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WDTV Live Hub Media Player (1TB)
 
4.3

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (21)
  • Highly compatible (19)
  • Quiet (13)
  • Reliable (13)
  • Fast (10)

Cons

  • Slow (8)
  • Difficult to set up (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (19)
  • Home network (8)
  • Home (6)
  • Movies (6)
  • Small networks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Frequent user (16), High bandwidth user (7), Power user (7), Heavy duty user (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (31)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW - A Must Have for Techno Geeks!

From my PC it looks like just another hard drive on the network. Put some music on it in separate folders by bandname--some CDA format, some MP3. Put some movies on it...Read complete review

From my PC it looks like just another hard drive on the network. Put some music on it in separate folders by bandname--some CDA format, some MP3. Put some movies on it in folders with the movie's name--a couple of downloaded movies in AVI format and a couple of ripped DVDs with typical Video_TS and Audio_TS subfolders. Viewing it on the TV (through my A/V Receiver) all I see are song/movie titles listed in correct audio or video categories. It auto sorts into applicable categories based on filename extensions! You can flag favorites and do lots of iPod type tasks. Audio and Video performance is beyond expectation. No degradation in quality from original source. File format doesn't matter.

A ripped DVD-Audio disk of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery (designed and recorded for 5.1 sound capabilities and with audio actually stored in the Audio_TS subfolder!) played flawlessly.

Getting it up and running on a network can be trying for less than techno geeks, but once its up, novices will have no problem playing it at the TV/entertainment center. And, the Hub is compatible with the Logitech Harmony 700 universal remote.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for professional playback

I purchased this so that I can play back my videos from the HD instead of a DVD which is prone to skipping and other issues. What the sales person neglected to tell me...Read complete review

I purchased this so that I can play back my videos from the HD instead of a DVD which is prone to skipping and other issues. What the sales person neglected to tell me is that there is a play screen line and some text (subtitles off audio 1 aac) which show up on your screen after you hit play for 5 seconds. So for home use this would be fine but totally not for event video playback. (I called WD tech support they told me there is no way to disable the output of that)

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5.0

Great product!

By enanofer

from Bogota, Colombia

About Me Power User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Home
  • Media Center

Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

Just open the box, plug AC, HDMI and network and you're done. Clear interface, and all the features your media center needs.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Very Versatile

By The Bat

from Spring Hill, FL

About Me Power User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • All the connections options I could ever need
  • Almost Any Format
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Plays Iso's

Cons

  • Slow interface

Best Uses

  • Home Theater
  • Movies

Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

I bought this to use to play ALL of my media. I have a LARGE movie collection - over 3tb. I have a 4 bay usb storage unit with 6 tb of storage and it sees all 4 drives no problem. It will play almost any format you throw at it including DVD ISO's. My only issue with it and thus the 4 stars is that the interface is kind of slow, especially navigating through netflix and some others. It works great as a media player and as an added bonus it can be used as NAS with it's internal 1tb drive. Also, the external drives show up as network shares as well. This one if very well done compared to others I've used.

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  • No

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5.0

Great choice

By Rich

from Seattle, WA

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies

      Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

      Easy to use with great storage.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Service is great as usual. Product is ok

      By JoMouse

      from Denver, CO

      About Me high bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Connection Speed

      Cons

      • Difficult To Set Up
      • Diff Menus Navigation

      Best Uses

      • Home network

      Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

      I wanted this to be a way of playing music and watching movies on our TV upstairs without having to have a computer hooked to the TV. It is buggie software/firmware and almost does the job it should. It has cool features when it works right. Right now it loses it configuration when it is turned off. It won't play certain music files. It is a complicated box that does lots of things. Just buyer beware of the chance that you will encounter a bug here or there, or everywhere. I still like it since it plays the movies I want it to.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Great media player

      By Sarah

      from CA

      About Me high bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Connection Speed
      • Reliable connection
      • Smart Features

