WD TV Live Plus (summer 2010) comparison

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WD TV Live (2011)

WD TV Live (2011)
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Price $59 to $119 at 7 stores $88 to $149 at 5 stores $29 to $149 at 5 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 18 reviews 3.0 stars out of 34 reviews 3.0 stars out of 27 reviews 3.5 stars out of 22 reviews 3.0 stars out of 36 reviews
Release date June 10, 2010 October 03, 2011 March 06, 2013 October 15, 2009 July 24, 2013
The Bottom Line If you don't already own an Xbox 360, PS3, or Blu-ray player and you're serious about networked streaming, the WD TV Live is one of your best choices for getting content to your TV. The WD TV Live (2011) offers a solid combination of must-have streaming services and excellent USB and network file support, making it one of the best devices of its kind available for under $100. The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box yet, with tons of content sources, lightning-fast performance, and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack. If you don't already own an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and are serious about networked streaming, the WD TV Live is probably one of your best choices for getting content to your TV. Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.

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Image standards PNG
TIFF
JPG
BMP
GIF
PNG
TIFF
JPG
BMP
GIF
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Video standards MPEG-4
TS
M2TS
H.264
MKV
MPEG-1
VOB
MPEG-2
MOV
AVI
WMV
AVC
Xvid
VC-1
AVI
VOB
MKV
MPEG-1
TS
TP
M2TS
FLV
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TS
M2TS
H.264
MKV
MPEG-1
VOB
MPEG-2
MOV
AVI
WMV
Xvid
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Audio standards WAV
AAC
AC3
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)
Ogg Vorbis
AIFF
WMA
PCM
MP3
MP3
WAV
PCM
WMA
AAC
FLAC
OGG
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AAC
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)
Ogg Vorbis
AIFF
WMA
PCM
MP3
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Product type Digital multimedia receiver
Digital multimedia receiver
Streaming player
Digital multimedia receiver
TV streaming adapter
Playback capabilities Digital video playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
YouTube videos playback
Flickr photos playback
Internet video playback
Digital video playback
Internet radio playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Internet video playback
Internet radio playback
Internet gaming
Digital video playback
Digital audio playback
Digital photo playback
Content streaming
Web browsing
Connector type 1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Side
1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Rear
1 Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 Composite video/audio output Mini-phone 3.5 mm Installed Rear
1 Component video output Mini-phone 3.5 mm Installed Rear
1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Front
1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Rear
1 Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 Composite video/audio output Mini-phone 3.5 mm Installed Rear
Info unavailable 1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Side
1 4 pin USB Type A Installed Rear
1 Rear
1 SPDIF output Rear
1 RJ-45 Installed Rear
1 Composite video/audio output Mini-phone 3.5 mm Installed Rear
1 Component video output Mini-phone 3.5 mm Installed Rear
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Audio output mode Stereo
Stereo
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Remote control type Remote control
Remote control
Enhanced remote control
Remote control
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