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WDTV Live Hub
Updated version of the WDTV Live with added internal 2.5" HDD bay. Available only with a 1TB drive pre-installed. The chipset is the same Sigma 8654 as the original WDTV Live, now with a firmware update to deliver Gigabit ethernet and HDMI 1.4 (it's the same chip, so an update to the older player should be possible). The remote is an improvement on the original. The Gigabit ethernet has been reported as not being much of a speed improvement on 10/100. The 8654 chipset is considerably less powerful than other similarly priced players (using Intel CE / Sigma 864x).

The player software is a big improvement. You get a media scraper built into the player allowing you to catalogue and easily search all your content (although reports are that it is slow on large collections - see comments below). There is a web remote for iPhone/Android. More on-demand services have been added.

As usual for Western Digital products this is a very capable player, albeit with some niggles.

WDTV Live Hub
Specification Summary

Launch Date October 2010 3164 days ago
Country USA
Ranking 112/836   ? 
Player Type Media Player (Sigma)
Chipset Family Sigma 865x (2009)   ? 
Chipset Model Sigma 8654 @ 0.5Ghz Single Core
Chipset Rating 3 /5   ? 
Storage Internal 1 () USB (2)
Network Gigabit Optional Wi-Fi(n)  ? 
Size 198 x 100 x 32mm   Fan No
Video Outputs HDMI Component Composite
Audio Outputs HDMI Stereo Analog TOSLINK
DVD ISO Yes   Blu-Ray ISO Yes. Simple (BD-Lite)
XBMC No   ? 
HD Audio DTS DmixTrueHD DmixDTS-HD MA Dmix
DTS PassTrueHD PassDTS-HD MA Pass   ? 
Page last updated: 31-May-13
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WDTV Live Hub Discussion

There are 13 comments
TheDarkside – Africa
November 25, 2011 - 14:10

Not a bad media player. Biggest gripes are: 1) No direct USB connection to a PC, 2) Very slow LAN connection - USB2 direct would be way faster. 3) Waiting time for it to compile its media list after unplugging power (I unplug it when not using it to extend HDD life).

The good : 1) It plays everything I have thrown at it so far including stuff other people have said it did not play in other comments - folders , m2ts etc. Software upgrades come out fairly regularly and I do them unlike My in laws Toshiba Stor.e.tv+ which has never had a software upgrade and will not play files that mine plays. 2)Picture quailty better than Toshiba as well - done side by sides on same TV. 3) Operation is a doddle - even my electronophobe parents can operate it and my 8 year old son has no trouble finding what he wants on it.

giorgos-Greece – Greece
October 04, 2011 - 21:58

very good media player i m satisfied!! best for 3d movies ! without sub title problems..

March 27, 2011 - 20:58
Dumpster Jedi – us
February 03, 2011 - 09:28

Jukebox FAIL!
The WD Hub spend literally 4 days scanning for library and still wasn't done, and I wasn't happy about what showed up. You cannot specify what shares to scan.
Slow as hell when building library and scraping is terrible. I am tired of WD and their amateur firmwares. Ill keep my live +, great picture, but the Boxeebox surprisingly kicks this things butt.

JG – Houston, TX
January 25, 2011 - 21:03

Awesome graphics and good streaming. Thumbnail scraping is horrible along with network share updating. You have to reboot the box to update network shared content.

JG – Houston TX
January 25, 2011 - 20:43

Awesome picture quality. Streaming is great. Thumbnail scraping is plain awful. Does not update network shares unless you reboot the box. Pandora app looks good.

ECG – Toronto - Canada
January 25, 2011 - 17:24

I purchased one of these for my sister. It handled all file types, although I don't have blue ray. However, I could not get it to work with 2 TB USB hard drives. It seems to assume 1 TB or less, just like the internal HDD. I had to copy to a smaller drive, then I could sync them or just play as is. I could not find this limitation in the user manual, so advice would be welcome. I can connect the same 2TB drive to my original WD player so it is not the external drive.

January 07, 2011 - 23:04

Tried it, doesn't play DVD ISO's. So close to being a good unit...

December 22, 2010 - 05:53

why is this ranked so low? it has decent reviews etc
the popcorn and boxee rank so much higher same prices and this one has HDD..

sanu – India
December 09, 2010 - 16:02

Please update some info here. HDMI 1.4 is supported here.

Reply to sanu
December 13, 2010 - 13:53

Yes, at least that's what wdc.com says.
Thinking about buying this one, but if it's 1.3... No way.

Reply to sanu
Bredy – Slovensko
January 02, 2011 - 15:22

Ak ─Źemu ti je HDMI 1.4 . To ma┼í 3D Televiziu? Ja mam Full HD Televiziu a je tam HDMI 1.3,je to super obraz.( Ja pou┼żivam WD TV Live Hub asi mesiac je to super prehrava─Ź).

ilbey – Turkey
November 23, 2010 - 17:57

We're waiting for this machine. Perfect.

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Detailed Specification
Max Resolution1080p
Box TypeSigma
Chipset FamilySigma 865x (2009)
Chipset ModelSigma 8654
Chipset Ghz0.5
Flash Memory (GB)
Internal HDD1
USB Host2
USB Slave
USB Version2.0
SD Card Type
Other Storage
File SystemsFAT, NTFS, HFS+
Network ProtocolsSamba, Bonjour
Wired NetworkGigabit
Wireless Network Optional Wi-Fi(n)
Component Video1
Composite Video1
HDMI Version1.4
Audio/Video Other
Stereo L/R Audio1
S/PDIF Coaxial
AV Recording
AV Inputs
Video Formats (Codecs)AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9
Video Extensions (Containers)
Audio Formats (Codecs)MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Audio Extensions (Containers)
Image FormatsJPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG
Subtitle FormatsSRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
3D Top Bottom
3D Frame PackingNo
3D Frame Sequential
Blu-Ray 3DNo
Blu-Ray ISOYes. Simple (BD-Lite)
Dolby Digital (AC3) DownmixYes
Dolby Digital (AC3) PassthroughYes
Dolby Digital Plus DownmixYes
Dolby Digital Plus PassthroughYes
Dolby TrueHD DownmixYes
Dolby TrueHD PassthroughYes
DTS DownmixYes
DTS PassthroughYes
DTS-HD HR DownmixYes
DTS-HD HR Passthrough
DTS-HD MA DownmixYes
DTS-HD MA Passthrough
Internet Radio
Web ServicesYoutube HD, Facebook, Pandora.. and more
Native XBMC
Play Store
Web Browser
Browser Detail
Front LCDNo
Supplied Remote
Power Usage Standby
W (mm)198
D (mm)100
H (mm)32
Volume (litre)0.63
Weight (kg)0.55
W (inches)7.8
D (inches)3.9
H (inches)1.2
Weight (lb)1.21
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