We’ve become big fans of Western Digital’s powerful media players. Each successive iteration of the brand becomes more ambitious, packing in more powerful features and greater content. Today, WD scored the darling of the Internet streaming video world, as Hulu Plus becomes the latest option on the company’s WD TV Live Plus and WD TV Live Hub media boxes.
Counting Hulu Plus, the WD family can access more content than most other TV smart boxes out there – barring, of course, actual home theater PCs, or HTPCs. The listing now includes Hulu Plus, Netflix, Blockbuster (as long as DISH Network keeps it alive, at least), Cinema Now, Pandora, YouTube and even Facebook. SHOUTcast compatibility brings Internet radio stations into the mix.
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Hulu Plus will require users to purchase a subscription at $7.99 a month, and the intricate web of licensing rights means that content will only be available to those WD TV customers that reside within the United States. Although Netflix blows Hulu away when it comes to the selection of movies available, Hulu offers an attractive mix of current and older television titles. Perhaps the WD’s new functionality will sway more people away from Hulu on the computer and into the arms of Hulu on the HDTV.
Those interested in trying the service out for themselves can pick up a WD TV Live Plus player for a penny shy of $130, while the WD TV Live Hub, which comes with an integrated 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive, is $70 more at $199.99.