Reviews and Problems with Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player
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Works pretty well
Stu Redman, Amazon
17 March 2014
Summary: This player worked well except for the clunky interface. It took too long to get to where you were going. I really liked the fact that you could integrate a hard drive into it and used that function often. I ended up replacing it with a Roku and connecting to my home pc with it. We use Amazon for most of our purchases and I update my reviews if anything changes with the products. I do this so other Amazon users can get a real feel for the life of the product.
Summary: Great for netflix on line. Wife loves it and remote even controls volume on our stereo. For movie downloads,.. have yet to find a quality source and Hulu does not work as you cannot download from them. Would be nice if they worked out an agreement with Hulu. Other stuff on there is really nice. News when you want it, weather, sports, radio up the woo-hoo, Youtube also but limited search ability.
Summary: Used this primarily for mkv file playback to a 32" Sony HDTV. It connects directly via HDMI and supports digital audio via HDMI. Most audio codecs supported, including DTS from mkv container. The unit is responsive with quick load/play/FF functions. It kept up with 1080p content without discernible difficulty. Image quality was very good, but much more discernible artifact at close viewing distance compared to my regular HTPC.
Summary: Setup: firmware 1.55, which cannot be downgraded to the 1.4x series (for the roll-your-own crowd) Updated to 2.20 (huge numeric jump, can't tell a difference) HDMI Raw audio out to receiver HDMI 1080P out to receiver (same cable of course) Wired 10/100 to the local network What it does well: * Plays just about everything. Except some avi files which may have faulty encoding. XBMC/mplayer handles them.
Summary: Works with almost everything i've tried to play so far except it had a problem with one of my wmvhd audio streams. With the remote, I can power it off but it WILL NOT come back on with the remote, I have to unplug it and plug it back in and then it will come on automatically.
Summary: I bought this for my husband - he has several movies on his portable harddrive. With this he can just plug it into the TV and watch what he wants. He's extremely happy with it. He plugged in the harddrive - loaded the software and everything works great. The only thing that would make it better is the network option - but the adapter that's required for that is only available on Seagate's website and it seems a little pricy. Maybe I'll get him that for his birthday.
Summary: This player is up and running in 2 minutes after I opened box. It can upgrade firmware directly from online sources. All the video files I tried played flawlessly. I mostly use this to play medias on a network drive. Never experience any lag or jittery picture. One unique design of this player is you can directly plug in a freeagent HD. That's one of the main reason I chose this machine, since I own a freeagent drive. The menu operation is a bit awkward.
Summary: For my purposes this unit offers advantages over the Western Digital player. - It plays DVD's ripped to the hard drive (menus work !) - Fast Forward and Rewind does not cause the unit to hang up as with the WD player - The remote control is sized for an adults hands unlike the very small WD remote - The remote has a volume control and mute button (missing on the WD remote) - Component output as well as HDMI and composite - Plays the new format Microsoft Windows 7 media...
Summary: I've been waiting for this new revision of the FreeAgent Theater device for a while now. The older unit was tempting, but did not support h264, making it nearly useless for my purposes. In addition, it did not have HDMI output so you needed to use a componant connection which was not ideal.