The team at Western Digital have been creating WD TV boxes for years. Both the WDTV Live and the WDTV Live Hub had their fair share of success. Now the company has dropped its traditional pricing by offering the WD TV Play for just $69.
Despite the lower price point the product still offers plenty of streaming options which now include; Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Vudu, Spotify, SlingPlayer, Pandora, and Facebook, and many more.
The WD TV Play also brings access to a users home media including photos, video and music. The WD TV device connects via DLNA-compliant computer and through network-attached storage located on the same WiFi network. For ease of use buyers can also connect digital cameras and hard drives using a USB port.
Adding to the new lower priced item is a new user interface. WD allows users to customize their home screens and by doing so WD TV Play customers can ensure they receive the content they care about most right away. WD also now offers the ability to launch a certain app when turning on the device. For example, a user can set Netflix to launch upon powering up the Play.
WD is also throwing in a new remote control which has been redesigned to feature pre-programmed buttons for popular apps including Netflix and Hulu Plus. Clicking on pre-programmed buttons automatically takes users to those platforms. Just like Roku users will also be able to download iOS and Google Android apps. Downloading mobile and tablet apps will give users access to the WD TV Play via WiFi.
The first run for the WD TV Play will be available exclusively via www.wdstore.com. Eventually the company hopes to add more online distributors into the mix.
Are you willing to pick up the WD TV Play for the low price of $69?