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Summary:

The new WD TV Play comes with a simple UI, a focus on the key apps you need and a competitive $70 price tag. Check out our review to see if that’s money well spent.

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WD is at it again with a new device; this time, the company is squarely aiming at Roku with a simplified user interface and a lower price point. But is the WD TV Play a good buy for cord cutters? Check out our review below:

Show notes for this episode:

  • The WD TV Play is available on the WD website for $69.99. There’s no word on when the device is going to reach stores yet.
  • The device comes with a different UI than existing WD players, and supports slightly fewer codecs – MPEG-2 and DTS aren’t supported.
  • One other notable difference: The WD TV Live and the WD TV Hub pull in metadata for local content, the WD TV Play doesn’t.
  • Check out our e-book Cut the Cord: All You Need to Know to Drop Cable to learn more about various devices that help you to get rid of cable. The book is available for $5 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

How important is the availability of a YouTube app for your device choice? How about local content? And what about that remote? Tell us what you’re looking for in the comments, get in touch with us on Twitter (@cordcutters) or email us at cordcutters @ gigaom.com. Also, please check out our new Google+ Cord Cutters community!

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  1. Plex? It seems to be my go to app for most things. I won’t buy something with out it.

  2. I Like leaving the TV on in the background..especially the news channels. Is there a way to have live news running without having to use the remote to stop & stare evert show?
    Thanks,
    Tom

  3. what player shows live tv?

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