I have to say this is really disappointing. I love my Hub and was looking forward to an updated device that addressed the shortcomings that were consequent to the time it was released. Not having an internal drive didn’t bug me as it actually seems like a good idea when tallying advantages and disadvantages of internal and external drives. I envisioned attaching a 3TB USB drive (WD of course) to a new WD player that did what the Hub did well (dang near universal media format support, ethernet port, and support for obvious streaming services) but did it better ( faster cpu, more stable firmware, actual gigabit ethernet, modern streaming app features and interface) I don’t think this was unreasonable to expect in 2014 from the company that gave us the Hub.
But seriously, no Netflix?
What. The. Frick.
For a device that is marketed to the exponentially expanding cord cutter market, no Netflix?? I thought a Roku model not having Youtube was missing the point. This, this just leaves me dumbfounded.
Having a device that wasn’t as feature rich at streaming as the Roku didn’t bother me, because it still did steaming as well as I needed, and it did local media better than anything else. But needing to have two devices, one for playing local media and one for streaming (because if you’ve cut the cord there’s a 99% chance you patronize Netflix) seems to me to be a huge step backward, like suddenly needing to have a file server running to watch local media files (cough)
I’m really disappointed, and I say this as a happy customer that was looking forward to buying the next device. As it stands now, if and when my Hub gives out I don’t see any reason to replace it with this new device.