back to article Western Digital debuts HD TV add-on

Western Digital has introduced a gadget that'll turn an external hard drive into an HD-capable media player. WD_TV_01 Western Digital's WD TV HD: sits between your telly and your hard drive Dubbed WD TV HD pulls content off a USB-connected hard drive such as WD's new My Passport external drive and presents it on an HDMI- …

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Connectivity?

Does anyone know where you can find a spec sheet for this device? Wanting to know what connections it has, specifically for audio (optical/coax)

Can't find anything on the WD site....certainally are keeping this one quiet!!

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ISO files?

Does anyone know if this drive will be able to run ISO images of DVDs stored on a HD?

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specs and limitations

Here are some published specs.... not USB2 is often considered insufficient for "serious" HD playback

http://www.buy.com/prod/wd-tv-hd-media-player-usb-2-0-hdmi-composite-a-v/q/loc/101/209975073.html

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Netgear EVA8000

Given the recent price reduction of the Netgear and the better Beta firmware, i'd go with one of those personally (well i already have one and am waiting for the EVA9000) It'll upscale to 1080p and only really fails with full 1080p HD rips (rare) and occasionally with DTS audio, other than that it's better than any of the other ones i've tried!!!

http://theregister.pgpartner.co.uk/search_getprod.php/masterid=35917302

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No 5.1 support

"AAC/Dolby Digital decodes in 2 channel output only"

Suppose you get what you pay for ... Back to getting the Popcorn A110 from Santa

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A review of it here. actually probably more of a first look

This is not mine - just found it trawling for info.

http://maddhat.com/?p=31

I am planning to get one.

Network connectivity would be nice, but for me not a big issue.

I don't do a lot of downloading of movies, so when I rip my DVDs I'll just rip them to an external drive which will be plugged into this device.

All done and happy.

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