WD Live Plus Media Hub Review

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Written by: Devin McCarthy

Western Digital Live Media PlayerIs there an easy way to connect digital content to your High Definition television? The Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player is a great solution. This Media Player supports every format that I can throw at it without a hitch.

The Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player includes an hdmi connector (to go directly to your TV), two USB connectors, and a firewire connector (good for sending large files directly from your computer). I plugged it in and was brought to a simple but functional interface that offered me access to my uploaded video and audio files. A wireless card or hard drive are not included in this unit so I bought them separately in order to upload the videos from my computer. I went with a Western Digital 500 gigabyte hard drive and an Asus usb wireless adapter.

Fifteen minutes after installing the Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player, I was watching episodes of the Daily Show. This Media Player also offers access to streaming Netflix and Blockbuster Online. I have Netflix and it can be a little slow to load a show but after that it runs great. The small remote that’s included is simple but serviceable.

Pros:

  • Less expensive then other Media Players
  • Supports most file formats
  • Support High Definition TV Shows and Movies
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Access to Netflix and Blockbuster Online

Cons:

  • No onboard hard drive
  • No onboard wireless
  • Netflix can be slow to load
  • Does not play premium content such as media from ITunes.

In response to one of the above cons, Western Digital has recently released a version of WD TV Live this does include a hard drive. Is called the WD TV Live Hub. It does add on $100 or so to the price.

Conclusion: If you don’t already have a media playing device, I think the Western Digital WD TV Live Plus 1080p HD Media Player is worth the money. It is easy to use and it works so well that I have given up cable to use this exclusively.

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