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WD® Introduces New WD TV™ Mini Media Player with RealVideo™ Support to Play Your Digital Media on the Big Screen

  • 24 August, 2009 11:00

<p><strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> – <strong>Aug. 24, 2009</strong> –
WD® the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today introduced
a new version of its popular WD TV media player. The new WD TV Mini Media Player
now enables playback of RealNetworks®, Inc.’s RealVideo™ content
and provides a more affordable way for consumers to play their stored digital
content in up to 1080i HD resolution directly on their HD television.<br/>
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The WD TV Mini Media Player connects to a user’s TV or home theater and
plays digital movies, music and photos stored on USB drives such as the best-selling
WD My Passport portable drive. As with other WD TV models, the WD TV Mini Media
Player supports playback of digital media on most USB mass storage devices such
as digital camcorders and digital cameras. The new compact design is small and
portable enough that users can easily take it with them when they travel and play
their digital media anywhere on any TV in up to 1080i HD resolution.<br/>
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According to research firm Parks Associates, the average consumer household currently
has approximately 298 GB of digital media, which will reach approximately 898
GB of digital media by 2012.<br/>
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These large personal digital libraries are all but trapped on users’ computers.
In order to play their content on their TV, consumers have struggled with clumsy
solutions such as copying onto multiple CDs and DVDs or connecting their PCs to
their TVs via wires or complicated home networking solutions. The new WD TV Mini
Media Player perfectly suits the needs of those with a large media collection
that are looking for an easy and affordable solution to watch their digital media
on their TV.<br/>
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“The popularity of the RealVideo format and its compatibility with the WD
TV Mini Media Player makes it an excellent solution for consumers who wish to
enjoy their RealVideo content on their TVs,” said Scott Nelson, director
of business development for RealNetworks.<br/>
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“For those who desire an easy, affordable and portable solution to enjoy
their digital media on their TV and who have content in RealVideo format, the
new WD TV Mini Media Player fits the bill,” said Dale Pistilli, vice president
of marketing for WD’s Branded Products Group. “The new WD TV Mini
Media Player unlocks the content from their PCs and storage devices and makes
it simple for people to enjoy their media on their home theater system, without
the need to spend time configuring a complicated device or transcoding files to
make them compatible.”<br/>
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<strong>Features of the WD TV Mini Media Player include</strong>:<br/>
- Play video, music and photos on your TV in up to 1080i HD resolution;<br/>
- Supports widest variety of file formats including RealMedia Variable Bitrate
(RMVB);<br/>
- Rich HD 1080i advanced navigation and user interface; <br/>
- DVD-like navigation with chapter support, trick modes and subtitles;<br/>
- Expandable: buy more storage, delete fewer movies;<br/>
- Photo slideshow with unique transitions and music on your HD TV;<br/>
- Thumbnail support including photo thumbnails and music album art; <br/>
- Ability to preview your video during navigation (480 and 720 mode only);<br/>
- Video, music and photo auto-play for users digital signage solution;<br/>
- Subtitle support including multi-language subtitle support for video playback;<br/>
- Picture Transfer Protocol to view or backup content from your digital image
device; <br/>
- Compatible with USB Camcorders and USB mass storage devices; <br/>
- Component and composite video output;<br/>
- Digital optical audio output via SPDIF; and,<br/>
- Ultra-compact design making it perfectly portable for travel.<br/>
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<strong>Product and Pricing Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD TV Mini Media Player<br/>
RRP: AU$149.99 , NZ$179.99<br/>
Website: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com</a><br/>
Product link and Photos: <a href="#">http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=681</a><br/>
Australian Distributors: Synnex Australia<br/>
New Zealand Distributors: Synnex NZ, Ingram Micro NZ<br/>
Availability: Now<br/>
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<strong>About WD</strong><br/>
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products
and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital
information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that
keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise
to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications. <br/>
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading
systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital®
and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (<a href="#">www.westerndigital.com</a>)
to access a variety of financial and investor information.<br/>
<br/>
Western Digital, WD and WD logo are registered trademarks; WD TV and My Passport
are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. Other marks may be mentioned
herein that belong to other companies. All other brand and product names mentioned
herein are the property of their respective companies. One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion
bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies
depending on operating environment.<br/>
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<strong>EDITOR’S NOTES</strong>: <br/>
Western Digital product photos: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/company/branding/digitalphotos.asp#</a><br/>
Product Spec Sheets: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=681</a><br/>
Editorial review samples of the WD TV Mini Media Player may be requested via WD’s
Web site: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/company/pr/eval_request.asp</a><br/>
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<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato CatalanGap <br/>
Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au </a></p>

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