Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live Hub (WDBABZ0010BBK / WDBACA0010BBK)
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Very good product with friendly menus
Techno Pat, Staples
18 July 2013
Excerpt: The WD Live TV Hub is a very good product but may confuse / frustrate some novices to internet / network media players. First of all, there is no wireless adapter included with the unit so you must either connect it directly to your network / internet router with a network cable (also not supplied) or purchase a USB Network Adapter . It is not hard ..... just incomplete.
Pros: Easy installation, Easy To Set Up, Friendly Menus, Internal Hard Drive
Cons: No Sound-android Movie, Not Compatible With Mv4, No Wireless Adapter Incl
Summary: The unit is small, compact and very portable making it easy to share your media. It easily hooks up to any TV monitor, laptop or PC network and will play media from any drives on your network. Plays many different media types and has great built in streaming services. However, it must index all media files to a library and sometimes fails to add a file to the index..
Excerpt: Very dependable drive, best of the ones that I researched. This is my second one purchased, as I filled the first one up with movies already. Wish WD would make a larger storage capacity for this model. Maybe a 2 or 3 Terabyte model. Only con is that you need to buy a separate wireless adapter and it is not readily mentioned in any of the documentation, but I use this as a wired unit, so no big deal.
Summary: I have used the TV Live Hub connected to my WD network share and have found the product very unreliable. The unit frequently returns. 'fatal error' and has to restart which takes between 3 and 5 minutes The hub often 'forgets' the address of the network share where all my media is stored (this despite the fact that it has a static IP address and is also made by Western Digital!
Summary: We live outside of the US but we still want streaming video content. Netflix and many other providers do not allow streaming outside of the US. We use the WD in conjunction with a VPN router (purchased from StrongVPN) to stream content outside of the US. It works great and it is a staple part of our home entertainment. The unit is a little sketchy. It freezes up frequently and requires reseting.
Summary: At $164, this product is a steal. A TB 2.5" drive alone would hit around $100, making the unit itself cheaper than a Roku player. It supports nearly any type of media you can throw at it, and even supports higher bit rate HD files and MKVs. The YouTube application is iffy, but better at most, and being able to control and type on it with any Android or iOS device is a huge plus!
Summary: This is what Apple TV would be without all the corporate control and with a substantial amount of built-in storage. It'll play most any video file stored on your network, available on a DLNA media server, or you can store video files in the device itself on its 1TB hard drive. It can play online streaming like Netflix and others too. It also handles pictures and music files if you want. The real remote control is nice too.
Summary: I recently setup a DLNA server wirelessly connected to my home network. I was watching content from the sever using my xbox 360 but my girlfriend was annoyed by how many menus needed to be navigated and having to use a game controller. So for awhile I used a HTPC but it was old and didn't work very well. After doing some research I found that the WD TV Live Hub did everything I needed. Supported DLNA, played shared network media including music and movies.
Summary: Just a warning to all potential buyers: this device has a large 1 TB drive, but it can only be used for storing relatively small numbers of large videos (e.g. movie RIPS), and cannot be used to store large (300 gig+) libraries of photos and music. The internal media server crashes when you have 50,000 or so objects (photos, music, videos). That is why you can fill it with DVD rips, because you can probably only store 500-1000 of those types of objects.
Summary: I bought this 1 TB hub (not wifi!) and the companion WD Live TV plus player (wifi). I won't bore you with the details as many previous reviewers have done a phenomenal job describing these products in great detail. I've had these 2 products for about 2 weeks and I cannot believe how well they work. I'm a technology freak and like many I've search years and years to solve the problem of streaming my >300 mp4 files I've painfully converted from my personal DVDs.