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O!Play LIVE Digital Media Play

by Asus
2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.2 x 4.6 cm ; 907 g
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Item model number: O!Play Live
  • Date first available at Aug. 8 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,828 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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It sucks.
The remote is small, i.e. easy to lose, with bad functionality and the box sucks. It's slow and lacks features.
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What you see is what you get. It played all movies in the lasted format. Interface is simple and easy to use.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7402e28) out of 5 stars O!Play Live Review Oct. 24 2011
By Becky - Published on
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I purchased the previous version "ASUS O!Play - TV HD Media Player" about 1 year ago and really liked it. It has great foreign language encoding and subtitle support. Plays rmvb files which is rare for media player.

About 3 months ago, I needed to purchase another media player for my other TV but the old O!Play was out of stock. So, I ended up purchase this one instead. Here is a brief overview of pros, cons and differences between the old O!Play and the new one.

Old O!Play

---> Pos of why I love O!Play
- It supports RMVB which is pretty rare for streaming media player.
- It supports Unicode and BIG-5. (Meaning Chinese and Japanese filenames display on the screen perfectly.
- Since it supports Unicode and other language encoding, subtitle works great.
- Supports most of video codecs. Has issue with new MKV encoding that you will need to upgrade the firmware to fix it.
- Able to stream video off PC on the same network. That's very handy.
- Upnp Support.

--> Cons
- Very difficult to get through the Windows 7 security. You will actually need to create separate user account and change registry in order to stream video off your Windows 7. This is more a Windows 7 issue. I have difficulties reading Windows 7 files on MAC OS too. Windows 7 just doesn't like to share information with non-Windows 7. You have to completely disable all securities in order to do that. Or, they need to add Windows homegroup support.
- There is no way to bookmark frequent visit folder on the PC. So, you have to go through like 7 layers in order to finally reach your video. Very annoy.
- Displays all UPNP devices. Very annoy to go though the list of UPNP server. It's one per user account on each of your Windows 7 PC. One per DirecTV DVR. That's 5 to 10 UPNP devices that you will never stream from. DirecTV UPNP server is there but unstreamable due to encryption.)

O!Play Live

--> Pros not in O!Play HD
- Build-in wireless support. You don't need to pay extra for wireless anymore.
- Netflix and Youtube support. I haven't use Netflix so I can't comment on that. I have to say the Youtube app is pretty through and unusable. It has almost everything you can possibly think of for Youtube: account log-in, subscription, and search. It even has Chinese input support which is a big surprise to me. Unfortunately, the app is so freaking slow that I will never use it. It's like a super slow browser from 1995.
- Subtitle support is now front and center with icons to show you what it will look like. Nice addition for people who doesn't know you can turn on subtitle on O!Play.
- You don't need to disable securities and use registry hack to stream from Windows 7 anymore. You can just login as one of your regular user account on your Windows 7.

--> Cons compared to the old 0!Play HD
- The remote on the old O!Play is terrible. It has weird layout and IR is not so sensitive. The new one is even worse. They modify the layout so it makes more sense now. But, it's so difficult to press and most of time O!Play doesn't even take any key. It went from 4/10 to 1/10.

--> Things that are the same
- Layout is a little different but it's pretty much the same thing. No additional video format. No additional subtitle format nor font. Same useless features such as breaking up video, audio and pictures into different menu options. Useless Internet TV support.

At the end of day, I would still purchase O!Play Live over other media player despite its flaws for the following reasons.
1) It supports RMVB.
2) It supports Chinese.
3) It streams off PC.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d2706c) out of 5 stars O!Play Live Nov. 23 2011
By MuleSknner - Published on
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I picked up the O!Play Live after watching an older version of O!Play Air. I liked the interface and it's abilities, so I figured new is better.

The packaging was excellent and unpacking was simple and straight forward; as was the connection to the home theater. Connecting to the network was a bit arduous as my wireless password is complex and very long.

After that everything worked well. Connecting to Pandora was simple and using the menu was EZ and straight forward. The player browsed my windows network with ease and navigating through the folders was straight forward. The sound quality was excellent.

Network TV was pretty lame, video quality was 1960ish and sound was fluttery... enough of that.

I will be returning the product for what I consider a major flaw... I cannot connect to a network share by IP address... I have a multi-layer network and my media is on a second layer and I am only able to access it via address. Asus support routed and re-routed me for over 30 minutes before I had someone online that told me the O!Play support group was not working after 3PM EST... it was 5 mountain...Oh well

All in all it is a sound product and the quality seems very good... I'd recommend it (and have) to friends... but it does have some draw backs...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d272c4) out of 5 stars Amazing file support, fast HD read. Oct. 7 2011
By Network Pro - Published on
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I have the Asus Oh Play Live, the Oh Play Air and the Oh Play mini.

This LIVE version is like the MINI (same menus) but more powerfull - with youtube, netflix, etc. But lacks of analog video/audio out.

I have another media player (the Western Digital) with Youtube and Facebook (the LIVE do not have facebook) but the WD takes a minute to read an external HD. The live reads external Hard drives in less than 10 seconds!

Please notice this version (LIVE) only have HDMI and Optical digital audio out.

The youtube interface is slow and bogus, but this is very good to play HD content from your Hard drive, NAS or computer. I prefer to use my external hard drives with my series, movies and music videos, but I have several NAS in the network as well.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d27600) out of 5 stars Better than its predecessors. Aug. 21 2011
By csciguy - Published on
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First you should know that I own both an Asus O!Play HDP-R1 and an O!Play Air. Both work fairly well but were lacking the online services of Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, etc... Enter the O!Play Air. Offering the same ability as its predecessors (i.e. playing virtually any format of video, music and picture file you can throw at it from any location) and combining it with an expanded online services hits the sweet spot with the consumer.

My setup is as follows:
1) NAS server offering up music/pictures/videos via UPNP. O!Play Air can find and play them all over its Wireless N connection. All in superb resolution & sound quality.
2) Netflix subscriber, I've watched a couple of movies via the O!Play Air just to see if it works and it does. It works better than watching Netflix on my PS3 due to the faster wireless connection. Video quality is quite good streaming from Netflix.

What I cannot speak to yet is using the provided O!Direct software that comes with the O!Play Air. In fact, the offering of O!Direct was actually rather troubling for me. No where in the product documentation on Amazon or the Asus web site, could I figure out if the O!Play Air operated just like its predecessors or with the use of O!Direct, was it pushing the decoding of all media files onto the media server (i.e. PC or NAS device). Rest assured, that the O!Play Air does do all of the decoding on board. I will update this review when I've played around with the O!Direct software, but for now, I'm watching movies, listening to music & looking at pictures from my NAS device and also enjoying my Netflix membership via the O!Play Air.

One word of warning, be sure that your TV/Projector has an HDMI port on it since that is the only video line out available on this version of the O!Play.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d2784c) out of 5 stars Very reliable. You can rely on it to let you down! Dec 26 2011
By Paul Winder - Published on
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1. The instruction manual is poor.
2. The on-screen display of files is primitive; navigation is tedious.
3. The light indications do not agree with the actual status of the device.
4. The response to the controller is sluggish.
5. The wireless connection is unreliable.
But it's a good heat source (it gets very warm!)

The problems start when I push the power button on the remote. Nothing happens! (Batteries OK) Then - eventually - the device turns on. One blue light.

The wireless network display suggests the device is connected to the network - when there is only one blue light showing. (It's not connected to the network.)

According to the device, the received signal strength is high - 4 or 5 bars - but it can't connect. (I have a wireless N network and the router is about 10 feet away.)

I do not recommend you purchase this item.

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