It’s been distracting me for the latter part of the week. I picked this up for a friend and needed to understand how it worked so I could provide support in the future. I know, I’m very good to him, but if I don’t do it, it will never be fully utilised and things like that really annoy me. To be honest, its also interesting to see how it shapes up compared to my personal “White Elephant”, my windows 7 media centre.
So for the last few days, I have been looking at thumbnails and other things on this player, so it acts like a proper little movie jukebox. I found a nice little application from www.tvixie.com, which goes and grabs images, movie descriptions, ratings and casts for each folder/movie, even allowing you to set up new models and tell it what the images are called when they are created.
I even discovered that a nice gentleman had produced a homebrew firmware, which allowed you access more functionality of the linux core and drop in over the top a better interface (On Screen Display= OSD). Which allowed better use of the information produced by the TViXie application above. The WD TV Live has network functionality, which makes life a lot easier, so it and it’s attached USB drive appear on the network. It will even see my NAS box (Synology, a bloody excellent products, though a little bit expensive). At this time, it’s struggling to play a certain file type, but I am sure that upcoming firmware from Western Digital will resolve that issue.
Once the file type issue is resolved, I will probably homebrew my friends firmware to allow for the better interface. But all in all it’s a nice little device. If you are tempted, for gods sake get the network functionality, you never know when it may come in handy.
Given the old WD TV Live vs Media Centre, from an ease of use standpoint the WD TV Live wins, but then again it doesn’t come close to the functionality of the media centre. It does what it does very well, given it’s such a new product. Obviously there are improvements I’d like to see, but since it’s not going to be my toy in 7 more days, I don’t really mind.
PS – Friend is an actual friend, not me talking about myself in the 3rd person.
PPS – Warhammer is going well, but not really a lot to write about. Still quiet in guild, but fingers crossed it will pick up.