Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player
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Good for media files, bad for Netflix
7 February 2011
Summary: The FAT+ is a nice device for playing media files. So far of the 50 or so files I have played the picture quality was excellent and sound was good. Sound volume tends to be a little low so I have to crank up the volume. It only had trouble playing one particular file. Subtitle files play well as long as they are named they same as the video file. The remote is cheap but very few electronic devices today come with nice remotes.
Summary: Cons: ' No scheduling option ' No saving of search terms ' Weak remote power; remote has to pointed directly at the device or keep changing the batteries ' No controls on the device itself; have to use the remote. ' Limited fixed number of media sites to choose from. ' At times slow in response to menu selections. Pro: ' Intuitive menu options ' Excellent number of codec to choose from; less transcoding. ' Works right out of the box. ' Setup to wired network in minutes.
Summary: So, here are some things that I would have liked to know BEFORE buying this player. Some people may not have this problem, but in order to activate Netflix on the theater+ I had to connect to my router view ethernet cable. Once the theater+ is hardwired to the home network, then it can "recognize" the local network and access the home network and internet via the wireless usb adapter (I purchased an airlink wireless n product for [...] shipped, works excellently).
Summary: First the good stuff: This is a nice looking unit that does a really good job of playing videos off of an attached USB drive. I originally bought the unit so that I could rip my kids' movies onto a USB drive and break the cycle of turning all of their DVDs into scratched-up $20 coasters. The user interface on this unit was simple enough that my illeterate 4 year old son was able to easily power it up and navigate to any DVD without issues.
Summary: Just for the records, I am facing the same issue the previous reviewer is facing, after last firmware update. No access to Internet and date setup appearing everytime I turn the device on. It must be something related to the last software update. I was going to buy a new one to use in the living room (mine is currently in the bedroom), specially because of the docking capacity for Seagate FreeAgent HDs, but such firmware issue makes me believe this product is not so...
Summary: This unit is very easy to set up and syc up with your computer. On the tv screen it comes up just like an 'explore' window on your computer with files and sub-files. Somehow I was expecting something a little more automated than that, but it works just fine. My biggest disappointment was the limitations of file type. I like to buy digital copies when I purchase DVDs so that I can have a full copy on my hard drive.
Summary: This is a great player with high def and HDMI capabilities. This player does have a few downsides though. For one the remote is tiny and easy to lose. When you try to scroll through your downloaded media titles, the player tries to play the feature in like a picture in picture mode and it really slows you down when trying to select what you want. The seagate docking station for your computer takes up two USB ports, so for those who have few ports that sucks.
Summary: I don't want to repeat too much what others have already listed. The unit works great for playing your home videos you converted to DVDs just like you're using a DVD player and you don't need to convert any files(provided they are in the standard DVD format ifo, VOB etc) them just copy them off your DVD and you can have access to all your memories. I click on the VIDEO_TS.IFO file and it plays just like I had the DVD in menus and all. Now for the problem.