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November 3, 2008

Western Digital Launches TV HD Media Player

wdfWDTV(2).jpgOne of the big reasons the Apple TV's and Vudu's of the world are popular only among a small segment of home theater enthusiasts is they remain difficult to use. For the average home theater user anyway.

Today, Western Digital, known for producing storage products, is launching the WD TV HD Media Player. Rather than hooking your computer to your HDTV and streaming video and other multimedia files, it's a standalone box that accepts content from a separate Western Digital MyPassport portable backup drive.

The media player has two USB ports that will also connect to flash drives and flip video players, and connects to your HDTV via an HDMI cable. And it can playback virtually any type of multimedia file including most picture formats and H.264, DivX, and MPEG-2 video in 1080p resolution.

Nice and simple to use, the Western Digital TV HD Media Player costs $129, but compatible storage devices are sold separately.

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Posted by Justin Davey at November 3, 2008 8:50 AM

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