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WD Unveils WD TV Live HD Media Player White Network Capability and Enhanced User Experience

  • 27 October, 2009 16:30

<p><em>Consumers Can Stream HD Content from USB Drives, Network Drives and Popular
Internet Sites to Their Big Screen TVs</em><br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> – <strong>Oct. 27, 2009</strong> –
WD®, the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today introduced
the WD TV Live HD media player featuring network capability and Full-HD 1080p
resolution. The new WD TV Live HD media player makes it easy for anyone to play
HD (high definition) videos stored on USB and network drives, as well as Internet
content from popular Web sites, on the biggest screen in their home -- their HD
television. Building on the success of the WD TV HD media player, the WD TV Live
HD media player offers a new, more responsive interface to help consumers enjoy
a world of digital content in their living room, without a computer.<br/>
The network capability of the WD TV Live media player enables users to stream
or transfer movies from PC or Mac® computers or a network-attached storage
device such as WD’s My Book® World Edition™ and WD ShareSpace
network drives to their HD TVs. The WD TV Live media player also allows users
to stream rich content from YouTube™, Flickr® and Pandora®. The
HD onscreen menu brings together all of the users’ available media in an
elegant and simple-to-navigate interface. <br/>
Consumers are amassing large libraries of digital videos, photos and music on
their computers. According to research firm Parks Associates, the average consumer
had 123 GB of videos, photos, and music in 2009 which will grow to 1.3 TB by 2013
(Digital Lifestyles: 2009 Outlook). In addition, an increasing number of consumers
are looking for seamless access to their personal media, as well as to Internet
media. According to Parks Associates, the sales of connected consumer electronics
devices, such as connected TVs and digital media adapters, is expected to more
than double from 57 million units in 2009 to 115 million units in 2013 (Home Networks
for Consumer Electronics 2009).<br/>
Consumers are investing millions of dollars in HD TVs, with HD televisions representing
more than 50 percent of TVs sold in the U.S., according to Parks Associates (Home
Networks for Consumer Electronics 2009). But consumers’ digital content
is often relegated to the relatively small screen on their PC or Mac computers.
The WD TV Live HD media player is the newest member in the family of WD TV media
players by WD, which make moving digital content from a computer to playing it
on a big screen TV simply plug-and-play. <br/>
Like the popular first-generation WD TV HD media player introduced last fall,
the WD TV Live media player connects directly to a users’ HD TV and plays
almost any file stored on a connected USB drive such as My Passport™ portable
drive. The WD TV Live media player features powerful media processing, which enables
playback in Full-HD 1080p resolution. WD TV Live media player also will play movies
and photos stored on other popular USB devices such as digital camcorders and
digital cameras. <br/>
“The media enthusiast community has embraced the first WD TV HD media player
and given us tremendous feedback,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president of
marketing for WD’s branded products group. “With the new WD TV Live
media player we’re giving them what they asked for -- network connectivity
and Internet-content streaming capabilities -- and offering them a simple way
to enjoy all of their digital media and enjoy it on their HD TVs.”
<strong>WD TV Live HD Media Player</strong><br/>
Features of the WD TV Live HD Media Player include:<br/>
· Full-HD 1080p video playback and navigation with the included remote
control and crisp, animated navigation menus; <br/>
· Play a wide variety of file formats including support for a wide variety
of the most popular file formats with no need to spend time transcoding; <br/>
· Play videos, music and photos from the Internet on your big screen
TV and discover new music with Pandora Internet radio or listen to thousands
of radio stations via Live365 Internet radio; <br/>
· Ethernet port for wired or WiFi connection to access files anywhere
on the network to play movies, music, and photos from any PC or drive on a home
network; <br/>
· Turns a USB drive into an HD media player and plays content from most
popular USB drives, and digital cameras, camcorders, and portable media players
that can be recognized as mass storage devices; <br/>
· Unlimited media collection, just add more USB drives for more space;
· Two USB ports for seamless media playback from multiple USB drives
and ability to access them simultaneously while a media library feature collects
the content on all the drives into one list sorted by media type; <br/>
· Transfer files by copying, moving or deleting files stored on a USB
drive, a network drive, camcorder, or a camera to the attached USB drive using
the on-screen menus; <br/>
· Picture Transfer Protocol support to show photos and movies directly
from digital camera or video camera and or any digital imaging device that supports
Picture Transfer Protocol; <br/>
· Advanced navigation options including thumbnail and list views, media
library and search; <br/>
· Photo viewing to create custom slide shows, zoom and pan and search;
· Movie viewing with fast-forward, rewind, pause, zoom and pan, view
subtitles, and search; <br/>
· Music playback with fast-forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and
search; <br/>
· File copying between USB devices; <br/>
· HDMI® 1.3 port, composite video and component video output for
the highest quality HDTV or home theater; <br/>
· SPDIF digital output that sends digital signals to your AV receiver
for the best surround sound experience; and, <br/>
· Ultra-compact design to fit easily into a home entertainment center.<br/>
<strong>Product and Pricing Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD TV Live HD Media Player<br/>
RRP: AU$199, NZ$299<br/>
Website: <a href="#"> </a><br/>
Australian Distributors: Synnex Australia<br/>
New Zealand Distributors: Ingram Micro NZ, Synnex NZ<br/>
Availability: Now<br/>
<strong>About WD</strong><br/>
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products
and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital
information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that
keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise
to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications.
<font size="1">WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed
to leading systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the
Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's
Web site (<a href="#"></a>) to access a variety of financial
and investor information.</font><br/>
<strong>PR Contact</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#"> </a></p>

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