Seagate drives to come with movies preloaded

In the first deal of its kind, Seagate is to start selling external hard drives with Paramount movies preloaded.

The 500GB FreeAgent Go ultra-portable hard drive will only offer one movie for free – Star Trek (2009). A further 20 can be unlocked for a fee of between $9.99 and $14.99, and the device can hold up to 200 altogether.

The films will be licensed for multiple devices including Windows PCs and widescreen televisions, using the company’s FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player.

“Seagate and Paramount Pictures are delivering major motion pictures to consumers in a unique and innovative solution, said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s executive vice president for sales, marketing and product line management.

“For years Seagate hard drives have been powering the devices that allow consumers to enjoy their digital libraries. Today, we are simplifying content delivery by giving consumers the ultimate flexibility in how they enjoy their movies all in a convenient package.”

Other preloaded titles include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, GI Joe and Shooter.

“With over 38 hours of movie viewing enjoyment pre-loaded onto the portable device, we are offering consumers a great opportunity to jump start their digital libraries,” said Malik Ducard, Paramount’s senior vice president for digital distribution.

The drive is available in the US immediately.