There is also a few additional features like YouTube and Flickr compatibility. The YouTube feature worked really well and we were pleased that you can actually log in to your own YouTube account unlike many other similar devices. However, the flaw of the YouTube feature is that while you can access your own videos, your playlist and your favourites, you can't access your subscriptions. This is a key element to using YouTube on a TV and, thusfar, no device has offered it.
This isn't WDs fault though. When we asked WD about why subscriptions were omitted, they told us that the YouTube features are limited by what Google give developers to put on their boxes. At the moment, there is no YouTube program that allows subscriptions so WD can't put that feature in, even though they would like to. Apparently, there is a new version of the YouTube software coming toward the end of the year from Google but whether subscriptions is included is unknown at this time.
The Flickr feature works really well too. You are able to look at your own images or stream a random selection of images from other people. This works really well as something to display on the television while listening to your music. It would make an excellent centre piece during a party.
The sound quality afforded by the new optical audio port was exceptional. It probably helps that we have a rather good sound system to play them on, but just the ability to use digital optical output is a welcomed change.
There isn't anything negative to say about this product. It isn't a revolution and doesn't do anything many other similar devices can do but it looks great, it is compact, the menus are fast and the file format compatibility is extensive. The price is also one of the best things about it making it something attainable for the average consumer. The previous WDTV has been reduced in price to $169 and this new model now takes the $199 price point. There is also a mini version for $129 that has no HDMI and doesn't output in HD.