Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Western Digital HD Media Player with .mkv support! - Part 1

Finally .mkv support in a stand alone media player!! The new  Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player.

I have been waiting for something like this for a while now. I am looking forward to seeing if this thing will do all they say it will. As of now I use a philips DVP5992/37 in conjunction with the Vantec NexStar hard drive dock, and a 500gb bare drive to watch my media. Although I am limited to DivX videos and 720p only. It is a little finicky with GMC too. Looks like the WD player is just what I need.

Another bonus is fat32 support. External drive formats include: FAT32, NTFS, HFS+ (no journaling)

From the Western Digital website:

File Formats Supported

Music - MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, AIF/AIFF, MKA

Graphics - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI(MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264)

Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL Subtitle -SRT (UTF-8)

- MPEG2/4, H.264, and WMV9 supports up to 1920x1080p 24fps, 1920x1080i 30fps, 1280x720p 60fps resolution.
- An audio receiver is required for surround sound output.
- AAC/Dolby Digital decodes in 2 channel output only.
- JPEG does not support CMYK or lossless.
- BMP supports uncompressed format only.
- TIF/TIFF supports single layer only.

See Part 2! Here

Amazon has it here:

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