Seagate Introduced FreeAgent DockStar & Theater +
Seagate last month introduced two new products for home theatres and home networkds, the FreeAgent Theatre and Media Player and the FreeAgent Dockstar. According to Seagate both devices are to help us manage our home entertainment libraries. In most homes we store our movies, downloaded videos, music and digital photos on different Medias and in different places. The FreeAgent Theatre and Media player and FreeAgent Dockstar will help you to access, manage and enjoy these from one central location.
FreeAgent Theatre+ Media Player
The FreeAgent theatre + media player is compatible with a long list of file types. According to Seagate the devices can play: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivXHD, Xvid HD, AVI, MOV, MKV, JPEG, GIF and TIFF.
Using the HDMI port the device will hook up to your entertainment system or you TV. There is also support for component and composite videos, as well as stereo RCA and optical audio support, using one of three USB ports you can connect your digital camera, PC and external hard drive to view or listen to the content on your TV.
The media player offers 1080p HD video playback and DTS 2.0 + Digital Out digital surround sound. It comes with a remote control and uses simple sync software for Macs, PCs and Linux computers.
The FreeAgent Dockstar allows you to access your files from outside your home via the internet y connecting an external hard drive, PC or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) such as Qnap. See Dockstar video Demo.
The system offers a Web interface for accessing the drive's files from through any Web browser. The FreeAgent Dockstar requires no software installation, and lets you set specific folders for others to access, as well as publish RSS feeds of your files to social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.
Alternately, you can download Pogoplug's software plug-ins for mapping the DockStar to a drive letter on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. Even better, Pogoplug offers a free iPhone app that lets you access files via iPhones and iPod Touch handhelds.