Western Digital’s WD TV Live earns Compatible with Windows 7 Logo

Western Digital’s WD TV Live earns Compatible with Windows 7 Logo

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I’m excited to announce that Western Digital’s WD TV Live media player has earned the Compatible with Windows 7 logo! For those of you who already own this device, Western Digital began releasing a firmware update (Release 1.02.21) for the WD TV Live late last week that brings support for Windows 7’s Play To feature - allowing you to seamlessly play music, videos and photos through your home network directly to the any device you connect to the WD TV Live.

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I am currently running the WD TV Live at home. With the WD TV Live, it took just a few minutes to stream content from any of my Windows 7 PCs to a TV in one of the bedrooms. The WD TV Live can connect to nearly any TV, AV receiver, stereo, or set of powered speakers ridiculously easy, and the box is small enough to be used virtually anywhere.

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The WD TV Live is configured to connect to your network with an Ethernet cable. However if the place you want to use your WD TV Live doesn’t have a wired connection to your home network – Western Digital has done an amazing job of including support in their firmware for numerous wireless USB network adapters . You can see a full list of supported USB devices for the WD TV Live here.

Once the WD TV Live is on your home network, you can stream content to it from Windows Media player using the “Play to” button above the now playing list. From within Windows Media Player (or from Windows Explorer), you can also right-click on a video file, audio track, or playlist and select “Play to”. Once the Play To session is live, the session is controlled from the PC.

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If you’re not ready to spend the money on a Compatible with Windows 7 HDTV or A/V Receiver, the WD TV Live is the perfect device to get the benefits of Windows 7 and Play To using your existing TV and stereo system.

You can buy a WD TV Live here.

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  • Brandon -- that's not a link to the Microsoft Store (looks like a link to the WD store to me...)  Might want to fix that.

    I'm happy to see "Play To" support coming to these various devices... I think it is key to making these devices just that much easier to use... but...

    ... the WD device mentioned here does not support Microsoft's DRM... and for my case (and I'm sure a few others) means this device cannot access content obtained from the Zune store (Zune Pass content, etc.)

    I emailed WD and asked them about it and they wouldn't say if/when they will ever support the Microsoft DRM.  Bummer -- that makes this device a non-starter for me.

  • DJ62
    2 Posts

    Pretty cool, but until it has full windows 7 media center capabilities it seems that the XBox is a better deal.

    I would also love it to support more online content. It seems like this is where everyone is missing the boat, the ability to go to CBS, ABC, Hulu, Netflix, TNT, NetFlix, etc anywhere on the web you can stream. ( I guess this would mean a browser). To get this type of functionality I guess you have to build a media center PC next to your  TV

  • @kio_http, we plan to actively blog about many of the very cool devices and apps that work great with Windows 7! Thanks for your comment!

  • kio_http
    26 Posts

    Every time a new hardware component in built and works works with Windows 7, you should post here.

  • You guys rocks!

    You are just doing great job for spreading Windows 7 across multiple platforms, what about XP and Vista, are they obsolete?