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Western Digital WD TV Live review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £77
inc VAT

Adding streaming to this already excellent media player makes it better than ever. If you don't need wireless, buy this.


If you’re looking for a media streamer and you don’t require wireless networking, the WD TV Live is the one to buy. In use it feels more like a consumer device, such as a Blu-ray player, than a complex piece of technical equipment. This is an impressive feat for a unit with so many functions, and it deserves our Best Buy award.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Media Streamer type streaming multimedia receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback No
Audio AAC playback Yes
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback Yes
Audio WAV playback Yes
Audio Audible playback No
Other audio formats FLAC, AIFF

Video Compatibility

Other video formats MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, APC, H.264, WMV9, XVID, DIVX

Image Compatibility

Image BMP support Yes
Image JPEG support Yes
Image TIFF support Yes

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs 0
Minijack headphone outputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 0
Total SCART sockets 0
HDMI outputs 1
Component outputs 1
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 1
Other connectors 2x USB


Size 40x125x100mm
Power consumption standby 4W
Power consumption on 9W

Server Compatibility

Software included none
UPnP Yes
iTunes No
SlimServer No

Buying Information

Price £77
Warranty one year RTB

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