Western Digital - WD TV Live Hub Media Center with 1TB Hard Drive
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Built-in 1TB hard drive
Provides ample space for storing your favorite media, including videos, photos and music. Automatically finds and categorizes media and displays it in an easy-to-view menu system.
Connect to the Internet
Play YouTube videos, games, see photos on Google Picasa Web Album, play music on Deezer or SHOUTcast, or TuneIn Radio and watch daily podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN and other online content (availability varies).
Access media stored anywhere on your home network and stream video, photos, and music from any Mac, PC or network drive in your home.
Multiroom media server
Stream any file on the media center to a Western Digital TV Live Plus or TV Live media player or any DLNA/UPnP compatible TV, Blu-ray Disc player or game console.
Full high-definition 1080p video playback
Sit back and enjoy the stunning picture quality of brilliant high-definition video and the crystal clear sound of digital audio.
Watch movies and access the Internet
Stream movies from Blockbuster On Demand or Netflix (subscription required, additional fees may apply), view photos, check your e-mail and more.
With WD TV Live Plus media players, WD TV Live media players, most DLNA/UPnP-compatible TVs, Blu-ray Disc players or game consoles.
Include AVI, MPG, MPEG, VOB, MKV, TS/TP/M2T, MP4/MOV, M2TS, FLV, WMV9, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA/WMA Pro, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF and Ogg formats for a variety of entertainment options.
Animated, intuitive interface
Makes it easy to navigate and enjoy your media and Internet favorites.
Supports a wireless network connection to your home network with an optional USB wireless adapter (not included).
Works with most USB keyboards
Use the on-screen keyboard, an alphanumeric keypad or attach your USB keyboard for easy text input. Ideal for searching videos on YouTube or updating your status on Facebook.
SPDIF digital output
Sends digital signals to your A/V receiver for an immersive surround sound experience.
- Western Digital WD TV Live Hub Media Center with 1TB Hard Drive
- Remote with batteries
- AC adapter
- Owner's manual
- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Number of Ports1
- Instant ContentBlockbuster On Demand, Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, CinemaNow and more
- Smart Device CapabilitiesInstant Entertainment|Multi-Media Search
- Smart CapableYes
Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 97 reviews(97 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent hard drive interfacePosted .
I've had the WD TV Live hub for a couple weeks now and I'm very pleased with its performance. Before settling on the hub, I tried using a Mac Mini with Plex software, an iMac with Front Row and a PS3. None of these comes close in terms of ease of use, file compatibility or performance. I have tested the media streaming capability using an ethernet connection and it works well -- no stuttering and no out-of-sync audio. I've accessed Netflix without any problems, and the UI is reasonably efficient. Not as nice as the PS3's, but gets the job done. What most impresses me is the hub's capabilities as an interface between my hard drive and my HDTV. My setup includes a Samsung 55" LED TV, Yamaha receiver and a 4 TB (yes, four terabyte) drive. I have 3.5 TB of files, mostly video, but approx 60 GB of music and 90 GB of photos. The video files are a mix of MKV, MOV, AVI, Xvid, WMV and MP4s, plus approx 400 DVDs that have been ripped to the drive using Mac the Ripper. The videos vary from low-res older WMVs to very recent 1080p files encoded as WMVs and MP4s. Out of the 7,300 files on the hard drive, I've only encountered a handful of WMVs that the hub won't play. It plays the low res and 1080p files flawlessly. Audio is straight-through digital 5.1 surround. Most importantly, the hub's remote and software provide multiple ways to speed through, freeze or replay your content. It plays DVDs as well as my MacBook Pro, with full menu functionality and SDH support. My next goal is to rip blu-ray movies to ISO files, which I've read online that the hub will play as well. Keep in mind that this product was just released in November. It has already had one firmware update to fix a few minor bugs, and I anticipate additional updates as Western Digital cuts deals with content providers. This device is already great and will only improve from here. The PS3 was a steaming pile that forced you to save your files in a FAT32 partitioned drive (which is risky for your file structure when you only use Macs), then gave you error messages on roughly 30 percent of your files. Plus don't even get me started on the very limited file types the PS3 would play. As importantly, the WD hub doesn't care if your hard drive uses the FAT32 partition scheme or if all your media is stored using Apple's GUID partition scheme -- it just works. Please note that I'm not some schlub who works for Western Digital or Best Buy. I'm just your average Silver Premier RZ member who's impressed that someone finally made a product that works. One lesson I learned -- ignore the lousy quick-start guide that comes in the box. Do yourself a favor and download the full user guide in PDF from from the Western Digital website. Without it, you will be frustrated and not get the full benefit of the device.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
All I can say is wow to this product. Although it is not the perfect media player, it comes pretty close. This is my third WD media player... 1 WD Live... 1 WD TV (no network)...and now the HUB, along with (2) 1.5TB & (1) 2 TB WD externals. Updated features: > With the hub, I am able to play full "encapsulated DVD files in .iso format with the menus and everything just like a normal DVD player. >I can also retrieve movie info over the internet for my 200+ BD and 100+ DVD collections which provides the box cover art, movie trailer via Youtube, full description of the movie and a background movie theme similar to the PS3 when you pop in a Blu_Ray Disc. (there has been no file organization that i've found to top the ability of tis player) >Not a big one for me, but the HUB also boasts several internet services such as Blockbuster, Pandora, MediaFly and Netflix just to name a few. >I dunno if this is a new feature but the HUB is also allowing me to play DDTrueHD 7.1 uncompressed tracks with no issues ...a feature my previous two WD players lacked. >Able to play music in the background while navigating through the GUI and dashboard >Ability to create your own personalized graphic themes inside the improved GUI dashboard >A huge 1tb onboard HD >Several other upgrades, but I’ll be here all day...lol No Update on: > Still no built in Wi-Fi, must depend on a wireless dongle or a power line adapter >DVD or BD track navigation is still done in 10min intervals forward or backward. All in all the best player on the market for the price.. The only one that comes close in my opinion is the DUNE HD MAX media player with the onboard Bit Torrent Loader and HD expansion bay, but that player is $450.00 and sold by an oversees company.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
A great gadget, but it has some bugsPosted .
