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April 19, 2009, 02:00:50 PM
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Hopefully that link will work for everyone.  If it doesn't, what it should show you is Seagate's new media player, the FreeAgent Theater.  Designed to work with Seagate's FreeAgent USB hard drives, the F.A.T. seems a little short on features compared to the WDTV.  It is cool how the FreeAgent drive can be slid into the media player, but it can't play as many file types as the WDTV.  There's no word on whether it can be upgraded via software.  It certainly doesn't claim to play MKV or ISO files.  What thoughts do WDTV devotees have on this new media player?  One thing I do know, competition will force WD to keep improving its product and that is good for us.

April 19, 2009, 02:46:38 PM
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i swear i had a telephone answering machine in the early 80's that looked just like that.
* Fishbowls is not impressed
WD for the win ;)
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April 19, 2009, 03:18:40 PM
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I just looked at the specs on this thing.

It does not support MKV or 1080p!

Here is the data sheet in PDF

They are really missing the mark with that and it makes the device useless as far as I am concerned. 

Click View Image to see a bigger rez pic.

WDTV LIVE with current official FW > HDMI > DVDO > Sony CRT Projector 150" 16/9 screen.  Toslink audio to Yamaha DTS receiver. No Network set up yet.

April 20, 2009, 08:21:30 PM
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i don't know what they're plans are for the future but this is just's wrong on soooo many ways....esp if they think they can market it anywhere near the WD

no 1080p
no mkv (or other popular HD formatted files)

things they should've done....(imo)

play the same or more farmats than WD TV
play up to 1080p
have the ability to mount an internal drive/external optical drive (Blue ray) **(natively w/o the need for custom firmware)

...i can;t understand how hard that could be, esp since the WD TV has been out for quite a while now...i don't see any reason i'd go for one of these instead of just buying a regular DVD player that has divx/usb capabilities....seagate has gotta fire someone for this useless waste of R&D

May 04, 2009, 09:01:50 AM
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With a bigger case than the wdtv, they should have made the hd slot internal w/ a standard interface. If you don't have their hard drive, it looks kinda crappy. Really though, mkv support is essential in an HD media player.
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wdtv (hdmi output) -> Sony KV-30HS420
xbox 360 (flash mod, hdmi output) -> Sony KV-30HS420

wdtv (toslink output) -> Sony STR-DA3000ES -> Harman Kardon HKTS-18
xbox 360 (toslink output) -> Sony STR-DA3000ES -> Harman Kardon HKTS-18

November 17, 2010, 10:14:21 PM
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Actually, as an owner of a FAT+ (FreeAgent Theater +), I can tell you that it will play pretty much anything that you throw at it including ISO's.  However, with the release of the last 2 firmware updates Seagate decided to lock & encrypt the firmware so that it can't be modded.  That's why I just bought a WDTV Live, just waiting for it to arrive.  Can't wait to try the mod FW!! :D

I know that there are complaints about WD (from reading the forums), but quite frankly Seagate probably cares less about what their customers want then any company that I've seen.  And they took what could have been a great media player (it has the potential) & made something that is mediocre due to the firmware.

June 16, 2011, 11:46:51 AM
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I hate docking electronics. I used to have one of those Apple Powerbooks back in the day that had a docking feature. It's just more parts to break. It also seems really big for what it is. Has anyone seen this in the stores yet?
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