Monday, November 10, 2008

Western Digital creates Set Top Media Box

As our lives become more digital, we're all saving more and more data on portable hard drives. This is especially true if you are keeping lots of video and music. Of course, watching or listening on your computer isn't always easy, convenient, or the best experience for this type of thing. To the rescue comes the WD TV HD Media Player from Wester Digital. The company, a leading manufacturer of hard drives has now brought to market a device that you can connect your hard drives to and show all your content on your TV. Cost is $130.

Combined with a My Passport portable drive (sold separately), this player is the most convenient way to play HD movies or user-generated videos, listen to high-quality digital music and show high-resolution slideshows of your family photos on your TV. Also works with popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices.

Designed for My Passport, works with many other USB storage devices - Play content from most popular USB drives,and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage devices.
Full HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p - Experience the spectacular picture quality of HD video and crystal clear sound clarity of digital audio. Use the included remote control to navigate through your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated HD menus.
Collect without limits - There's no limit to the size of your media collection; just add more USB drives for more space.
Advanced navigation
  • Thumbnail and list views – Browse your content by filename or by thumbnails of photos, album covers and movie cover art.
  • Media Library – This unique feature lets you view all your media by media type in one menu regardless of its location in folders or drives. You can view your content by categories such as genre, album, artist and date.
  • Search – Search by genre, title, artist, filename and partial filename.
Photo viewing
  • Create custom slide shows with a variety of transitions and background music
  • Zoom and pan
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Movie viewing
  • Fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan
  • View subtitles
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Music playback
  • Fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat
  • Search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date
Access two USB drives simultaneously - Two USB ports on the player let you connect two USB storage devices and access them simultaneously. Our Media Library feature aggregates the content on both drives into one list sorted by media type.
HDMI and composite video connections - The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.
Includes free media conversion software - ArcSoft MediaConverter™ 2.5 -- a fast, easy-to-use application that converts photo, video, and music files into formats optimized for use on the WD TV HD Media Player.
Ultra-compact design - Fits easily into your entertainment center.
Ideal For
Hassle-free playback of HD movies, home videos, digital music, and photos on your TV.

System Requirements
  • My Passport portable hard drive or other USB storage device with supported video or audio content stored on it.
  • Standard or high definition television with HDMI or composite video connections

Package Contents
  • HD Media Player
  • Stand for My Passport portable drive
  • Compact remote with batteries
  • Media converter software (Windows only)
  • Composite AV cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick Install Guide

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