April 14th, 2010, 04:16 AM #1
External Hard Drive Comes With Movies.Seagate Drives Come With Movies on Board
Apr 13, 2010 7:07 am
Hard drive manufacturer Seagate has teamed with Paramount Pictures to preload more than 38 hours of Paramount movies on select portable storage drives. The offer, which is available immediately with specially marked 500GB FreeAgent Go hard drives, includes only one free movie--a copy of Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams--but the other titles can be unlocked by paying $9.99 to $14.99 for each movie.
Innovative Concept or Premium Crapware?
It's hard to know what to make of this offer from Seagate and Paramount. On the one hand, it sounds like the companies are making it easier for you to purchase and access legitimate copies of premium movie titles. Then again, this offer also reminds of me that much-hated Windows tradition known as crapware. For the uninitiated, crapware (also known as "trialware") is the numerous trial programs that come pre-installed on many new Windows computers, and can often slow down your new computer's performance right out of the box.
So for Windows users, preloading devices of any kind with extra content or programs could be met with frustration or anger. Then again, this isn't your usual crapware offering anti-virus protection or music streaming capabilities, this is premium crapware that may prove popular with users. Let's face it, people like movies, and if your favorite movie happens to be loaded on your brand new hard drive, then why not go ahead and get it? Especially if it's only $9.99.
Hmmm..There may be some way of massaging what is now a dopey idea due to lack of choice of movies on board to something better.
Maybe flash thumbdrives are a better vehicle so you can pick your movie, like SW sold on thumbdrives.
Except for the freebie movie to differentiate their drives from all the others on the market, I can't see this going anywhere.
But with some tweaking...who knows?
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