Western Digital, the world's leader in external storage solutions and maker of the popular WD TV media player family, has launched the WD TV Live Hub media centre in South Africa.
The WD TV Live Hub is a full-HD 1080p media player with a 1Tb built-in network hard drive that gives users the freedom to play all their personal media on any screen in the home. The WD TV Live Hub media centre brings new experiences to the WD TV family, including interacting with personal Facebook communities.
The WD TV Live Hub media centre plays a wide variety of media file types, including popular full-HD 1080p video formats such as .mkv, .mp4 and .mov.
The integrated, compact and quiet 1Tb hard drive enables users to centralise their digital media from multiple sources for smooth, glitch-free playback of even the highest resolution videos.
Digital media can be easily transferred to the internal drive from shared folders on PCs and Macs on the network or directly from external hard drives, thumb drives, camcorders or cameras connected via one of the two USB ports.
Users also can stream videos from home network drives with a DLNA/UPnP server such as the recently announced My Book Live home network drive.
The WD TV Live Hub media centre also is a media server: HD video, music and photos can be streamed from the onboard hard drive to any DLNA/UPnP-compatible TV or multimedia device, anywhere in the connected home, including the WD TV Live Plus HD media player, connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 game consoles.
Users also can stream content from their WD TV Live Hub media centre to iPads, iPhones or Android smartphones using third-party applications.
The WD TV Live Hub media centre offers unique Facebook integration, which lets users upload photos and videos, share their status, view their wall and get the latest newsfeed from their network of friends – all on the big screen TV.
In addition, the WD TV Live Hub media centre provides viewing of Netflix for movie streaming, YouTube for user-generated videos and Flickr for photo sharing, as well as listening to Pandora, a personalised Internet radio service.
Additional content includes local and international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and MediaFly daily video podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV and ESPN.
The customisable WD TV Live Hub media centre's user interface enables personalisation of screen backgrounds and user interface themes, as well as setting of favorites and content ratings.
Standard wired or wireless USB keyboards can be used for simpler text input for activities such as searches of local content and YouTube and Facebook interaction.
"The WD TV Live Hub media centre lets users create a personalised media jukebox that brings your entire personal content collection and the best of Internet content to the biggest screen in the house," says Khalid Wani, sales director of branded products, MEA and India.
"With the WD TV Live Hub media centre, consumers can take their home entertainment experience to the next level, streaming personal content to multiple rooms at the same time, so they can play a Netflix video on their HDTV screen in the family room, while sharing vacation slideshows on the computer in their home office.
"People are looking for a versatile, easy-to-use media player that gives them a smooth streaming experience regardless of where they are in the home and whether they're viewing Internet content or personal media content. That's exactly what the WD TV Live Hub media centre delivers."
Other key features of the WD TV Live Hub media centre include:
* Compatibility with virtually all TV sets, thanks to an HDMI 1.4, composite video and component video output.
* Automatic sync of shared digital media folders from PCs and Macs on the network with the internal hard drive, to provide easy playback of new content.
* Customisable user interface and programmable remote.
* Ultra-compact design that easily fits into almost any entertainment centre.
* Two USB ports that allow seamless media playback from USB drives, camcorders and digital cameras.
* WiFi-readiness (with adapter).
* A one year limited warranty in PanAm.