Irvine, Calif. -
introduced Thursday an updated version of its WD TV Live, set-top media streamer which now adds built-in Wi-Fi capability.
The WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub media players will also now include the Spotify music service, the company announced.
WD TV Live adds an intuitive user interface that quickly presents links to a growing range of Internet entertainment service partners, including Netflix, HuluPlus, YouTube, Blockbuster on Demand, CinemaNow, Pandora and others.
With the new addition of built-in Wi-Fi, the compact set-top box can connect the Internet via a wired Ethernet connection or now wirelessly via 802.11n capable of FullHD 1080p video resolution.
In addition to streaming movies and videos, the WD TV Live allows users to enjoy personal media including photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting a wide range of file formats for streaming content from any connected USB drive, digital camcorder or camera, network drive such as the My Book Live personal Cloud storage, and any networked PC or Mac computer in the home.
The WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub (with built-in hard drive storage) now add Spotify's premium music service. Subscribers can now enjoy unlimited on-demand access to a catalog of more than 15 million songs in up to 320kbps fidelity on their home entertainment system.
Spotify's features include the ability to create and manage Spotify playlists, share songs with Spotify friends, and see and subscribe to friends' playlists via their Spotify profiles. Users can also share tracks by sending songs directly to other Spotify users' inboxes.
"WD is committed to providing our customers with a premium entertainment experience that includes seamless streaming of personal media and the best of the Internet directly to the highest quality screen and sound system in the home," stated Jim Welsh, WD brand products and CE group executive VP and general manager. "By marrying advanced features of the new wireless WD TV Live with quality content from service providers, including a first of its kind service with Spotify, we are excited to deliver on that commitment."
WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub will also now include the Dailymotion video service, offering video content from users, independent content creators and premium partners.