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Introduction

The WD TV™ Media Player connects to a user’s TV or home theater and plays digital movies, music and photos from WD’s My Passport™ portable drive or other USB mass storage device. It boasts the following features :

• Designed for WD’s My Passport portable drives, it also plays content from WD My Book® family of drives and most popular USB drives, digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices;

 • Full HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p  • to experience the spectacular picture quality of HD video and crystal clear sound clarity of digital audio;

• Remote control to navigate through entertainment choices using the crisp, animated HD menus;

• Dock and play convenience: just plug in a My Passport drive or other USB storage device with HD content to play it on a TV or home entertainment system;

• Collect without limits by adding more USB drives for more accessible content;

• Advanced navigation options such as thumbnail and list views; WD’s Media Library™ feature lets users view all media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives; ability to search by genre, title, artist, filename and partial filename;

• Photo viewing features to create custom slides shows; ability to zoom and pan; search photos by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date;

• Movie viewing with ability to fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan, view subtitles and search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date;

• Music playback with fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date;

• Two USB ports on the player connects up to two USB mass storage devices and access them simultaneously while the Media Library feature aggregates the content on both drives into one list sorted by media type;

• High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI®) port connects to the highest quality HDTV or home theater; additional composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets;

• Free ArcSoft MediaConverter™ 2.5 software to easily convert photo, video, and music files into formats optimized for use on the WD TV HD Media Player;

• Ultra-compact design that fits easily into a home entertainment center; and,

• 1-year limited warranty (Pan-Am / APAC), 2-year limited warranty (EMEA)

 

Packaging

The WD TV comes in a black cardboard box which protects it against damage during transportation. Ours came worse for the wear, but fortunately, the contents were in perfect condition. This goes to show just how important proper packaging is.

Inside, the contents were nestled within a soft plastic tray to protect them against shock from drops. Inside, we found the following items :

  • One WD TV media player
  • One WD TV remote control with two AAA batteries
  • One set of composite RCA cables
  • One holder for the WD Passport
  • One AC power adaptor
  • One media converter software CD
  • One pair of rubber feet

 

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