Seagate offers Netflix video streaming, access to YouTube, Internet

Storage-solutions company Seagate is providing a firmware update that will allow users of its FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player to Seagate's FreeAgent+stream Netflix movies and television offerings. The update is available immediately and will also be included on new units purchased in stores and online.

The Scotts Valley, Calif., company said the STB also allows users to view computer files on a TV, gives them access to YouTube, vTuner, and Mediafly services.

More than a third of web-connected households say they want to view Internet content on their TVs, and some three-fourths of U.S. households with PC-to-TV connections and one-third of Xbox 360 owners are using these connections to stream online video. These households, as they extend online video and other Web experiences to the TV screen, are laying the foundation for future behaviors with connected CE and entertainment services. Seagate's media player lets consumers do that, whether the video is stored on a hard drive, a computer network, or the web. Seagate last week announced it would include Paramount movies on some drives it ships this year. Users would have to purchase a code to unlock the content.

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