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Old 11-19-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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I'm getting a new HDTV soon and I'm looking into the best way to stream video files from my computer. The Western Digital TV Live Plus seems like the best option so far. I mainly plan on streaming 720p, x264, .mkv files. How is the playback over Wi-Fi? Does anyone know if it is capable of streaming 10Bit video files? Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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My WD TV HD Live players stream over the network just fine. The wireless version really requires an N router for best results. Not sure about MKV files because I don't use them. Mine are a mix of .ts mpeg2, .ts h264, .mpg, .tp mpeg2, and .avi which all play fine.

Also if a local disc storage is not important to you, look at the Netgear NeoTV Streaming Player NTV200. It is a bit less costly.

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Old 01-09-2012, 06:20 AM   #3
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Not sure why the wireless version would require N, the 54Mbps upper limit of wireless-G is more than adequate with good signal strength but I agree the WD Live Plus is a good choice for streaming from a computer. For internet streaming, Google TV is the best in my opinion since it isn't limited to the selected pre determined sites like Roku or the others. There is a good chance the new Google TV products will be a great choice for streaming from a computer as well but they aren't available yet and codec support isn't entirely clear.
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If you want the ability to playback pretty much any type of audio/video file, and you want BD disc playback as well, check out the Dune players. They aren't cheap, though, so beware of the sticker shock. I have a Prime 3.0 player and I love it. I rip all my BDs and DVDs to folder structure (BDMV and video_TS) on my WHS, and the Prime plays them back perfectly over 100MB wired ethernet.

It lacks the ability to play directly from the internet for common sources, but there is limited flash and youtube support, and it does have internet radio streaming in the last few firmware revisions. The Prime 3.0 is primarily for playing back files ripped and stored either externally or internally. I believe there are other versions that do more via the internet - you'll have to check those out.
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Not sure why the wireless version would require N, the 54Mbps upper limit of wireless-G is more than adequate with good signal strength but I agree the WD Live Plus is a good choice for streaming from a computer.
Not sure why either. What I know is mine was choppy using wireless-G. In fact I have an N router with an N range extender to get across the house. In order to get stable video I have to not use the wireless-N between the router and the WD Live. It is like the overhead between having to handle the stream from the file server via the extender plus the stream from the router to the player is too much. Now for the PCs that are hard wired to the router, there was no problem.

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For streaming hd content, it is important to have a good hd player. Get a good one and solve your problem
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I'm getting a new HDTV soon and I'm looking into the best way to stream video files from my computer. The Western Digital TV Live Plus seems like the best option so far. I mainly plan on streaming 720p, x264, .mkv files. How is the playback over Wi-Fi? Does anyone know if it is capable of streaming 10Bit video files? Thanks for the help.
Hi, there. I hope I can help you but I am not sure, you know. You may try some video converters to convert your computer videos to your HDTV supported videos. You can check your HDTV supported videos by consult your provider, and then you can do that. Good luck.
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I have a WD TV Live Plus, and I have my hardwired. But it streams great over the network with no issues. It's handled pretty much any file format I've thrown at it so far. I highly recommend it.
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I have a WD TV Live Plus, and I have my hardwired. But it streams great over the network with no issues. It's handled pretty much any file format I've thrown at it so far. I highly recommend it.
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