It’s becoming increasingly common to stream entertainment content, rather than watch it on conventional television. Smart TVs are also getting more common and, slowly, less expensive. What does all that mean? It means we get to see some seriously cheap set-top boxes for our not-so-smart HDTVs.
One such box is the new WD TV Play. You can use it with a wired connection or with your home’s Wi-Fi network, which will enable you to stream content from apps. All the heavy hitters are here, too – Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Spotify, and Vudu can all be accessed, among several others. You’ll also be able to stream your own content that you have stored on a computer or DLNA-friendly storage unit using the device. There’s a USB port on the box, as well.
The Play supports 1080p streaming, and you’ll be able to control it with an iOS or Android device using the free WD TV Remote app.
You get all that for $70. At that price, WD is probably hoping you equip all the televisions in your house with one (they take special care to note that you can control multiple devices using the app). Looks like they’re on the right track.