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  Reply # 317177 12-Apr-2010 01:32
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I'm tossing up between getting a WDTV HD Live or Asus O!Play.

The most important factors for this device for me are:

- Sub $250 ideally
- Plays media from network shares (SMB or NFS)
- Wireless or network cable is fine either way
- Plays common container formats AVI, MKV, MP4
- Plays the most common video/video codecs (xvid, divx, x.264, ac3)
- Remote doesn't suck
- The UI is fairly easy to use for non geeks

WDTV Live is $240ish from XP Computers
Asus O!Play is currently on special at Computer Lounge for $190ish

Most forums/reviews indicate the WDTV (sigma chipet) has the better UI and slightly better picture quality and overall less problems than the Asus (realtek) chipset.

Q: Are there any other devices available right now in NZ worth considering? If so, what and from where?

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Ragnor: I'm tossing up between getting a WDTV HD Live or Asus O!Play.

The most important factors for this device for me are:

- Sub $250 ideally
- Plays media from network shares (SMB or NFS)
- Wireless or network cable is fine either way
- Plays common container formats AVI, MKV, MP4
- Plays the most common video/video codecs (xvid, divx, x.264, ac3)
- Remote doesn't suck
- The UI is fairly easy to use for non geeks

WDTV Live is $240ish from XP Computers
Asus O!Play is currently on special at Computer Lounge for $190ish

Most forums/reviews indicate the WDTV (sigma chipet) has the better UI and slightly better picture quality and overall less problems than the Asus (realtek) chipset.

Q: Are there any other devices available right now in NZ worth considering? If so, what and from where?


The only thing you need to look at for MKV containers is what audio codecs are supported on the boxes as i think you will find the WDTV does not support some of the higher end audio tracks that HD videos have




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  Reply # 317541 12-Apr-2010 22:05
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I have a WDTV, not live, here are my thoughts.

The UI is good, a little slow, but the WDTV live is faster. The interface is quite good. I watch downloaded HD, to me the quality is perfect. I am used to HD as I have MySkyHDi with a good plasma, and the WDTV looks great. The HD is excellent.

Ive had no issues with audio, or anything not playing.

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