WD TV Play wants you to forget your Apple TV, please

Feb 12, 2013
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Western Digital has outed its latest home media streamer, the WD TV Play, a compact set-top box that packs in Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and more, but also unlocks content on the home network. Seventy bucks gets you DLNA support in addition to the more typical web-based streaming options, meaning if you have a NAS or other shared drive somewhere on your network, stuffed full of music, photos, and video, you can funnel them over to your TV too.

On the web side, there's support for YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, SlingPlayer, VUDU, Pandora, and Spotify content, in addition to Facebook access. It's navigable both via the bundled remote - which has pre-programmed shortcut buttons to popular services - and by the free iOS and Android remote apps, a single installation of which can control multiple WD TV Play boxes on the network.

Up to 1080p Full HD output is supported, and there's both WiFi b/g/n and wired ethernet for getting online. Ports include HDMI and an optical digital audio output, plus an analog A/V output which, with the supplied composite cable, can get older TVs up and running.

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You can even load in your favorite RSS feeds, and have those on-screen so that you can keep up to date with news. The WD TV Play is on sale from today, priced at $69.99.


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