I have used the WD TV Live hub for two weeks now, and I like it a lot. It is a supremely convenient way to store large quantities of many formats of movies, music and photographs for viewing on a tv. I have found no other media player with the capabilities of this device. I will keep it and use it a lot. Other reviews here have discussed the many advantages of the device and I will not repeat those, but there are also some problems. 1) The device catalogs all media loaded onto its hard disk in a media catalog. I have experienced three different occasions where the media catalog suddenly lost track of the list of stored movies, and the catalog had to be rebuilt by invoking the "clear and rebuild media catalog" option of setup, or by renaming a movie folder via a networked computer. When it loses the list you cannot find and play the movies until the list is successfully rebuilt. On all three occasions the media catalog lost track of media after substantial numbers of other items were either added or removed from the hub, apparently exposing the bug(s) in media compiler operation. 2) In the music folders, music file names that begin with the folder name are not being cataloged by the media catalog compiler. For example, if you have a music folder named "JohnDoe", containing music files of "JohnDoe.mp3", "JohnDoe 2.mp3" and "Big John Doe.mp3", only the third track is cataloged. If you use a networked computer to rename the folder to "John-Doe", or rename the tracks differently, then the problem goes away and all tracks get cataloged and playable. With large music collections it is common to have many tracks that do not get cataloged due to this bug, and it is laborious to find them and work around the problem. For me the bottom line is that the WD TV Live Hub shows great promise, but it seems to have been rushed to market with several software issues unresolved. If Western Digital finds and fixes the major media compiler bugs with firmware updates then I will be quite happy. A computer geek (like me) can work around the issues and still enjoy using the device, but it seems a little too buggy for mass sales. I would recommend this to my geek friends, but not to anyone not very tech-savvy.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
For Price, You can't beat this!Posted .
Its a 1tb storage solution no matter how you look at it. That given, it is a WHOLE Lot more. There is not a file I have not thrown at this thing (except .iso files, which I fully understood it would not play anyway) that the WD Hub has not played in full 1080p brilliance. I bought this because I was spending a lot of time converting videos so they can play on my PS3. I also wanted to stop having to hook-up my laptop to my TV. This, so far, has been the perfect solution. You can tell this is a relatively new product, because the interface could use a little polishing. However, the interface for playing, sorting, viewing music/videos/etc is still 10x better then the PS3. The WD Hub will go out to the internet to grab cover artwork for you (for both music and videos) which makes it so easy to use, my 8 year old son enjoys using it. I was also surprised that this device came in very handy when I was looking for a place to store my photos from my phone. I just hooked my phone (Galaxy S Android) into the usb port and it auto-synced it, grabbing all of my photos off of it (I use the photos for the screen saver function as well) If your looking for a home 'Super Jukebox on Steroids' type of solution this will blow you away. Bonus: It plays netflix and other types of streaming video (even from your local network).I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Works well, and tremendous bang for the buck.Posted .
It took a couple of days for me to learn the interface in order to fully take advantage of all the features. But after that, I find that the logic of menu system to be fine, and most navigation is intuitive. It is essential to download and review the full user manual in order to take advantage of all features and functions. The interface is easy to see, with color highlights for navigation and selection that seem just right. Pros: It works as advertised. 1) It handles a huge range of file formats, including at least one not even listed (DivX in .avi container for example). 2) It plays DVD movies stored in .ISO container format as well as those stored simply in a Video_TS folder, and allows proper navigation of the DVD menus. 3) It supports 12-bit color depth if you have HDMI 1.3 in the TV (must be configured - the default is 8-bit). 4) Once connected to a network (a must-do) it is supremely easy to transfer files and manage the box from a networked computer. 5) And did you know you can connect a cheap usb keyboard directly to the hub? That makes it much easier to type search words and do other navigation that is inherently difficult on a remote. Cons: 1) No included wi-fi. Western Digital gives you a list of wi-fi dongles that are tested to work, but that forces me to search and research where to buy one that MIGHT be compatible. It would be great if WD would sell one on their web store to make it easy, or to partner with retailers to sell a proper model along-side the hub. I gave up the wi-fi battle and just ran an Ethernet cable through a wall. Another hole to spackle some day. 2) The unit does not easily handle creating playlists for music or video. You must use media player programs on your network to create a playlist and then transfer it to the hub. It works fine, but is inconvenient at best. 3) Pressing the power button once puts the unit in standby mode with the HD and fan still running. Holding the power button for about 5 seconds does a total power down. No way found to configure it to give itself a total power-down after a period of inactivity in standby. 4) The .pdf user manual is barely adequate. I thought the hub had a bug or two, but it turns out it was working flawlessly and the problem was poor documentation - mostly about playlists and the built-in HTTP interface. No on-screen help. 5) The blinking power/status white light on the front is a little distracting. It can be configured off entirely, but my solution is a piece of translucent tape to cut down the brightness. A minor quibble. All in all, a fine product and a very good price. I love it and will use it constantly. Giving it just a 90% positive mostly because of playlists and wi-fi.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great all-around media playerPosted .
