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: 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 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.
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.
Summary: This unit works fine with an external hardrive attached but when I try to connect to my router I lose my internet sevice both to my TV and my computer and have to unplug and reset. Very disappointing.
Summary: While the idea behind this device is good, the execution is a little lacking. I do not have a Free Agent drive full of media that I could load in to the housing, so I was forced to use a hard wired connection to my Buffalo external HDD. While direct connecting was fine, that external HDD is normally connected my PC, so I tried connecting to it via the network.
Summary: The Device itself was easy enough to install, however there are some issues. You have to routinely push in the contacts on the unit or occassionally you get no video. More importantly, I bought into the whole GoFlex concept so I could use my drive in many ways along with the variety of connections. It turns out they make their "Ultra-Portable" drives in two sizes. 14.5mm and 22mm.
Summary: With the current firmware, the new Seagate FreeAgnet GoFlex TV performs identically to the older FreeAgent Theater+ it replaces. The menu looks EXACTLY the same, and the some of the problems that the FreeAgent Theater+ has is also present on the Goflex TV. GOOD -Playback virtually everything I throw at it.