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The YouTube Leanback app is particularly bad, but others do it too. Memory and resources are not released after exiting various apps and the WD gets slower and slower and slower until you do a total hard reboot. Imunerable descriptions of this can be found in the TV products|Live Streaming subforum.
I have a couple of WD Live TV and have used them for years. I am also an Amazon Prime member. The issue I have is that WD Live TV does not support Amazon Prime. Also Amazon Fire TV does not support external video sources. What needs to be done to have Amazon Prime on my WD Live TV? Possibly, a firmware upgrade?
Really? Should this even be a suggestion? When I got this box home I was amazed that the media player wouldn't stream Netflix. The only reason I haven't returned it yet is the fact I like the form factor, WiFi streaming from my Linux box and the hope this basic feature will be added on the next update.
I'm keeping the receipt in case this wasn't just a fluke omission.
A complete web interface that allows browsing of the media library as well as controlling the device.
I use my WDTV for steaming music during the day and as such don't want to have a huge TV switched on all day, besides which I'm often not in the same room. The ability to remotely control the unit from a networked computer anywhere in the house would be a massive improvement - I wouldn't need to keep switching the telly on and standing in the front room while I selected the playlists...
At the moment the web control is a lame picture of the physical remote control, but if you can't physically see the connected TV this is pretty useless.
(Would also me nice if a folder with only playlists showed up in the media library or under the music section)
My apologies if this has been requested before as I have seen it mentioned in another forum.
A manageable feature to set a file as 'Watched' would certainly be a useful feature. Especially for TV Series. With so many of them available, it is often tough to keep track unless one has an excellant memory or marks it down somewhere. I used to manage the files on a local drive and archive them at my PC. Now I has a NAS system and don't want to delete the ones I've watched. My wife and I now keep a piece of paper by the TV and mark last watched.
The WDTV Live already has a basic feature which in Gallery or Thumbnail View, displays a half circle meaning it's been watched. However, if power is lost to the unit, this info is reset. If one can set favorite rating to a file, it shouldn't be too difficult to set 'Watched' ? I guess another way to manage it would be to put them all into favorites and remove them as they are watched.
Imagine for a second that you have a harddrive with 10 movies on it - then you let WD TV download the info and media thumbs for every one of those 10 movies. For every item (movie) it creates a folder (.#movietitle), a metathumb file (#movietitle.metathumb) AND an XML file (#movietitle.xml). That is additional 3 items for every movie - so 10 movies on the drive become 40 items (folders and files) on the drive.
Then lets bulk this up to a 3TB NAS drive with a 1000 movies... That becomes 3000 items (folders and files) in addition to the 1000 movies. As long as you're just accessing this through WD TV there is no big problem.
But try and open your NAS in Explorer on Windows - holy mother of.... That is a BIG BIG mess!!
Put all extra files and folders downloaded into one single top-folder - call it WDTVINFO for example... That one folder would cover ALL downloaded media info in any folder/sub-folder on our storage device. (Does it make sence??)
- Back to the future.mkv
- Pirates of silicon valley.mkv
- Trip to Paris()
- Big Bang Theory()
- Season 1()
- Episode 1.mkv
- Episode 2.mkv
- Season 2()
That way you keep a sleek looking overview when accessing the NAS or harddrive from Windows, MAC or Linux...
Hope you (WD) will make this as it will help a lot in overview of folders...
Watching a flick, every time I click on the Pause/Play the Information Bar appears. One third of the screen (up to half, because of 'fog' of this Information Bar) is not viewable. I have to press on the OK-button to turn it off.
Seeing the Information Bar is circumstantial, because I want to enjoy the freeze image. When I want to watch single images I have to click very often the Pause/Play. It causes trouble when I have to see the Information Bar every time.
Why does the Information Bar appear every time I press the Pause/Play or the OK-button? The user should have the possibility to turn off this Information Bar totally that it never appears when clicking on Pause/Play. It is suffice when the Information Bar apppears every time I click the OK-button.
Would be great to have this feature in an upcoming firmware update. :-)
Hulu buffering is weak on the TV Live. The Netflix app will buffer up to several minutes of video, making it possible to actually completely lose the Internet connection for almost 5 minutes while it continues to play (I've tried it). This is also evident by starting a movie on Netflix, hitting pause, and watching the Ethernet activity continue for several minutes.
On the other hand, Hulu only buffers a few seconds. This is bad for Internet connections with wildly fluctating bandwidth availability. Why can't Hulu buffer more? It can't use that much more RAM itself leaving no more for buffering.
This is with the quality settings turned way down on both services. Netflix is such a reliable streamer. Hulu not so much.
byequinef11-19-201112:51 AM - edited 11-26-201101:31 AM
the way we can zoom and pan when video are displayed is great. But one key feature is mising to be able to change the video playing ratio. it would be great to be able to select to play the video in real size, in full screen, in fit-to-screen or full screen with original ratio (the same way you can select the display format with windows media center). Most of the movie are in a different ratio than 16:9 and when the wd live streaming play them, it adds black area on top and bottom. If we zoom, we lose part of the image on the right and left. Changing the ratio should modify the video display but it could extend the video size to its maximum and fully cover the screen.
Any chance to get these added to the WDTV Live? I'm more than willing to add them myself, but have no clue how. I'd much rather add these than replace my WDTv live's completely. With how all the Geo-Blocking it would really improve the use of streaming in Canada.
I just switched from a competing product (Popcorn C-200) to WD TV Live Streaming and the feature I miss most is being able to use the number keys on the remote to jump into fixed percentage positions of a video(/audio). I.e. pressing 1 will jump to the first 10% of the movie, pressing 5 will jump to 50% of the movie , pressing 0 will jump to the very beginning of the movie etc. Right now the number keys are not used for anything on the remote so this feature would fit in well. Also the existing features on the remote to jump forward/backward in a video is not very easy to use.
I'd personally like to see in the services section an "app" platform, much like the roku, where developers can build their own apps and share them with the community, and you can pick whichever you like and have them on an apps dashboard. It's the way forward.