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WD TV™ HD Media Player brings Digital Media Collections to the Big Screen

  • 05 November, 2008 11:00

<p><em>New Product Turns WD® My Passport™ Portable Drives into HD Media
Players<br/>
<br/>
</em><strong>Sydney Australia</strong> – <strong>November 05, 2008</strong>
– WD®, the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today
introduced a simple way for consumers to play their stored digital content on
their HDTV in Full-HD 1080p resolution. The WD TV™ Media Player connects
to a user’s TV or home theater and plays digital movies, music and photos
from WD’s My Passport™ portable drive or other USB mass storage
device.</p>
<p>According to research firm IDC, nearly 334 million GB of photos and more than
3.1 billion GB of video will be stored on consumer desktop and laptop computers
in 2008. The research firm expects that to increase to 400 million GB and 5.8
billion GB, respectively, by 2010.</p>
<p>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 TV via wires or complicated home networking solutions. The
WD TV HD Media Player enables consumers to easily and elegantly access their
high-definition content on the biggest screen in the home.</p>
<p>Users leave the WD TV HD Media Player connected to their TVs and simply plug
in up to two My Passport USB drives or other USB mass storage devices loaded
with HD media. Using the included remote control, they can navigate and play
their content with the media player’s high-definition on-screen menu.
With My Passport drives now available in 500 GB capacities, users can build
large collections on multiple drives, all playable by WD TV.</p>
<p>Navigating content on USB drives is fast and easy with WD TV HD Media Player’s
remote control and on-screen menu. Content can be viewed either by filename
or thumbnails of photos, album covers or movie cover art. In addition, automatic
media aggregation lets the viewer see all their media by media type in one menu
regardless of its location in folders or drives.</p>
<p>“As leaders in external storage, we have become the trusted brand for
storing and backing up large media collections for consumers around the world,”
said Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager for WD’s Branded
Products and Consumer Electronics Groups. “Our best-selling My Passport
portable drives help customers carry their media library with them anywhere
but until now, there has been no easy, affordable way to access and play all
that content in their living rooms. The WD TV HD Media Player effectively unlocks
all that content from the storage device and lets people enjoy it on their biggest
screen and best sound system.”</p>
<p><strong>Features of the WD TV HD Media Player include:</strong><br/>
- Designed for WD’s My Passport portable drives, it also plays content
from WD My Book® family of drives and most popular USB drives, digital cameras,
camcorders, and portable media players that can be recognized as mass storage
devices; <br/>
- Full HD video playback and navigation - up to 1080p - to experience the spectacular
picture quality of HD video and crystal clear sound clarity of digital audio;
<br/>
- Remote control to navigate through entertainment choices using the crisp,
animated HD menus; <br/>
- Dock and play convenience: just plug in a My Passport drive or other USB storage
device with HD content to play it on a TV or home entertainment system; <br/>
- Collect without limits by adding more USB drives for more accessible content;
<br/>
- Advanced navigation options such as thumbnail and list views; WD’s Media
Library™ feature lets users view all media by media type in one menu regardless
of its location in folders or drives; ability to search by genre, title, artist,
filename and partial filename;<br/>
- Photo viewing features to create custom slides shows; ability to zoom and
pan; search photos by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date;
<br/>
- Movie viewing with ability to fast forward, rewind, pause, zoom, and pan,
view subtitles and search by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed
and date; <br/>
- Music playback with fast forward, rewind, pause, shuffle, repeat and search
by filename, partial filename, most recently viewed and date;<br/>
- Two USB ports on the player connects up to two USB mass storage devices and
access them simultaneously while the Media Library feature aggregates the content
on both drives into one list sorted by media type; <br/>
- High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI®) port connects to the highest
quality HDTV or home theater; additional composite (RCA) outputs ensure compatibility
with virtually all television sets; <br/>
- Free ArcSoft MediaConverter™ 2.5 software to easily convert photo, video,
and music files into formats optimized for use on the WD TV HD Media Player;
<br/>
- Ultra-compact design that fits easily into a home entertainment center; and,<br/>
- 1-year limited warranty.</p>
<p><strong>Product Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD TV<br/>
RRP: AU $199 <br/>
Website: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com</a><br/>
Product link and Photos: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=572</a><br/>
Distributors: Synnex Australia and Simms International<br/>
<br/>
<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.
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.</p>
<p>###</p>
<p>Western Digital, WD, WD logo and My Book are registered trademarks; WD TV,
Media Library 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.</p>
<p><strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au</a></p>

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