I just found my old WDTV Live Hub in the back of the closet. t hasn’t gotten a firmware update in 2 years. It’s missing too many of the online services that I use every day, like Amazon. I pulled the hard drive and installed it in my desktop machine about a year.
It was a great little gadget that was probably ahead of its time–and I still love the UI–but I think it’s time to recycle my WDTV Live Hub, but before I do, is there anything I can do with it?
I have a Roku, a Chromecast and a Raspberry Pi 2 with Plex. (These are on different TVs throughout the house.)
I know you can’t put XBMC (sorry, Kodi) on a Hub. There is alternative firmware for some WDTV boxes, but I can’t find anything one that works on a Hub. I tried selling the Hub on eBay (before I pulled the hard drive), but I couldn’t find any takers.
Is there anything I can do with the Hub that I can’t do with a Roku or a Chromecast or a Raspberry Pi just as well if not easier?
If nothing else, is there a trick to saving the default background image? The Live Hub really does have the best UI of any streaming device I’ve tried, and I’d love to reuse that image somehow, maybe as a background for Kodi.
Heck, are there any parts, other than the hard drive, that I can recycle and use on other projects?
I don’t like the idea of pitching any gadget if there’s still some life left in it.