WD TV Live vs Apple TV
by bhs506 - 2/28/11 3:18 PM
In Reply to: Cost of the ATV? by onemoremile
I completely agree about the incovenience of the the wifi adapter. That is a huge drawback. But if you compare the costs, $109 for the tv live plus, and about $30 for a usb adapter, put you at $139-140 vs $100 for the apple tv with a few added options. But, the apple tv only supports up to 720p, has no usb port for an external drive, only streams media via itunes, and has an limited file format support.
First, the 720p vs 1080p is a big deal for a lot of people that have nice displays, myself included.
Second, the usb port is nice if you want to connect a drive directly, not have to turn on your computer, already have a drive for backing up home movies, music, pictures, etc. A USB port also adds portability if you want to take the media player with you somewhere, i.e. vacation and have to back up hd movies from a hd camcorder because memory card prices add up fast.
Third, the "streaming" feature on apple tv requires that you get your computer, turn it on, have files saved in a particular way, etc. The original poster mentioned somewhere not wanting to have to get out his/her computer every time. The WD TV Live allows you to purchase a NAS, the WD MyBook Live happens to be very affordable at 2tb, and stream directly to the media player. SO, if you have NAS with a built in media server that you are already using to back up your home computer, now you can also use it to stream media.
Fourth, the limited file format support is a big deal for me because I have an HD camcorder. My understanding from the apple message boards is that despite apple tv listing a lot of formats, there are unclear issues.
I COMPLETELY AGREE about the ease of use for Apple TV, but having just purchased the WD TV live plus, it is really not that hard to set up. I plugged it in, plugged in my hard drive, and was done.
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