New Seagate drive streams video to Chromecast, Apple TV and more

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Let’s face it: Hard drives aren’t sexy. Seagate thinks it can spice things up though, launching its new Seagate Personal Cloud drives on Sunday. With the addition of wireless capabilities to the drives, you can stream content stored on the them to various screens around your home.

The [company]Seagate[/company] Personal Cloud, available in 3TB, 4TB, and 5TB capacities, connects to a wireless router using an integrated Wi-Fi radio. Don’t worry, you can use these with traditional USB cables as well. Once the drive is on your network however, you can stream digital content from it to any supported device on your network using Seagate’s mobile application.

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And the list of supported devices is quite long, including [company]Google[/company]’s Chromecast, [company]Apple[/company] TV (via AirPlay), Roku, various smart TVs and BluRay players, iPhones, iPads, Android devices, [company]Amazon[/company] Kindle tablets, and Windows computers in addition to DLNA devices such as the [company]Sony[/company] PlayStation 3 and 4, as well as [company]Microsoft[/company]’s Xbox One and 360.

Seagate said the new Personal Cloud drives start at $169.99 for the 3 TB model which is available direct from the company’s online store and will be on retail shelves later this month.

While there are no lack of hard drives you can hang off your wireless router, most of them are tethered over USB and therefore have to be near the router. Using Wi-Fi removes that location requirement and makes it a little easier to get at your stored content from any device on the same network.

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Tom Thurston

Do we know what upnp/dona sharing app is being used? Twonky on Linksys wifi routers with usb hard drives attached had a paltry 8,000 file limitation hard-coded. Which, if you add a single music track as a file, means only a small library of music and videos can really be shared. Any specs known yet?

Joe

The PS4 does not currently support DLNA. It’s predecessor did, but not this one. It’s one of the few things about the new console that I don’t like.

robisinho

I managed to get a deal on a Backup Plus Desktop 5TB for $155 incl. tax+shipping — but for only $20 more and getting wifi + media streaming service, I’m kinda envious.

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