Add one more convert to Hulu Plus... Western Digital has added support for the online video service to its line of connected media hubs.
The upgrade has been a long time coming. In November 2010, as the service came out of preview mode, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said WD TV Live would be one of the devices to add Hulu Plus. Better late, than never, it appears. The company announced Tuesday that its WD TV Live Plus and WD TV Live Hub would, after downloading a firmware update, give users access to the premium site. The devices also give users access to Netflix, Blockbuster, Cinema Now, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook and an array of other services.
"WD TV is known for its ability to play almost any digital file, as well as deliver hit movies, personalized music and user generated videos to the biggest screen in the house. With the addition of Hulu Plus, we add even more premier content services for our user community," said Brian Miller, director of business development for WD. "We know our users will enjoy the ability to watch hit shows when they want."
MSRP for the WD TV Live Hub media center is $199.99; MSRP for the WD TV Live Plus media players is $129.99.
The WD TV Live line takes a middle road among media hubs... it's cheaper than a Boxee Box, but plays more media formats than several others, including the Roku. It debuted in June 2010.
- see this release
- see this GigaOm article
Hulu Plus comes out of preview mode
Western Digital's OTT box adds functionality, looks like a winner