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Western Digital TV Live Hub (1TB)

Western Digital TV Live Hub (1TB)
alaScore 81

15 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Western Digital TV Live Hub (1TB) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 15 reviews)

User Reviews  

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WD TV Live Hub is a great device for downloaders


Overall the WD TV Live Hub is awsome. I researched the Apple TV, Roku and Seagate products and they have way to many limitations. I love apple and have many apple products but their TV does not accept avi or mkv files and many others so if you download...

Great video and audio quality, HD video playback is crisp, Plays virtually every format I have tried, 1 TB hard drive so you don't have to pack your computer with movies, Plenty of apps and every time they update the firmware more are included There are a

No WiFi, that really sucks for a unit that costs 200 bucks and if you are not hardwiring ethernet cable WD is only compatible with a fairly small list of USB network adapters. I bought 2 popular ones from Netgear and Linksys and neither one worked. So tha

Consumer review by:

Great Features with a few Major Flaws


I wanted to stream media from my laptop, easily play media stored on a hard drive backed up via Time Machine, and be able to play a large variety of media formats. This device does everything but I really wish it had Wifi built in. I'm also really...

1TB Hard Drive, Probably the largest file format support I could find, Expandable, Plays files off hard drives formatted for macs or with Time Machine

Does not consistently detect WiFi Adapter and Hard Drive when both are plugged in. I've tried changing the USB ports they are plugged into and still have the same problem. Does not play 1080p files from attached USB hard drive well and extremely slow fi

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WD Libe Hub great device but problems exist


I believe you will enjoy this media player but only if you take the preventive measures previously noted. If you do not, you will be sending this device back to WD.

Unit is a super player. There is virtually no format I have tried that has not played. Very easy to setup with minimal experience. Picture quality is excellent but totally dependent up the original source

Keep all boxes as there is a chance you may receive a dud or the unit will quit functioning shortly after installing. To prevent premature downage, you might as well decide to provide a source for cooling. The Live Hub is constructed that the cooling fa


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troublesome product, no response from Singapore office


troublesome product since first bought such as suddenly stop to playback or does not turn on although its power is on did everything suggested by Singapore personnels including resetting but nothing improved but only got worse and need resetting more...

no comment

troublesome product, poor after-sale service

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Plays all kinds of formats, more than the Apple Tv, the Roku, and any other one that I compared it to. Has a Ethernet connection which is great to move large files into it. Does the the full 1080p too

NONE!!! does not have wi-fi but I rather have it wired

Consumer review by:

No USB Cable


Surprisingly problem started before I could even start working on it. It does not come with a built in USB connection. So one has to buy USB cable to connect to PC to upload contenents to watch. For me it was not a concern until I found how difficult...

Inbuilt 1 tb storage

No Wireless ; No USB Cable

Consumer review by:

Great Product


Worth the money in every aspect! The WD Live Hub, covers more than my needs. A lot of people are nagging over the lack of onboard Wi-Fi, but they forget that 1080p is tough on Wi-Fi. The network drive is a great touch. I live in a mixed environment...

1. Picture quality ; 2. Network storage functionality ; 3. Streaming ability

A lot of services are not available but in the States (Pandora, p.e.) ; Not onboard WiFi (but remember HD movies don't thrive on WiFi) ; Remote could be more elegant

Consumer review by:

good features, problem playing after forward or reverse


**They need to get fast forward, reverse and play buttons to work**. Make sorting characteristics last. They need to deal with basic issues, easily connect to OS that are only a couple years old. Upgrading OS and all software every two years is not in...

Built in hard drive, plays most file types, connects by usb or ethernet, hard drive stays connected to LAN even when the unit is "off". Contrary to some reports, I have had no trouble viewing EyeTV files (the mpg is visible with the EyeTV package)

After fast forward or reverse, pressing the play button pretty much starts a video randomly from several seconds to several minutes in either directions from the point you stopped it. This issue has been seen on forums for several months now

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Not ready as a consumer product yet


I hooked up the WD TV Live Hub to my network and copied my photo files to it using Windows Explorer. This was slow, but did work. On the WD TV Live Hub, it's supposed to compile a Media Library which contains information about the files that are on the...

Netflix Streaming

Building of the Media Library

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Very satisfied with video playback capabilities.


I do enjoy WDTV and have had their original model for some time but recently purchased the new WDTV live HUB. As stated earlier I love the content info AKA metadata feature, but the fact that they have made it so delicate to where any slight thing will...

I do enjoy their added feature of a more customizable user interface. I can set my own background wallpaper and I especially enjoy the content info/album art that can be downloaded for each movie. This finally gives a true home entertainment feel

The content info, AKA " metadata" is very touchy and delicate. Things like renaming a folder or having the hub plugged in to surge protector put the metadata at risk of being completely scrambled and lost after hours of work. This has to be fixed