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WD TV Live Hub Media Center 1TB

by Western Digital
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • 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 Internet favorites and stream movies
  • Play your personal media on your HDTV
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight549 g
Product Dimensions19.8 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
Item model numberWDBACA0010BBK-UESN
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 20,086 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available19 Oct 2010
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Product Description

Product Description

Play movies, music, photo slideshows, or your favourite internet content on your widescreen HDTV.
Play movies, music, photo slideshows, or your favourite internet content on your widescreen HDTV. Click here for a larger image.

Watch the Things You Love on the Screen You Love

Get your family and friends together, sit back, and enjoy! Whether it's your own videos, music, and photos or Internet entertainment, you can play it all in the comfort of your living room.

Access Popular Internet Content from the Comfort of Your Living Room

Play YouTube videos, access Facebook, see your photos on Flickr, and watch daily video podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV, ESPN, and other online content.*

*Availability varies by country. These streaming services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time.

Play Almost Any Media File

WD TV Live Hub supports a wide variety of the most popular file formats including HD camcorder video formats. No need to spend time transcoding.

Automatic Play

Select your favourite song, movie or photo slideshow to automatically play when the device is turned on. Perfect for living art on your HDTV or for digital signage.

Collect Your Media in One Place. Stream It Anywhere in the House.

Play All Your Personal Media the Easy Way

Load up the high-capacity drive with all your media to create your own media jukebox. In a few clicks, you can play your home movies, share holiday slideshows, and play your music on the big screen and sound system in your living room.

The Ethernet port allows you to connect to your home network and access any media on your PC or Mac.
The Ethernet port allows you to connect to your home network and access any media on your PC or Mac. Click here for a larger image.
Access Media Anywhere on Your Home Network

The Ethernet port lets you connect this media player to your home network so you can access and stream video, view photos, and play music from any Mac, PC, and network drive in your house.

It's a Multi-Room Media Server Streaming to Any TV in Your House

You can stream any file on the WD TV Live Hub media centre to a WD TV Live media player or any DLNA/UPnP compatible TV, Blu-ray Disc player, or game console. The system is powerful enough to handle multiple streams so you can stream a movie to your Blu-ray Disc player, while viewing photos on your TV upstairs.

Video Camera-Ready

Connect your camcorder or digital camera directly to the media centre and instantly view or archive HD video and photos without a PC.

Transfer Files Easily

Copy, move or delete files stored on a USB drive, a network drive, your camcorder, or a camera attached to the media centre using the on-screen menus.

Sync New Media
The customisable remote and attractive animated menus make navigating your content a breeze.
The customisable remote and attractive animated menus make navigating your content a breeze. Click here for a larger image.

The player automatically synchronises with watched folders so new content from any PC, Mac, or USB storage will be added to the WD TV Live Hub.

Take Your Entertainment Centre to a Whole New Level of Cool

The perfect partner for your HDTV. With Full-HD 1080p playback, animated menus, and a programmable remote, the WD TV Live Hub media centre allows you to experience your media at its best. It's compact, it's customisable, and it's just plain cool.

Programmable Remote

Use the included programmable remote control to make your entertainment choices using our crisp, animated navigation menus. Customise buttons for quick and easy access to your favourite music, photos, videos or menu choices.

Full-HD 1080p Video Playback

This is the real thing; Full-HD 1080p playback. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular picture quality of brilliant high definition video and the crystal-clear sound of digital audio.

Works with USB Keyboards

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

The WDTV Live Hub includes HDMI, composite and component outputs.
The WDTV Live Hub includes HDMI, composite and component outputs. Click here for a larger image.

Supports a wireless network connection to your home network with an optional USB wireless adapter. Or, get the speed you need to stream HD with a WD Livewire powerline AV network kit - it extends your Internet to any room in your home using your electrical plug sockets.

HDMI 1.4, Composite Video and Component Video Output

The HDMI port lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV or home theatre. 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.

Ideal for:
  • Storing personal videos, music, and photos for playback on your TV
  • Accessing popular Internet sites such as Facebook and YouTube
  • Playing media stored on computers and USB drives connected to your home network
  • Centralising your digital media collection on your wired or wireless network
  • Playing virtually any media file without transcoding
view your photos anywhere
Save photos to your Live Hub wherever you are, or view stored photos on your device. Click here to see a larger image

Show Off Your Photos with Your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android Smartphone

Get quick access to all the photos stored on your WD TV Live Hub media center using your iPad, iPhone, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android smartphone. Your photos are private, safe and secure on your home network drive. No need to spend time and money on an online photo service.

