Western Digital’s WD TV line of media players have been breakthroughs in the realm of television extenders. They started out a few years ago with the ability to play media files off of locally connected storage, and have expanded to include embedded terabyte hard drives with remote streaming and network capabilities.
To cut things short, though: they’re pretty awesome. These little boxes can hook up to your display via HDMI or component cables, ensuring flawless playback of 1080p, 720p and even standard definition video. Like the original, these players come with two USB 2.0 ports; just hook up a flash drive or portable hard drive, and you’ll be able to play just about any audio or video content under the sun.
In addition to playing local media, the WD TV Plus HD has an Ethernet port in the back, which grants the ability to play back networked content, too. That can be content stored locally, or even on sites such as Netflix, CinemaNow or Pandora.
You can also watch YouTube videos and access your latest Facebook status updates on the device. The downside to all of this? This little box typically costs $89.99 on Amazon.com (down from its intro price at $129.99). Today, however, WD is offering refurbished models on their online store for a whopping discount – just $59.99.
A hundred bucks is pricey, but $60 is a lot more palatable – especially if you’re any kind of media junkie. Even if you’re not, these boxes are nice to have around just to be able to share videos on a bigger screen than your typical computer offers. The boxes are small enough, too, that it is extremely easy to pocket one and take it to a friend’s.
Watch out, however, as WD has said that this is a limited time deal. So if you’re intered, be sure to jump in it!