Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD TV Live Hub (WDBABZ0010BBK / WDBACA0010BBK)
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Bitter taste after all
25 January 2014
Summary: Using this device for the last 3 years. The device delivers what it's supposed to. The major issue is that it randomly destroys the filesystem of any USB hard-disk attached to it. This problem exists since more than one year and is already faced by many users. Not solved yet even not solved yet via any patches or upgrades. Already lost many family photo albums until I realize what was happening.
Pros: It was one of the first cheap media players in the market. Not any more.
Cons: Randomly damages filesystem of attached devices
Pros: Compact, Can play DVD ISOs with menues - sometimes!
Cons: Often: "Format not supported" even though it played it yesterday., Really really bad user interface, Compiling media library 24/7., Doesn't group movies on genre or anyting., Doesn't show movie title - only file name. Have to browse through the folders.
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..
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.