THE newly launched Western Digital TV Live Hub is a HD media centre that gives users the freedom to view their files on any displays.
It can be connected to TVs and monitors via HDMI, composite video and component video slots. The network-enabled device has a 1TB hard disk for storing media files, and also comes with a handy remote.
Once linked to a home network through a wired Ethernet connection, users can also stream videos, photos and music from a Mac or PC on the same network.
Optionally, users can buy a WiFi dongle to connect the device wirelessly to a home network.
The media centre allows users to stream any file on the device to a WD TV Live media player, and any DLNA/UPnP compatible Blu-ray player and game consoles such as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3.
Also, the media hub will automatically synchronise content from shared folders whenever a new file is added.
It also comes with two USB ports, which users can use to connect external hard drives, thumb drives, camcorders and cameras to instantly view or archive media files without a PC.
The device is powerful enough to handle multiple streams so you can stream a movie to more than one device at the same time, WD claims.
Users can also stream photos from the media centre to iPads, iPhones or Android smartphones via a mobile app available which can be downloaded from the respective marketplaces.
The WD TV Live Hub is able to play almost all of today's popular media formats such as AVI, Xvid, MPEG, VOB, JPEG, GIF, and MP3.
Through its pre-installed widgets, users can also check out popular websites such as YouTube for videos, Flickr for photos as well as daily video podcasts from CNN, NBC, MTV and ESPN.
It even comes with a Facebook widget that allows users to view newsfeeds, share update status as well as upload photos and videos to the popular social networking site.
They can use an on-screen virtual keyboard or attach a wired or wireless USB keyboard to the device to input text, say, when searching for YouTube videos or updating their Facebook status.
The Western Digital TV Live Hub retails for RM749. - ZAM KARIM