Western Digital (http://www.wd.com) has introduced the next generation of its WD TV Live streaming media player, a Wi-Fi-enabled media player that delivers the Spotify music service.
WD TV Live features WD’s newest user interface that delivers movies, TV shows, music and online services from companies like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Blockbuster directly to your TV. The new streaming media player connects to the Internet wirelessly or through an Ethernet connection, with the 802.11n wireless connectivity supporting Full-HD 1080p video resolution.
In addition to premium Internet content, WD TV Live allows users to enjoy personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting a 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 Mac or PC in the home.
Adding to the WD TV family’s current content offerings from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook and others, WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub are the first streaming media players to deliver Spotify’s music service. Premium Spotify subscribers can now enjoy unlimited on-demand access to Spotify’s catalog of over 15 million songs (available in up to 320kbps) on their home entertainment system.
WD incorporates Spotify’s popular features in the new service, including the ability to create and manage Spotify playlists, share songs to 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.
The new WD TV Live streaming media player can be purchased at select retailers worldwide and online at wdstore.com. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the WD TV Live streaming media player is US$99.99 USD. Spotify is now available on the new WD TV Live players, as well as the WD TV Live Hub streaming media player, which features a built-in 1TB hard drive to store personal content locally for TV streaming. The Spotify service is available in eight countries: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, The Netherlands and Spain.