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Stream Content from Your Computer or the Internet to Your TV

by Tobey Grumet Segal on November 12, 2009

Western Digital WD TV LiveWant to watch all the great content you can get on your computer on the big screen? Western Digital’s WD TV Live connects to your home network for streaming digital content from your computer, the Internet or any hard drive attached to your network—in resolutions of up to Full HD (1080p).

The WD TV Live is primarily set up for viewing videos, music and photos you have stored on your computer, portable hard drive or even camera or camcorder. You can also watch that Japanese cat jump out of the box on YouTube over and over as well as look at images from Flickr or even listen to music from Pandora or

It has an Ethernet jack for connecting to your home network. So if you have an Ethernet connection near your TV, you’re in luck. Otherwise, you’ll have to go out and fetch a Wi-Fi adapter—you should be running wireless-N for Full HD streaming. The WD TV Live also has two USB ports and supports Picture Transfer Protocol, which lets you show photos and movies directly from a digital camera or camcorder.

Western Digital WD TV Live interfaceConnecting the WD TV Live to your TV is simple. Use either the included component video (plus your own optical audio cable) or composite cables, or your own HDMI cable. Once the box is connected, the included remote control lets you easily navigate to your videos, photos and music—wherever they’re stored.


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From Paul Web on February 16, 2011 :: 11:04 pm

Not too be super-critical here but isn’t this like the world’s oldest news by now. Even in 2009 being able to use your TV as a secondary monitor, how much more of a technical feat is it then to show videos. Sorry If I’m grumbling, but I don’t see the value in an extra piece of hardware that does nothing extraordinary.



From Josh Kirschner on February 17, 2011 :: 1:13 am

The technical feat was providing an inexpensive option to wirelessly stream content to your TV. That was news in 2009, before we had Internet connected TVs and the plethora of streaming devices we have today.


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