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Western Digital WD TV Play (pictures)

The WD TV Play is one the best players to buy if you want a combination of streaming services and home networking.

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Overview

I have held a personal fondness for WD TV boxes since the release of the original streamer in late 2008. Each model has improved markedly on the last and the newest WD TV Play is the best of the bunch.

The interface is clean, setup is a breeze, and playback during our testing was glitch-free. If you are looking for a streamer that offers the best mix of cloud streaming and DLNA/home network playback, and you're not tied to the Apple ecosystem, then this is the best player for the money.

Read the full review of the Western Digital TV Play.

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Remote

The remote features ergonomic indentations, making it comfortable to hold.
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Remote continued

The remote has been upgraded from the version that came with the WD TV Live and now has better buttons and customizable shortcuts.
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Connections

Connections include HDMI, a composite AV breakout, USB, optical digital, Gigabit Ethernet, and Wireless-N.
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Reset button

The reset button is positioned under the device.
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Top

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Home page

The "My Favorites" screen houses all of your most-used apps.
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Customization

Your favorites can be moved, added, or removed easily with the Option button.
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Music apps

Spotify and Pandora are the highlights of the music apps.
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DLNA

The device supports DLNA playback with a wide variety of formats including MKV, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and MP4.
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Movie apps

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Netflix

The familiar Netflix interface.

Read the full review of the Western Digital TV Play.

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