An Industry First: Seagate offers FreeAgent Go Hard Drives preloaded with Paramount Pictures' Feature Films

Apr 12, 2010

Today, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX ), the worldwide leader in hard drives, and Paramount Digital Entertainment, a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, announced their agreement to preload a selection of 500GB FreeAgent Go™ ultra-portable hard drives with Paramount movies. Beginning immediately, United States’ customers who purchase specially marked packages of the award-winning FreeAgent Go ultra-portable hard drive will be able to activate Paramount Pictures’ popular film, Star Trek(2009), for no additional fee. This collaboration between two industry leaders underscores a new era in digital movie collecting by enabling people to build, store and enjoy their personal libraries of favourite films on their preferred medium — whether on the computer or the TV — at home and on the go.

In addition to Star Trek(2009), those who have purchased the specially marked hard drives also receive an assortment of 20 Paramount Pictures movies preloaded on the FreeAgent Go 500GB ultra-portable drives that can be unlocked easily and securely through the online purchase of a licence key. The films will be licensed for multiple devices to allow for portability and enjoyment of them on a desktop computer, laptop computer or widescreen television, using the FreeAgent Theater™ HD media player¹.

“Seagate and Paramount Pictures are delivering major motion pictures to consumers in a unique and innovative solution. 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,” said Dave Mosley, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management, Seagate.

To take advantage of this special offer, simply purchase a specially marked 500GB FreeAgent Go ultra-portable drive from Seagate.com, or wherever Seagate FreeAgent Go portable hard drives are sold. After online registration of the drive, a promotional code will be provided for redemption at http://seagate.paramountshop.com. Redeeming the offer code provides the licence key to unlock Star Trek (2009) and the option to purchase additional keys to unlock the remaining film titles that are preloaded on the drive.

A choice of up to 20 popular Paramount titles can be unlocked for a fee² including:

  • 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

“Collaborating with Seagate on this massive movie preload reinforces our commitment to embrace technologies that give consumers choice and flexibility in how they access and purchase their digital entertainment. Paramount Digital Entertainment has created a powerful solution that allows companies such as Seagate to offer a seamless experience for consumers to access and securely activate preloaded movies, ensuring that exciting films are available everywhere they wish to enjoy them,” said Malik Ducard, Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution, The Americas, Paramount Digital Entertainment.

“And with over 38 hours of movie viewing enjoyment preloaded on to portable device, we are offering consumers a great opportunity to jump start their digital libraries.”

About Paramount Digital Entertainment

Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) is a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation. PDE develops and distributes filmed entertainment across worldwide digital distribution platforms, including online, mobile and portable devices, video games, and emerging technologies.

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies.  PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group and Worldwide Television Distribution.

About Seagate

Seagate is the worldwide leader in hard disc drives and storage solutions. Learn more at http://www.seagate.com.

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¹The ability to play any unlocked Paramount film on Seagate’s FreeAgent Theater HD media player will be enabled with a free firmware update scheduled to be available in late April 2010.

²Additional movie title MSRP varies from US$9.99 to US$14.99. Titles are subject to availability.