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Seagate FreeAgent Theater

Seagate FreeAgent Theater
alaScore 90

62 reviews

Dec, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 50 expert reviews and 12 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 74/100 and users rate it 83/100. The average review date is Sep 23, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 256047 reviews from other Media Players. The alaScore™ for this product is 90/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 11, 2018.

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Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Seagate FreeAgent Theater Plus review: Seagate FreeAgent Theater Plus


If you're new to the whole USB media player category, it goes something like this: storage brands like Western Digital, Seagate, and Iomega are looking for ways to tap into the growing number of consumers who have multimedia files stored on their...

Media playback device that plays music, image, and video files from USB storage or streamed via network; HD output up to 1080p; integrated slot for FreeAgent Go storage drive; compact, stylish design; you can connect up to two mass USB storage...

No built-in Wi-Fi (wireless option costs an extra $70); Internet services are limited at launch.

The addition of HDMI output, network streaming, and improved file compatibility makes the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ media player a better value than its predecessor.

Oct, 2009

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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ Home Theater Review


1080 output ; Wide codec support

Some codecs not implemented ; No front panel controls ; Seagate FreeAgent Theater ; FreeAgent Theater+ Review, by Jon L. Jacobi September 16, 2009 ; Media, media, media. You've collected it from all over the Internet, but sometimes you don't feel like...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Bryan Gardiner (

Review: Seagate FreeAgent Theater


Want a glossy mother ship for your FreeAgent Go drives? Seagate has the answer. Simply slide your portable drive into the Theater's topside dock. Like...

Onboard playback controls. Straightforward setup. Easy-to-navigate menus. Decent 1080i upscaling

No support for RAW image files. Composite and component outputs only. Had trouble recognizing external drives that weren’t FreeAgents

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Seagate FreeAgent Theater review: Seagate FreeAgent Theater


Seagate FreeAgent Theater

Integrated slot for FreeAgent Go storage drive; compact, stylish design; you can connect up to two mass USB storage devices--including a camera--at one time; 720p/1080i HD output; plays music, image, and video files; solid photo display capabilities.

Couldn't play back as many file types as competing products; no HDMI output.

While the Seagate FreeAgent Theater has a decent interface and good photo display options, it doesn't read as many video file formats as its competitors.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Nick Mediati (

Freeagent Theater


If you're looking for a way to view tons of media from your computer on your TV, but you want something other than a media streamer, a hard-drive-based media player like the Seagate FreeAgent Theater (starting at $129 without the hard drive, as of...

Easy to use. Pleasing aesthetic design.

No HDMI. Limited format support.

By and large, the FreeAgent Theater does an admirable job; and for many users, it should provide an easy, painless way to release the media held hostage on their PC. For high-end users, though, the lack of HDMI output may be a deal-breaker

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Nick Mediati (

Seagate FreeAgent Theater Hard Drive Review


Pleasing aesthetic design ; Easy to use

Limited format support ; No HDMI

Seagate's media player performs admirably, but its lack of HDMI makes it less than ideal for serious home-theater buffs.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Jeffrey L. Wilson (

Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD Media Player (250GB)


Use your TV to view photos, video, and music stored on your external hard drive with this easy-to-use multimedia device.

Easy setup ; Intuitive sync software ; Composite, Component, S-Video ports ; Additional USB connection

Lacks AAC, WMV, DRM support ; No HDMI output

The ’29 Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD Media Player is a good device for novices who want to view their PC’s content on a big screen but are intimidated by streaming media devices. However, true multimedia addicts may want to take a pass since the...

Apr, 2009

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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player - Review


Easy to set up and use - Easy-to-understand Quick Start Guide (printed) and User Manual (on CD)., USB port on both front and rear of unit for accessing content on USB devices., High defintition video playback capability - 1080p capable HDMI output.,...

Internet content access does not inlcude Netflix or Rhapsody (Update 9/1/2010 Netflix Now Included), No controls on unit - functions accessible only via remote control., Remote Control response sluggish., HDMI Cable not included., Very short Ethernet...

