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4.0 out of 5 stars It does what it claims with minor exceptions (little annoyances), January 7, 2011
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This review is from: WD TV Live Hub 1TB Media Center (Old Model) (Electronics)
First of all let me start by stating that this thing works as stated by the manufacturer. It performance well and it supports all the file formats I threw at it. The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is because for my particular taste it lacks a couple of little things.

I bought this device for 3 purposes: 1)to use it as a Netflix player, 2)to stream movies from it, 3)to use it as a media NAS.
After testing it and really analyzing my LAN setup and house shape I'm returning it and getting the WD Live Plus player (no hard drive, $89) and purchasing a NAS with DLNA (Lacie Network Space 2 1TB, $109). The Plus also plays Netflix.

Interface (A+):
Excellent, intuitive, beautiful, smooth, bright, solid, easy.
File format (A+):
Tested with AVI(xvid, divx, mpeg 1/2/3), MKV (avc1), M4V (avc1), MPEG and MOV.
NAS connectivity (C):
Connecting to it from windows is simple (start/run/\\IP_ADDRESS\WDTVLIVE).
Connecting it to a NAS only works if your NAS is running/supports DLNA (mine doesn't).
You can't type in a network share manually.
Netflix (A+):
Flawless with the exception of the 'Back' button which it doesn't really works.
Network Write Speed (B):
All connections at 1000Mbps (source and destination) a 2.6GB file took 6 minutes. 16Gb took 22 minutes.
Network Read Speed:
Didn't test because I couldn't connect to my NAS.
Video Performance (B):
All the movies below were played from the hub's local hard drive.

Legend(P=Pixelation, A=Audio out of sync, X=OK)

Movie 1: AVI (video: XVID, audio: mpga, Res: 640, size: 750 MB) Performance(P,A)
Movie 2: AVI (video: XVID, audio: mpga, Res: 720 size: 1.5 GB) Performance(P,X)
Movie 3: MK4 (video: avc1, audio: a52, Res: 720 size: 1.8 GB) Performance (X,X)
Movie 4: AVI (video: XVID, audio: a52, Res: 720 size: 1.5 GB) Performance (Px,X)
Movie 5: MK4 (video: avc1, audio: a52, Res: 1280 size: 2.6 GB) Performance(X,X)
Movie 6: AVI (video: XVID, audio: a52, Res: 1280 size: 1.6 GB) Performance(X,X)
Movie 7: AVI (video: XVID, audio: mpga, Res: 624 size: 716 MB) Performance(P,X)
Movie 8: M4V (video: avc1, audio: mp4a, Res: 720 size: 1.4 GB) Performance(X,X)

The AVIs seem to have a little trouble with pixelation (artifacts) issues but when I played them on my unlocked Apple TV G1, they played just fine so I don't really know what conclude from these results.

Buy it, it works!!
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