Western Digital Gets Personal with New WD TV Box
The WD TV Personal Edition can play any media file from storage or a connected network.
A lot of you still can’t seem to get your media under control. If you have yet to put every file on one network storage device, Western Digital has a little something that may be useful. The company just released the Western Digital Personal Edition, the latest box in the company’s popular WD lineup.
The new WD TV is a Wi-Fi-enabled box that can play just about any type of media file, whether it’s stuffed into NAS devices, hanging out on your computer, or stored on some random USB drive.
It’s not for the person who is truly organized with their media. Instead, it allows you to stream photos, video and music from all sorts of devices to one home entertainment system. It supports a lot of different file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more.
In case you can’t even get the storage devices connected properly, the WD TV does now support Miracast, which allows you to “cast” content from any compatible portable right to the TV—in full 1080p HD. The WD TV also provides instant access to YouTube, VUDU, Hulu Plus, SlingPlayer, Spotify, Pandora, Facebook, and several other services. However, Netflix doesn’t seem to be one of them!
Western Digital says that the new WD TV is pretty easy to use, with a customizable interface that allows for apps, shortcuts and other options. The box is also easy to control via the WD TV Remote app for iOS and Android devices.
“Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers,” explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president of WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. “WD’s ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalizes the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music.”
The new WD TV is selling now, with an MSRP of $99.99. The WD TV Remote app is also available for free from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
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