Originally Posted by treefrog100
There might be something to this. A newer version was allegedly spotted at a Best Buy, and a new thread was started.
Looks evolutionary, not revolutionary to keep the price point the same -- but jeeze, couldn't they pick a unique name. Talk about confusion. Looks like the "new" Live is to the Live Hub, what the "old" Live was to the Live+. Hardware-wise, they added built-in wireless, GigE and HDMI 1.4 while eliminating obsolete outputs -- only HDMI and composite now -- and supply a "real" full-sized remote. I wonder if media players are subject to the same restrictions as BD players of having to eliminate component outputs. Probably not, but let's face it -- component and S-video outputs are going the way of analog tuners.
It's already listed on the WD web site
for their media players. The web site has changed since last week. The previous WD Live is gone completely -- WD had already discontinued it for sale in the US and it was listed only for sale outside the US. Now it's history.
The WD Live+ is now also "gone" as far as a US product -- if you click on the WD Latin America link you can find the info for the WD Live+ which has taken the place of the previous WD Live as the product for outside the US. Only the "new" WD Live
and the Live Hub are displayed for the US market. NewEgg is starting to clear their Live+ stock, you can get it for $80 with promo code until 10/10 with free shipping.
My fear is that this marks the true end of life and end of firmware updates for the "old" Live/Live+ series. The last one was in August, nothing for September. I had hoped for one more update to fix the menu bug with subtitle selection.
The "new" WD Live appears to just be a refreshed version of the Live+ to appeal to buyers new to the market or their product -- the biggest changes being the switch to the Live Hub UI and the inclusion of wireless; people have always complained that it didn't include wireless. It's not looking like a box that someone with a current Live(+) would feel driven to upgrade to. That being said, I'll probably buy one of the "new" Live boxes when NewEgg starts to carry them -- only because I need another media player for another TV. If it uses the same chip and interface as the Live Hub the firmware should not be that different and so there might not be too many bugs on release (I see there already is an October FW update listed). I'll wait a bit to see the early reports but I'm fairly certain I'll buy one. I still feel they have the best box at this price-point and a little extra functionality costs way too much addtional $$.