The Good Media streamer/server with 1TB of file storage built in; supports up to 1080p video playback; nice onscreen interface; streams a variety of Internet video and audio services, including Netflix, YouTube, and Pandora, via Ethernet connection; attractive onscreen interface; good HD video quality on channels and programming that support it; supports a wide variety of video codecs; two USB ports for connecting devices and storage drives; acts as a networked drive that's capable of streaming content to PCs (or game consoles) on your home network.
The Bad No built-in wireless; ever cheaper Blu-ray players offer many of the same Internet-viewing and home streaming options plus disc playback; most advanced options will require an expert user to fully exploit.
The Bottom Line While it lacks integrated Wi-Fi and is more expensive than the Roku or Apple TV , the WD TV Live Hub's combination of snazzy interface and built-in 1TB hard drive will appeal to advanced users who have a lot of existing files they want to view on an HDTV or stream to other PCs on a network.
WD TV Live Hub (1TB)
Editors' note: As of a, the WD TV Live Hub reviewed here has been updated to add a variety of new channels, including Vudu, Flixster, XOS College Sports, and SEC Digital Network. Western Digital has also released compatible iOS and Android remote apps.
Editors' note: As of an, the WD TV Live Hub reviewed here can now also access Hulu Plus (subscription required) and Shoutcast Internet radio (free).
In the digital-media box market, it seems like Apple and Roku have been getting the most attention lately, but companies like Seagate and Western Digital are trying to differentiate their boxes from the rest by offering tie-ins to their companies' portable hard drives. However, in the case of the WD TV Live Hub, Western Digital has taken things a step further and built a networked 1TB hard drive right into the unit itself.