WD TV network players get keyboard support, more features

Western Digital releases an update that adds features to its WD TV players.

The new WD TV Live Plus HD media player in action.
The new WD TV Live Plus HD media player in action. Dong Ngo/CNET

Western Digital announced today that it added a few entertainment and social sites to the two latest revisions in its WD TV media player family, including the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Plus.

Users will now be able to connect with their friends and family through Facebook via the media player when connected to a TV.

The WD TV Live Plus can now also instantly stream rented or purchased movies through Blockbuster's Video On Demand service. All of these new features are made available via a firmware update; it will also add the following features:

  • Deezer support: a personalized on-demand music service with some 7 million tracks.

  • Support for Flingo, which has free Internet television from leading studios, TV networks, and video Web sites.

  • Access to AccuWeather, a worldwide weather forecasting service.

  • USB wireless keyboard support. Users can plug in any popular wireless keyboard that has a USB dongle and use it to do tasks that require lots of typing with the player, such as Facebook status updates or video searches.

The update is live now and will be delivered to players that are connected to the Internet automatically. Offline updates via USB drives will be made available in a few days.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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