Seagate is a familiar name in the PC world as makers of hard drives that are used in PCs, DVRs, and DVD Recorder/Hard Drive Combos. Previously, I reviewed the FreeAgent Theater hard-drive based media player . Now, Seagate offers an updated model, the...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Alex Lusakhpuryan (

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ - Review


Every now and then you buy a Blue Ray movie and some of them come with "Digital Copy" version of the movie. Watching it on the computer screen is not as fun as on the 50 inch Plasma TV. How about the home made movies? Still connect your camera to the...

Video in 1080p HD ; NetFlix integration ; Ability to attach external hard drives ; Emits no noise ; Great quality and speed

IR Remote buttons tough to press ; Field of view on IR is limited ;

What can I say, another great product from Seagate!. FreeAgent Theater+ really does make home entertainment easy and fast. No more looking for the way to connect your computer to your TV to view a video or looking trough a card readers to find the set...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : SmallNetBuilder (

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player Reviewed


Relatively inexpensive, Can attach USB hub to attach more drives, Many video formats supported, 1080p support, Silent

Laggy UI response, Limited Internet content, Most Internet content not HD, Doesn't use USB drive to buffer streamed content

Inexpensive networked media player supporting many audio, video and image formats plus Netflix and assorted other Internet content

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

The FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player provides an easy way to store and move your photos, movies and music from your PC or Mac computer to your TV, allowing you to share and enjoy your digital media in a comfortable, social environment such as your living room. The FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player solution consists of two components: an HD media player and a FreeAgent Go portable hard drive. With two easy steps, you will be viewing and sharing your favorite photos, movies and music in no time! From your home computer, use the included sync software to automatically copy all of your media files to the FreeAgent Go drive, or simply drag-and-drop files directly to the drive. By then docking the FreeAgent Go drive into the FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player, connected to the TV, it puts your entire media library at your fingertips with 1080p high-definition playback and crystal clear surround sound audio. With the front-mounted USB port, you can also plug your digital camera, digital camcorder, USB flash drive, or external USB hard drive directly into the FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player and enjoy the same high-quality viewing experience. With the built-in Ethernet port the FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player can connect to your home network to access content from shared devices, including networked computers and NAS (network attached storage). The network connection also allows the Theater+ HD media player to access internet content such as pictures, weather, stocks, and more. Navigating through your media library is intuitive with the DVD-like user interface and compact remote control. Browse your files with a familiar folder structure view, thumbnail view or filter by media type such as movies, pictures or music.

Combined Device

Type:Digital multimedia receiver / HDD recorder/Digital multimedia receiver / HDD recorder (HDD required)


Color of product:Black

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type:Digital player

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight


Disk Drive

Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, ASF, FLAC, LPCM, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, PNG
Subtitle formats supported:SRT, SUB
Video compression format:AVI, MKV, MOV
Video compression formats:AVI, MKV, MOV
Video formats supported:AVI,MKV,MOV

Hard Drive

Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard drive speed:5400


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:FreeAgent

Network & Internet Multimedia

Connectivity Protocols:IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet) / IEEE 802.3u (Fast Ethernet)/IEEE 802.3u (Fast Ethernet) / IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet)
Functionality:Digital audio playback / Digital photo playback / Digital video playback/Digital video playback / Digital photo playback / Digital audio playback


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100

Other Features

Case or master carton quantity:4
Compatible operating systems:-NTFS\n-FAT32\n-FAT / Windows XP/Vista/7\nMac X 10.4.11/10.5.6
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):7.2 x 1.22 x 7.09
I/O ports:-USB
Internal: No
Minimum system requirements:-PC\nWindows\n256MB RAM\nUSB port\n-TV\nS-video\ncoaxial S/PDIF / -PC\nWindows\n256MB RAM\nUSB port\n-TV\nS-video\nS/PDIF
Power Requirements:120 V AC
Wireless technologies:Wired

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2


Power Requirements:120 V AC


Hard drive speed:5400
Supported file systems:FAT32, HFS+, NTFS

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum RAM:256
Minimum system requirements:-PC\nWindows\n256MB RAM\nUSB port\n-TV\nS-video\ncoaxial S/PDIF


Full HD: No

Weight & Dimensions

Case or master carton weight:12786.8
Dimensions (WxDxH):7.2 x 1.22 x 7.09
Larger master carton dimensions (W x D x H):376 x 221 x 264
Larger master carton dimensions (WxDxH):376 x 221 x 264