WD announces remote control app for Apple and Andriod

Singapore – 23 December 2011 – Western Digital (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions and maker of the acclaimed WD TV® media player family, today introduced WD® TV Remote™ app, a new remote control app to improve the navigation experience for WD TV Live™ and WD TV Live Hub™ users by turning their iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, or Android™ compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their WD TV. The WD TV Remote advanced features allow users to more easily navigate the wide variety of digital media WD TV users enjoy on their television, from leading entertainment services like Vimeo®, Dailymotion, TuneIn Radio®, Deezer, Facebook® and YouTube™, to personal video, photos or music.

The new WD TV Remote app provides all the features of the standard WD TV remote control along with several advanced features, including a gesture pad to help navigate menu screens and services with intuitive touch gestures, as well as QWERTY keyboard support for text entry and search functionality. A favorites screen provides quick access to entertainment services on the WD TV. WD TV Remote connects over the home wireless network and can work with multiple WD TV media players in the home. WD TV Remote is available in multiple languages, including English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, and Portuguese.

Furthermore, WD has added several new sports and entertainment services to the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub media players, including SnagFilms, XOS College Sports, SEC Digital Network, Comedy Time and Watch Mojo.  All these services are now available on WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub media players, which are available locally at selected retailers.

“WD TV personalizes the entertainment experience for consumers better than any other digital media player,” said Craig Davis, Director, Sales & Marketing, Branded Product Group, Western Digital Asia Pacific Region. “Whether it is photos or movies on your PC, Mac®, tablet, smartphone, personal cloud drive such as the My Book® Live, or one of our exciting entertainment services, WD TV media players enable anyone in the family to easily enjoy a custom entertainment experience.”

WD Remote Compatibility

Available immediately for free download at the Apple iTunes® Store, and we anticipate will be available on the Android Market soon, WD TV Remote app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android compatible mobile device. Android devices must have OS 2.1 or higher and iPhones, iPad or iPod touch must have OS 4.0 or later.  Users must own a WD TV Live with firmware release version 1.05.18 or WD TV Live Hub updated with firmware release version 3.01.19.


Western Digital introduces the new WD TV Mini Media Player

Western Digital today introduced a new version of its popular WD TV™ media player. The new WD TV™ Mini Media Player now enables playback of RealVideo™ content and provides a more affordable way for consumers to play their stored digital content on their televisions.


The WD TV™ Mini Media Player connects to a user’s TV or home theatre and plays digital movies, music and photos stored on storage devices USB mass storage devices. The new compact design is small and portable enough for users to easily take with them when they travel.

Key features:

  • Broad format support including Real Media
  • Simple, intuitive user interface
  • Upscale to 1080i resolution (480 decode)
  • Thumbnail and video preview support
  • Built-in file management allows user to copy or delete files
  • Built-in Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) – Play/copy pictures and videos directly from a digital camera/camrecorder
  • Built-in search function

The WD TV™ Mini Media Player is now available at selected retailers and is distributed by AMC Pacific Pte Ltd in Singapore. The recommended retail price is S$129 and the device comes with 1-year limited warranty.

P.S. I would like to thank Tricia and Stephanie from The Right Spin for inviting me to the media launch.