Media players, and media streamers in particular, are just about everywhere these days. It's not difficult to find one to suit your needs, but a lot of the more modern versions have network connectivity. That's a fine feature if you're in need, but it's an extra expense if you never really planned on looking to the Web for content in the first place.
has offered a number of media streamers over the years, with their latest box having no access to the Internet at all. It's a basic, stripped-down version of the WD TV Live Plus, with the WD Elements Play having no integrated Wi-Fi and no Ethernet port. Instead, it can be filled with a 1TB or 2TB hard drive, which should give users plenty of internal space for keeping their favorite multi-media clips, family photos, etc.
It also offers 1080p output via HDMI, a USB 2.0 port for easily transferring local files and support for most major file formats including MKV, H.264, RMVB, VOB/ISO, etc. It's basically a media streamer without the "streamer," but no price has been placed on it yet. We're guessing it will be sold for something under similar network-enabled units, though.
An easy, affordable way to supersize your movies and photos on your big-screen TV, and play your music collection on your home entertainment center. Simply connect the drive to the TV and you’re ready to enjoy all your digital media in Full-HD 1080p resolution.
Full-HD 1080p resolution - Experience spectacular Full-HD video picture quality and crystal-clear DTS 2.0 digital audio. The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater.
Plenty of room for your media collection - The built-in high capacity hard drive offers room for tons of media. If you need more space, plug USB drives into the available ports.
Supports a wide variety of file formats - Most popular formats are supported including RMVB, H264, and MKV.
Camera compatible - Connect your digital camera or camcorder and play or transfer content from your camera to the drive.
Easy, intuitive user interface - Simple, intuitive and beautiful, the user interface provides the following navigation options:
* DVD navigation with complete menu navigation, chapter listings, special features, and subtitles
* Photo slideshow with unique transitions and music on your HDTV
* Supports photo thumbnails, video cover art and music album art
* Music playlist support for PLS, M3U, WPL file types
* Preview your video during navigation
* Multi-language subtitle support for video playback
Automatic play - Set the player to play a selected media file automatically when the unit is turned on. Perfect for living art on your HD TV or for digital signage.
Composite video connection - Composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.
Digital optical audio - High fidelity audio or pass-through digital audio signal to your AV receiver for surround sound experience. Supports SPDIF and Dolby Digital native playback.
* English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Hindi, Thai, Serbian, Albanian, Polish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Slovak, Romanian, Hungarian, Greek, Czech
* English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Russian (KOI8-R & Windows 1251), Portuguese, Central European, Turkish, Malay
* AAC, MP3, JPEG, USB 2.0, Energy Star, Real Media, HDMI, SimplayHD, H.264, MKV, Dolby Digital
* Note: Compatibility may vary, depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.
* Multimedia drive
* Compact remote with batteries
* USB cable
* AC adapter
* Quick Install Guide