The Western Digital WDTV Live Plus is a downloader’s best friend. If you have a large library of high-def video files in various formats, this box will easily play them on your HDTV. It’ll stream Netflix and Pandora too. But the WDTV’s interface isn’t gorgeous, and it’s not a reliable way to stream video from other computers around your house.
Western Digital was one of the first storage manufacturers to enter the world of media streamers. Their latest play in the market is the WD TV Live Plus HD media player. This model attempts to provide users with all their local media, as well as thousands of videos from across the web. We have seen several similar players from Western Digital, including the WD TV HD, WD TV Mini, and the WD TV Live.
In short, it’s probably the most feature packed set-top receiver they’ve come out with, hitting the key areas that really count and going above and beyond in others. For example, this model has one of the most impressive lineups of online entertainment yet, boasting support for Netflix Instant Watch, Pandora, MediaFly, Live365, and more. Plus, it handles a good variety of 1080p material, photos, and DVD menu navigation (not Blu-Ray though, unfortunately). The UI is pretty usable, and dare I say even somewhat attractive.