      Cons

      • Difficult To Set Up

      Best Uses

      • Home network
      • Small Networks

      Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

      A little confusing at first to set-up but I got the hang of it. Be sure to get a wi-fi adapter. I got USB-N10 EZ N Network Adapter by ASUS on bhphotovideo. Thanks to others for the reviews. Be sure to plug in adapter in to media player and install disc with it on home computer, and move media player to desired position in the house. This media player is far superior to others. I love that it has an internal hard drive.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      4.0

      Personel Home Media System

      By DJ

      from Northern Maine

      About Me high bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast Connection Speed
      • Reliable connection
      • Secure Connection
      • Smart Features
      • Super Easy To Set Up

      Cons

      • Remote Feels Cheap

      Best Uses

      • Home network
      • Large Networks
      • Small Networks

      Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

      Connect your pc+tv+internet+home movies, pictures, cel phones all together to enjoy from your sofa. Go surf the web, watch movies that you recorded or saved to the "onboard" 1TB HDD, take pictures and videos from your phone an send then to the hub and watch when on your "big screen"
      AWESOME!!!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Awesome Product!

      By lightfreespirit

      from Lexington, KY

      About Me high bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast Connection Speed
      • Reliable connection
      • Smart Features

      Cons

      • Exterior Finger Prints

      Best Uses

      • Home network

      Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

      After speaking to your wonderful customer service and doing some extensive research the WD Live Hub was my choose. My boyfriend opened it up this evening was very happy with his gift and the options the WD live Hub had to offer. I'd definitely recommend this product over other competitors. Great product and great service.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      3.0

      I would buy this producy again

      By Tom

      from Davison, MI

      About Me high bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast Connection Speed
      • Reliable connection
      • Secure Connection
      • Smart Features

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home network

        Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

        Like the storage also ease of use.Which it would let me browse than go back to movie. Yet still like the player.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        VERY GOOD PRODUCT

        By vmitryasov

        from KZ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast Connection Speed
        • Smart Features

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home network

          Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

          Intuitive interface, easy setup, easy connection to the network. Used for watching movies and listening to music. Great player!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          In-freakin-credible good.

          By Jon the looky

          from Maine, USA

          About Me high bandwidth user

          Pros

          • Cost Effective
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast Connection Speed
          • No Useless Features
          • Reliable connection
          • Secure Connection
          • Smart Features
          • Solid Performance
          • Space Saver
          • Very Simple

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home network
            • Small Networks

            Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

            I purchased this device in June of 2012 and use it in an office setting thats manned 24/7. Everyone that has used it loves it and they are all going to buy it when they get home from overseas. We have it plugged into a flat screen tv with just red,white,yellow plugs and the picture is good to above average. The remote and the menu system BLOWS Tivo's menu system away and im not over exagerating. Very simple to use. The designer put alot of time and thought into this with the consumer in mind.

            It does have an internal 1 Terrabyte harddrive in it but we never use it, 15 different people plug in their own usb external harddrives into the 2 available usb ports during their respective shifts. We give it a serious work out daily and it hasn't hiccuped yet. It hasn't been powered down since July! The quality is "In-freakin-credibly good".

            I will not upgrade to another device, if this one fails I'll buy the exact same model again. I like it that much. This can do everything a very expensive media player can do. I use it to play music directly from my tv instead of loading cds all day. My stack of dvds are gone and in it's place 1 terrabyte usb device. Space saver.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            1.0

            LOCKS UP, REBOOTS, NEEDS POWER CYCLE

            By Ed E

            from Wash, DC

            About Me high bandwidth user

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                  This is the second WD TV unit of the latest generation that I have had. They both had the same issues: locking up and requiring a power cycle to get a response, having to constantly re-index the attached drive, not syncing up (copying) the attached drive. I really wanted this to work. I had one of the first gen units that was wonderful (its discontinued). I returned the unit and BH Photo was excellent in that respect. Don't know what happened to WD regarding these units.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  Watch Movies the EASY Way!

