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  Reply # 448596 15-Mar-2011 15:43
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robjg63:
 

Sure, I'm getting your flow. Here's my flow:

WDTV is not "pre-programmed" as such. Have you heard of "firmware" The bit between hardware and software. WDTV devices get firmware updates regularly - I had one on mine just the other day. If your device is not too old or obsolete I reckon WD will keep them updated with the latest codecs.


You are partly right and partly wrong.

Sadly the codecs are often programmed into the processor chips - they are pretty much a video PC on a chip - Not sure which chip the WD has but a lot use Realtek chips. They can program quite a few features using the SDK kit that Realtek provide (interface/web browsers etc) - but usually these little boxes can only decode what the chip was built to handle.

I have a Playon HD mini - it plays pretty much everything (for now). I still have a Mediagate MG350HD that was quite good 3-4 years ago when I bought it. I still use it quite often - but it wont handle surround sound mkv files etc. Both manufacturers state that the limits are what the viedo/processor chip is built to handle.

I can see the advantage in the Netgear device - that looks pretty cool and PCs do have enough PC power to support soft coded codecs.... 



Your are so right. I was kinda expecting someone to come up with this explanation. And there is also a solution - well, thats what i think it should be :

A box similar to the netgear (i gave a link above) + inbuilt capability of a video processing engine, like a VLC player or better, which can play literally anything thrown at it + a support team (from the manufacturer ofcourse) which sends out a update every week - pretty much like a GPS map update - which fixes bugs, updates codecs, adds new playing capabilities, etc.



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  Reply # 448667 15-Mar-2011 19:25
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Western Digital do releae firmware updates for the Live, and could add new codecs.

However, your question has changed from the one I answered. If I understand you correctly, you want to connect your laptop wirelessly to your TV, so what comes out of the TV is a clone of the laptop screen/sound?

If your laptop has HDMI this is likely pretty straightforward (but not especially cheap or elegant), as there are wireless HDMI AV senders. From memory Belkin sells one, as do other vendors. Just attach the transmitter to the laptop and the reciever to the TV. However, personally I would just use a HDMI cable, and a bog standard wireless keyboard/mouse, or Media Centre Remote, to use it from a distance.

Edit: Spotted a howling spelling error after posting

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