Western Digital launched their latest WD TV Media Player, theÂ WD TV Live Hub Media Center yesterday in Malaysia.Â Designed with a brand new look and user interface, the network friendly WD TV Live Hub is now more powerful than ever – capable of playing an extensive array of file formats in full high definition or stream movies directly from the internet right into your living room. Also WD launched the newÂ My Book Live home network drive which will help you store, organize and enjoy all your digital content no matter when and where you are.
The WD TV Live Hub media center comes with 1TB of storage and costs RM 749.00 while the My Book Live home network drive is RM 499 for 1 TB and RM 669 for 2 TB. Check out the hot
modelsÂ product photos during the launch event. Press release as follows.
WDâ€™s NEW HD MEDIA CENTER STREAMS POPULAR MOVIES AND THE BROADEST RANGE OF PERSONAL CONTENT
WD TVÂ® Live Hubâ„¢ Media Center with 1 TB Storage Allows Users to Centralize Video, Music and Photos and Play Full-HD 1080p Video on HD TVs Throughout the Home
Kuala Lumpur â€“ 30 November 2010 â€“Â Western DigitalÂ® (NYSE: WDC), the worldâ€™s leader inÂ external storage solutions and maker of the popularÂ WD TV media player family, today introduced theÂ WD TVÂ® Live Hubâ„¢ media center (photo), a Full-HD 1080p media player with a 1 terabyte (TB) 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 center brings new experiences to the WD TV family, including instantly renting or purchasing the newest releases through Blockbuster On DemandÂ® service, as well as Â interacting with personal FacebookÂ® communities.
The WD TV Live Hub media center 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 1 TB hard drive enables users to centralize their digital media from multiple sources for smooth, glitch-free playback of even the highest resolution videos.Â Digital media can be easily transferred to the internal drive from shared folders on PCs and MacÂ®s on the network or directly from external hard drives, thumb drives, camcorders or cameras connected via one of the two USB ports.Â Users also can stream videos from home network drives with a DLNA/UPnPâ„¢ server such as the recently announced My BookÂ® Liveâ„¢ home network drive.
The WD TV Live Hub media center 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 theÂ WD TV Â Live Â HD media player, connected TVs, Blu-ray Discâ„¢ players,Â Xbox 360Â®, andÂ PlayStationÂ® 3 game consoles. Users also can stream content from their WD TV Live Hub media center to iPadsâ„¢, iPhonesÂ® or Androidâ„¢ smartphones using third-party applications.
The WD TV Live Hub media center 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 â€“ all on the big screen TV.Â In addition, the WD TV Live Hub media center provides viewing of NetflixÂ® for movie streaming,Â YouTubeâ„¢ for user-generated videos andÂ FlickrÂ® for photo sharing, as well as listening toÂ PandoraÂ®, a personalized Internet radio service.Â Additional content includes local and international weather forecasts fromÂ AccuWeather.comÂ®, andÂ MediaFlyÂ® daily video podcasts fromCNNÂ®,Â NBCÂ®,Â MTVÂ® andÂ ESPNÂ® .
The customizable WD TV Live Hub media centerâ€™s user interface enables personalization of screen backgrounds and user interface themes, as well as setting of favorites and content ratings.Â 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.
â€œThe WD TV Live Hub media center lets users create a personalized media jukebox that brings your entire personal content collection and the best of Internet content to the biggest screen in the house,â€ saidÂ Craig Davis,Â Director, Sales & Marketing, Branded Product Group, Western Digital Asia Pacific Region.. â€œWith the WD TV Live Hub media center, 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.â€
Other key features of the WD TV Live Hub media center 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.
- Customizable user interface and programmable remote;
- Ultra-compact design that easily fits into almost any entertainment center;
- Two USB ports that allow seamless media playback from USB drives, camcorders and digital cameras;
- WiFi-readiness (with adapter); and
- A 1-year limited warranty
The full set of features and list of file compatibility is available on WDâ€™s web site.
