Western Digital just rolled out a major content update for the WD TV Live family of media players. For customers in the U.S., the most important addition is the SlingPlayer app, which lets SlingBox owners watch TV and other content from across their house, or across the country. Around the world, however, there’s a good bit more to see.
Worldwide, both the SlingPlayer app, which streams from a connected SlingBox, and Red Bull TV, will be available. The rest of the services are limited to specific countries:
- The AOL On Network (US) ? The AOL HD app, part of The AOL On Network, features high-definition technology, lifestyle, celebrity and entertainment content updated daily from The AOL On Network, which features video from brands like Engadget, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post and Moviefone.
- ABC iview (Australia) ? ABC iview is Australia’s most popular catch-up TV service and is run by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). It features 14-day catch-up from channels ABC1, ABC2, ABC3, ABC4Kids and ABC News 24.
- Acetrax movies (UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and Austria) ? Available on the WD TV Live only, this service offers blockbuster new release and library movies from the major Hollywood studios.
- maxdome (Germany) ? Available on the WD TV Live only, the most popular German video-on-demand service maxdome delivers over 45,000 major film and TV titles.
- BILD TV-App (Germany) ? With the BILD TV-App users navigate easily and comfortably with the remote control through Germany’s largest news and entertainment portal. The application offers the latest news and videos from politics, lifestyle, entertainment and sports, as well as the pictures of the day.
We found both the WD TV Live, as well as the WD TV Live Hub, to be outstanding options for connecting the world to your HD TV. The former, which includes Wi-Fi built-in, carries an MSRP of $99.99. The latter, which loses Wi-Fi but gains a built-in 1TB hard drive, costs $199.99.