Shoot it & Share it

Entertainment is happening all around you. Now you can capture every moment of it and send it to 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 media center. When you get home, you have new files waiting for you so you can enjoy them on your HDTV.

The WD TV Live Hub media center can provide access for up to 32 phones or tablets. So you can send photos and videos to a friend through their WD TV Live Hub for immediate enjoyment in the comfort of their own living room while you're out and about.

Your Smartphone Just Become Brilliant

Show off your entire photo collection, up to 285,000 photos, without taking up tons of space on your smartphone. Download the free app from the Android Market or the Apple iTunes store and make your phone the centre of attention.

WD Photos is compatible with leading Apple mobile devices and the most popular Android smartphones including, but not limited to, the DROID by Motorola, DROID Incredible by HTC, Nexus One, and the HTC EVO 4G. Photos are automatically optimised for perfect viewing on your mobile device.

Enjoy advanced search features
Enjoy advanced search features & facebook photo posting. Click here to see a larger image.
Turn Your iPad into the Ultimate Photo Album

Show off every detail of your favourite memories without compromise. When viewing your photos with your iPad, you have access to the highest available resolution - 1024 x 768. WD Photos allows for a large cache size on your iPad, so you can access more of your viewed photos even when you're offline. Display your photos vertically or view them horizontally and turn your iPad into the ultimate photo album.

All Your Photos at Your Fingertips

WD Photos offers a variety of features, including:

  • Instantly post photos to Facebook
  • Create a slideshow with transitions to create digital art
  • Access previously viewed photos even when you are offline
  • View your photos all at once or filter them by folder or album
  • Search by file name, folder name, or date using the built-in search options
  • E-mail a photo to friend
  • Assign a photo to a contact
  • Add a photo to the Camera Roll

Box Contains

  • AC adapter (UK plug)
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Media center
  • Remote control with batteries

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great little media centre 9 Dec 2010
    Having researched the various media centres I went for this one based on techie reviews online.

    When the product arrived I unboxed it, plugged it into my TV and connected to my wired network. I opened my network on Windows 7 PC and up popped the WDLiveHub on the network. Transferring files is as easy as copy and paste into the network share. The raw data throughput was about 10.5MBytes which equates to the speed of my home network 100Mbps Wired LAN. If only my home network supported Gigabit throughput then I could test the Gig Ethernet adaptor on the device fully.

    The product can double up as network storage with DNLA and ITunes server that runs in the background even when the product is turned off. You can access the share whether you are using it or not and handles playing content while streaming to another device perfectly.

    I have had this just under a week now however it has handled every file format I have thrown at this so far. The on-line content could be much better however a lot of this is due to UK v US licensing laws. Hopefully when these restrictions are lifted the on-line content will get much better.

    The lack of wireless may concern many people as it requires you to have an Ethernet cable to the device. I have looked at a lot of similar products and not many support wireless. There are wireless adaptors that can be bought, however have no experience so can't comment on support or throughput. Making the device wired is well worth the effort though as it will increase data transfer speeds and allows the streaming of full 1080p video.

