Western Digital releases Live TV 1TB hub with Full HD

By | November 3, 2010

Western Digital has now entered the streaming media space with their new product called the WD Live TV hub. The product allows you to store your personal media in one central location and stream it to any device in the house. Here are the key specifications:

File Formats Supported
Video – 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
Photo – JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Audio – MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS

Playlist – PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle – SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
– MPEG2 MP@HL up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
– MPEG4.2 ASP@L5 up to 1280x720p30 resolution and no support for global motion compensation.
– WMV9/VC-1 MP@HL up to 1280x720p60 or 1920x1080p24 resolution. VC-1 AP@L3 up to 1920x1080i30, 1920x1080p24 or 1280x720p60 resolution.
– H.264 BP@L3 up to 720x480p30 or 720x576p25 resolution.
– H.264 MP@L4.1 and HP@4.1 up to 1920x1080p24, 1920x1080i30, or 1280x720p60 resolution.
– An audio receiver is required for multi-channel surround sound digital output.
– Compressed RGB JPEG formats only and progressive JPEG up to 2048×2048.
– Single layer TIFF files only.
– Uncompressed BMP only.

File Formats Not Supported
Does not support protected premium content such as movies or music from the iTunes® Store, Cinema Now, Movielink®, Amazon Unbox™, and Vongo®

Physical Specifications Interface Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, HDMI, Composite A/V, Component video, Optical audio

Physical Dimensions
Height 1.25 Inches
Depth 7.80 Inches

Electrical Specifications
AC Input Voltage 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency 50-60 Hz

The current price is $199. The device does allow for some basic customization of the interface through the creation of themes and offers DNLA and USB support. One of the key features missing is built in WIFI but you can connect a WIFI adapter to it through the USB slot. The list of devices that can be connected to the device can be found at http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3805

Cool stuff!