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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+1080P HD Media Player STCEA201-RK

by Seagate
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  • Easily enjoy your photos, movies and music on your TV.
  • HDMI connectivity and 1080p HD video playback.
  • Dolby Digital and DTS audio support
  • Ethernet connection or optional Theater+ wireless adapter for accessing shared content on your network.
  • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X compatible.
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSeagate
Item Weight1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions7.2 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
Item model numberSTCEA201-RK
Color NameBlack
  
Additional Information
ASINB002MZZWT0
Shipping Weight3 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 11, 2009
  
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

With its unique docking system, the FreeAgent Theater+™ HD media player offers the easiest way to move photos, movies and music from your PC or Mac to your TV for enjoying and sharing in comfort. The FreeAgent Go™ portable drive connects to your PC or Mac to automatically sync all of your photos, movies and music. By then placing the FreeAgent Go drive into the Theater+ HD media player, connected to your TV, all your favorite content is at your fingertips with 1080p video and surround sound audio. Playing back files, navigating menus and accessing special features is intuitive with the DVD-like user interface.
 
 
FreeAgent Theater+ Product Shot FreeAgent Theater+™HD media player is perfect for when you need to:
  • Enjoy and share your photos, movies and music on your TV in the comfort of your living room.
  • Access content from storage devices on your network.
  • Access internet content, on your TV, such as pictures, weather, stocks, and more.
  • Directly connect a digital camera or external storage device to enjoy media on your TV.

 
Minimum System Requirements
  • PC: Windows XP or Vista, 256MB RAM and an available USB port
  • Mac: OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5.6 or later and an available USB port
  • TV: Composite video, component video or HDMI connection and stereo, optical S/PDIF or HDMI audio connection
  • Internet Services: Broadband internet - 10/100 Mbps wired network connection
Supported Formats
Video           Formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (VOB/ISO), MPEG-4 (DivX /Xvid), DivX HD, Xvid HD, AVI, MOV, MKV, RMVB, AVC HD, H.264, WMV9, VC-1, M2TS, TS/TP/M2T
  Subtitles: SAMI(smi), SRT and SUB
  Resolutions:  NTSC 480i/480p, PAL 576i/576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Audio AAC, MP3, Dolby® Digital, DTS, ASF, FLAC, WMA, LPCM, ADPCM, WAV, OGG Playlist: M3U, PLS
Photo JPEG files up to 20 megapixels, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF
Supported File Systems NTFS, FAT, FAT32, HFS+
Output Video: Composite, Component, HDMI 1.3
Audio: Stereo, Optical S/PDIF, HDMI 1.3
Network: Ethernet 10/100 mbps
Interface:  1x USB 2.0 at front
  1x USB 2.0 at back
Input Power Adapter
TV Systems PAL/NTSC
Product Dimensions 1.18 in H x 7.20 in W x 6.89 in L Weight: 1.11 lbs
Inside the Box Media Player
AV Cable
Component Cable
Ethernet Cable
EnergyStar compliant power supply
FreeAgent Theater+ Software and User Guide (PDF)
Set-Up Guide
FreeAgent Go™Portable Hard Drive (Solution Only)
USB 2.0 Cable (Solution Only)
1-Year Limited Warranty

 
Region Product Capacity Model Number UPC Code Multi-pack UPC
US
US
Media Player Only
Media Player Solution
N/A
500GB
STCEA201-RK
ST905004CEA2E1-RK
763649018071
763649018064
10763649018078
10763649018061

Product Description

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. 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 or optional Theater+ wireless adapter, 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy setup.
J. Dorsey
I read on the Seagate forums that this was a problem for a lot of people, and that it was fixed.
dnoyeB
It plays every video file format that I use.
Jimbo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

111 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on January 9, 2010
Verified Purchase
I purchased this unit to replace the previous version (Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD Media Player (STCEA101-RK)) that didn't play MKV (high definition) video files.

CONSIDERATIONS

1. The previous version only displayed 6 items on the screen and it was somewhat difficult to find things with a large number of files. I have a 1.5 TB external drive to hold my movies. Both versions allow me to keep multiple files within a folder, which is handy for a TV series. This newer model displays a whole lot more on the screen--every file on the hard drive--10 at a time. You will need to learn to use the settings available from the Menu button on the remote to view folders and files according to your taste. I have over 300 files on the drive and most of them are TV series, so the interface is somewhat of a challenge if you don't use the Menu button. The unit plays one file after another, so a series with 10 episodes will play all 10 episodes in the order of their alpha-numeric file name.