    There are a few little things which I would like improved. I am surprised at some of the negative feedback it has received so far. As media centres and network storage combined goes it is as good as I hoped it would be and am very pleased it.
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    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars very good piece of kit 14 April 2011
    Verified Purchase
    i have just recieved my WD 1TB LIVE HUB,with little or no experience in media players,after trawling web sites reading up on these devices i opted to go for the WD.i purchased this very little sleek box from amazon as this was cheaper than other sites and i bought the HDMI cable with it.
    to try and explain to others who or not familiar with setting up a media player, i will briefly tell you how i set up mine.
    1st position the box near tv
    2nd attatch the HDMI lead into back of tv and media player,i have mine going into a seperate av amp
    3rd you then need to fit an ethernet cable from the back of the media player into your router (unless you want to go wireless )
    4th switch on the unit and update the firmware, basically thats it.
    i have tried u tube, face book, and the other stations all with no problems.
    next is how do you get your media files from your p.c onto the media player,this is what i did which works fine,
    1st when you set up ypur details on tv screen via m/player you will get a link via e-mail from WD, go to this link as you need to download a media network tool as this is the software that is needed to pick up your M/P drive on your pc, also there is a pdf manual on this web site as well so well worth a look.
    when the tool has been installed,place one end of your ethernet cable into your p.c the other end is still is still in the M/Player your router is not needed for this part.
    Now when you go on the p.c the M/P network drive will now be showing in my computer,choose which files you want to add,i.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars WD TV Live Hub Media Center 1TB 13 May 2011
    By mikek
    I think the previous reviews have said it all about the WD Hub. It was easy to setup and easy to access from my PC. So i no longer need to stream video from my PC - so i thought. I have been using Wild Media Server to stream Photo/Video/Music to my Sony EX503 TV and BDV-E370 Home cinema system. Nothing WMS cant stream !. A lot of my old video comes from mini DV tapes that i have spent many hours capturing to AVI DV format files. So i thought it would be great to move this off the PC and onto the WD Hub. BUT although AVI DV is a very popular format even though its being replaced by newer formats it will NOT play on the WD Hub. It turns out very few if any media streamer devices like this will play AVI DV. I still like the WD Hub as i have a lot of video that does play. But i will need to convert all my AVI DV files to a another format. So really if anything this review is just a warning to others - if you have a lot of these mini DV tapes and you want to cature and stream from the WD Hub you CANNOT unless you convert to another format.
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    96 of 102 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nifty little box 6 Jun 2011
    By Sanjay
    Verified Purchase
    First of all, let me try and resolve the confusion regarding this product. I read the comments here as well as on forums prior to purchase and people seem to be complaining about features of the product which it does not claim to address. If you read the technical details of the product as well as the box contents, you will notice it does NOT:

    include HDMI cable
    include USB cable
    include Network cable
    have built in wireless capability (you can attach a USB wireless dongle for wireless if you wish)

    You can NOT attach your PC to one of the USB ports of the box to transfer files to/from the box. You have to use your network for file transfer (or do so via USB keys). Hopefully, this should clarify as to what you are getting or not getting for your hard earned cash.

    I would recommend before you do anything else, upgrade the firmware to the latest revision. A new version was released last month. You will need to read the documentation as to how to do that. Initially, I would use the USB method (download the firmware via your computer, unzip the files and put them on a USB stick) to do so as you will not need to setup the network (even though it is pretty simple to set it up).

    Right, lets come to the real functionality of this product. I have mentioned absence of built in wireless capability so lets start with the built in wired 1Gb Ethernet port. Lets face it, it is not a 1Gb port. If it is meant to be, then it does not perform according to specification. I tried to transfer roughly 25GB worth of files to this box via the network connection. Unfortunately, my router is only 100Mb so I attached my laptop (with 1Gb port) directly to the box via a network cable and it said 1Gb network detected.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this product
    4 month into usage of this product and I really had to state the following:
    - HDMI signal output unstable (taking it fresh out of the box was a setup... Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Liviu Georgescu
    5.0 out of 5 stars What a device
    This product is awesome, it plays every format i have chucked at it, only thing at fault, some times you have to change sound output manually, would be great if it had auto option
    Published 7 days ago by S. Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great network hub.
    Has worked faultlessly, since bought. Have got a WD 2TB book drive plugged in to this and can watch over wifi on smart tv and Ipad etc. Any file format I throw at it, it plays. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by J. Yates
    4.0 out of 5 stars fairly good idea.
    I bought this as I wanted a network hard drive to store all my music and pitcures on. I also wanted my samsung tv to operate with some smart tv functions which this provides. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Brendon Duggan
    3.0 out of 5 stars Better as a netowrk harddisk.
    Plays practically any video file, but navigation is impractically slow, if even half the 1Tb of space is used. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by BattleDome
    1.0 out of 5 stars great idea but sooo slow
    Ok, brought this to centralise my music, family films and pictures. Great idea for this.
    However it is so slow, waiting for ages to do anything. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Very good product indeed.
    This is very good. Have had lots of use from this. My son particularly uses it constantly. Actually ordered another one for my daughter.
    Published 6 months ago by carol ann szlanyinka
    5.0 out of 5 stars Better than AppleTV
    I bought this because I wanted my movies stored in one place and for the optical output to connect to the surround speakers. This can handle MKV files where Apple TV will not. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Umit
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent media player!
    I have 2 of these which are used almost every day and play just about every file I have thrown at it. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Ayhan Dursun
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great WD Hub
    I saw it, ordered it, it came within a few days and it has given me no end of fun and plays every format I've given it.
    Published 7 months ago by A Happy Customer
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