Seagate adds Paramount movies to drives

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
  • 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

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. 

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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”.

HAHA loser I already have those movies now wheres the pron version

Next thing they'll do is fill the drive with 4 hours of commercials and run a locked player, forcing you to watch it all before you can format the thing.

my laptop had the same 'free movie included' offer. You were required to be on a xp/vista pc, install wmp11 and then register on movie studio site with all your personal info. The reward was one unlocked movie.. unlocked. once. at less than dvd quality. reinstall windows, goodbye.

This isn't the first time this type of strategy has been tried (although the previous time it was memory cards, or perhaps USB flash drives). It failed before, and it probably will again.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
If somebody wants to pirate the movie that bad why go through the effort when it can be torrented probably even faster? lol

In better quality to boot.

necrosis said,
mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sdc1

Thanks a lot you just erased all of the data on my critical backup. Now I'm going to have to spend the next few days trying recovery... :@

Seagate has fallen from their perch. For me, it has lost it's credibility after the immense majority of their 7200.09 (IIRC) generation drives were loaded with bad firmware. They took the drives back and flashed with new firmware, but wow, I have been using Western Digital since. On top of that, they don't warranty their OEM drives for 5 years anymore!

Maybe this is a sign that Seagate has fallen far from their perch. I guess they are no longer the super HDD maker they were 5 years ago when they graced for cover the business magazines.

They are now forced to resort to the same crappy tactics that got OEMs in trouble with computers all these years. Useless bloat bundling...

The user pays for the drive and they've already sold some of that user's space without asking him/her. On top of that the movies aren't free! Seriously...

Oh God, kill me now. But I guess when it gets cracked after the first week and we get free movies that will be great. but why the **** do I want to new drive to be "pre loaded" will at this ****.

warwagon said,
Oh God, kill me now. But I guess when it gets cracked after the first week and we get free movies that will be great. but why the **** do I want to new drive to be "pre loaded" will at this ****.

My thoughts exactly.

It's an interesting -- well, new concept but... no.

Edited by svnO.o, Apr 12 2010, 7:35pm :

warwagon said,
Oh God, kill me now. But I guess when it gets cracked after the first week and we get free movies that will be great. but why the **** do I want to new drive to be "pre loaded" will at this ****.

Agreed. More crap to have to delete...

warwagon said,
Oh God, kill me now. But I guess when it gets cracked after the first week and we get free movies that will be great. but why the **** do I want to new drive to be "pre loaded" will at this ****.
This kind of bundling is getting more and more annoying every time. I recently purchased several WD Passport Essentials HDD's just to find that it came with an extra partition with the backup software and shown as an extra drive letter. You had to download an utility to hide that letter/partition and if you connect the drive for the first time, Windows will tell you that it can't install the driver for that hidden partition.

Just make the backup software portable and put it on the root of the drive. If the user formats the drive (as I always do), everyone can restore the backup software. Make the software to check for a serial or something to prevent its piracy if you need to, but stop this!

To bundle movies if useless. People will format the drives and forget about the movies. I just hope they don't put more extra stuff like partitions, letters etc to accommodate the movies...

warwagon said,
Oh God, kill me now. But I guess when it gets cracked after the first week and we get free movies that will be great. but why the **** do I want to new drive to be "pre loaded" will at this ****.

Why would anyone waste their time cracking this? There ARE other sources for these movies...

ajua said,
This kind of bundling is getting more and more annoying every time. I recently purchased several WD Passport Essentials HDD's just to find that it came with an extra partition with the backup software and shown as an extra drive letter. You had to download an utility to hide that letter/partition and if you connect the drive for the first time, Windows will tell you that it can't install the driver for that hidden partition.

Just make the backup software portable and put it on the root of the drive. If the user formats the drive (as I always do), everyone can restore the backup software. Make the software to check for a serial or something to prevent its piracy if you need to, but stop this!

To bundle movies if useless. People will format the drives and forget about the movies. I just hope they don't put more extra stuff like partitions, letters etc to accommodate the movies...

Count yourself lucky. I received an HP drive as a gift (would never buy one of their products on my own), and there was NO WAY OF REMOVING THE OTHER PARTITION.

I ended up smashing the thing open (flimsy plastic shell anyways), recovering the hard drive, and sticking it in a new enclosure. Once freed from the hp sata-usb controller board, the drive formatted to a single partition just fine.

I have also recommended the gift giver avoid any HP products from now on.

warwagon said,
Oh God, kill me now. But I guess when it gets cracked after the first week and we get free movies that will be great. but why the **** do I want to new drive to be "pre loaded" will at this ****.

Who would waste time cracking this when you could just pirate the movies elsewhere much easier?

Pay $10-14 for a low-def flic? Why?
NetFlix (for example) has better def, and it's way cheaper [fixed monthly fee for unlimited rental... streaming anyway].
A blu-ray *may* be worth up to $14 [depending on content +/- features], but nothing else is.

Recon415 said,
What happens when the purchaser just formats the hard drive before installing Windows?

Doubt people would install any OS on an external hdd.

Recon415 said,
What happens when the purchaser just formats the hard drive before installing Windows?
They lose the movies obviously.

xiphi said,

Doubt people would install any OS on an external hdd.

Why wouldn't they (other than some degradation in speed)? Its a good way to have multiple OSs on your computer without having to open it up.