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WD TV Live Hub

WD TV Live Hub
alaScore 92

160 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 160 reviews of WD TV Live Hub. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews. People really like the size and reliability. The price and design are also mentioned favorably.

usability, design, price, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the WD TV Live Hub is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

WD TV Live Hub (1TB) review

 

Editors' note: As of an August 2, 2011 firmware update , the WD TV Live Hub reviewed here can now also access Hulu Plus (subscription required) and Shoutcast Internet radio (free).

Media streamer/server with 1TB of file storage built in; supports up to 1080p video playback; nice onscreen interface; streams a variety of Internet video and audio services, including Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora, via Ethernet connection; attractive...

No built-in wireless; ever cheaper Blu-ray players offer many of the same Internet-viewing and home streaming options plus disc playback; most advanced options will require an expert user to fully exploit.

While it lacks integrated Wi-Fi and is more expensive than the Roku or Apple TV , the WD TV Live Hub's combination of snazzy interface and built-in 1TB hard drive will appeal to advanced users who have a lot of existing files they want to view on an...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Eric Reagan (photographybay.com)

WD TV Live Hub

 

The WD TV Live Hub is a set top box for your TV that gives you access to streaming content like Netflix and Pandora. Other services like Flickr and Facebook are also accessible through the WD TV Live Hub.

The WD TV Live Hub was my first exposure to a network set top box for my living room – and it has left an overall positive impression on me. Of course, the Live Hub does a lot of other things with media streaming and online services, but there are a...

May, 2011

Expert review by: Aron Schatz (aselabs.com)

Western Digital TV Live Hub Media Center

 

Media players are converging to be all alike. There needs to be some differentiation in the market. Some players stream only network content, some get everything off the internet. Then there are some that can do both. What makes the WD TV Live Hub...

I was considering it until I read that it doesn't support iTunes Store purchases. That did it for me. Looks like a Media Center PC is the only real option for me.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Rossi Fernandes (tech.firstpost.com)

WD TV Live Hub - Socially Alive

 

Smart TVs are right around the corner. Every single manufacturer wants to make one and it's only a matter of time before these models hit the market. When they do arrive, they're bound to be priced at some exotic amounts. There are a few of these...

Priced at Rs. 11,990, it does come across a pretty expensive media player to own. The Xtreamer range of devices are priced at roughly this price range but they have a few more features in place. An inbuilt 1 TB drive is a nice thing to have. The web...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Yardena Arar (techadvisor.co.uk)

WD TV Live Hub review

 

The media streamer hits keep coming from Western Digital. Hot on the heels of the capable WD TV Live Plus, the WD TV Live Hub adds a 1TB internal hard drive that can double as network storage and a media server, support for other web streaming media...

Overall, the WD TV Live Hub shapes up as a versatile and (with the exception of the problem of accessing network shares) user-friendly media streamer and storage device, both for streaming media to a connected HDTV and serving it throughout the home....

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com.au)

WD TV Live Hub

 

The WD TV Live Hub is a definite step up from the previous models, with on-board storage and a fantastic interface, but it is not yet the ultimate media player.

Slick interface ; Decent media performance ; Doubles as a NAS ; Wide format support ; On-board storage

Limited video-on-demand ; Format support is hit-and-miss ; No wireless

The WD TV Live Hub is a definite step up from the previous models: it offers on-board storage, NAS functionality, a fantastic interface and a host of connectivity. It would suit beginner to intermediate users very well. The only thing that gives us...

Dec, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Chris Brennan (macworld.co.uk)

WD TV Live Hub review

 

The WD TV Live Hub has an attractive, Mac-like interface

Great user interface; small; well specified; integration with iOS apps; 1TB hard disk

No wireless connection built in

We really like the Live Hub, it brings together a decent set of online services, and shares well between all your Macs while giving you access to your media on your TV. Though some may not like the limitation to wired networking as standard out of the...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Johan Keyter (techsmart.co.za)

WD TV Live Hub

 

We check out the Western Digital TV Live Hub, a TV media player that brings storage, playback and online media streaming to your living room.

Lots of storage space, supports a ton of file types and sports a sleek UI.

No Wi-Fi connectivity means you'll have to depend on Ethernet cables for online access.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Roydon Cerejo (techtree.com)

WD TV Live Hub

 

Offers the best solution for the price

Good pricing, sturdy build quality, easy to use UI, runs cool and silent, will play almost any file

Gigabit LAN speeds are limited

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Yardena Arar (techworld.com)

WD TV Live Hub review

 

The media streamer hits keep coming from Western Digital. Hot on the heels of the capable WD TV Live Plus, the WD TV Live Hub adds a 1TB internal hard drive that can double as network storage and a media server, support for more web streaming media...

Overall, the WD TV Live Hub shapes up as a versatile and (with the exception of the problem of accessing network shares) user-friendly media streamer and storage device, both for streaming media to a connected HDTV and serving it throughout the home....

Dec, 2010

Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Built-in display: No

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240

Ergonomics

On/Off switch: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Subtitle formats supported:ASS, SMI, SRT, SSA, SUB
Video compression format:AVI, H.264, M2T, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPG, TP, TS, VOB, WMV9, XVID / AVI, M2T, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, TP, TS, VOB, WMV9, XVID
Video compression formats:VOB
Video formats supported:AVI,H.264,M2T,M2TS,MKV,MOV,MP4,MPEG,MPEG1,MPEG2,MPEG4,MPG,TP,TS,VOB,WMV9,XVID / AVI,M2T,MKV,MOV,MP4,MPEG,MPEG1,MPEG2,MPEG4,TP,TS,VOB,WMV9,XVID

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 65
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 65

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows/Mac
Type:Desktop

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Digital audio optical out:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240

Radio

Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported

Storage

Built-in storage media: Yes
Storage drive size:2.5
Storage media type:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000

System Requirements

Internet connection required: Yes
Mac compatibility: Yes

Video

Full HD: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.8
Height:1.25
Weight:19.4
Width:6.06