Oct 04, 2004

Dream Multimedia Exclusively Recommends Seagate Consumer Electronics Hard Disc Drives

MUNICH, Germany -

Dream Multimedia, a leading provider of Linux-based set-top boxes based in Lunen, Westphalia, is exclusively recommending Seagate's consumer electronics (CE) hard drives for use in its Dreambox DM 7000 and in its new DM 7020 and DM 7080 models which are scheduled for release this autumn.

Dream supplies its dealers with empty housings into which the dealers then install their customers' choice of Seagate CE hard drives, which are currently available with capacities up to 160 GB and will soon be available with up to 400 GB . In this way, Dream and Seagate can ensure that end users get first-class storage media in their set-top boxes. Seagate's CE hard drives - U Series 9 and Barracuda CE - feature low power usage and quiet motors. They also offer high reliability and optimized streaming performance.

Set-top box applications are sensitive to using too much power and generate irritating background noise when in operation. Seagate's CE drives use innovative fluid-bearing motor technology that makes them almost completely silent and barely audible when in operation. The drives are also optimized for audio/video streaming. For Dream Multimedia, Seagate?s CE hard drives offer the advantage that the company no longer has to test non-CE hard drives for their performance capabilities. Dream simply knows that the Seagate CE drives can be used in the Dreambox DM 7000 and subsequent models.

Dream will market two models of the CE hard drives (120 GB and 160 GB) to its distributors and via specialized dealers. The price of the Seagate drives will be in-line with that of standard consumer electronics drives.

Dream's managing director, Tim Ziemann, said, "We're very pleased to be working with Seagate. We know we can use their CE hard drives in our Dreambox with no problems. Their low power consumption and silent operation will ensure that our users can enjoy undisturbed TV viewing."

Hans-Dieter Blaser, executive director, EMEA Sales and Marketing at Seagate, says, "By drawing on our long-standing relationships with our customers, we have developed hard drives that offer precisely the functionality that CE manufacturers need. And that has allowed us to secure a key position in the consumer electronics market. Thanks to our affiliation with Dream, we can now offer customers numerous advantages when it comes to keeping on top of the latest options for digital entertainment and taking full advantage of the new digital world."

About Dream Multimedia

Even though Dream-Multimedia-TV GmbH located in Luenen/Westphalia was established only three years ago, the name has already become a trade mark for innovative hardware and software solutions in the range of digital TV.

Dream's flagship product is the Linux-based Set-Top-Box DM 7000. Due to its flexibility in times of converging medias Dream Multimedia has not only formed a user friendly quality product, but also a brand name. With USB-interface, network compatibility and an expandable hard disk the DM 7000 unites TV-, PVR-and PV-technologie in one device. The worldwide network of hardware and software developers ensures, that in future Dream Multimedia will remain the innovative pacemaker of the digital TV in Germany for the forseeable future.

About Seagate

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. The company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

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