Western Digital WD Media Center

The Western Digital WD Media Center can play and store various types of movies, music and other media formats on its 1 terabyte media center. It lets you watch media on your TV or any computer in your home in high definition with the WD TV Live Hub media center in its hard drive.

You can even watch old movies or music in your collection, live streaming music and videos in full HD.

The interface is user friendly and easy to understand, even a child or someone who isn’t tech savvy can use it.

The Western Digital WD Media Center allows you to access various functions and websites online like Blockbuster, Facebook, Netflix, Pandora, and On Demand among others. The unit is very light and only weighs 1.2 pounds and measures 7.8 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches.

Pros

What users love about this unit is that it lets you download or view different media in various formats. The manual is also known to be very helpful. You can read the manual online too if you lose the printed version.

The firmware updates frequently and you get picture perfect movies either from your personal collection or online. It’s the best device to watch Netflix videos online.

Cons

The Western Digital WD Media Center is Wi-Fi ready but doesn’t come with the proper accessories to use it Wi-Fi. You would have to spend more money getting a USB Wi-Fi adapter to make it wireless. In the meantime, you would have to buy cables to connect it to your PC and position it right next to the computer or internet connection along with your TV.

Another common complaint is the unresponsive customer service. If you run into problems it might take days or weeks to get help from customer service. Other users also say that it is easier and faster to copy files on a separate USB than on the Western Digital WD Media Center.

People who have had an Apple TV say that the Apple is easier to set up and comes with a built in Wi-Fi. The remote control is also flimsy and sometimes unresponsive or slow to respond. The weird thing is the remote control doesn’t have a volume control.

Generally, most users like the Western Digital WD Media Center for its versatility and ability to play or store various media formats. It can also play regular DVDs and Blu-rays if you download them in advance. The device also remains silent throughout use unlike some media players that produce annoying sound. You can also connect your iPod to it and listen to music stored in your iPod.

The Western Digital WD Media Center is easy to use. Most people who complain about some quirks simply don’t know how to use it. Advice: read the manual it’s very simple to understand and quite useful.



Innovativeness of Dish TV

Dish   TV   media  players are the output of high end technology. They provide the best form of entertainment on television. Besides, they are devised in such a way that they facilitate live recording of shows. Digital video recording systems are structured in the dish receiver which enable live video recording. This service is available at the lowest cost possible. You can even get three months of free service if you order now. Life will be so easy with the satellite TV at your home. Just don’t let this opportunity go off your hands.

Each day these media players are getting innovative with a host of new features that are being loaded in them. They have become so advanced that they allow TV programming even when you are traveling. Slingbox Solo is one such device that allows you to program your TV on road. You need to attach the player to your television source. It can be a DVD player, dish TV, or digital cable. No matter whatever your television source is, you can view your satellite TV channels and even control them on your cell phone or laptop. Thus, your favorite shows can be in your finger tips. Traveling will become more exciting than ever with the new Sling box Solo.

As a kid, I could hardly get the opportunity to watch my favorite Disney program as the TV would be occupied by my dad. Once in a blue moon I could watch and really wished if that program could be recorded. Finally in my adulthood the dream came true when we bought the dish TV. In the recent past, the dish satellites have been equipped with a new technology. This technology facilitates the recording of live videos.

Digital Video Recording (DVR) receivers are being used in the dish satellite. Now there is no need to fight over the remote control with your family members. Switch on the video recording mode and later you can watch your favorite program. High end technology used in these receivers offer digitally enriched pictures. Thus, it is highly satisfying for the viewer. All of these digital programming can be afforded at a reasonable price through Dish satellite Network.

With dish TV you can record your other two favorite programs while you watch the third one itself. Even if three of your favorite shows get telecast at the same time, you do not miss any. The satellite receivers are equipped with integrated DVR systems, two TV outputs and dual tuners. This facilitates the recording of your two favorite shows simultaneously. Live satellite TV can be viewed independently along with the previously recorded events. You just need to connect it to two other television sets. The DVR receiver has been devised in such a way that you just need to select the name of your favorite show. The rest is done by your dish receiver.

It will search out for and record all the latest episodes without changing their duration, or broadcast schedule. Dish TV enables hundred hours of video recording which is 100% digital. Besides, you can pause live shows, reverse or forward them. In between shows you can even play.



Latest Trends in Smart TV – Could Apple Win?

