltv firmware a shot. It's much faster for me then stock.

devmd01
Mar 7, 2006

This hat isn't the only
thing that's big

I am selling my WDTV Live Plus HD over in SA-Mart for cheap if anyone is interested in getting one.

BIZORT
Jan 24, 2003



I have a WDTV Live HD player here in Australia and I can't seem to get the mlb.tv application to show up anywhere. I'm using the most recent wdlxtv firmware and am using a paid DNS service (usvideo, aka unblock-us) that I use to be able to access US-only services. From what I can tell, though, the mlb application should show up here in Australia even without the DNS service.

kyuss
Nov 6, 2004



Unblock-Us isn't a DNS service but a VPN service. That means for every service provider you appear like a genuine US citizen (because of a genuine US IP adress).

Now obviously, if a WDTV device detects the country its running in by your public (VPN endpoint) IP adress, you are out of luck.

(There might be a way to make the WDTV bypass the VPN tunnel, so it appears with your Australian IP adress, unless the VPN tunnel is established directly by your router.)

SB35
Jul 6, 2007
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

I just followed this write-up on lifehacker on how to use DLNA to view/listen to media from my phone on my TV via WDTV and I must say it was neato. Give it a try if you've got a smartphone.

Tomahawk
Aug 12, 2003


So can I hook this thing directly up to an external HDD? Is that optimal? I feel like streaming 1080p videos on my connection will be a nightmare.

SB35
Jul 6, 2007
Move along folks, nothing to see here.

Tomahawk posted:

So can I hook this thing directly up to an external HDD? Is that optimal? I feel like streaming 1080p videos on my connection will be a nightmare.

Sure, there's 2 USB ports. You can plug in a flash drive or external HD. It's probably the easiest way.

FogHelmut
Dec 18, 2003

Your authority is not recognized in Fort Kickass.


Tomahawk posted:

So can I hook this thing directly up to an external HDD? Is that optimal? I feel like streaming 1080p videos on my connection will be a nightmare.


Streaming works great. I have a 6 tb USB RAID box hooked up to mine shared as a NAS. But I've played directly from that, streamed over WiFi, over network hard line, its all good. I have a WDTV Live Plus from 2 years ago, I'm sure the modern day versions are better.

Chain Lightning
Dec 24, 2003


I love my WDTV box. I'd put it up against any of the other boxes. anything short of a full blown newer processor htpc would pale in comparison. I have it running the new B-Rad firmware with movie sheets enabled. watching 1080p 3d movies on my new tv rocks with this thing.

Slanderer
May 6, 2007

anger issues


Anyone else have problems with Netflix on it? Every so often, it claims my account is deactivated, forcing me to veeeeeeeeery slowly enter in my info again (why the hell the UI is so unresponsive, anywaY?). I figure it might actually be my netflix account, since it stopped claiming I had any devices registered months back....

chizad
Jul 9, 2001

'Cus we find ourselves in the same old mess
Singin' drunken lullabies

Slanderer posted:

Anyone else have problems with Netflix on it? Every so often, it claims my account is deactivated, forcing me to veeeeeeeeery slowly enter in my info again (why the hell the UI is so unresponsive, anywaY?). I figure it might actually be my netflix account, since it stopped claiming I had any devices registered months back....

I've got the latest version (the WDTV Live Streaming Media Player or whatever the hell it's called) and I've had that happen to me a few times. I haven't noticed any issues with the UI being unresponsive when I have to enter in my password. But I keep a spare keyboard in my entertainment center so I can plug it in to the WDTV to enter passwords or search terms or whatever, so I don't know if that makes a difference.

mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006



Slanderer posted:

Anyone else have problems with Netflix on it? Every so often, it claims my account is deactivated, forcing me to veeeeeeeeery slowly enter in my info again (why the hell the UI is so unresponsive, anywaY?). I figure it might actually be my netflix account, since it stopped claiming I had any devices registered months back....

Yeah same thing happens to me periodically, probably some bug.

Slanderer
May 6, 2007

anger issues


Wait, it recognizes USB keyboards? I thought that it might, at least as a left over feature from development / integral component of the OS, but I didn't even bother trying!

But the problem with the UI isn't just the password screen, it's just a general "lag", combined with a pretty slow max rate of moving from item to item.

But just now, I tried using my official remote instead of my Logitech Harmony. Looks life that was the source of some the lag, but overall, the UI is still sluggish. At least in my opinion.

BeefofAges
Jun 5, 2004

Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the cows of war.



Netflix is slow because it's actually an HTML5 site running in a stripped down browser.

USB keyboards work on purpose, not just as a leftover development feature.

Zeitgueist
Aug 8, 2003


I'm finally replacing my original Xbox XBMC setup, since I can't relibably run x264 files without giving it a heart attack. I've done some research and the WDTV seems like the best way to go.

What I'm a bit confused about is the difference between various models:

WDTV Live
WDTV Live Plus
WDTV Live Hub
WDTV Live HD


My current setup is running standard definition video from my desktop, through an SMB share, to the XBMC, and from there to my receiver and two my CRT television. I have a physical ethernet line run, so I'm not caring about wifi.

Tapedump
Aug 31, 2007

Oh, just leave that anywhere...


Zeitgueist posted:

WDTV Live
WDTV Live Plus
WDTV Live Hub
WDTV Live HD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD_TV might help. Just maybe.

Kerpal
Jul 20, 2003

Well that's weird.

Does anyone know how the WD TV Live Streaming (the newest model from that Wiki article) compares to the Boxee or running XBMC on an HTPC? I primarily want to be able to run Netflix and play a large media library (over 600 movies) via Samba from a Linux server. devmd01, I see you were replacing your WD TV with a Boxee. Any reason you are choosing it over this? I know some people were complaining that the UI seemed sluggish. I had a similar experience using the Boxee software running on a PC until they discontinued it.

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clockworx
Oct 15, 2005
The Internet Whore made me buy this account

What's the consensus on custom firmware for last-gen models? "May as well, no harm" or "only if you need it?"

EDIT: Whoa, ipkg support? Going to have to try installing CUPS and printing support.

clockworx fucked around with this message at Apr 11, 2012 around 00:15

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