Going a step beyond some flash drives we have seen pre-loaded with the latest Hollywood flick, Seagate will soon be selling some external hard drives loaded with a bunch of movies. The movies will be locked with DRM though, requiring a $10-$15 charge to access. The advertising campaign will take up about 1/10 of the drive's 500GB capacity, with 21 films.
The movies can be erased if you don't want to spend the big bucks unlocking them. They are stored in a high-definition format, taking up about 2.1 GB each, compressed. The movies are the latest from the Hollywood movie machine, Paramount, with such big titles as Star Trek (which is offered as a free unlock bonus), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, G.I Joe, Shooter, and similar. We assume this means that the hard drive is also pre-formatted, and pre-partioned.
The movies will be offered on the FreeAgent Go HDD line. These are USB compatible portable hard drives.
Paying $10-$15 for a digital copy of a movie seems a bit steep, but perhaps there are those what cave in to the convenience of having the films immediatly available. For the rest of us, the movies will no doubt be quickly deleted to free up the space.