Seagate loads up hard drive with 21 movies

Hard disk maker Seagate has teamed up with Paramount Pictures so that it can load up its 500GB FreeAgent Go external hard drives with a veritable library of 21 movies.

You might think that’s a bit of a bargain when you consider that a 500GB FreeAgent Go only costs £78.60, and it is indeed too good to be true. Only one of the movies, Star Trek 2009, is ready to watch on the drive. The other 20 have to be “securely unlocked through the online purchase of a license [sic] key.” Until you do this, they’ll just take up space on your hard drive and you won’t be able to watch them.

As you would imagine, the WMV movie files are also loaded up with DRM to stop you using them freely on any device you want. That said, Seagate points out that the films are “licensed for multiple devices to allow for portability and enjoyment of them on a desktop computer, laptop computer, or widescreen television, using the FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player.”

HD, you say? Nope, Seagate’s FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player will indeed playback 1080p video, but the movie files on the hard drive are apparently standard resolution affairs. With a file size of around 3GB per movie, they should have a similar standard to your average single-layer DVD.

There’s no word on UK availability or pricing yet, but US customers will apparently have to pay between $9.99 and $14.99 to unlock each extra movie. You might think that you’d save yourself some money by unlocking one of these movies, rather than buying the DVD, seeing as Paramount doesn’t have to pay any manufacturing or distribution costs, but once again you’d be wrong.

As well as new titles such as Star Trek, the drive’s movie archive also includes older films such as Ghost. You know, the sorts of films that can be picked up for $9.49 in the US on a proper DVD that you can use in any DVD player without worrying about licensing restrictions.

The full list of films on the drive is as follows:

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • GI Joe
  • Shooter
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • The Italian Job (2003)
  • Ghost
  • Patriot Games
  • Beowulf
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • The Love Guru
  • Coach Carter
  • The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • Nacho Libre
  • Jackass 2.5
  • A Plumm Summer
  • Carriers
  • Dance Flick
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

If you’re in the US and daft enough to fancy picking up an external hard drive with a free DRM-ridden copy of Star Trek 2009, then you can purchase one directly from Seagate $99.99 here.