LaCinema VS WDTV Live (VS AppleTV)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iBookfan, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    iBookfan

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    Hi fellas..

    Since the AppleTV lacks in a lot of features (even after jailbreak, mostly the external harddrive ability), I've come down to these two as a media center:

    - Lacinema (Mini HD Connect) = http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10486
    - WDTV Live = http://www.wdtvlive.com/products/wdtv_live#/highlights

    They both read subtitles, all formats, external hdd directly attached and no need for computer to be running. I don't have a NAS so the external hdd is great!

    I can't see any difference in the two products, but maybe you have experience with one or both of them?

    Sorry for the "non-appletv"-thread, but maybe I've missed something about the AppleTV, so please do enlight me if that's the case :cool:
     
  2. macrumors 601

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    A jailbroken apple tv does everything the wd tv does ,minus having a hardrive attached


    But if you have full 1080p videos files 5-20gb go for the wd tv


    I have both and i hardly use my wd anymore
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    iBookfan

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    But the only thing a care about is the attached harddrive.. I don't have a NAS, and buying one, would lean to a mac mini buy instead..

    So AppleTV aint the right one for me, I'm affraid..
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

    iBookfan

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    And why not use the WD if it do what Appletv does?
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    You can use an external hard drive with the aTV, you just have to attach it to your computer instead of to the box connected to the TV. I think you'll find, that it's a lot simpler to just use iTunes to do all the work instead of trying to maintain a hard drive file system connected to the WDTV.

    I have a WDTV and an aTV2. THe WDTV is fine and it will work with .vob files, which is nice if you have a computer that is a bit too slow for Handbrake, but I found it a bit buggy. It works a bit more smoothly with .mkv files than other video files, I found. The WDTV also requires more work figuring out how to get the interface to look nice, such as adding poster art. It probably would have been fine for me, but it had a low wife acceptance factor in my home.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

    iBookfan

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    I've tried using iTunes, but had a lot of problems with formats, subtitles and so on.. A external seems more reliable for me and trouble-free..

    And I don't want to have my Mac open just for streaming - might as well just connect the Mac to the tv then..
     
  7. macrumors 68000

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    I have both AppleTV 2 and WDTV Live. Since my TV with HDMI broke, I'm relying on an old huge projection tv with component inputs. Since the Appletv 2 only has HDMI, I've been using the WDTV for the last couple of months. That's the nice thing, the WDTV does HDMI, component, and composite.

    The WDTV Live Plus does Netflix if you live somewhere that has that service. Netflix and the nice GUI are what I miss most about the AppleTV 2. Sometimes I hook the AppleTV 2 up to my 24" Dell LCD.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

    iBookfan

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    So the WDTV is a great pendant to AppleTV2? Unfortunately I haven't got access to Netfilx, but maybe one day there'll be a work around that problem.

    I'll be using the WDTV with external hdd - do you have any experience with that Spacepower7? Both with categorizing (folders, cover and what not) and with speed + readability from hdd on the WDTV?
     
  9. macrumors 601

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    Apple tv has icefilms
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    iBookfan

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    I'll have to aske the newbie-question: Whats icefilms? And is it even avaible outside US?

    AppleTV wins in interface though.. Thoughts about a 1.gen tv have crossed my mind!
     

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