In the past I had looked at using the Opera browser on the WII and couldn’t find a way that I could pull picture easily from the systems on our home network and display them on the TV. I had done some work with placing a PC by the TV but that was really overkill.
I ran across an inexpensive Network Media Player from Western Digital. The WD TV Live Plus is a device that allows you to access movies and pictures on a TV or HDTV. I purchased the device for $99.99 from Micro Center.
The box is 4” x 5” x 1.6” and has:
- A infra-red remote
- Two usb ports
- An HDMI 1.3 port
- An optical port
- Componsite / Component Video
- Stereo Audio
An initial test run with this summer’s vacation pictures went off extremely well. The pictures were pulled from a share on our home network.
All I had to do was plug the device into the network, and plug it into the TV and did some very minimal configuration to setup a username and password and was ready to show the pictures.
I have done some other playing around with the device and have been pretty pleased with it. I have been able to use it with Windows Media Player and several other UPNP servers.
The only problem I have encountered so far is that it appears that the WD TV Live Plus device has a problem with XML that is escaped specifically to the XML standard which doesn’t require “>” to be escaped with an >. I ran into this while testing a UPNP server.
Next up UPNP servers.