Western Digital has been making media streaming devices for a number of years and is well known for its WDTV Live and WDTV Live Hub products, which both sell for $99. With the company’s new WD TV Play streaming box, having streaming luxury on your TV costs only $69.00, which is pretty cheap compared to some of the competitors on the market.
The WD TV Play will stream video from online providers like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Vudu, Spotify, SlingPlayer, Pandora, and Facebook. With all of these services available, it’s like accessing all the content that WD added to previous streaming boxes for a fraction of the price.
With this box you can also access and stream all of your own media at home, including photos, video, and music. This is possible by connecting to DNLA-compliant computers or network-attached storage on the same Wi-Fi network. You can also plug in digital cameras or external hard drives to a USB port.
WD has also designed a new interface that it hopes will appeal to those who are familiar with navigating on their mobile devices and tablets. Users will be able to personalize the home screen with the content and apps that they’re interested in. You can even set it up so that your favorite app opens automatically when you turn the device on.
Users can download a free WD TV Remote app that turns your iOS or Android device into a remote for the WD TV Play, but it will also come with a new remote control with several pre-programmed buttons for services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.
When it launches, the WD TV Play can be purchased from www.wdstore.com. The company is also hoping to add more online distribution outlets over time.
At just $69, this looks like a great service and a more affordable way to access all your favorite streaming services from the same place. At such a great price, it’ll definitely be a source of competition for other streaming boxes, like Apple’s own Apple TV.
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