Western Digital introduced WD TV® Live Hub™ & My Book® Live™
The My Book® Live™ Home Network Drive Enables Users to Easily and Securely Centralize, Share and Stream Digital Content at Home…or When Away
Western Digital the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its My Book® Live™ 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 home’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 drive’s built-in media server makes it a fast, simple solution for users who wish to view videos, music and images on any Mac® or PC connected to the home network and stream digital media to a television set through a DLNA®-certified multimedia device such as WD TV® Live HD media player, Blu-ray Disc™ player, Xbox 360® or PlayStation® 3 game console.
Users can also play music and videos stored on their drive in iTunes®, as well as view their digital photos anywhere in the world on their Android™ smartphone, iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™ with the swipe of a finger through the WD Photos™ application available free download from either the Android Market™ or Apple™ iTunes Store®. 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 WD’s free remote access service.
My Book Live home network drive features:
- Simple set-up – ready in minutes;
- Seamless video streaming with a built-in DLNA media server;
- Automatic backup with WD SmartWare™ software for Windows;
- Apple® Time Machine® compatibility;
- Gigabit Ethernet technology for speeds faster than USB 2.0 drives; and,
- 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 Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Mac OS® X Leopard® and Snow Leopard®, as well as DLNA/UPnP® 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.
WD TV® Live Hub™ 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
Western Digital the world’s leader in external storage solutions and maker of the popular WD TV media player family, today introduced the WD TV® Live Hub™ 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 Demand® service, as well as interacting with personal Facebook® 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. Digital media can be easily transferred to the internal drive from shared folders on PCs and Mac®s 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 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 the WD TV Live 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 center to iPads™, iPhones® or Android™ 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 – all on the big screen TV. In addition, the WD TV Live Hub media center provides viewing of Netflix® for movie streaming, YouTube™ for user-generated videos and Flickr® for photo sharing, as well as listening to Pandora®, a personalized 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 customizable WD TV Live Hub media center’s user interface enables personalization 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.
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 WD’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 Windows® 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.
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