There needs to be a better system in place for those of us who have both our movie collections and our TV shows (across multiple HDDs).
We need to be able to combine folders in our Media Library, or be able to have a seperate Media Library just for TV.
An example as to why it doesn't work right now is, the only way to have your movies alphabeticalized across multiple hard drives is the Folder->All view. You can see how this would be a problem if you had over 500 TV shows in the "01 - Episode Title" format.
Right now the only solution seems to be to either
A) Buy another WDTV just for TV shows B) Reformat all my drives and raid them
A) isn't happening because I'd rather buy a more expensive player than have to buy another one. And B) isn't happening because I don't have an extra 15TB hanging around to transfer everything over.
Anyway, hopefully you guys do something to update your firmware for this.
Going to be looking at what Popcorn Hour has to offer in the meantime.
The WD TV Live is a fantastic player, but DRC does NOT work with DTS audio of any kind.
Some of us enjoy watching movies late at night, so a "Late Night" audio option that normalizes the sound would be fantastic. This would keep the sound from fluctuating from very low to very high and would keep the sound steady so that the overall volume on the TV or stereo system can be lowered while still being able to enjoy the audio at night.
I prefer the name "Normalize Audio" but "Late Night Mode" is probably more understood.
And I totally agree with that. Has passed for too long time and I am afraid that eventually we get nothing. I realize that there are difficulty to remove the pause between the different kinds of audio files. If you can not make Gapless playback for all kinds of music files I suggest limited to files described below. So, I mean, multitrack lossless files only - FLAC + CUE, APE + CUE, WAV + CUE. In multitrack lossless files not have a pauses between tracks. Pause between tracks artificially created after running the CUE file. I suggest that you run the Cue file, each track individually displayed and can be played without pauses wholly.
I'd like to request an option in the settings to change the default behaviour of the power button.
The possible selections might be:
Network-Stand-by (this is the current behaviour upon single power button press)
Power off (this is the behaviour for 5 second power button press)
Having the device going to stand-by (which consumes around 5W, depending on possibly attached USB devices) by default is actually the opposite of what the user wants.
I've never had a talk to any WDTV HD Live user who'd want the device to stay in such a stand-by mode. Plus, it is not quite a "green" approach for such a device. (considering as well that EU law forbids such high power consumptions during stand-by)
Allowing the user to change the power button to switch the device off completely would also help the users who are controlling the unit with a universal remote, as many manufacturers only allow for a single key press)
I'd appreciate if WD would consider such an option.
With the availability of faster USB3 external hard disks, it may be worthwhile to have an improved WD TV Live with USB3 ports instead of the current USB2 ports. I already included the following suggestion in an older post - it would be extremely positive to have the ability to read an ebook in a large monitor with the use of an upgraded WD TV Live. I would consider formats like TXT, PDF and Epub as a minimum list of supported ebook formats.
What this all in one media player is currently lacking for me personally is the ability to play my music/music video collection randomly, this could be achieved by allowing video in the music section. Pretty simple. Continuous play. Once an episode of a tv show ends it would be nice to continue to the next file automatically (also great for music video collection) Jukebox Mode. Set a folder full of audio files and video file to play how you want, the way you want. Let the good times roll???? I REALLY would use these options every day and it would enable me to remove my computer/network blueray player from the TV thereby making this great device a true All In One solution.
I own a WD TV LIve SMP and I love that it can play all the video formats I own.
I use it with a Full HD TV(Samsung 40F5100) dedicated to watching content (both SD and HD) with WD TV Live SMP.
The issue is, I miss the option "fit to screen" on WD TV Live SMP .
Of course I can do it with zoom functionalty of the TV set for the video being played but the problem is in the zoomed out mode :
I cant see the duration of the video, "skip to" button as the WD bottom bar is not visible when TV is zoomed out.
I have to switch between 2 remotes (TV and WD) to switch the content and zoom in/out , which is not very convenient.
I think this feature would definitely add a value to this product .
I know some people prefer to see the video in the original format 16:9 and 4:3.
But with "fit to screen" option viewers can keep the TV on one fixed ,zoom or wide zoom mode making it more convenient for all.
So I guess, to summarize the take away would be the convenience to use "one remote" which watching and switiching through videos of varying aspect ratios which I dont feel is very hard to achieve and is a definite value addition for an already great product.
Could we please have the XML movie info/movie sheets for movies over network shares... Even if these need to be saved on the network HDD or on a local USB just for settings and moviesheets or whatever, just really need movie sheets for network shares movies. Thanks.
I go to great trouble to properly name my video, audio and subtitle tracks in MKV files, but the WD TV Live does not show the names of these tracks, but rather "Audio: DTS" or "Subtitle: On" instead of "Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1" and "Subtitle: English SDH"
Please add this feature as sometimes there are more than 1 audio or subtitle track present and switching to them can be annoying if you don't know what it is.
I'd like to know what the audio track that I'm switching is, rather than "Audio: DTS" that I labeled as "Audio: English: DTS Mono"
Subtitles have more use such as "Subtitle: Commentary"