Western Digital WD TV Live Streaming Media Player Photos

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WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Box - Front and Rear View

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Box - Front and Rear View
WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Box - Front and Rear View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

To start off this look at the Western Digital WD TV Live, here is a photo of the box it comes in. On the left is the front of the box which has an image of the media player.

On the right side of this photo is a look at rear of the box which features illustrations of what the WD TV Live does..

The basic features of the WD TV Live include:

1. Streaming Media Player featuring playback from USB device, home network, and the internet. Access to a host of internet audio/video content providers, including Netflix, HuluPlus, and Spotify.

2. 1080p resolution video output via HDMI.

3. Front and rear mounted USB ports provided for access to content on USB Flash Drives, many Digital Still Cameras, and other compatible devices.

4. Onscreen user interface allows easy setup, operation, and navigation of the WD TV Live media player functions.

5. Built-in Ethernet and WiFi network connection options.

6. Wireless remote control included.

7. Video output connection options include composite (via provided adapter cable) and HDMI.

8. Audio connection options include analog stereo (via 3.5mm adapter) and Digital Optical. Dolby Digital and DTS compatible.

For a more in-depth listing, explanation, and perspective on the features and connections of the WD TV Live, refer to my Full Review.

For a look at everything that is inside the box, proceed to the next photo...

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WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Front View w/Included Accessories

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Front View with Included Accessories
WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Front View with Included Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at everything that comes in the WD TV Live package.

In the back center of the photo is the well-illustrated Quick Install Guide.

Moving down and to the left is a copy of the Support Documentation, Wireless Remote Control and Batteries, the actual WD TV unit, Composite Video/Analog Stereo adapter cable, and AC Adapter.

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WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Front and Rear View

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Front and Rear View
WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Front and Rear View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a view of the both the front (top) and rear (bottom) panels of the WD TV Live unit.

As you can see, there is not physical on/off power button on the WD TV unit. This means that the on/off, as well as all the other functions, can only be accessed by the provided remote control. Don't lose your remote!

Moving to the far right of the front panel is a USB port for access content stored on compatible devices, such as flash drives, digital camera, and portable media players.

Also, it must be noted that, although not visible in this photo, is a reset button mounted underneath the front panel USB port.

Moving to the bottom portion of the photo is a look at the rear connection panel of the WD TV Live.

Starting on the far left is DC power input where you connect the provided AC to DC power adapter.

Moving right, first there is Digital Optical audio output.

Next is the LAN or Ethernet connection. This provides one way to connect the WD TV Live to your internet router. However, if you choose to use the built-in WiFi connection option, you do not need to use the Ethernet connection.

Continuing right, the next connection shown is the HDMI output. This connection allows both audio and video (up to 1080p) to be output to an HDMI-equipped home theater receiver or HDTV.

Moving to the right of the HDMI output is the rear mounted USB port.

Finally, on the far right, is a 3.5mm AV connection output for Composite video and analog stereo. You must use the provided A/V adapter cable to make the connection on this end. The other end of the adapter cable has standard RCA connections for your TV and/or home theater system.

For a look at the side panel connection of the WD TV Live, proceed to the next photo...

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WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Remote Control

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Remote Control
WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is the Wireless Remote Control provided with the Media Player.

As you can see, the remote is of average size (in fact is almost as big as the entire WD TV live unit), and it fits easily in your hand. The buttons on the remote are not too small, but the remote is not backlit, making it tricky to use in a darkened room.

Across the top of the remote are the Power and Home Menu buttons.

Moving down are Subtitle and Audio output selection buttons.

Next are transport buttons (Play, Pause, FF, Rewind, Chapter Advance).

Moving further own are the menu navigation controls and audio mute buttons.

Next is a row consisting of green (A), red (B), yellow (C), and blue (D) buttons. These buttons are shortcut buttons that can be assigned and reassigned depending on need or preference.

Finally, on the bottom of remote are the direct access alphabetical and numeric buttons. These buttons can used to type in needed codes or access chapters or tracks. It is also important to note that the direct access letters and numbers can also be access via a compatible external keyboard.

For a look at the main onscreen menu, proceed to the next photo...

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WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Setup Menu

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Setup Menu
WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Setup Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the main Setup menu for WD TV Live.

The Setup menu is divided into nine categories or submenus.

Starting from left, down the right column are:

1. Audio/Video Output: Allows setting of video signal output (composite, HDMI, NTSC,PAL), Aspect Ratio (Normal - 4:3/Widescreen - 16:9), Audio Output (Stereo only, Digital Pass Through via Digital Optical only, Digital Pass Through via HDMI only).

2. Appearance: Options provided include Language, Screen Size Calibration (overscan/underscan setting), User Interface Themes (customizable look for user interface), User Interface Backgrounds (customizable look for menu background image), and Screensaver Delay.

3. Video Settings: Options include - Video Playback Sequence (Repeat All, Repeat One, Audio Channel Selection, Favorite (sets your favorite videos), Rate (rate your videos), DVD menu display on/off, Subtitle display options, Video Browser Display options.

4. Music Settings: Options here include: Music Playback Sequence, Audio Track Display, Background Music Info Panel, Resume Music Longer than 15 minutes, Music Browser display.

5. Photo Settings: Includes settings for Slideshow Sequence (normal, shuffle, repeat all, repeat all and shuffle), Slideshow Transition, Slideshow Interval Time, Photo Scaling, and Photo Browser Display options.

Moving to next column and then down are:

6. Network Settings: Select Wired or Wireless, Automatic or Manual, Check Connection, Device Name, and additional settings for connecting the WD TV Live to your router and home network.

7. Operation: Provides options for Remote Settings (A, B, C, D buttons), Delete Music presets, and Auto-play On/Off when a USB device is inserted into USB port 1 (front USB port).

8. System: Additional settings, such as setting the internal Clock, Enable or Clear Media Library, and Get Content Info (searches out metadata info such as Artwork or Notes associated with music or video files, Meta-Source Manager (allows you to select a source for any wanted metadata info associated with movies, music, or TV shows, Device Security settings (including Parental Control settings), Additional Encoding support such accessing secondary language display, Device Registration, LED power status light on/off, Device Resent, Device Restart, Check Latest Firmware, and Auto-Detect Latest Fimware.

9. About: Selecting this option displays the your Network Info (MAC and IP addresses, etc...), Device Info (shows current firmware version in use, plus the part number and serial number of your WD TV unit), and Online Service Info (Netflix and other content provider account numbers).

For a look at the internet streaming menu options, proceed to the next photo...

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WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Internet Streaming Menu

WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Internet Streaming Menu
WD TV Live Streaming Media Player - Photo of Internet Streaming Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the current listing (as of the time this review was written), displayed on two menu pages, of the online content services accessible by the WD-TV Live.

The services are from left to right (menu page one):

Accuweather

CinemaNow

Daily Motion

Facebook

Flickr

Flingo

HuluPlus

Live 365

Mediafly

Netflix

Pandora

Picasa

Shoutcast Radio

Additional services from left to right (menu page two):

Spotify

TuneIn Radio

YouTube

Note: Since the above photo was take, the Vimeo service has been added via Firmware update.

Final Take

The Western Digital WD TV Live is a great example of the new breed of network media players and media streamers that make a great addition to your TV viewing and home theater experience by providing convenient access to audio, video, and still image content from the internet, USB devices, and PCs or media servers. The WD TV Live is easy to set up and use, with access to a desirable internet content, as well as provided additional access digital media content from USB connected devices and from other networked connected devices, such as a PC or media server.

For more information and perspective, read my Product Review.

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