Seagate FreeAgent Theater+HD review

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+HD Networked Media Player
The Seagate Freeagent Theater+HD is one of a long line of Realtek chip based networked media players (also known as digital media adaptors, media receivers, media streamers, and probably others). These players allow you to watch any movies you have on your computer or USB hard drive on your TV.

While all the Realtek based players are priced and perform quite similarly, this one has a unique feature. It lets you dock a FreeAgent Go drive, and play any media you have on that. However, unlike the more expensive Popcorn Hour or the Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite, these do not have the typical Living Room Equipment design.

Setting up the FreeAgent Theater+ is quite easy. You simply connect this player to your TV using an HDMI cable if you have a recent HDTV, or using component cables if you have one of the early HDTVs or a Standard Definition TV, it also has a composite connection (the AV out) if your TV does not have any of the other connections. One niggle here is that they do not provide an HDMI cable, but they do provide the other two including a Scart adapter for the AV/Composite connection.

If your movies are on a USB Hard Drive or Flash/Thumb Drive you can connect that to either the front or back USB port. As previously mentioned, you can dock a FreeAgent Go hard drive to the dock.
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Netgear EVA 9000 Media Streamer

Netgear is due to release a new model in their Digital Entertainment Elite Media Streamer range of products.

Netgear is due to release a new model in their Digital Entertainment Elite Media Streamer series of products. For the uninitiated, these let you to watch movies from your computer and from the web on your TV through a wired or wireless network.

Netgear EVA 9000
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Web Video on your TV

There’s a new box on its way that lets you watch internet video on your TV without the need for a computer in between!

… without a computer in between!

All you need is a tiny box that plugs into your TV. With it you get to watch video from various video sources including directly from web sources.
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Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 2: Music, Movies & TV

There are plenty of applications in GNU/Linux for playing music or watching movies and TV, and many of them will work perfectly fine on old computers that choke on the simplest of tasks in Windows XP.

There are plenty of applications in GNU/Linux for playing music or watching movies and TV, and many of them will work perfectly fine on old computers that choke on the simplest of tasks in Windows XP. Continue reading “Desktop Applications for GNU/Linux – Part 2: Music, Movies & TV”