WD has announced a new WD TV Personal Edition, an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled media player that plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on the home network.
WD’s new WD TV Personal Edition lets you enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on your home entertainment system by supporting many file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more.
Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport Ultra and My Book product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD’s My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked PC or Mac computer in the home.
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The new media player features WD’s newest intuitive user interface that allows users to take control of their entertainment by customising the home page with their favourite apps, setting shortcuts to favourite content folders for quick access, and setting auto-run for preferred apps to begin at startup.
Additionally, WD TV now supports Miracast, so that users can project their Miracast enabled mobile device onto their TV in up to Full HD 1080p.
The device also allows customers to easily stream hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on TV shows and stay connected to social networks through apps such as YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and Facebook, among many others.
There’s also a WD TV Remote app which improves the navigation experience for WD TV users by turning their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their media player. The app’s advanced features allow users to more easily navigate the wide variety of digital media WD TV users enjoy on their television.
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Jim Welsh, executive VP of WD’s Content Solutions Business said: “Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers. WD’s ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalises the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music.”
Available now, the WD TV Personal Edition media player retails for $149.99.
The WD TV Remote mobile app is available for download now, free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.
File Formats Supported
Video – AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9, FLV (h.264)
Photo – JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
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Audio – MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
File Formats Not Supported
Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes Store, Movielink, Amazon Unbox, and Vongo
– MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
– MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.
– WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
– H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution.
– H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
– An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output.
– Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048×2048.
– Single layer TIFF files only.
– Uncompressed BMP only.
– For details, please refer to the user manual.
Interface: Ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI, Composite A/V, Wi-Fi, Optical audio
Video Format: PAL
Height 30.0 mm
Depth 100 mm
Width 125.0 mm
Weight 0.19 kg
Operating System Compatibility: Windows/Mac