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April 27, 2010
…and available in Europe or at least on the U.K version.
Just received my wdtv live box yesterday and used a VPN uk server to change it to u.k content and run it with a unotelly dns.
Actually the slingplayer on the wdtv live works fine with my setup. I'm actually shocked, because the Logitech Revue google tv version is a mess. The sound coming out of the slingplayer app on the wdtv can get distorted too easily. Don't have that problem with the slingcatcher and don't believe I ever had any sound issues with the Revue…..but that was when it was working. As has been said, the delay time is pretty bad, but the wd live tv interface lags overall, so it's par for the course. The stream is stable though and the picture is good, at least as good as the slingcatcher if not a little bit better. The interface is exactly like on the Revue, so I was up and running in no time. Hopefully the bugs that everyone's dealing with will get ironed out, but at least I've got my slingplayer back on the bedroom tv for remote viewing because who knows If sling will ever get the googletv version working again with the solo. Don't think pro hd owners are having the same frame rate problem on their slingbox, only Solo owners.
……..um, about to eat humble pie here. What started out positively, and after quality testing, turned out to be a WDTV Live device that freezes and disconnects frequently after all. Considering my praise, and how something that worked so well in the first 24 hours could go south, so fast, makes me wonder what happened. It was placed in a cool location with a fan running on it. I never changed any of the settings and it was connected through the ethernet cable, but for some reason, it just got worse the longer I used it. Went back to the slingcatcher and P.C, just to check it wasn't my two slingbox's that had the problem, but they were fine.
So, the conclusion from my tinkering is that the WDLive TV slingplayer live app is no better than Google TV for slingbox streaming, so I shipped it back because it also had trouble with a lot my MKV files and couldn't play FLV files whatsoever.
September 3, 2011
Just wondering what the state of play is with Slingplayer for WD Media Players?
I read that there were issues – were these ever addressed? Are Sling on the ball with improving the Slingplayer for Connected Devices?
Was considering experimenting with a WD Live player as a potential long term SlingCatcher replacement – should I bother?
Tried it with 18 down on my end and 4 up on the Slingbox end. No end of lagging and freezing.
Upgraded to 10 up. A lot smoother, but every one to five minutes, it will freeze up for about five seconds. Better, but still frustrating, and it doesn't happen on the PC Slingplayer. Unfortunately it doesn't look like there has been any support from the Slingmedia end--they made the player, and haven't fixed the issues in over half a year.
September 3, 2011
I've extensively tested the players for both Google TV devices and the WD Live player and my conclusion is that they are significantly inferior to the SlingCatcher in three main ways:
1) unacceptable delay in issuing commands, sometimes 10-20s if the stream has previously frozen for a short time (it seem to get into some weird buffered state that it can't recover from until perform a reconnect)
2) general inability to deal with a fluctuating connection as well as the Slingcatcher or web player, often freezing for up to 10-15s before recovering
3) some questionable or missing key mappings. For example no 'back/exit' mapping on the GTVs even though these devices have a full keyboard; so while you can press G or something to bring up the EPG you have to use the cumbersome on screen controls to exit out of it. PIA. Clear lack of thought has gone into it. Similarly on the WDTV the page up/down keys would be better mapped to the more commonly used channel up/down controls rather than the page up/down controls.
2 and 3 above seem mainly to be issues on remote/less stable connections. It's almost as if they have only done their testing over LAN or very stable connections.
Sadly I have little faith in these issues being sorted despite having reported them in depth on the Sling forums, because I don't think Sling are as good as the company they used to be when they started out.
January 10, 2013
March 10, 2013
February 23, 2013
Do I understand this correctly, that I can travel long distance, hook up a WDTV to a display (using Wi-Fi), log into my Slingbox account on WDTV and play my Tivo stream sourced from my home based Slingbox 350 1000+ miles away?
That's right. Not just WDTV, there's also Netgear Neo and some other Google TV devices that you can use to play the stream.