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Trying to decide between Western Digital WDTV Live Streaming vs Hub

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I'm trying to decide between Western Digital WDTV Live Streaming (Gen3) vs Hub based on the following:

1) I'd like to stop using my PC for watching movies and only use it for games. I currently use VLC for everything and I'm very happy with it.
2) I have media stored on a 2TB internal drive on my PC and my NAS
3) I'd like to use the new media player for playing media off my NAS via the network and it should be able to stream media to other media devices wirelessly such as my tablets.
4) Ideally, I wanted to use my internal drive on the Hub but realised that it has a 2.5" drive, not a 3.5" model so I'll have to sell it
5) It should support DLNA wirelessly
6) There is a Wifi dongle available for the WDTV Hub for USD 20 to enable Wifi support on it.
7) Size and heat are not a concern.
8) Sluggish UIs piss me off.

I've read countless reviews and still can't decide. Is the Hub worth purchasing considering it already has a hard drive which I don't need? What benefits does the Streaming model provide over the Hub in terms of performance, clarity, ease of use and media file support?

They both support Dolby Digital Live and DTS 5.1 via optical which is good news.

Previously, I've used the WDTV Live until I sold it as I received a WD Elements Play which died on me, so I salvaged its internal 2TB Green drive.

I'll be purchasing it locally or eBay, depending on the prices.

Finally, these are the models I'm trying to decide between:

WDTV Streaming
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WDTV Live Hub
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get the dongle, seems like the easiest option as opposed to getting a brand new device.

I thought your LED had native mkv support? If it has get yourself a 32GB pen drive for 50 dhs?
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The thing with streaming is that you'l require a VPN to access Hulu, Netflix, etc.

I've been using Roku 2 XS player, and haven't had any problems with Wifi/wired streaing, playing videos in multiple formats, and being able to connect my WD hard disk and various USBs to it.

Check it out here: http://www.roku.com/meet-roku

(Unfortunately I don't have have any experience with WD live, so can't give a review on that :rolleyes: )

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