WD Live TV Hub Makes a Surprise Appearance

A sharp-eyed member at AVS Forum picked up a product created by Western Digital that hasn’t been officially announced or even made its way across any one’s radar at Best Buy (it has since been pulled until the official launch date). The product is the WD Live TV Hub, which essentially combines two fantastic products into one: the WD TV Live Plus and the company’s new My Book Live. In other words, it’s a networked media player with NAS / DLNA media server capabilities. Highlights: 1TB of internal storage, Gigabit Ethernet (Wi-Fi via an optional USB dongle), HDMI 1.4, composite video, component video, optical audio, and, of course, 1080p video playback with Dolby Digital Plus / DTS 2.0+ audio. Price: $229. A full unboxing is available here — including pics of the TV interface. [via]

Supported Services

Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Live365, Facebook, and Flickr, etc.

Supported Formats

Video: AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (H.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, H.264), M2TS, WMV9 (DVD ISOs seem to be supported as well)



Playlists: PLS, M3U, WPL

Subtitle: SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

UPnP Forum > WD TV Live Hub

Model Number: WDBABZ

Western Digital Technologies, Inc.

Certified Date: 07 Sep, 2010

Device Description: WD TV Live Hub Media Center is a high-definition network media player with a 2.5” HDD built-in and with Gig-Ethernet functionality that is designed to satisfy the needs of users who wish to have the freedom of moving their content via network, and also to enjoy content streamed from the internet. Furthermore, with the built-in content services and HDD, user can download premium content directly into the media center without going through a PC.||||With its build-in high definition user interface, the network media center allows user to quickly navigate and playback media content that is stored in its embedded HDD, USB mass storage devices, or Internet on to a television. With the networking support, user can now drag and drop content from a computer to the embedded HDD. Also, Internet content from service providers such as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Live365, Facebook, and Flickr, etc. can be streamed to the end user. The network media center attaches to an entertainment center through a variety of audio/video interfaces and supports playback of all the major audio, image, and video file formats. It supports high-definition video playback up to 1080p through the HDMI video output. ||

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