Ok so I have been through the media streamer circus.
I have tried the following:
WD Live Hub
pros: slick interface, plays local content like a champ.
cons: no built in wifi (buying an adapter jacks the price of this thing up to $260!), waste of built in 1tb storage, no hulu plus (as of yet)
pros: gorgeous interface
cons: no local streaming and no hulu plus
pros: hulu plus
cons: requires dnla server to play local content, ugly interface
WD Live Plus
pros: plays local content well
cons: no built in wifi, ugly dated interface, no hulu plus (as of yet)
pros: nice internet streaming options (hulu plus)
cons: can't play local content!
pros: with ps3 media server, i can pretty much play all my local content and i believe it has hulu plus as of now
cons: price! i have one in my main media room but buying one just for my bedroom to stream seems like overkill
pros: i believe it can stream local content with WMP12 and some tweaking and it has hulu plus
cons: i dont' want to buy another xbox live membership just to use it in my bedroom (and it's annoying to recover gamertag/membership everytime I want to watch in my bedroom)
Ones left to try:
pros: local content and has built in wifi
cons: buggy software and as of yet no hulu plus
the closest one for me is probably a tie between the WD boxes. The hub was great but I just can't justify spending $260 for a streamer when I can get an xbox 360 for $199! And the WD Live Plus is close too once they get hulu plus but that interface is awful and sucks that I have to buy a $60 wifi adapter.
Am I missing anything? Should I just bit the bullet and get an xbox or ps3?