Western Digital TV Play
Improved interface and a greater selection of content than before.
Setup is easy and the connection stayed solid during testing.
Decent mix of online and network streaming.
Poor quality remote.
Missing some important apps, like Amazon Instant and live sports apps.
Gaming apps aren't very worthwhile.
Flaky on-demand streaming.
Limited codec support.
Occasionally clunky menus.
No error messages (if something doesn't work, you won't know why).
By TrustedReviews on June 06, 2013
The WD TV Play has a low price for a DLNA-compatible wireless box with access to a range of video on-demand and other streaming services. Although its interface is attractive and versatile, its flakiness when streaming online services and limited codec support render the WD TV Play less of a bargain than its price otherwise seems.60
By SuperSite for Windows on April 07, 2013
So the WD TV Play is recommended, but especially so for those making the transition from legacy video collections to more modern cloud services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Certainly, I’m plotting such a transition myself.85
By MacLife on March 25, 2013
For owners of Apple TV or earlier WD TV models, there's not a lot to convince you to switch or upgrade. But if you're looking for a do-almost-everything streaming box, WD TV Play offers a lot of bang for just a few bucks, even if the "extras" don't amount to much.70
By PCMag on March 12, 2013
Western Digital's latest low-cost media hub, the WD TV Play, dabbles in many cord-cutting areas, but doesn't lead in any of them.60
By SmallNetBuilder on February 27, 2013
For me, it’s a toss-up between the NeoTV MAX and the WD TV Play. If you’re stuck at the $70 price point it all comes down to how you intend to use the device. If streaming internet content is most important to you, go with the NeoTV MAX and save yourself $10. But since I have a large library of media files with a wide variety of video file types...70
By cnet on February 12, 2013
The WD TV Play is the best alternative to Roku and Apple TV for viewers looking to access their personal media...80
By DesktopPreview on February 12, 2013
There are some things we'd like to see polished on the WD TV Play, most notably the way the player shows your app selection (there's really no need for all these categories and pages - just show an endless grid of apps and be done with it), but overall, the device is a good effort on behalf of WD and worthy of a permanent place in our entertainment center.90
By DigitalTrends on February 12, 2013
We suppose $70 is the right price for the WD TV Play, since it delivers 1080p video resolution plus the USB and Ethernet ports that the Roku 2 lacks for $10 less (Roku has two players with even lower price tags, but they’re both limited to 720p and are missing the same I/O ports). We’re just having a hard time being enthusiastic about the WD TV Play’s video quality.60