                  By Laplander

                  from Kirksville, MO

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                        I use this as a player only, I load the movies with
                        a USB stick and it copies them very quickly.

                        I can sit in my recliner and put on a movie to watch, and never have to get up, nice.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Small can also be mighty

                        By Dee Anddy

                        from Pretoria, South Africa

                        About Me Low bandwidth user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Intuitive menu
                        • Light weight
                        • Reliable connection
                        • Smart Features

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Set Up
                        • No web browser

                        Best Uses

                        • Home network

                        Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                        I took a gamble on this product from a wide range available. I am happy to say that my gamble paid off. It takes care of most of my need for an internet TV without the huge price tag. The product is light weight but WD has not compromised on their claims on what the box can do. Keep in mind though that the device is not compatible with all wifi USB dongle as I learnt the hard way.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Great Gift

                        By The 7th Son

                        from Mississippi

                        About Me Power User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Crisp Picture
                        • Easy Installation
                        • Fast Connection

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Movies
                          • PlayOn
                          • Sports

                          Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                          Bought if for my son as a gift. Thought he would enjoy the new interphase and higher quality video that I had experienced on the hub I installed on my entertainment center.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          4.0

                          Much better than expected

                          By The 7th Son

                          from Misssissippi

                          About Me Power User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Crisp Picture
                          • Easy Installation
                          • Fast Connection

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Movies
                            • Sports
                            • Surround sound via hdmi

                            Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                            The new interphase is great! Video and music stream quite well from the hub and accessing from different rooms is quite neat. PlayOn plugins and scripts work nicely and the graphic interphase makes it pleasing to the eye and easy to find links. The change to a more standard size remote took some getting used to after using the other size for a few years. Great addition with the mute button. Lot's more likes..... especially ease of installation and automatic connection to the router.

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                            • No

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                            1.0

                            Not for professional playback

                            By Videos

                            from NY

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Crisp Picture

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home

                              Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                              I purchased this so that I can play back my videos from the HD instead of a DVD which is prone to skipping and other issues. What the sales person neglected to tell me is that there is a play screen line and some text (subtitles off audio 1 aac) which show up on your screen after you hit play for 5 seconds. So for home use this would be fine but totally not for event video playback. (I called WD tech support they told me there is no way to disable the output of that)

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              WOW My videos at 1080p on my big screen

                              By carey

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Crisp Picture
                              • Easy Installation

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Movies
                                • Slide show

                                Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                                Excellent image quality. Easy to setup. Nice random slide show as well. I wish I could use a wireless keyboard with it as web navigation with the remote control is difficult.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                This product is awesome!!!!!

                                By Marlon the Oragon

                                from Bergenfirld, NJ

                                About Me Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                                      Very good for Streaming
                                      Very user friendly

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                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      Love it

                                      By TT

                                      from Los Angeles, CA

                                      About Me Power User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy Installation

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Movies

                                        Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                                        The Hub is well connected, relatively easy to use and operate, great size (not too big or too small), can play a lot of video and audio format. Its built-in 1TB drive, it has additional USB if you want to play off another drive. Love it.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        VERY GOOD PRODUCT

                                        By Elenka

                                        from atyrau[@]

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Quiet
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • High-End Multimedia

                                          Comments about WD TV Live Hub Media Player (1TB):

                                          The Western Digital WD TV Live Hub is the best player yet from the company. It's faster than ever, sleek, integrates really powerful Internet content and manages to make Facebook on the TV actually useful. The WD TV Live Hub is a really nice piece of TV equipment. Not outstanding, but nice. With a few tweaks - easily made via firmware updates - it could be a very powerful little box. It may never have the ability to run applications (and WD became pretty cagey when questioned whether they're working on a GoogleTV-powered WD TV Live player...which means yes) but what it does, it does well, and that's not so bad.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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