Just some initial observations.
Snappy response, no lag when moving between menu options or in/out of a movie.
The power supply from the older unit is identical.
The remote from the older unit works on the new one (in case you find the new one too bulky).
The new WDTV Live Streaming does support a USB hub. Media Library compiles data from the 3 drives I had on one hub on one USB port. :smileyvery-happy:
Audio works as expected when I connect the HDMI to my Sony amp and select Digital Pass-Thru on HDMI.
On the down-side, even tho Media Library compiles all the movies, it’s a bit odd. If you select Filter ALL, every movie is displayed for all drives in one list. If you have nested folders like I do, the nesting disappears and movies are all displayed in the same list, but not necessarily together. Chamber of Secrets is near the top of the list, but I have to scroll forever to find Sorcer’s Stone much further alphabetically down the list. If you select Filter FOLDERS, the nesting is retained and it is much easier to find things, but the drives become separate folders as well, so you have to select a drive, scan the folders, back out, select another drive, scan the folders, etc… cumbersome.
And one thing I found is very odd. When in FOLDER filter, the drives appear as folders. If you sort them alphabetically, they are not sorted by the name of the drive, but rather by a unique naming convention the WDTV give to the drives based on their position in the hub! I happened to notice that while waiting for the Media Library to finish compiling the drives, the WDTV was seeing the drives as USBxxxxx, USByyyyy, and USBzzzzz., not by the drive name. Once the compiling finished, the drives were displayed with the drive name, but sorted byt the USB name, and reflects the order of the drives in the hub. Took me a while to realize why I could not sort the drives by name correctly. No big issue, just an observation.
So far, I like it. I don’t stream from the network, so I’ll be ignoring those applications.