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Western Digital TV Live Hub

A closer look:

Out of all the media streamers we have reviewed this is the first that I would pick up off a shelf to buy on product description alone.

Back of the box with a nice description of the product contained within.

Like I stated in the description, this is the first media streaming product that we have reviewed that I would pick up and after looking over the box feel informed enough to go to the register, the only hick up to me would be looking at the price tag… dropping $200 on an impulse is a tough thing to do. The information on the box as well as the overall color and design is a huge improvement over the original WD TV.


Side of box – includes all the supported file formats, as well as  a view of the rear of the unit showing me the connection options.


Shots of the UI which is a great improvement over previous models, more on that later.

On the sides we have a large amount of supported file formats and unfortunately a decent amount of fine print regarding supporting those file formats.

Getting close and personal:

wdlivehub023 Front of the unit while powered, The units front WD light is also used to let you now its processing things in the background as well. The light itself is thankfully controllable from the menu. Also on the front of the unit is the power button (bottom left ) and a front facing USB port.
Located above the front USB port the only other decals other than the WD one located on the front. As you can tell the WD live Hub supports HDMI, DTS 2.0+ and Dolby Digital plus. wdlivehub001
wdlivehub017 Much improved over the previous generation the remote is now slightly smaller than a full sized remote and quite comfortable in hand. It is also larger than the unit.
As you can see, the remote is similar to that of the original with several key differences. First is the size of the buttons are a bit larger, Western Digital is using the color coded buttons which allow changing certain view options on the fly as well as accessing certain menus, also you will note that the actual number keys are lettered much like that of phones allowing for quicker text entry. I would also like to point out that the remote is replaceable with any of the Logitech harmony options out there. wdlivehub019
wdlivehub021 Beyond the unit and the remote you also get batteries for the remote ( always a nice gesture ) and a color instruction manual giving you a quick getting started read. Behind the unit you have the limited warranty which is worded much like any other – defect they cover, everything else you do. The cable for the power supply is much the same as most electronics with a length of 4ft. Sadly it does not come  with any component of HDMI cables which seems a little cheap considering its $200 price point.
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5 Comments... What's your say?

  1. is this like 2010? or even 2009? Actually WD are nearing the releeaseof the next gen of media streamers 8670 chipst, this thing has been out for 18-24months. It should have dropped in price more as well. The new thing supports full gigabat speeds, and powerline networking built in. Could be very nice

  2. Is this device wireless capable?


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