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WD TV Live Hub 1TB Media Center (Old Model)

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1 TB
  • A high capacity hard drive and network HD media player in one
  • Play media from USB drives, home network, and the Internet on your TV
  • Beautifully simple user interface for everyone in the family to use
  • Access your Netflix unlimited membership or Blockbuster On Demand and watch movies and TV episodes instantly.
  • Collect your media in one place and stream it anywhere in the house.
  • Audio Formats Supported: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby TrueHD
  • Image formats Supported: JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
  • Video Formats supported: AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG4, VC-1), MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG4, VC-1) TS/TP/M2T/M2TS (MPEG4, AVC, VC-1),MP4/MOV (MPEG4, AVC), WMV9, FLV (AVC)
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Technical Details

Capacity: 1 TB
  • DC in Jack
  • HD Compatible

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Product Details

Capacity: 1 TB
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004GK0GKO
  • Item model number: WDBABZ0010BBK-NESN
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (563 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 17, 2010

Product Description

Capacity: 1 TB

From the Manufacturer

WD TV Live Hub Media Center - Store and play all your media.

The most entertaining media player and drive in one. Stream the latest movies, your favorite videos, hit shows, online entertainment, live TV and chart-topping music. Stream your media collection from any source straight to your TV in Full-HD. And with a built-in network hard drive, you can store and play your entertainment all in one place.

Your entire media collection in one place.
A media player and network hard drive, so you can store your media collection in virtually any file format, download movies, and enjoy it all on your TV.

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Endless entertainment on your TV.
Stream the latest movies, trending videos, hit shows and your favorite music. Play media from the built-in drive, USB drives, computers and more.

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Shoot it on your smartphone, share it on your HDTV.
Take a photo or video clip with your smartphone or tablet and upload it directly to the built-in hard drive on your WD TV Live Hub using the WD Photos app.

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With the WD TV Live Hub media center, you can centralize your media collection and enjoy the best entertainment including movies, shows, live TV and your personal media collection all from one box in Full-HD 1080p.

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Centralize your media collection - Load up the built-in high-capacity drive with all your media to create your own media jukebox. Store your home videos and music for a stutter-free playback experience.

Get the best entertainment on your HDTV - Stream hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on shows, play games, stay connected to your social network, and watch highlights from the biggest games of the season. Don't settle for online entertainment on your small computer screen. With WD TV Live Hub, you can enjoy it all on your HDTV.

Your media collection belongs on the big screen - Enjoy your media library, home videos, vacation slideshows, and favorite songs on your HDTV and sound system in your living room. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular picture quality of Full-HD 1080p.

Enjoy media from any source - Stream videos, music, and photos from your USB drive, network drive, and any PC or Mac computer in your home. Our media library collects the content from all the drives, so finding the perfect video, song, or photo to view is easier than ever.

Play virtually any media file format - WD TV Live Hub supports a wide variety of the most popular files including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV video formats. Get the freedom to enjoy your media now, in virtually any file format.

Your shows on any TV at home, or away - Watch your favorite live and recorded shows in any corner of your house, just add a Slingbox. Use WD TV Live Hub as a set-top-box for other rooms using the SlingPlayer app and get access to your cable service when you take WD TV on the go. With Slingbox and WD TV Live Hub, you can extend your complete living room HDTV experience to another TV in your home, or around the world.

Shoot it on your smartphone, share it on your HDTV - Take a photo or video clip with your smartphone or tablet and upload it directly to the built-in hard drive on your WD TV Live Hub using the WD Photos app. When you get home, you have new files waiting for you so you can enjoy them on your HDTV. You can also get quick access to all the photos stored on your WD TV Live Hub media center and show them off with your smartphone or tablet from anywhere.

Ready, set, stream - So easy to set up, you'll be up and running in minutes. Use the Ethernet port to connect to your wired home network.

Show photos and movies directly from your digital camera or camcorder - Connect your camcorder or digital camera directly to the media center using one of the USB ports, and instantly view or archive HD video and photos without a PC. Works with any digital imaging device that supports Picture Transfer Protocol.

