Rather than exploring strange new worlds or civilizations, Seagate and Paramount have recently teamed up to offer a strange new deal for film and portable hard drive enthusiasts. In what they claim is an industry first — I’ve yet to find evidence to the contrary — Seagate will be selling a selection of their 500 GB Free Agent Go portable hard drives pre-loaded with a selection of 20 Paramount films, including a free copy of J.J. Abram’s Star Trek.
The other films will remain locked, requiring a code which can be purchased for $10 to $15 a piece in order to view. I’m not really in the market for a digital copy of Nacho Libre, or G.I. Joe for that matter, but I kind of like idea of having a number of feature films readily available. On the other hand, they will take up roughly 50 GBs of hard drive space and I can imagine you might end up having to format the drive in order to remove them, potentially making this more trouble than it’s worth.
Still, a free copy of one of the best Trek films of all time might make it worth your while. It also helps that Seagate is currently selling the drives for a mere $99, when it retails for closer to $150 without the films included. If you ask me that’s a steal. For a full list of the titles that will be included, check out the official press release here.
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