Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV review: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Wide range of codec support. Can take an internal GoFlex drive.

The Bad Can't take all sizes of internal GoFlex drives. Fails to really stand out.

The Bottom Line After a media streaming box that's largely identical to every other media streaming box? Say hello to the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV.

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Sitting underneath your TV and playing back AV files from either network or USB connected sources, media-streaming boxes have littered the consumer landscape in 2010. Seagate's FreeAgent GoFlex TV, in most respects, is just another one of those boxes. From a visual standpoint, that's all it is — a rather hollow-feeling box with network, HDMI, optical audio and a 3.5mm custom connector for other video outputs at the back. The remote control is of a style we can comfortably call "typical" for this type of device. It's small, but not credit-card sized. The buttons are squishy comfortable rubber, and like most remotes of this type you may have to intermittently jab at the controls to get them to do what you want.


The key selling point for the GoFlex TV is that it's compatible with Seagate's GoFlex 320GB and 500GB hard drives. Big deal, you might think, since it has a USB port on the side that could accommodate any given drive. But Seagate's thinking goes just a touch deeper than that. The GoFlex TV is internally hollow with a socket that matches the shape of the GoFlex drives exactly. In theory, you can drop the drive, sans interface cable, directly into the GoFlex TV.

Codec support from the GoFlex TV is nice and wide. At the time of writing, the GoFlex officially supported MKV, AVI, DivX, RMVB, WMV9, VC-1, MPEG-4 (XviD), FLV, MPEG-2 (VOB/ISO), XviD HD, MPEG-1, AVC HD, TS/TP/M2T, M2TS, H.264 and MOV files from a connected USB drive or over a network. If you connect up a network via the Ethernet port (there's no in-built Wi-Fi), you'll also get access to YouTube and many other online sites. But unlike the US GoFlex TV, the Australian version lags doesn't offer Netflix streaming support.


Far too many small streaming boxes feature plain ugly menus.Despite its limited availability, this is probably why we really appreciate the Apple TV. The GoFlex TV's menus aren't the worst we've seen, but for a device that can output at 1080p, they're quite grainy and lack pizzazz.

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Where to Buy

FreeAgent GoFlex TV - digital multimedia receiver

Part Number: STAJ100

Typical Price: $129.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Type remote control
  • Functionality digital audio playback
  • Digital Audio Format Dolby Digital output
  • Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital multimedia receiver