Smart TVs are television sets that can retrieve content from the Internet and offer built-in applications for streaming music and movies, apps for social networking, apps for news, weather, sports, games, YouTube and more. In addition to using apps, one of the most appealing factors for tech-savvy consumers is voice activation technology to control TV sets.

According to DisplaySearch, a leading provider of reliable information about the display-related industries, connected TVs are forecast to grow to over 123 million shipments in 2014 (at a 30% compound annual growth rate). The market is now developing beyond mature regions like Western Europe and Japan. Emerging markets play a major role in this growth. With the improvements in the broadband infrastructure, the adoption of connected TVs is a natural next step in TV feature innovation. Eastern Europe is expected to grow from 2.5 million connected TVs shipped in 2010 to over 10 million in 2014. In addition to that, 33% of flat panel TVs sold in China in 2013 will have the Internet capability.

DisplaySearch also forecasts that the connected TV market will become fragmented and increase in complexity. One group of TV sets is supposed to feature basic video on demand and appeal to consumers who expect television to remain a passive experience. Those who want something more substantial will find interesting other TV sets offering configurable apps, sophisticated search and navigation engines, as well as advanced user interfaces.

The main contemporary connected TV platforms include Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Mitsubishi Stream TV, Panasonic Viera Connect, Sony Bravia, Toshiba NetTV, Apple TV, Google TV, TiVo, Liberty Global’s Horizon and Yahoo! Connected TV. Samsung, with around 20 million apps downloaded by the end of January 2012, is the segment leader, followed by Panasonic and LG.

However, the biggest shake-up in the television industry is going to cause Apple’s much-talked-of TV set. It promises to revolutionize television like once the iPad hit the market. Steve Jobs was quoted in his official biography saying that he “finally cracked the case” of an integrated TV. The new iTV (alleged name) is expected to be completely easy to use, seamlessly synced with other Apple’s devices and with the iCloud. At the moment Apple with its $99 set-top box Apple TV seems to be doing very well, with 2.8 million units sold in 2011.

We are constantly hearing rumors related to the expected Apple’s product, its features, price, and release date. CLSA Group views Apple TV hardware as a 2013 event. According to the estimations of ITG Industry Investment Research, the new iTV set could increase the company’s market cap by 10%, or $60 billion. Apple, already the world’s most valuable company, has recently hit the $600 billion level.

Analyst Peter Misek from Jefferies, a global securities and investment banking group, doesn’t expect the device to be called iTV. He suggests the new television could be called “iPanel” which can reflect its potential as a hub for gaming, media and more. The iPanel name also follows the “iP” format of other Aplle’s products, like the iPod, iPhone and the iPad. However, it is just a guess from the analyst. Misek expects that an Apple television will have a $1,250 average selling price.

The success of Apple’s products, like the iPod, the iPhone, and iPad, are much about the design. The iTV (let’s take this name) is supposed to have superior quality and excellent design. The list of possible features includes the following ones:

  • An aluminum construction;
  • FaceTime video calling;
  • Siri-based remote voice control;
  • 42-inch HD screen;
  • iOS operating system;
  • iCloud support;
  • Control from the iPhone or the iPad;
  • Access to Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, etc. (same as on the existing Apple TV);
  • Content sharing and media streaming from Apple’s devices.

Obviously, we’ll soon witness the appearance of a new smart TV from Apple that is going to bring new changes to the TV market. And, yes, Apple may win!

Industries and Technology Areas:

Industries: mass media, television

Technology Areas: Smart TV, connected TV, Smart TV applications, TV application development, software development



Popular Types of RV TV Mounts

In today’s media-centric society, hitting the open road no longer means leaving it all behind. The consumer electronics market has seen huge sales in tablet devices, smart phones, and HD TVs with no signs of slowing down. With media players, satellite, and wi-fi, travelers can stay connected to entertainment, news, and business from almost anywhere they travel. The latest and greatest RVs being sold on the market come standard with built-in flat screen TVs and media centers – but what if you don’t own the latest and greatest?

Luckily, online retailers have the TV mounts and mounting brackets you need in order to install computer monitors and TVs in your RV, whether you are adding new ones or replacing old tube TVs. There are several types of mounts and brackets available as well, giving you flexibility in placement and functionality. Here’s a list of six common mount types and uses:

1. Flat TV Wall Mounts

Flat TV wall mounts are very straight forward, making them an easy and inexpensive option for the do-it-yourselfer. They are perfect for mounting TVs flush to the wall in a fixed position.

