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Seagate Hard Drive To Come Preloaded With Movies

April 12, 2010

Paramount, a Viacom Inc. unit, will soon offer some of its movies preloaded on Seagate external hard drive devices, which would be the first deal of its kind.

This arrangement comes at a time when movie studios are exploring new methods of distribution during declining DVD sales and traditional rental outlets.

Many studios are now working with companies like Netflix and Apple’s iTunes for fans to have the ability to stream movies directly from the Internet.

Most industry watchers expect TV shows and movies to be delivered through services like Hulu, YouTube or the media companies’ own websites.

The new FreeAgent Go 500 gigabyte hard drive will contain 21 preloaded movies, including “Star Trek (2009).”  Users will be able to unlock access to the other 20 movies after paying for a passcode, which will be priced between $9.99 and $14.99.  Other titles like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “GI Joe” will be amongst the group.

According to Seagate executives, the device, which only works with Microsoft Windows-compatible computers, can hold up to 200 movies.

Computer users generally use hard drives like the one Seagate is offering to back-up their computers and keep family photos, music and video clips safe.

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