Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Centralized Home Storage Launched

Seagate is on to some really impressive launches of late. Last month, the company announced the launch of a 3 Terabyte external hard drive storage solution that breached the existing limits of external hard drive storage systems.

Now, the company has announced a new home storage solution that will enable families to access content from one centralized hard drive storage system. The new FreeAgent GoFlex Home Storage system will come with a storage capacity of close to 1TB or 2TB of data. This can be hitched on to a wireless router (doesn’t come with the package) via an ethernet port that can later be wirelessly accessed from multiple devices at home.

The solution is not just aimed at PC and Mac users. The wireless hard drive is expected to work with any of the networked DNLA device. This includes the popular gaming consoles and also includes Seagate’s native GoFlex HD media player.

Finally, the price – The 1TB solution costs $159.99 while the larger 2TB storage system is priced at $229.99

Seagate 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Hard Drive Launched

Seagate has announced the launch of a new 3-Terabyte external hard drive which is presumably the first time a company has launched an external desktop HD of such high storage capacity.

Announcing the same in a media release yesterday, Seagate has said that the new hard drive shall be compatible on both Windows and Mac OS X systems. Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Hard drive makes use of a New Technology File System (NTFS) driver for Mac that makes it compatible on both these platforms.

The drive comes with a USB 2.0 interface that allows transfer speeds of 480Mbits/second. Users may however upgrade this drive to USB 3.0 framework that can theoretically raise the maximum transfer speeds to as high as 4.8Gbit/second.

The 3-Terabyte FreeAgent GoFlex external drive retails at a starting price of $249.99

SeaGate Media Players To Get Netflix Video Streaming

Last week, Seagate partnered with Paramount Pictures to pre-load several movies including the likes of GI Joe and The Love Guru to its 500GB FreeAgent Go Portable hard drives. Now the company has announced another partnership; this time with Netflix to offer video streaming services from the movie rental company on Seagate’s home media players.

Seagate’s FreeAgent Theater+ HD has traditionally allowed users to view movies and videos stored in their computer over their television screen. With this new partnership, the company will also let users stream movies from Netflix via their computer to the Television screen. This could be a significant move for Seagate and Netflix alike as the hardware manufacturer increasingly focuses on content consumption to drive the sale of their devices.

Seagate has also revealed that their media players will also enable access to services like YouTube, vTuner, and Mediafly.

[via VentureBeat]

Preloaded Movies On Seagate’s FreeAgent Go Portable Hard Drives

Seagate, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer hard drives has announced that it has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to bring preloaded movies to its 500GB FreeAgent Go Portable hard drives.  According to reports on the Financial Times, these hard drives shall come with 20 popular movies including contemporary ones like GI Joe and The Love Guru.

The movies will however have to be “unlocked” for the users’ viewing pleasure. FT writes that consumers may purchase license keys for these movies online which can then be used to watch the movies “as many times as the user wants!!!”. The license keys will cost $9.99 per movie.

While this appears to be a great deal for Paramount Pictures, the take-away for Seagate is not clearly evident. It is not like Seagate customers get an incentive for purchasing the hard drive with preloaded movies. If anything, users who do not go on to purchase the license keys only stand to lose the previous disk space.

What do you think?

[via FT]