2. Tilt Mounts

The tilt mount is a more popular option than the flat TV mount because it allows the TV to be tilted up or down for a better viewing angle. With the ability to adjust tilt, TVs can be mounted higher than eye level, adding flexibility to TV placement.

3. Cargo Slide-Out Mounts

If you’ve ever wanted to watch TV while sitting outside of your RV, the cargo slide-out mount is a great option. Install this heavy-duty mount in a basement cargo space for slide-out use of an LCD TV up to 40.” You’re sure to be the envy of the RV park.

4. Under-Cabinet TV Mounts

Ideal for smaller TV sizes, under-cabinet TV mounts are great for use in the kitchen or other spots with overhead storage cabinets. The most popular under cabinet mounts fold up neatly against the bottom of the cabinet when the TV is not in use and also tilt and swivel for flexible viewing.

5. Articulating Mounts

Articulating TV mounts are a popular mount style because of their range of motion. With side-to-side swivel capability, the articulating mount is ideal for spaces with more than one viewing spot. The mount also allows the TV to fit close (although not completely flush) against the wall when not in use or when tilting is not needed.

6. Desk Mounts

This mount style is gaining popularity with RV owners who want to add computers to their travel accessories. They are compatible with TVs as well as computer displays and can be mounted to a desktop, countertop, or shelf.

With the use of TV mounts, you can mount your TVs or computer monitors almost anywhere and any way you want. Whether you want your TV to pull out, lift up, slide forward, tilt down, pan across, rotate, drop down, extend out, or swivel, many online retailers sell RV TV mounts from trusted brands to make it happen.



Digital Media Player Tips for Finding the Ideal Media Player for Your Home

Buying a Home Media Player for your home can be very challenging. There are a wide variety of formats, and discovering your missing a critical one after buying can be very disappointing. You also need to make sure you have all of the connectors you will need for your home theater system. Nothing is quite as frustrating as getting your home media unit unpacked, and not being able to connect it, or play the movies you want to watch. Here is a list if important things to consider when choosing a HD digital media unit for your home.

1. Make sure your home media player matches your home network. Do you need a wireless media system, or is your home wired with network connections? Your HD digital media system will use the same network you use for sharing the internet with other family members.

2. Are you only going to watch media you store on your home media player? Some newer models will allow you to watch YouTube, NetFlix Movies, and other streaming feeds from the internet. An HD streaming media player gives you more flexibility for your entertainment. A media streamer allows you to watch all of your favorite video streams, without using your PC. Media streaming is also critical for any video on demand systems. You will not be downloading the video, you will be streaming it from their servers.

3. One critical component to any home media player is storage space. Is the storage built in, or will you be using external USB drives? Some digital media systems also work with network attached storage, allowing you to keep you hard drives away from your TV, safely stored in another room. Make sure you have plenty of storage. You will possibly want terabytes of storage, instead of gigabytes.

4. Connections is another critical piece to the puzzle. For your big screen TV you will want to have a HDMI video connector. Look for the SPDIF protocol for the highest quality digital audio for your surround sound system. If you have an older television you want to make sure the home media player includes composite and component outputs.

5. You want to review the different formats you can play on the digital media player. Don’t settle for a limited set of formats, you need a wide range of capability to guarantee your satisfaction. You’ll want support for AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, VOB, H.264, X.264, MOV, and WMV files. If you have any special video needs, make sure to check on them. Your home media system is not only for movies, but also should support photos, and audio. Check for these photo formats, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, and PNG, for the widest support. On audio you will want support for MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, DTS, and possibly a few more.

6. Make sure your home media player is going to seamlessly work with your various pieces of gear. Check to see if you can plug in your camera to transfer pictures. Consider the ease of access from the PC’s in your home. Review the interface for using the digital media system in your entertainment area, to make sure you’ll enjoy working with it.

As you can see, just running to the store and buying the first Home digital media player you see is not a great idea. You need to do a little homework, and make sure to fill all of your important requirements. When you select the right system, you will have years of enjoyment. With the wrong system, you’ll wonder why you ever spent the money. Choose wisely, and enjoy your new entertainment experience with your home media player.



WD TV Live Hub

WD TV Live Hub With 1TB Hard Drive

What is the WD TV Live Hub? It is a convenient and easy way to funnel all those media files into one central location and watch them directly from your TV. Not just the files on your computer, but it also streams directly from the internet. And when you have all of your files accessible to the WD TV Live Hub, you can then stream it to any other location in your house that’s set up to handle the media stream. It even handles sending out several streams at one time. Think of it as a mini media server under your TV. But what really sets this apart from the rest of the streaming field is its onboard 1TB hard drive. Let’s break down the features.

