Seagate and Paramount have partnered up to preload 20 Paramount movies on Seagate's FreeAgent Go drives, according to The Inquirer. Each movie will cost $9.99 - $14.99 to unlock. They will also include Star Trek (2009) which will be free to customers who purchase the drive.
The system will work using licence keys. The user purchases licence keys to unlock films to watch as many times as they like. The Inquirer does note that you need to be running Windows and Internet Explorer with Silverlight installed to view the website correctly. Furthermore you may only download the movie once if you lose it, after that you're on your own.
Malik Ducard, senior vice-president of Paramount Digital Entertainment stated, "We have teamed up to create what we think is a unique offering that will help jumpstart the creation of digital home movie collections”.
Here are the titles that are preloaded on the FreeAgent Go;
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- GI Joe
- The Hunt for Red October
- The Italian Job (2003)
- Patriot Games
- Enemy at the Gates
- The Spiderwick Chronicles
- The Love Guru
- Coach Carter
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
- Nacho Libre
- Jackass 2.5
- A Plumm Summer
- Dance Flick
- Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
This is the first time a hard disk manufacturer has teamed up with a film studio. It's unknown whether this move will hugely benefit the two parties involved, or turn out to be another failed experiment.