Turn your smartphone or tablet into a touch-screen remote - Control your WD TV experience with the swipe of a finger using the WD TV Remote app. Great for text input when logging into a service and searching for a movie or video. One-touch access to your favorite online services. Download the free app from the Apple iTunes store or Google Play for Android users.

Use your keyboard for easy searching and updating - Use the on-screen keyboard or attach a wired or wireless USB keyboard for easy text input. Perfect for searching videos on YouTube or updating your status on Facebook.

HDMI and composite video output - The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theater. Additional composite (RCA) and component outputs ensure compatibility with virtually all television sets.

SPDIF digital output - The optical audio output sends digital signals to your AV receiver for the best surround sound experience.

Advanced functions for power users - Audio lip sync adjustment to match with playing video, subtitle color, position, and timing adjustment, password-protected parental controls for specific online services.

Ideal for

  • Storing your digital media collection on the high-capacity built-in drive
  • Streaming hit movies, trending videos, shows, games, and popular online entertainment such as YouTube, Spotify, Facebook, and more
  • Enjoying your digital media library in Full-HD 1080p on the biggest screen in the house
  • Playing a wide variety of file formats including MKV, MP4, XVID, AVI, WMV, and MOV
  • Streaming videos, music, and photos to your TV
  • Playing media from USB drives, network drives, and any PC or Mac computer in your home
  • Connecting a Slingbox to stream live TV to any room in the house
  • Saving photos from your smartphone or tablet to enjoy on your TV with our WD Photos app

What's in the box
Media center: media player with built-in hard drive, Remote control with batteries, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.

Requirements
Standard or high definition television with HDMI or composite video connections. Cables not included. Home network and broadband connectivity for online services.

Features at a glance

  • Centralize and play your media on the built-in network hard drive
  • Stream movies, shows, music
  • Play virtually any media file format in Full-HD 1080p
  • Upload movies and video clips with the WD Photos mobile app

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Comparison Chart
WD TV Live Hub WD TV Live WD TV Play
Store and play your entertainment all in one place. Stream entertainment + your media collection. Get instant entertainment.
Access thousands of hit movies, TV shows and chart-topping music
Watch your own videos, view your photos and listen to your music
Full-HD 1080p resolution
Built-in Wi-Fi  
Plays the most popular media file formats
Plays MPEG2, VOB and DTS
Multi-room streaming to any DLNA device in your home
High-capacity network hard drive

Product Description

Store your digital media collection, play home network media, watch movies, and access Internet favorites. Enjoy it all on your big screen TV in brilliant high-definition with the WD TV Live Hub media center, a network media player with a built-in high-capacity hard drive.Electrical Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The interface is very easy to use.
engelsj
You have two options: connect another external hard drive via USB and let the Live Hub sync it; or set it up on a network.
T. Adlam
It can play almost any file format you throw at it and its 1TB hard drive is a nice size for storing content.
Jerry Palmerino Jr

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

414 of 432 people found the following review helpful By A. Dent #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2011
Size Name: 1 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
As in Jack of All Trades :)

I want to begin by saying the 'I like' (but I don't yet fully 'love') WD's TV Live Hub and this earns it 4 (but not 5) stars. And I like it in spite of it lacking a few almost 'must have' features for a device in its class such as some storage redundancy (RAID-1 = disk mirroring) or at least a built-in backup utility or any significant security or, to a lesser extent (I'll explain) built-in Wi-Fi. And I like it even though bugs still exist such as the Hub's occasional failure to maintain/update its 'media library'. And I do like it even though the Hub's supported Web 'services' are few at this time - because some of the 'major' ones are there.

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Note: (9/9/2011 update):

I am upgrading this to 5-stars because since the original writing of my review most of the bugs have been addressed and many important Web services and other features such as 'games' were added.

