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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player

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Overall 8
8.0

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player - Review

About.com
9 May 2013
  • Conclusion: Seagate is a familiar name in the PC world as makers of hard drives that are used in PCs, DVRs, and DVD Recorder/Hard Drive Combos. Previously, I reviewed the FreeAgent Theater hard-drive based media player . Now, Seagate offers an updated model, the FreeAgent Theater+, that not only allows you to play back audio, video, still image files stored on a portable hard drive, USB flash drives and many Digital Still cameras, but adds full HD 1080p output via HDMI, as well as...
  • Pros: Easy to set up and use - Easy-to-understand Quick Start Guide (printed) and User Manual (on CD)., USB port on both front and rear of unit for accessing content on USB devices., High defintition video playback capability - 1080p capable HDMI output., Firmware Updates can be dowloaded directly from the internet., Built-in Wired Networking via Ethernet - Wireless networking available via optional adapter.
  • Cons: Internet content access does not inlcude Netflix or Rhapsody (Update 9/1/2010 Netflix Now Included), No controls on unit - functions accessible only via remote control., Remote Control response sluggish., HDMI Cable not included., Very short Ethernet Cable provided.
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Overall 8
8.0

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player - Review

About.com
20 February 2013
  • Conclusion: Seagate is a familiar name in the PC world as makers of hard drives that are used in PCs, DVRs, and DVD Recorder/Hard Drive Combos. Previously, I reviewed the FreeAgent Theater hard-drive based media player . Now, Seagate offers an updated model, the FreeAgent Theater+, that not only allows you to play back audio, video, still image files stored on a portable hard drive, USB flash drives and many Digital Still cameras, but adds full HD 1080p output via HDMI, as well as...
  • Pros: Easy to set up and use - Easy-to-understand Quick Start Guide (printed) and User Manual (on CD)., USB port on both front and rear of unit for accessing content on USB devices., High defintition video playback capability - 1080p capable HDMI output., Firmware Updates can be dowloaded directly from the internet., Built-in Wired Networking via Ethernet - Wireless networking available via optional adapter.
  • Cons: Internet content access does not inlcude Netflix or Rhapsody (Update 9/1/2010 Netflix Now Included), No controls on unit - functions accessible only via remote control., Remote Control response sluggish., HDMI Cable not included., Very short Ethernet Cable provided.
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Overall 8
8.0

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player - Review

About.com
17 August 2011
  • Excerpt: Previously, I reviewed the Seagate FreeAgent Theater hard-drive based media player. Now, Seagate has introduced an updated version, the FreeAgent Theater+, that not only allows playback of audio, video, still image files stored on a portable hard drive, USB flash drives, and many Digital Still cameras, but also adds 1080p output via HDMI, and home networking/internet access via ethernet.
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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player Reviewed

SmallNetBuilder
7 April 2010
  • Conclusion: Inexpensive networked media player supporting many audio, video and image formats plus Netflix and assorted other Internet content
  • Pros: Relatively inexpensive, Can attach USB hub to attach more drives, Many video formats supported, 1080p support, Silent
  • Cons: Laggy UI response, Limited Internet content, Most Internet content not HD, Doesn't use USB drive to buffer streamed content
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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player Reviewed

Digital Home Thoughts
8 March 2010
  • Summary: Many companies are rushing to provide a means to make digital content easily accessible in your living room. The FreeAgent Theater+ easily connects to your TV using HDMI (although an HDMI cable is not included) or a variety of other connections, and allows access to your digital media. The Theater+ also provides Internet connectivity to access a limited selection of online content.
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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player Reviewed

Digital Home Thoughts
31 October 2009
  • Summary: Many companies are rushing to provide a means to make digital content easily accessible in your living room. The FreeAgent Theater+ easily connects to your TV using HDMI (although an HDMI cable is not included) or a variety of other connections, and allows access to your digital media. The Theater+ also provides Internet connectivity to access a limited selection of online content.
  • Pros: Easily connects to your TV using a variety of connection types;, Vast codec support;, Internet connected with a variety of content available, and more on the way.
  • Cons: Optional wireless adapter difficult to configure;, Primitive user interface;, FreeAgent Go portable hard drive connection seems cumbersome.
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Seagate FreeAgent Theater Review

thetechzone.com
9 June 2009
  • Summary: We want to enjoy a variety of multimedia content on our HDTVs, but many people don’t want to bother with the relative complexities of connecting a notebook to the TV nor do they want to buy a dedicated HTPC. A solution like the Seagate FreeAgent Theater is just so much easier. The included FreeAgent Go hard drive makes it easy to load up as many movies and songs as you’d like, just as you would with any other portable hard drive.
  • Pros: Bundled hard drive offers good value, Hot-swap FreeAgent Go and USB drives for more content, Video preview feature is a nice addition, Compact and easy-to-use
  • Cons: No wireless streaming, Disappointing audio/video output options, Music player is folder-based, not ID3 tag-based
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Overall 6
5.5

Seagate FreeAgent Theater Review

Digitaltrends
21 May 2009
  • Conclusion: The FreeAgent Theater produces very good image quality, although it’s worth mentioning again that the device’s output maxes out at 1080i. Its internal audio DAC, on the other hand, is just plain dreadful. If you’re going to listen to music, you’ll definitely want to connect its digital coax output to your A/V receiver or an outboard DAC.
  • Pros: Attractive design; controls integrated into the device; good remote
  • Cons: No HDMI;, video resolution limited to 1080i; lacks support for several important media file formats; disappointing audio DAC; software incompatibilities
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Seagate FreeAgent Theater Media Player

big bruin
4 May 2009
  • Summary: I see the FreeAgent Theater media player as a great option for someone looking to get their digital media on to their home theater without much stress. A simple setup process, a variety of audio/video connections, a useful wireless remote control, and intuitive on-screen controls are just a few features that will make the device enjoyable for users of any tech ability.
  • Pros: » Easy to setup and easy to use, » Supports FreeAgent Go drives, or just about any other USB connected storage, » Supports a variety of file formats, » 1080i high definition support, » Audio and video from DVD folder playback is very good, » Offers a variety of connection options
  • Cons: » No HDMI, » Doesn't support all common audio and video formats, » Playing from DVD folders could be easier, » Only includes composite video / audio cable, » Not networked
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

PC Advisor
11 April 2010
  • Excerpt: Media, media, media. You've collected it from all over the internet, but sometimes you don't feel like sitting in front your computer to watch it. Several worthy digital media adapters are on the market that will read media from PCs and display it on your TV, and even more Media Center extenders that link to later versions of Windows Media Center Edition to do the same thing.
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