FreeAgent Theater+ goes 1080p

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Seagate’s no-nonsense sneakernet movie box–slide in a 2.5″ external drive or thumbdrive and press play–gets a bump to 1080p in the new edition. Previously reviewed here in its 720p incarnation, the latest FreeAgent has a second USB port and HDMI output to boot.

It also supports HFS+ (i.e. OSX) formatted drives in addition to NTFS and the FATs, and comes with some media management software if dragging and dropping AVI, MOV, VOB, ISO, DIVx and Xvid files is too challenging.

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8 Responses to FreeAgent Theater+ goes 1080p

  1. Hybridan says:

    Hey Rob, might want to change the link to the “Freeagent Theater+” instead of the older Freeagent Theater. Just to mention it. Not a big deal. Thanks for the info btw, I am actually really interested in this product now.

  2. dculberson says:

    Holy crap, I think the bigger upgrade is the Ethernet port!

    “With its built-in Ethernet port, FreeAgent Theater+ connects to your home network allowing you to sync stream content from any networked computer in your home automatically.”

    Just moved from “would be neat” to “sounds perfect!” But actually what is “sync stream content?” It is streaming or do you transfer the files to the hard drive then play them?

  3. dculberson says:

    Mope has a good point, the PS3 also has wireless and at least some good video games. ;-)

    It doesn’t support nearly as many formats, but you can convert or run a streaming converter on your computer.

  4. Clay says:

    Its terrific have a spammer who make attempt to comment on article!

    Now what I want to know is what it is about 60° beveled fasciae that looks so retro simply by virtue of the angle used. It’s uncanny.

  5. flatfive says:

    if this thing streams from any computer on a network… Well, goodbye Charter cable.

  6. Mope says:

    It’s cool and the sort-of thing that I had been looking for for a quite while.
    But $150 for a driveless unit vs $300 for a PS3 which includes a 160gig drive, a blu-ray player and a PS3…..

  7. oohShiny says:

    does the HDMI out support 5.1 audio?

  8. Restless says:

    I wonder how this stacks up against the Popcorn Hour, especially for file compatibility and features (and hackability).

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