WD TV Live Hub File Support

When Western Digital set out to make a device of this kind they no doubt wanted to learn from the mistakes of some of the competition, namely Apple TV’s lack of file support. So here are the files that the WD Hub can handle.

Video

AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9

Audio

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

Photo

JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG

This is very convenient if you have collected a number of odd and different files from multiple locations lost in a sea of folders just sitting on your hard drive. (You know you do.) Well this can assist in sorting it all out very handily, and who knows, you may even rediscover some old videos you loved when you first saw them but simply forgot you had them.

Streaming

A computer is not necessarily needed in order to benefit from the WD Hub. It connects to directly to the internet and gives you access to online services. Here are some of them in no particular order.

Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube, Pandora, Facebook, flickr, Live 360, Media Fly, AccuWeather.

Storage Capacity

There are several other devices on the market that are similar to this one. But as I said at the beginning what really sets the WD TV Live Hub apart from the rest is the onboard 1TB Hard Drive. How much can 1TB hold you may ask?

  • Up to 285,000 digital photos
  • Up to 250,000 songs (MP3)
  • Up to 25,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
  • Up to 76 hours of Digital Video (DV)
  • Up to 440 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 120 hours of HD video

Now that’s a lot of time spent in front of the TV. And just how will you get all those files in and out of the WD Hub? On the Hub itself it has Gigabit Ethernet, front and back USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4 (that’s the latest version), Composite A/V, Component video, Optical audio. The only thing you need to supply is the cables. All this for around $200.00.

Final Thoughts

Now this isn’t to say that Western Digital has come out with the perfect device. While the navigation is fairly straight forward and easy to use it still takes a bit of navigation to find what you’re looking for. All in all though it’s a solid product with good support from Western Digital. After a little bit of set up you’ll be watching movies, looking at photos and going through all those forgotten files on the big screen.



How Television Is an Effective Medium of Advertising?

Television Advertising is one of the most effective means of generating awareness about a brand, service or business amongst the target audiences. For years, television has been an entertaining medium for the masses simultaneously educating them about various brands in the market place. Television Advertising is advantageous over other mediums of advertising as it provides audio-visual effect on audiences. The brand message is familiarized to customers through sound and visual effect that provides an immediate and lasting impression on audiences’ mind. Two significant advantages of brand advertising through television media are provided in the following paragraphs. Take a look-

Presentation of the brand message with a good storyline- Every advertising campaign is based on a storyline. However, this storyline is presented in such an interesting manner through television media that provides customers a strong impression about the advertised brand. Enhanced by sound and visual effect, brand commercial is presented like a mini film. It is because of this reason that brand commercials through television media are referred as ad-films. Through television media, the brand message is delivered within a minute in an interestingly exciting manner to customers. Though it requires a great deal of creative input and implementation to telecast a television commercial, the impact provided by television ads are better than other advertising channels.

Provides mass appeal to target groups- Television is the most effective medium of advertising to provide a mass appeal to target groups about any brand. Almost every individual loves watching television during leisure hours. The brand commercials that are telecast during serials, movies or particular shows provide a rich appeal on target groups. Customers also fondly remember the brand jingles with which most of the brand commercials usually end. Besides they also become aware of various brands and their updated features and benefits. This awareness later helps them to decide whether they should buy that particular product or not.

Amongst the various means of brand promotion, Television Advertising provides immediate impact on target groups. The brand message is presented in an attractive manner enhanced by the audio visual output of the commercials. Maximum numbers of customers depend heavily on television media to keep themselves informed about the launch of new brands or the updated features or benefits of existing old brands. Credibility is also an important attribute of brand advertising through television media. Any brand commercial through television media is meant to be entertaining and informative to enhance the interest of prospects. However, as mentioned above, the message should be credible and should also relate with the features of the brand. Flaunting about the brand through with a credible aspect is one of the secrets behind successful advertising practice.



What Is A Digital Media Player?

A Digital media player is a device that can store and play digital media files. There are thousands of brands available in the market and choosing the right one could be a tedious process. If you are searching for a better strike, for your money then the Western Digital WD TV Live Plus HD Media Player has some of the best features. It is a favorite and popular player that is rated high by its users.

Ease of use and its features makes it a wide choice in the market. The latest version released has some added functionalities when compared with the previous ones. It is network geared, and allows playback up to 1080p TrueHD and sound output through media player output or the HDMI output. Additionally, this has the capacity to play Netflix live to your TV. One big vantage is it has a good menu system for selecting the media files.

