Western Digital Media Players Reviewed: WD TV Live Vs. WD TV Live Hub

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4 Star Rating
Reviewed By Nathan Watson Video & Media

Since the Western Digital Live Streaming Media Player(WD TV Live Hub) and the Western Digital TV Live(WD TV Live) is pretty much the same except for two differences… The WD TV Live Hub has a built in 1TB hard drive and is able to stream to multiple rooms using any DLNA device while the WD TV Live has a built-in Wi-Fi.

Just to avoid any confusions, WD TV Live Hub is short for Western Digital Live Streaming Media Player which is the more expensive version and WD TV Live is short for Western Digital TV Live which of course is the cheaper version. These are their newest media players.

Western Digital Media Players Pricing

The pricing may change in the future, but here are the current pricing for the Western Digital Media Players:

Western Digital Media Player Features

Here are the difference in features between the WD TV Live and the WD TV Live Hub models…

WD TV Live WD TV Live Hub
Resolution 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD
Built-in 1TB hard drive No Yes
Built-in Wifi Yes No
Multi-room streaming with DLNA No Yes

Here are the features on both models of the western digital media players:

  • Watch movies from premium services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, Blockbuster and other premium content
  • Plays almost any type of media file
  • Play contents from a USB Drive & Network Drive
  • Connects to your home network
  • Access Internet content like YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Pandora, and more.
  • You can upload video clips and photos from anywhere
  • Video camera-ready
  • Easily transfer files from one device to another
  • You can use your own USB keyboard if you don’t like the on-screen keyboard

The Back Of WD TV Live Hub

  • I/O Ports: HDMI, Ethernet, 2 USB, RCA, Composite, Optical
  • Pros: 1TB hard drive and DLNA streaming
  • Cons:  No built in Wi-Fi, but you can get a Wireless Adapter for $12 or use the Ethernet port. So not a deal breaker

The Back Of WD TV Live

  • I/O Ports: HDMI, Ethernet, 2 USB, Optical
  • Pros: Built-in Wifi
  • Cons: No built in hard drive and no DLNA streaming

It will play almost any type of media files

Both versions of the western digital media player will play almost any type of media type files. I haven’t ran into a file type that it cannot play. This is great for people who download movies or videos on the internet, put them on a USB drive or home network and play it through the media player. WD TV Live Hub version lets you send the file directly to the hard drive of the player while the normal WD TV Live can only play movies through a USB or home network.

Watching internet content and premium contents with Western Digital Media Player

You can access internet content such as YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Pandora, daily video podcasts and more. Not only that, but you can access premium content such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, and Blockbuster on demand. It’s cool to access these content on your TV.

Your media collection on TV

You be able to view photos, videos, and songs on the big screen with the western digital media player. You can easily connect your USB drive, your home network, camcorder, and digital camera as a media source.

WD TV Live Vs. WD TV Live Hub: Which one should you get?

WD TV Live Hub is obviously the better choice, but it also cost $85 more. Is it worth the extra $85? It depends. WD TV Live Hub comes with a 1TB hard drive which alone is worth the $85, but if you don’t need a hard drive, then go with the regular WD TV Live. I love the 1TB hard drive because I can store a whole bunch of media files without having to worry about space running out since 1TB is a large amount of disk space.

The WD TV Live Hub also has DLNA streaming which means you are able to stream media files from the media player to any DLNA/UPnP compatible TV, Blue-Ray Disc player or game consoles. DLNA is actually quite popular these days and most new devices will have them. Your newer devices should have them.

If you don’t need a 1TB hard drive and DLNA streaming, then the regular WD TV Live should do it’s job. It’s basically the same machine except for those two features.

The western digital media player is a great media player and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to view their medias on the big screen.

Get the WD TV Live – $79.99 or WD TV Live Hub – $164.00

2 Comments. Leave new

Great article Tony. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your WD TV Live by using UnoTelly or similar tools.


few people seem to point out while there is an official android and iphone app, along with a web interface on the WD TV you cannot control any applications that run on the WD Live. I had hoped to control shoutcast running on the WD TV from the bedrooms via pc or tablet not really possible the only way is to use a third party upnp application to stream music to the WD TV.


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