Seagate wireless drive can now stream to Roku set-top box

<i>Computerworld</i> review finds, though, that the Wireless Plus drive isn't without its flaws

Seagate Technology today announced a new tool that can connect the Seagate Central personal cloud storage service or Seagate Wireless Plus hard drive to a Roku streaming player.

The new Seagate Media Channel on Roku allows pictures, video and music saved to a Seagate Central cloud service or Seagate Wireless Plus to be streamed to the Roku box.

Roku has created a channel for Seagate's Wireless Plus hard drive to stream media to it

"While Roku provides more than 1,500 channels, the new Seagate channel will enable consumers to also easily access owned content, including music, home videos, photos, and licensed movies from the same interface," Seagate said in a statement.

The Seagate Media Channel on Roku also allows browsing of content on the drive with cover art for movies, albums, song titles for music and thumbnails for photos.

The Seagate Wireless Plus hard drive with SATA cable and connector (Source: Lucas Mearian

The Seagate Wireless Plus drive comes with up to a terabyte of capacity.

Computerworld reviewed the Seagate Wireless Plus hard drive and found it was at times difficult to use and limited when it comes to Wi-Fi bandwidth, with only 150Mbps maximum throughput.

Once the wireless connection is lost to the Wireless Plus drive, it does not automatically reconnect. So taking the drive out of range of the Roku box isn't recommended while video or music is streaming to it.

Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at Twitter @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed. His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.

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