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Shawn

A tech over at the Roku forum stated that the USB port will be accessable with their new SDK so it's up to developers to utilize it.

mpm

They recently did a survey on streaming local media and/or playing it off an HD, and they referred to this as a new, no-cost, product addition from Roku, so they might very well be doing it themselves.

I think they can save a lot of effort if they did, or helped it's authors do a channel for the excellent "Air Video" streaming server that currently streams to iPhone and iPad apps: http://www.inmethod.com

Tyrel

As Shawn mentioned, the USB port is NOT mysterious. I posted a comment on the "Save $25 on Roku HD-XR until June 20th" post where you also called the USB port mysterious, with the following:

The USB port is not actually so mysterious anymore. I recently (May 20) received notification from Roku that a new SDK will be coming out soon with lots of new features, including:

  • USB support – For those of you that have Roku XR boxes or want to develop applications that make use of USB storage, the next SDK will include basic support for USB hotplug events and automounting of USB volumes. Support for a variety of USB devices and file systems is provided.

Thus, the USB port on the XR is clearly intended for external hard drives (and perhaps more).

nijaju

Based on the number of bugs that WD still has in the first 4 devices they have in this product space, I'd rather buy a Roku hoping for support for local media.

Plaid

I currently use the SeagateFreeagent Theater+ HD player to stream Netflix, not to mention EVERYTHING on my network of computers. Blu-Ray, DVD, every file format you can come up with. It is phenomenal. Best $120 I have ever spent

scJohn

A lot of very unhappy customers of the WD HD Live. And yes I am one of them. The Live will never support NF streaming.

I have not seen any confirmation that the Live Plus does HD streaming from NF.

With the rapid decrease in pricing for BD players and the apps that they support, how much longer will set top boxes like the Live Plus be around.

I wonder how many people are buying a BD player just for the apps and never play a BD - just DVDs.

John

I just purchased the Live Plus for the Netflix access. I've noticed there is no "Search" feature for films, nor are all the same "Genre" categories available that are on the website. Is this a Netflix software handicap, or is it in the Western Digital app itself?

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Computer External Hard Drives

Happy to seeing more update of USB which makes our life more easier.

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