The WD TV Live digital player allows you to stream music, videos and photos to your TV and plays your music through your home theatre system. The player does not have an inbuilt hard drive. It must be connected externally with a USB device or any network containing your media files. A popular choice of storage device is the Western Digital WD Elements1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard drive that will have enough space to store any number of photos, videos, movies, and music.

It comes from the same manufacturer and hence it is a tough wired network, ready to use media player. You can also go wireless, with a USB wireless device. There are many wireless adapters available in the market with which you can convert your WD TV Live into a wireless player. One major disadvantage is, it definitely does not allow you to add internal hard drive to your media streamer. If this is not an issue, then you can seriously consider the WD TV Live media player which is fantastic and user friendly.



Digital Media Players – Interesting Predictions For 2011

Technology for digital media players changed dramatically in 2010. For the first time ever, a person could store all their movies, music, and photos in one place and stream them directly to their living room television. So exactly what can we expect for 2011? I think 2011 will be a furiously fast year for digital media sreamers and we will see jumps in technology and a drop in price also.

  • Every Major Television Manufacturer Will Include Digital Media Player Technology As An Included Feature – This device was the first to connect the home computer to the home theater. I know that Apple has the Apple TV and there are a few other devices out there that kind of got close to the mark, but full media streamers were the missing link. Now, with storage becoming more affordable, a person could make a backup copy of every DVD in their personal collection. The digital player allowed for streaming of video and audio, including high-definition, straight to your living room television. Coming in 2011 will be the full on emergence of Wifi enabled televisions that can connect to the internet and your home network. Sony televisions are even including things like widgets that make things a lot easier. In 2011 you will have the ability to connect and stream your media to your television without the need for the player. If you aren’t planning on upgrading your television, don’t worry, you can still get a super high-tech player with all the bells and whistles.
  • Streaming Players Will Increase Portability And Storage Capacity Will Be Included – Because the actual size of the technology like circuit boards and memory, I believe the size of the media players will also shrink. The smaller size will mean that it will be easier to travel with your player. For those that have video connections and screens in their car, this could mean that you can take your entire DVD collection with you without even needing to bring a single DVD. Now, most players have the option for the user to install their own 2.5″ SATA hard drive so that they can store the media directly on the device. Let’s say you don’t have a wireless network at home, storing your digital music, movies, and photos on the device means that all you have to do is take the player to your television and connect directly with A/V cables. In 2011 I believe we will see players come standard with built-in hard drives or solid state drives.

These are just predictions, but I look forward to seeing if these happen. These are not guarantees by any means. If you are considering whether to buy a digital media player now or maybe considering getting a television with the capability built in, you might want to hold off a little longer to see what happens.



The Best Roku Media Sources

Roku is a streaming media player that plays video, music, and other media. Roku connects your TV to an amazing amount of content with no computer required. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection. Roku can be set-up in as little as 5 minutes and is simple to use. Also, because it streams the media directly from the Internet to your TV, there is no need to wait for downloads. Your favorite media is available instantly.

There are many Roku Media options available. The most popular media providers include Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Video On Demand. All three of these options provide access to your favorite movies and television programs in high-definition.

Netflix currently has an unlimited streaming subscription option for only $7.99 per month. The Netflix library contains nearly every movie or television show available on DVD. However, the portion of the Netflix library available for streaming is smaller. Most new releases are not available for streaming with Netflix. Also, a Netflix subscription does not give you access to current season TV shows.

Hulu Plus is a very popular service video streaming service. It offers a subscription for $7.99, the same price as the Netflix streaming only subscription. Hulu Plus offers current and prior season TV shows from most networks. It also offers a large selection of movies, although many new release premium movies are not available.

Amazon Video On Demand has a different pricing model than Netflix or Hulu Plus. Amazon Video On Demand does not have a monthly fee. Instead, you pay to purchase or rent movies and TV shows. TV shows and movies can be rented for as little as 99 cents. Amazon Video On Demand offers nearly any movie or TV show that is available on DVD. It also offers current season TV shows.

The best Roku media source for you depends on what content you want the most. To cover the most options with the least cost, many people chose to purchase a monthly Netflix subscription and then supplement this with an occasional Amazon Video On Demand purchase. This way, you get most of your favorite content for $7.99 per month. Then, if there is a must watch TV show or new release movie that is not included in the Netflix library, it can still be purchased from Amazon Video On Demand.