Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Tv HD Media Player
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fine as a stand alone, terrible with portable drive
2 March 2012
Summary: I have had this unit for over a year and have the latest firmware. Neutral: While the interface is a bit clunky it is logically organized and as is good as it can get w/o keyboard. Good: Plays almost everything. Connects to netflix, but at this point what doesn't? Bad: When used with Seagate GoFlex portable drive, the play time of an HD movie is limited to a bit under 1 hour. The Drive and/or unit will overheat and further playback will be intermittent at best.
Summary: I have to confess that I am not a network expert or even an expert on using this kind of hardware but I was hoping I wouldn't have to be. The first problem is that it doesn't come with a lot of things I didn't realize it needed like wi-fi and even a small hard drive. And I have no network connection near my TV so I was sort of counting on wi-fi. And there is nothing simple about configuring anything.
Summary: The Seagate GoFlex TV HD Media Playing Device is a convenient little box that makes it easier to connect to the internet or your personal computer and view everything from your TV. You can view movies, music, photos, and more from your tv, just by connecting to the internet. This box can connect via Ethernet or wireless. I connected mine via Ethernet to watch Netflix movies and was up and running within just a few minutes.
Summary: As a drive reader/player, this device is excellent! However, if you're looking for a Netflix player, stick with your Wii or computer/iPad. Set up for Netflix is slow and it takes an entire day to actually register and have your account recognized. Then, when you try to play a movie via Netflix, the playback is choppy at best. I have yet to get it to play anything from YouTube or Pandora.
Summary: Pros: Plays anything, at least so far. Small footprint, some Go flex HDDs will dock. Easy set up. Excellent HD video picture play with .mts files. Cons: Random lock ups when running jpegs from a thumb drive. I just loaded the firmware update, perhaps it is a fix? To break the lock, remove the power plug. Light on front is nicely dim, unlike some that light up the whole room. However, it does not change color when you power it on so you don't know if the remote worked.
Summary: I bought this unit about a week ago. I connected it to an Airport Express via an ethernet cable. The connection was easy to setup and I could access and play Netflix movies. The USB connection works well to play movies from a USB drive. I haven't been able to connect to my computer that is running Windows 7 though and that is disappointing for me. I did easily connect to an Apple laptop but I don't have any movies on it.
Summary: I purchased this product because I was interested in playing all sorts of media files with it. From Xvid to MKV and everything in between. I've never tried to playback a format that wouldn't work with the Seagate. Good: Fast easy initial setup. It's nice to have to have 2 USB ports. Plays every format I've thrown at it. Bad: The interface is clunky and slow. The remote is finicky and small. Limited RSS feed capability.
Summary: I bought one of these after I have been using the older model (Seagate Theater Plus) for a while and I need a second box for my home office. It has identical firmware version number and user interface. Here're the highlights. - Very versatile and can play all sorts of media format. It has issue with some WMV. - Its user interface is clumsy at best and need refinement.
Summary: Let me start off by saying this is a FORMAT friendly device . IT basically will play any video type file I have on my GOFLEX drive so that is a winner and the main reason I bought the device . My second reason was because I could slap my drive right in there with out using the USB cable . On this end I must say it was AWFUL . Most of my video files would start but soon after playing 5 mins or so I would get an I/O error message .
Quirky, remote and unit slow to respond...Freezes often.
Fine Art "Art*nstuff", Amazon
7 March 2011
Summary: The unit is quirky, such as the remote and unit are slow to respond, and the unit freezes quite often. Roku is better choice for streaming videos from online, and its selection of services is better with Amazon's Video O Demand, etc. Netflix on Roku is better in that you can search the service for movies and tv through the Roku unit.