2. NO S/PDIF coaxial output. This one has an optical outlet for sound, as well as stereo outputs using an A/V mini-plug.

3. Documentation/instructions need major help.

THE GOOD NEWS

1. It plays every video file format that I use. It will play a DVD image and most other video formats, including MKV. The audio and video quality are excellent. I compared a DVD movie using a high-end DVD player, my Blu Ray player and a ripped version of the movie using the Seagate FreeAgent player. The movie looked best on the FreeAgent player. It apparently up-converts the video signal, and does a great job of it. It's like having a Blu Ray/DVD player without the delays.

2. My video source is a DLP projector displaying on a 92-inch screen.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By C. Poole on March 15, 2010
First the good stuff: This is a nice looking unit that does a really good job of playing videos off of an attached USB drive. I originally bought the unit so that I could rip my kids' movies onto a USB drive and break the cycle of turning all of their DVDs into scratched-up $20 coasters. The user interface on this unit was simple enough that my illeterate 4 year old son was able to easily power it up and navigate to any DVD without issues. You have to manually download the DVD cover images, but that's easy and everything works well with any type of file I could put onto my USB drive. YOu just navigate to the image of the DVD and hit play and then it looks just like you put a DVD in your regular player - you have full access to all of the menus, subtitles, etc...

The good:
- Plays just about any file type from an attached drive
- DVDs are easy enough for a 4 yr old to to play, and you can preserve the menu & subtitle functionality. (Huge advantage over the WD)
- Navigation for directly attached movies is a snap. Just find the cover art and hit play.
- Supports PlayOn for NetFlix streaming.
- I like how a small 2.5" seagate hard drive can dock directly into the unit without wires. Makes for a cleaner looking setup and makes it much easier to remove / replace the drive.
- My home movies are all raw 1080i m2t files, and this unit plays them like a charm.

The bad stuff: Streaming from the network is clunky. The interface is cumbersome when navigating to networked media and a lot of files would not play well over the network. I'm using Cat5e etherenet cabling and gigabit hardware with still not a lot of luck. I have another media extender (WD) that streams content just fine on the same hardwired connection.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Doyle on December 15, 2009
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For my purposes this unit offers advantages over the Western Digital player.

- It plays DVD's ripped to the hard drive (menus work !)

- Fast Forward and Rewind does not cause the unit to hang up as with the WD player

- The remote control is sized for an adults hands unlike the very small WD remote

- The remote has a volume control and mute button (missing on the WD remote)

- Component output as well as HDMI and composite

- Plays the new format Microsoft Windows 7 media center files

Things that could be improved

- The remote control is a wimp - must be pointed exactly at player

- Fast forward on Media Center files is limited to 2X which is not fast enough for commerical skipping.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By poddie on October 20, 2009
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I've been waiting for this new revision of the FreeAgent Theater device for a while now. The older unit was tempting, but did not support h264, making it nearly useless for my purposes. In addition, it did not have HDMI output so you needed to use a componant connection which was not ideal.

My equipment consists of:

iPod Classic 120GB
Xbox 360
Windows Home Server

I wanted a solution that would allow me to encode videos that could be placed on the Home Server, synced to the iPod, and streamed to the Xbox. I am using HandBrake to encode the videos. The combination of the three products above works for this scenario, but the Xbox is not the ideal media streaming device IMO. It's loud, consumes a fair amount of power, and you seem to have to sign in to your Xbox account to view h264 encoded videos. In addition, I find the video quality on playback to be fairly choppy with h264 files. It's not my network connection (wired gigabit).

So I purchased this new version of the FreeAgent Theater and so far it looks like a real winner. The device itself is VERY slick.

Video quality is excellent. It has HDMI and allows resolutions up to 1080p. h264 video playback is much smoother than on the Xbox 360... I don't get the same jerkiness, especially during pans. You have to be careful while comparing to make sure you are using the same files as bitrate and many other factors obviously have a large effect on this. But the FreeAgent seems to handle the files with aplomb.

Some various other concerns I was pleased to find addressed:

- When one video in a folder completes, it automatically starts playing the next. This is essential IMO, expecially for TV series.

- It supports multiple audio tracks.
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