So you bought the WDTVLIVEHUB for the sole attribute of the quality of its shuffling algorithm? Is this a legit bug? Absolutely. But to declare a lame shuffle algorithm negates the entire value of the device is a little hyperbolic.
When the WDTVLIVE Hub was launched (18 or so months ago) there weren’t a lot of big names cranking out media players. There’s ALWAYS a competing demand between getting a product to market quickly and technical perfection (the latter NEVER being achieved, ask Microsoft or RedHat or Bjarne Stroustrup).
Sounds to me like instead of taking the time to develop a quality random/seeding algorithm they simply hard coded shuffle to be some order that doesn’t = 1, 2, 3, 4…
I humbly recommend a cup of green tea and watching an old Kung Fu rerun and waiting for the firmware to fix this annoyance. The WDTVLH has a lot of good features, sadly shuffle ain’t one of 'em and that’s a feature you really care about. Hang in there or don’t, but I hope you do.