"Meets Needs and Expectations"5.0 starson by tonyltalks
Pros: It is convienent for a lot of different uses. It has the capacities to work with different media servers such as PLAYON, VUZE . You can use media servers to stream your content which resides any network connected computer.
Cons: Native content is still limited but you do get Netflix and Youtube , Mediafly for Podcasts, and different photo websites. Not a broad range as the Roku channels but this product is still new. Hopefully there will be more content providers .
Summary: I'm networking five computers and several media devices. I have two Roku players and a D-Link NAS. Roku's are limited in that you can not use them to stream (natively) from your networked computer to your tv. A few content providers are working on this but hard to set up. Roku does not yet work with the media servers but The Seagate TV does. Note servers must meet computer requirements, but self contained units like the Roku and Seagate TV do not. There is a wider range of content providers on the Roku but media servers like PLAYON are increase their range of content. Content on PLAYON is more interesting and HULU is available, where as HULU is not available on the Roku. If you have a good computer system that exceeds the minmal computer reqirements you can serve more TV and Movie programs to the Seagate TV. Both Seagate and Roku have Youtube and Netflix which play very well. Roku has Amazon natively but you can get Amazon using PLAYON with the Seagate TV. (Amazon is good for renting or purchasing content somewaht newer that Netflix but Netflix seems to be catching up. If you are interesting in having a lot of podcasting services Roku offers more variety, but both Roku and Seagate do have Medifly. If you are interesting in viewing older TV shows you can find many on Netflix. I still like the Rockford Files, etc. But newer stuff can be rented or purchased on Amazon. But if you are cheap and don't mind the commercials then viewing newer stuff and older on Hulu might be for you, providing you use a media server like PlayOn . Just be aware that Hulu will be charging a monthly fee soon for certain content. Some content providers for Roku also charge a low monthly fee. Netflix charges $9 a month. For me I have two 30" flat screen TV's so most content from Roku and Seagate play well for me. I enjoy using the Seagate which allows me to serve my own content which I stream using the media servers and D-Link which also has a media server built in. They also have a softwhare based media server that also works well with Seagate. Although I haven't tried Linux based media servers they should also work well. The one that comes with Vuze for Linux should work very well (past experience with other devices).
Bottom line Seagate TV is a good device especially if an internet connected Blueray DVD player is not wanted and out of your price range. I am using a wired connection for my Seagate as it does not have WiFi built in. The WiFi adapter has to be specific to Seagate as it is advertized. I do have other adpters that are working with Linux based computers I have but have not yet tried them with the Seagate TV. I've been using the Seagate TV for a little more than a few weeks.