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WD TV Media Player Review - New for 2014 WDBYMN0000NBK-HESN

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I agree with the other reviewers and commenters that the omission of Netflix is puzzling on this device given it was on previous devices.

How this one differs from the older WD TV Live version is that it offers additional user interface customization and Miracast support to allow screen mirroring from Android and Windows 8.1 devices. Miracast devices typically run in the $30-50 range, so the $20 premium over the WD TV Live product might be worth it if screen mirroring is something you're in need of.

Overall it's an exceptional media player (especially when connected over ethernet) and has played nearly every format I've thrown at it in testing, including trickier formats like MPEG 2, x.264, and WMV files. Typically I've had to use a PC running Plex to transcribe many of these files into a format that my Roku box could play back.

The WD TV makes an excellent companion to DLNA capable network attached storage (NAS) devices like WD's My Cloud or other similar devices from Synology and QNAP. I have converted many of my Blu Ray movies to MKV files that I store on a NAS device, and the WD TV had no problem connecting to the network drive and playing back the movies in full 1080p Blu Ray resolution - including passing the DTS and Dolby Digital audio streams to my home theater receiver.

So from the standpoint of compatibility the WD boxes are probably among the most versatile out there. If you're using a Plex server on a PC primarily to transcode video to make it compatible with your playback device, the WD TV can take the PC out of the equation completely.

If you don't need the Miracast functionality and want Netflix, the WD TV Live will be the better choice and costs less. But I suspect any upcoming stuff WD wants to do with their set top boxes through firmware will likely be focused on this new device.

DISCLOSURE: WD provided me with this unit to review


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