Western Digital introduces WD TV Live Hub media center
Western Digital has just announced the WD TV Live Hub media center, which is in reality a Full HD 1080p media player equipped with a 1TB built-in network hard drive. This hard drive will give users the freedom to play all their personal media on any screen in the home. The WD TV Live Hub media center will deliver new experiences to the WD TV family, where among them include the ability to instantly rent or purchase the newest releases via the Blockbuster On Demand service, which would be the same day as a DVD/Blu-ray release – and you will probably find this to be worth looking into since there is no need to worry about checking your mailbox for a physical disc.
Best Buy will offer the WD TV Live Hub media center across more than a thousand of its stores throughout the US, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one of these when it arrives. The WD TV Live Hub media center will be able to play a wide variety of media file types, where among them include popular Full HD 1080p video formats such as .mkv, .mp4 and .mov. The integrated, compact and quiet 1TB hard drive will easily allow you to centralize your digital media from multiple sources for smooth, glitch-free playback even if it is of the highest resolution videos. All digital media can be easily transferred to the internal drive from shared folders on PCs and Macs on the network, where you can also directly connect from external hard drives, thumb drives, camcorders or cameras thanks to a couple of USB ports. Apart from that, you can also stream videos from home network drives with a DLNA/UPnP server including the recently announced My Book Live home network drive.
The WD TV Live Hub media center also doubles up as a media server, where HD video, music and photos can be streamed from the onboard hard drive to any DLNA/UPnP-compatible TV or multimedia device, regardless of where those devices are as long as they remain within the home. Facebook fans will be pleased to know that it also comes with unique Facebook integration, allowing users to upload photos and videos, share their status, view their wall and get the latest newsfeed from their network of friends over your large screen display. Expect to bring this puppy home for $199.99 a pop.