Western Digital WD TV Live Hub 1 TB Media Player

Here's another media player for those of you looking for simple solutions for streaming your media.

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub

Now there are several products on the market that can perform the same functions as this Western Digital WD TV Live.  However the biggest plus that those other products don't have is 1TB of file storage built in.  The On-screen interface of this WD product also beats out many of the competitors.  This is essentially a souped up version of the Western Digital TV Live Plus you can see here.

It supports up to 1080p video playback. It streams a variety of Internet video and audio services, including Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora, via Ethernet connection; attractive onscreen interface; good HD video quality on channels and programming that support it; supports a wide variety of video codecs; two USB ports for connecting devices and storage drives; acts as a networked drive that's capable of streaming content to PCs (or game consoles) on your home network.

One of the main complaints about earlier WDTV units was the lack of an explicit power button on the unit. The Live Hub take care of this, and we now have a recessed rectangular power button in the lower left corner of the front panel. The Live Hub has 2 USB 2.0 ports, and one of them is made available at the lower right corner of the front panel. In the middle is the WD logo lit up from behind by a powerful white LED indicator. By default, this indicator blinks when the internal hard disk is accessed through the network. At other times (when the unit is powered on), this indicator remains lit. Fortunately, the LED can be completely disabled from one of the internal menus.

The rest of the connectivity options are at the rear end of the unit. From the left, we have the power adapter input, optical SPDIF out, HDMI 1.4 output, USB 2.0 port, GbE connector, composite A/V out and component video out.

As I said before, the interface on this product is much sleeker looking than many of its cheaper competitors. (Just click these pictures for a full view)

This is an excellent product for:

  • Storing personal videos, music, and photos for playback on your TV
  • Watching movies and TV shows from Blockbuster On Demand or Netflix (Blockbuster online membership or Netflix unlimited membership required)
  • Accessing popular Internet sites such as Facebook and YouTube
  • Playing media stored on computers and USB drives connected to your home network
  • Centralizing your digital media collection on your wired or wireless network
  • Playing virtually any media file without transcoding

Now in the end.  The main disadvantage of this product is wireless isn't built in.  However, the 1TB and the interface make up for it.  While it's nearly double the price of the Western Digital TV Live Plus. these features make it aworth the money.  Now If you want wireless connectivity you can just simply get a usb adapter as it does support use of this.  Here's one.