South Africa: Media centre from Western Digital launched

Technology & Convergence

Western Digital launched their WD TV Live Hub in South Africa on the 3rd March 2011. Western Digital, hard drive manufacturer and maker of the WD TV media player family, is launching the WD TV Live Hub media centre in South Africa.

The WD TV Live Hub is a full-HD 1080p media player with network capabilities and a 1 terabyte (TB) hard drive that allows users to play all their personal media on any screen in the home. The WD TV Live Hub media centre plays a variety of media file types, including popular Full-HD 1080p video formats such as .mkv, .mp4 and .mov.

Digital media can be transferred to the internal drive from shared folders on PCs and Macs on the network or directly from external hard drives, thumb drives, camcorders or cameras connected via one of the two USB ports. Users can also 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 centre is also 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. This includes connected TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 game consoles, as well as Western Digital's own WD TV Live Plus HD media player.

Users can stream content from their WD TV Live Hub media centre to iPads, iPhones or Android smartphones using third-party applications. The WD TV Live Hub media centre offers Facebook integration which lets users upload photos and videos from their device, as well as view their profile.

In addition, the WD TV Live Hub media centre provides viewing of YouTube and Flickr. The customisable WD TV Live Hub media centre's user interface enables personalisation of screen backgrounds and user interface themes, as well as setting of favourites and content ratings. Standard wired or wireless USB keyboards can be used.

"People are looking for a versatile, easy-to-use media player that gives them a smooth streaming experience regardless of where they are in the home and whether they're viewing Internet content or personal media content,” said Khalid Wani, sales director branded products, MEA & India. “That's exactly what the WD TV Live Hub media centre delivers."

Other key features of the WD TV Live Hub media centre include:

1.    HDMI 1.4, composite video and component video output;
2.    Automatic sync of shared digital media folders from PCs and Macs on the network with the internal hard drive;
3.    Customisable user interface and programmable remote;
4.    Two USB ports that allow media playback from USB drives, camcorders and digital cameras, as well as connecting a standard keyboard and mouse;
5.    WiFi-readiness (with adapter); and,
6.    A 1-year limited warranty.

The WD TV Live Hub media centre is available from various retail outlets and retails for R1,999.00.