FreeAgent Theater+ HD Update Combines Hard Drive Streaming with Netflix

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After its latest firmware update, available right this instant, Seagate's set top FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player will deliver Netflix streaming, YouTube, vTuner and Mediafly content. Right, just like some other boxes out there today, but there's a caveat.


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What makes this particular box a bit different than the rest, like an offering from Roku for example, is that a Roku box doesn't stream videos from a hard drive or home network, and Seagate's does. That's an important distinction, because it means for about $90 or so you can play all the pirated video you can eat, then switch over to Netflix streaming when you get tired of seeing your bootlegged, uncut copy of Iron Man 2 for the umpteenth time.

The update is available for free as part of an automated firmware update at, and will be pre-installed on all future Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD units sold in stores.



I have a FreeAgent Theater and it sucks. It's very particular about video and audio formats, is extremely slow and has a horrible interface. The Western Digital TV plays a much wider range of videos but I'm looking forward to the Boxee Box. The Boxee Box will move my WDTV to replace the FreeAgent and the FreeAgent will go in the trash...but I'll keep the hard drive. :)