WD TV Live Hub by Western Digital
The Western Digital Live Hub is the overall best network media player on the market right now. It is capable of streaming multiple lines of media at one time so someone in the living room can watch a 1080P HD movie while in the rec room there is an online battle raging on an Xbox 360. The terabyte of storage allows hundreds of Blu-ray quality HD movies to be saved as well as pictures, music or any other media that you may want to play on your television.
The Live Hub also connects directly to the Internet for instant streaming of media from Blockbuster on Demand, Netflix, Pandora, Flickr, Facebook or whatever other media service you prefer. Get television episodes from Hulu or watch the latest YouTube videos and do it from any television in the house (as long as they are connected to the Hub). The Live hub supports direct connecting of HD camcorders and cameras without the annoying sync delay. There is also a USB input so media can be downloaded or a wireless keyboard can be connected.
What sets this unit apart from others is the availability of the Livewire Powerline Network box (only $91.99). This box can be plugged into any electrical outlet in the house and be used as a wired connection to the main box using the internal electrical wiring in the house as the transfer medium. This allows the unit to be used in multiple story houses without having to put holes in the wall and run cables.
The Western Digital Live Hub is the perfect total home system. It works on a wired Ethernet connection but is also Wi-Fi ready (Wi-Fi connections tends to be slower and inhibit the multiple streaming capabilities of the Hub). It would be a shame to let thousands of dollars’ worth of television equipment wallow in a life of substandard use because peripherals cost too much when you can purchase this single unit for $179.99 and have everything covered.
There is nothing not to like about this unit, the remote control is even programmable so it can be used with your existing HDTV, Blu-ray player and other peripherals. The Western Digital Live Hub is the benchmark by which all other network media players will be measured.