WD TV 2, Release Date?

next010

Distinguished Member
Yeah rumors suggested an initial release in October but supposedly it has been pushed back instead so as a wild stab in the dark I'd guess November.

They might want to clear out remaining WDTV stock in preparation for Christmas and the WDTV Live as they have a recognizable brand name with it.
 

NeilF

Well-known Member
Would have thought the realtek players have stolen this things thunder surely?
Not for me, this thing is the only streamer I have had that does everything I want it to. Plus it has a nice OS unlike others. It fast forwards and rewinds nicely and "just works".

If WD can add a ethernet port to this and it still "just works" then it will blow all other streamers to hell IMO. Have you seen the bug lists of some other players?
 

NeilF

Well-known Member
Not for me, this thing is the only streamer I have had that does everything I want it to. Plus it has a nice OS unlike others. It fast forwards and rewinds nicely and "just works".

If WD can add a ethernet port to this and it still "just works" then it will blow all other streamers to hell IMO. Have you seen the bug lists of some other players?
eg? Bearing in mind for example the XTreamer is getting a new HD Gui and movie jukebox etc this month (hopefully). I suspect the other variations will be getting likewise... I suspect by the time the WDTV2 comes out, you might want to take a quick look/comparison at the realteks ;)

ps: I nearly got a WDTV, but the photo handling was just too slow...
 
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eg? Bearing in mind for example the XTreamer is getting a new HD Gui and movie jukebox etc this month (hopefully). I suspect the other variations will be getting likewise... I suspect by the time the WDTV2 comes out, you might want to take a quick look/comparison at the realteks ;)

ps: I nearly got a WDTV, but the photo handling was just too slow...
I have no need for photos. I also have a NMT as well as a WDTV and think the setup and user interface is poor unless you are a bit of a geek, which I am, but the wife is not. The WDTV is just so much smoother than that, it reacts quickly to commands and is nice a simple to use.

I think the WDTV 2 will be released in a format that works, like the WDTV was itself. Yes there will be updates but they will come quickly, the C200 for example has pages of bugs, the Ryan and xtreamer seem to be cheap and buggy too from what I have read. The other streamers will take months of updates to get correct and to be honest, I just can't be bothered with the time and hastle anymore.

Nice, easy and simple. Bring it on.
 

NeilF

Well-known Member
the Ryan and xtreamer seem to be cheap and buggy too from what I have read.
XTreamer - The bugs I've encountered have thus far been very specific, and as regards media its played everything I tried perfectly...

And of course the realteks use a far more powerful processor than the WDTV and you can now pick them up for the same sort of money as a WDTV...

But as you say, if the WDTV2 meets your needs good stuff, but keep an eye on the realteks. Don't rule them out yet :)
 
XTreamer - The bugs I've encountered have thus far been very specific, and as regards media its played everything I tried perfectly...

And of course the realteks use a far more powerful processor than the WDTV and you can now pick them up for the same sort of money as a WDTV...

But as you say, if the WDTV2 meets your needs good stuff, but keep an eye on the realteks. Don't rule them out yet :)
Based on your comments I have just revisited the threads of the relatek players, and I stand by what I said, at the moment they are not finished, far from user friendly and buggy. The only one I would consider apart from the WDTV2 would be the PCH A110 as it seems to be mature and finished.

I do hope the WDTV2 does what I hope, however there's just as much chance of it being as buggy as the others I suppose.
 

energy80s

Standard Member
Glad to hear that you like the WDTV. I bought one last March and have to say its one of the worst electronic gadgets I have ever purchased. It rarely plays any of my media files and is very slow to react. Audio and picture support is crap. Suffice is to say that its been used about 4 times since and will probably end up in the bin very shortly! Still use my XBMC for media playback, but need a new player for HD sources. Currently looking at the Asus O!Play at around £90 delivered as it seems to be everything the WDTV isn't, but cheap enough to act as it's replacement.
 
Glad to hear that you like the WDTV. I bought one last March and have to say its one of the worst electronic gadgets I have ever purchased. It rarely plays any of my media files and is very slow to react. Audio and picture support is crap. Suffice is to say that its been used about 4 times since and will probably end up in the bin very shortly! Still use my XBMC for media playback, but need a new player for HD sources. Currently looking at the Asus O!Play at around £90 delivered as it seems to be everything the WDTV isn't, but cheap enough to act as it's replacement.
Gosh, I couldn't think more differently.
 

lar77

Novice Member
The reason I want the WDTV live is because I have the current version and it just works, it's played everything I've tried mainly xvid and mkv (720 & 1080p) files. The GUI is a tad on the slow side but looks pretty good. I wish photos loaded faster and you could play music over them.

Anyway, I am sick of moving harddrives around the house so I'm hoping the new networkable version works at least as well as the current version out of the box. I've been using Media Centre for the last few years and have lost the will to continually deal with bugs, codecs etc, etc. The other Media Players out there seem to be pretty buggy at the min too.
 

Member 351202

Novice Member
Would have thought the realtek players have stolen this things thunder surely?
which is why it was put back as they had to have a rethink :)

as for release date - no idea we have a product page ready but not sure i will remember to keep editing every week when the data slips again. I learnt my lesson a few media players ago.
 

Mr Lazy

Active Member
I wish photos loaded faster and you could play music over them.
Do you mean you want to be able to select music tracks whilst viewing photos? You can have music playing whilst viewing photos, you just can't select a different track without going back to the Music menu.

Anyway, I am sick of moving harddrives around the house so I'm hoping the new networkable version works at least as well as the current version out of the box.
Have you considered one of the custom firmwares with a USB-Ethernet adapter? I use ext3-boot v0.9.2 with a 'Max value' Gigabit adapter bought off amazon and it works really well.
 

Member 351202

Novice Member
Have you considered one of the custom firmwares with a USB-Ethernet adapter? I use ext3-boot v0.9.2 with a 'Max value' Gigabit adapter bought off amazon and it works really well.
We used to sell a fair amount of WDTV's on the basis of that firmware as a nice cheap alternative to the PCHA110 etc..
 

sohels

Standard Member
Glad to hear that you like the WDTV. I bought one last March and have to say its one of the worst electronic gadgets I have ever purchased. It rarely plays any of my media files and is very slow to react. Audio and picture support is crap. Suffice is to say that its been used about 4 times since and will probably end up in the bin very shortly! Still use my XBMC for media playback, but need a new player for HD sources. Currently looking at the Asus O!Play at around £90 delivered as it seems to be everything the WDTV isn't, but cheap enough to act as it's replacement.
Did you update the firmware?
 

lar77

Novice Member
Have you considered one of the custom firmwares with a USB-Ethernet adapter? I use ext3-boot v0.9.2 with a 'Max value' Gigabit adapter bought off amazon and it works really well.
I've not tried any of the custom firmwares as I've been afraid I'd mess up the thing. Do the firmwares change the interface or just add some features?

Do you have a link to the custom firmwares? Thanks :smashin:
 

spanik

Novice Member
zoro: can I have the amazon link please, can't find it

cheers
 

spanik

Novice Member
If you want? I can copy and paste my order for u? it was for $119
not to worry, I believe you; was just going to pre-order it myself, if it is off the site, no point; I will keep my eyes opened :)

cheers
 

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