|WD TV Live Hub 1TB HDD Streaming HDTV 1080p Media Center Player Netflix,Pandora|
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|Enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows in full HD quality with the Western Digital WDBACA0010BBK HDMI media streamer. Using the Ethernet port, you can connect this Western Digital media streamer to the Internet and watch movies, TV shows, popular videos, games, news and much more from websites like YouTube, Netflix, huluPlus, Pandora, and the like. Additionally, this HDMI media streamer features a 1 TB hard drive for storing all your favorite movies, music, and photos and creating your personalized jukebox. Just connect the Western Digital WDBACA0010BBK media streamer to your HDTV via its HDMI port and have fun watching these stored as well as online videos on big screen. Moreover, with the USB port in this Western Digital media streamer, you can directly access media contents from your USB drives. What’s more, this Western Digital media streamer is compatible with a wide range of audio, video, image, and subtitle formats.|
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I had been using a WD TV live and WD TV live plus to watch digital files on my TVs. The WD TV live doesn't have an Ethernet connection and so files had to copied to an external hard drive or USB stick; a process that could take some time. I wanted to be able to network the player in the living room and the bedroom so that they could share a common source.
I chose the WD TV Live Hub, instead of buying another WD TV Live Plus, because it has a build-in hard drive. I have been streaming from my computer hard drive but found that the stream can run slow or be interrupted if the computer is carrying out disc operations. The build-in hard drive streams to my networked WD TV Live Plus (via a wired outlet bridge) seamlessly. And, at 1 TB I was able to move my music, photos, and saved videos to the Hub with tons of room to spare for new media.
The interface is easy to use and customizable with an excellent remote. I also like the feature that allows you to jump to any time point in a video without having to use forward or reverse and wait for it to reach the spot (as is the case in earlier players from WD). It includes other features such as being able to watch Netflix streaming media directly on your TV, go to your Facebook account, and stream YouTube videos.
I have the Hub attached to a 1080P LED TV and the picture is fantastic via an HDMI output. It also has options for Component or Composite outputs.
The player can handle most video formats -- it cannot, however, play WTV recorded through Windows Media Center; these need to be converted to DVR-MS files which, at least in Windows 7, can be handled via right clicking on the file.
Perhaps in future models of its players, WD can add build-in WiFi capabilities.
While it costs more than many other digital video players on the market, the build in hard drive and other features is more than worth the extra cost.
WE use the device to play our MANY personal DVDs.
American Sign Language (ASL) is all video and we have a lot of ASL DVDs.
When Swapping between disks in our DVD player one day, I thought there must be a better way.
WD TV Live Hub fills the bill perfectly!
It quickly brings up any DVD I call for and giving me full access to the menu system. Wow, all from the remote. (My cell phone works as a remote for the system too).
Plenty of room for Movies and Photo collections. 10 years of Digital collections and I still have a third of the Hard Drive to go.
Only one negative. Play control is limited. when I need to slow motion a scene, It does not have this function. fast forward and rewind is a bit clutzy.
Another Draw back is the scant instructions on how to get a fully operational DVD copied onto the Unit. Once I figured out the sequence, I copied away.
AS for the boat load of applications available on it, only a few are worthwhile.
One Kudo, the cell phone interface makes typing in searches (like youtube) a breeze, i can even type things in with voice!
I'm not into ripping movies, but I did copy a kid movie (that I own) that was getting pretty scratched onto the unit. It played it like brand new. (although I did have to bypass the encryption)
It also will allow any computer or device on the network to have access to any file.
I would have given the unit a 5 Star except for the missing slow motion function and an occasional need to reboot (like any good PC!) to get it back in working order. Also, I found that it won't automatically find the downloads every time. But there is a function that allows the Media Library to be re organized and that will always find all the files.
PS the remote works from anyplace in the room, no need to point at the unit. It must have a really bright IR transmitter!
The media player is a beast! I play blu-ray rips and have the live hub gather the movie information from it's imdb'ish type server. When I scroll my movie library, the movie information is there along with background images of the movie appearing as if it's in a slideshow. You obviously need an internet connection along with setting the option to retrieve the information. I haven't tried the other streaming options like youtube, netflix, pandora, etc. But just for streaming and playing 1080p movies, it's a beast! You can mount the live hub as a drive in windows, but copying to it from your computer will be very very slow. It's actually best to copy movies to an external drive (I have 500GB) and then let Live Hub sync (copy movies from your USB external drive to the internal TB drive).
Small Quirks: So, I used a 16GB thumb drive to copy some movies over. It created a new movie folder on the TB drive. So, I just went to the hub on my windows explorer and moved the contents to the original movie folder drive (internal TB drive). It's that easy. It does not have a "chapter" type button, ie seek. You can however go directly to a defined time like 35m15s.
With the new updates, there are a lot more online services you can use.
Very convenient for video/music/photos streaming. Excellent quality of video and pictures. 1 GB hardisk space is great for storage of favorites movies. Easy but very slow in transferring data between other portable devices and the media streamer. It synced everything automatically from other portable devices. Very tedious to delete unwanted files. I like it pretty much but still learning to use it. I cautiously give it a 4-star rating but it might go up to 4 and a half after awhile.
Awesome product! I really like.. i can watch all the movies i want and i can move the WD TV Live Hub everywhere... i also like it because its HD so i can see really good movies...