Monday, March 2, 2009

WD TV media player

The Western Digital's WD TV is an HD media player that, combined with an USB hard-drive or memory stick (sold separately) allows to play movies, songs or view photos on the home TV.

Two USB ports on the player let you connect two USB storage devices and access them simultaneously, whereas the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.

The WD TV supports basically all the multimedia formats that you may need:
  • Music: MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA
  • Video: MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264), MTS, TP, TS.
MPEG2/4, H.264 and WMV9 formats support up to 1920x1080p 24fps, 1920x1080i 30fps, 1280x720p 60fps resolution.

The WD TV, launched during 2008, is sold is at the very interesting price of ~
100 Euros (130$), which makes it a very appealing product in my opinion. Of course you have to add the price of an USB external hard drive, like in particular the Western Digital's My Passport series, but portable HDD's are becoming cheaper and cheaper day after day.


JF said...

Hey, Daniele. Has there been any public announcement of which SoC powers the H.264 here? Ciao - Josh

Daniele said...

Ciao JF, I couldn't find official communications from Western Digital, but browsing the net here and there it seems that the WD TV is based on the SMP8635LF chip from Sigma Designs.