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WD TV Live (2011): First Look

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First Look: WD TV Live (2011)

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For 2011, Western Digital updates its WD TV Live media streamer with Wi-Fi, and adds Spotify to its list of supported online services.

-Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury from CNET.com and this is the WD TV Live, all wireless edition. In the coming years, media stream has had the potential to be just as popular as DVD players were in the late 90s. Physical media, though, is going the way of the dodo and services like Netflix make an incredibly cheap and easy to watch movies and TV shows. The problem up until now has been the devices have been aimed at the enthusiast and don't have a broad appeal. Things are unlikely to change with the new WD TV Live. While it's cheap at $99, has onboard wireless and an attractive interface, it's still trying to appeal to the hardcore user. This is evident in its file support which is incredibly broad and, there we say it, attractive to pirates. But the best reason to buy this device is for the combination of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and the music streaming service Spotify, not to mention 15 other streaming services as well. If you can't find what you're looking for here, it probably doesn't exist, probably. Our only complaint for the device is the spongy remote and that Western Digital hasn't kept up with the times and introduced some kind of control app like Sonos for example. It has a WD To Go App, but that's only for the My Book Live. We'll admit, at this price, the only streamer with a smartphone app is the Apple TV and its nonetheless excellent AirPlay feature is obviously incompatible with android. In all, this is an excellent, if somewhat, niche device that should cater to most streamy needs for a budget price. This is Ty Pendlebury for cnet.com and this is the WD TV Live.

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