Oh Dear, what a let down....
After some time to use it more fully I am close to ditching the Gen2 and returning it
Gen2's picture is definately darker, menus over saturated and contrasted, looks awful and actual movies don't seem as nice looking although this may be my imagination having navigated awful dark menus.
Major Flaw..on Gen1, if you stopped a movie the WDTV would remember where you had watched to next time you use the machine. Gen2 do DOES NOT!, sure it remembers during use but if returning to the home screen and put on standby the Gen2 has to rescan the drive etc, reload ALL the thumbnails etc which frankly is really crap and a total step backwards to Gen1. It also takes ages to bring up the video
folder each time it is turned on because of this.
On my previous post I noted the WDTV not selecting the optimum display mode of 1080i on my 2 Bravias like my Gen1 and instead going to 720p, well even when manually set to 1080i the stupid thing starts in 720p when turned on and has to reset itself to 1080 straight after making it take even longer to boot into the home menu.
Buggy, Gen1 was pretty much impossible to trip up when swopping between file playback etc, 3 times now Gen2 has stuffed up when either rewinding or stopping and restarting, often displaying the library whilst continuing to play the sound from the film.
I also noticed that Gen1 had at some point gained 1080p @ 23.976 anyway, i'd not noticed due to not having previously had any Blu-Ray rips nor a 1080p TV.
At this time I am seriously considering returning the player as the last firmware that can be downloaded for Gen2 ids quite old now and the one on my machine newer than that anyway suggesting that WD may be giving up on this model too? In short this player feels like a first generation product as it is si unpolished and clunky in operation compared to it's predecessor