After months of unconfirmed rumors about its maybe, possibly imminent
arrival, Western Digital finally released its next-generation WD TV media player--just
mere days after we finished our Dec/09 issue, in which we named the
previous-gen model as one of our “2009 Gear of the Year” favorites. We
had a few niggling criticisms of that earlier version, but in the
latest model, Western Digital has made some excellent improvements to
what became our favorite set-top box for media playback.
You’ve got tons of music, movies and other media files stuffed in your
Mac, right? Watching The Office from your laptop is fine and dandy, but
sometimes you just want to kick back on the couch and watch stuff on a
real TV. Which is why we’re hooking you up with a WDTV from Western Digital.
Until someone comes up with a simple, reliable, nonfiddly way to get
Hulu on our television, we’re still addicted to traditional TV. That
said, without TiVo, we’d give up on TV in a heartbeat. Back in the day,
piling on to the couch for Must See TV on Thursday nights from 8 to 10
was a given. But now, the ability to time- and place-shift television
is a crucial feature. The only problem is that our TiVo box is
frequently overflowing with content, and it really sucks to lose
crucial episodes of your favorite show because there’s a marathon of
The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo--not that we’d ever watch
anything like that.