Capacity and Compatibility
The WD TV Live Hub media center is available in 1 TB (terabyte) storage capacity and supports a large variety of the most popular file formats, including HD camcorder video formats. It is also compatible with WindowsÂ® 7, including the Windows 7 Play To feature, and any DLNA/UPnP-enabled device.
Price and Availability
The WD TV Live Hub media center is available worldwide (Netflix, Blockbuster and Pandora services are available only in the U.S.) and is distributed by Achieva Technology Sdn Bhd, Amber Action Sdn Bhd and SiS Distribution (M) Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. MSRP for the WD TV Live Hub media center is RM 749.00.
 Service availability varies by country.
WDÂ® PROVIDES CONSUMERS FASTEST ACCESS TO THEIR CONTENT WITH NEW HOME NETWORK DRIVE
The My BookÂ® Liveâ„¢ Home Network Drive Enables Users to Easily and Securely Centralize, Share and Stream Digital Content at Homeâ€¦or When Away
Kuala Lumpur â€“ 30 November 2010 â€“Â WDÂ® (NYSE: WDC), the worldâ€™s leader inexternal storage solutions, today introduced itsÂ My BookÂ® Liveâ„¢ home network drive(photo), which gives consumers the fastest storage of and access to their content among consumer-grade network drives and provides a seamless set-up for centralizing a homeâ€™s digital media. The drives present an easy and secure way to consolidate movies, music, and photos in one location while providing convenient access to digital content from multimedia devices in the connected home.
WD has leveraged the latest processor technology to deliver transfer speeds up to 100 MBps, more than triple the speed of traditional USB 2.0 drives and at least double the speeds of other network drives in its class.
My Book Live home network driveâ€™s built-in media server makes it a fast, simple solution for users who wish to view videos, music and images on any MacÂ® or PC connected to the home network and stream digital media to a television set through a DLNAÂ®-certified multimedia device such asÂ WD TVÂ® Live HD media player, Blu-ray Discâ„¢ player,Â Xbox 360Â® orÂ PlayStationÂ® 3 game console.
Users can also play music and videos stored on their drive inÂ iTunesÂ®, as well as view their digital photos anywhere in the world on their Androidâ„¢ smartphone, iPhoneÂ®, iPod touchÂ®and iPadâ„¢ with the swipe of a finger through theÂ WD Photosâ„¢ application available free download from either the Android Marketâ„¢ or Appleâ„¢ iTunes StoreÂ®.Â Users can also securely access and share all the content and files stored on the My Book Live from any Internet-connected PC or Mac using WDâ€™s freeÂ remote access service.
â€œNetwork attached storage presents tremendous opportunity for families wishing to centralize all of their digital content and enjoy it on computers, TVs and smartphones around their home and beyond,â€ saidÂ Craig Davis,Â Director, Sales & Marketing, Branded Product Group, Western Digital Asia Pacific Region.. â€œOur consumer research tells us that consumers need a simple way to set up a one-stop shop for their digital media. WDâ€™s My Book Live home network drive makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the benefits of network storage and delivers blazing read speeds to boot.â€
My Book Live Home Network Drive
My Book Live home network drive features:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Simple set-up â€“ ready in minutes;
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Seamless video streaming with a built-in DLNA media server;
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Automatic backup with WD SmartWareâ„¢ software for Windows;
-Â Â Â Â Â Â AppleÂ® Time MachineÂ® compatibility;
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Gigabit Ethernet technology for speeds faster than USB 2.0 drives; and,
-Â Â Â Â Â Â A 3-year limited warranty.
Capacity and Compatibility
My Book Live home network drive is available in capacities of 1 TB and 2 TB and is compatible with WindowsÂ® XP, Windows VistaÂ®, Windows 7, Mac OSÂ® X LeopardÂ® and Snow LeopardÂ®, as well as DLNA/UPnPÂ® enabled devices.
Price and Availability
My Book Live home network drive has a 3-year limited warranty and is distributed by Amble Action Sdn Bhd, Achieva Technology Sdn Bhd and SiS Distribution (M) Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. MSRP is RM 499 for 1 TB and RM 669 for 2 TB.