Because of its versatility, built-in storage, low power consumption and its ability to integrate with everything else the Hub is now the centerpiece (the true hub)of my entertainment center.
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WHY I LIKE IT

Some of the shortcomings duly noted above, I like the Hub because:

The Hub turns out to be a well connected, relatively easy to use and operate, low-power, physically small, versatile video/music/still photos player with the built in ability to store the equivalent of almost 200 DVD-quality movies on its built-in 1TB drive, expandable to many times more than that via an attached USB drive and capable to sync and play content from any accessible media server such as PCs, Xboxes or PS3s, Microsoft Home Servers or NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices.
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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 7, 2011
Size Name: 1 TB
I bought this and am very happy with the "playing movies" off the internal harddrive part of it. The interface is good and pretty easy to get around. The whole box is amazingly small and quiet.
The only issue I've had the last couple days is getting it to see the internet and my computer through the router...and I'm running a cable to the router-I'm not wireless.
I could plug the WD straight into my modem and get netflix fine but when it went through my brand new netgear wpn824N-100NAS router, I couldnt get on or network with my computer. I've tried everything, read every troubleshooting forum on the web...but no joy. The router works for my computer...I get the internet on it just fine, but not on the Live Hub.
Called WD today. after an hour of resetting router,resetting Live Hub, going through networking on my computer--all of which I'd tried already, he finally asked me what router I used. Then said it wasnt compatible with the Live Hub. I'm sort of questioning if it's just an excuse, but going to try a different router tomorrow. Most on the list he sent were actually difficult to find at a bestbuy.
I caution everyone to make sure they have a approved router before attempting this. very frustrating to spend days trying to figure it out.

***UPDATE***after being told by WD that my router wasn't compatible and being told by NetGear that the HUB was at fault...I went and bought a E2000 lynksis router instead. Set it up, plugged Live Hub into router, clicked on Network Setup...Boom! computer see's the hub, Hub see's the internet and Netflix streams flawlessly! After two weeks of heavy frustration, I really enjoy the Live HUB.

UPDATE **** 8/31/2013. I got nervous as internet speeds from Verizon were getting worse and worse.
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107 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Hank on December 31, 2010
Size Name: 1 TB
This is a fantastic product.
Only two simple things need to be done after you have plugged everything in.
Read the manual provided online. It is very informative and explains everything in detail.
Download WD Discovery. Link for it is provided in the online manual.
You can then map the hub as a hard drive and it'll function just like any other hard drive you might have used.
Just drag any content you want into it and you are done.
My dad who isn't technologically savvy has started using it as well which tells you a lot.
It really is that simple to use.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jeff C1 on June 24, 2011
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I've been converting .mkv-->.avi's for years and streaming them to my PS3. This process was old, tiring, and unreliable. 30% of the time i'd run into trouble. The picture quality was reduced, sound a bit muffled. PS3s, Xboses, and Tversity all have their limitations in regards to streaming. I got fed up and decided to build a computer for this purpose. After realizing it will cost a minimum of $650 - I decided to get the WDTV.

Yes, The WDLIVE does not have a Web Browser, it does not support Amazon, and does not have direct access to Itunes "Databases" . But guess what? Its not WD's fault for Apple and Amazon's business strategies.

The WDTV never said it did support Amazon so what are you expecting? Can you car keys open your house door? Seriously people.. This is a sub $200 device. I don't get how people are removing star's because they clearly didn't read the product description or even understand what they are getting into?

This is an amazing product for less than $200 that will play any file-type I throw at it without any performance issues. It has a great interface, very easy to set up, and has a ton of great features.

Those of you complaining about transfer speeds over network. I average about 15mb/s with a USB drive directly attached. Transferring over the network is about 11/mbs. Guess what people- This is the amount of bandwith you need to stream a HD video! Also - This is about the same speed as your typical Ipod! Ever sync 200gigs of music to a Ipod from a very powerful computer? How do you honestly expect WD to keep this product under $200, yet have the horsepower to support very fast-PC like transfer speeds? If that's a need, spend $600 and build yourself a media pc.

This device does the job, perfectly, and I'm really glad its a staple in my household. If you brought the wrong product for your needs, that's not my problem.
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