I recently purchased this media player and haven't really put it completely through its paces yet, but so far I'm very impressed. I was looking for a nice component type hard drive that I could store all of my music on for easy access. That idea grew to looking for something big enough for my DVD collection as well to make for easier access to my daughter's movies. When we joined Netflix, I decided I had to have something that I could stream the instant access movies to in my entertainment room. I'm surprised to say that this meets all of those requirements. I was really surprised that Western Digital, a media company, took the lead over big names like Sony, Pioneer, etc. I was really surprised that no other company has anything like this right now on the market. Anyway, this does work really well. My only issue with this was learning that it is rather picky about which USB wireless adapters it will accept. I didn't already have a wireless network, but it was something else I was "getting around to". You can go here to find which adapters work to save yourself the frustration of later having to go from store to store to find one of the maybe 2 dozen adapters that are compatibile: http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=5688&p_created=1282238323&p_sid=otRf92fk&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=1&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9Nyw3JnBfcHJvZHM9MjA4LDM0MiZwX2NhdHM9JnBfcHY9Mi4zNDImcF9jdj0mcF9wYWdlPTEmcF9zZWFyY2hfdGV4dD11c2Igd2lyZWxlc3MgYWRhcHRlcnM!&p_li=&p_topview=1#wirelessI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good but needs some workPosted .
At $200 for a 1TB drive and a media server it's a pretty good deal. Sure you can get a 1TB drive for under $100 but then you still have to connect it to your entertainment center somehow. This convenient device takes care of that while offering you full 1080p support, HDMI and optical connectivity and support for a wide array of file formats (including MKV files). The result is a great movie/media experience w/o the need to leave on your computer/media-server just to stream movies. All that said it's not without a few hiccups that need to be addressed (all of which should be doable with firmware updates). The interface is 'user-friendly' but kind of bland and not really customizable. Also there is a good deal of 'lag' during navigation. It's acceptable but really uncalled for and rather annoying compared to other devices. The device can also stream content from Netflix, Amazon, and BlockBuster if you want/need it (though increasingly TVs can do this natively, as does my Vizio so I haven't tested it with the LiveHub). It has built in Ethernet but no Wi-Fi (but to be honest with the file sizes you are likely to be dealing with you WANT ethernet (Gigabit) and not wi-fi anyway. Overall a great buy and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a cheap alternative to building a media server just for streaming movies ect. to their entertainment center. It DOES server as a media 'server' so all content on the device (and attached storage) is available to any device on your network. Pros: Cost (compared to alternatives) FULL 1080p support HDMI out Optical (TOSLINK) out Gigabit ethernet Easy setup (connect it and turn in on) Media server 2 - USB connections for additional storage (see below) Cons: lags in navigation No customizable interface/UI No wifi (for some, see above, you want a hard-line when transferring 15G files, but some people can't get a physical line) Only 2 USB connections (would be nice to see at least 4, especially with USB drives being so CHEAP now)I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent Multimedia Hub For Your HomePosted .
This is an excellent multimedia hub. It does what it claims and it is very reliable. Streaming is brilliant, playback of movies and TV shows from a vast assortment of file types (MKV, .TS, .avi, etc.) is outstanding, the file menu format is very easy... ...and this leads me to a review of some of the other reviews. I simply cannot understand how people could rate this negatively. It is incredibly simple to setup and the remote and function menus are very intuitive. Western Digital (WD) makes this product to ISO9001 standards as well as six sigma management processes. This means that, statistically, there are an average of 3.4 defects PER MILLION made. That's pretty good. To hear people claim in these reviews their product "doesn't work" or "isn't working properly like it should" is, statistically speaking and rhetorically speaking, absurd. What this means is that that user does not know how to follow instructions! I'm not a rep for WD, but I give credit where credit is due and I do not see any reason for low star rating just because of user error. This thing works, and it works well---exactly as advertised. Complement it with the Live Wire setup and it becomes very dynamic, allowing you to set it up essentially anywhere you want so long as you have an electrical outlet. My experience with this has been that of reliability and massive functionality thanks to its amazing library of digital formats it can work with. It is small, is not a dust magnet, looks classy, and power consumption is low. What else could you ask for? It's all right here.I would recommend this to a friend