(Not sure why the WD Elements drives at Newegg are either refurbished or too expensive).
*Also want an HDMI cable for $15 or less but good customer feedback.
I have the WDTV LIVE HUB which I love. It has an internal 1TB drive but it costs $230 now. You can buy the media player for $90 and the 2TB Elements for $110 which gives you TWICE the space for less money.
Also, my device requires a wi-fi adapter but the one I linked for $90 has it included.
The USB drive:
- must have an AC adapter
- may need to be WD Elements to turn off and on automatically with the WDTV device
1) Pretty much every video and audio codec
2) ISO DVD/BD images
3) Netflix and other apps installed
4) can add IMAGES/Info to your movies
5) can play video/audio from another PC/DLNA device
1) It plays files from a USB drive
(carefully read as you may damage your TV using a 2.5" drive without it's own AC adapter. Thumb drive and drives with AC power are fine.)
Can interface via wi-fi to the DLNA drive. (some mention of installing proper software. For what? Interface with PC? I've never used a DLNA server but it should work fine since that's what STANDARDS like DLNA are for, to ensure compatibility.)
3) The supported CODECS and CONTAINERS are listed at the very bottom of the PDF along with other details like maximum bitrate.
4) I don't know how easy it is to navigate the interface or if it updates Movie/TV show images/data for files you have stored.
5) I use K-Lite Codec Pack and the included media player on PC (uncheck "mediainfo" if you install that separately)
6) Other usefull video tools:
a) MKVtoolnix (uncheck unwanted components like Japanese audio or subtitles you don't want then MUX it. no recode of audio or video just removal)
b) Handbrake (small learning curve but best video conversion program around)