Seagate Technology and PortoMedia, the leader in the emerging market for high-speed, secure digital content distribution to the home and to portable devices, announce today that Seagate’s Digital Audio Video Experience Technology Platform, that provides substantial wireless storage capacity for digital files, is now compatible with PortoMedia’s Movie Point Stations for quick and easy downloads of standard and high-definition digital content such as movies, TV programs, music and more.

This collaboration with Seagate and PortoMedia allows for consumers to download up to 12 high-definition movies or 50 standard definition movies onto the Seagate D.A.V.E. Technology Platform for easy transfer to various playback devices such as cell phones, PCs, laptops, set-top boxes, PMPs, and much more. A fully secure standard definition DVD quality movie can be downloaded from the PortoMedia Movie Point to the Seagate D.A.V.E. Technology Platform in approximately 17 seconds, and PortoMedia’s next generation product will allow users to download two HD movies in approximately 60 seconds. Each Movie Point Station is loaded with between 500 and 5,000 titles and is refreshed regularly via satellite/DSL with the latest movie and TV content. The consumer has the option of renting or purchasing content. The content is protected by Windows DRM, offering both security and compatibility with a wide range of playback devices.

“Seagate and PortoMedia have taken a huge step forward in making digital content distribution easy and accessible for consumers,” said Patrick King, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate’s Consumer Electronics Business Unit. “Seagate’s D.A.V.E technology enables wireless storage for many different applications, and digital content distribution is just one of them.”

“PortoMedia intends to open its Digital Fill-up stations to retailers, Telco’s, mobile operators and service providers and Seagate’s D.A.V.E. platform enables PortoMedia to interface with a large range of WiFi or Bluetooth enabled mobile handsets, Set-Top Box, PCs and Gaming devices. The D.A.V.E. device heralds a revolution in the personal wireless mobile server market accelerating Digital Fill-Up which will become a feature of the digital landscape starting in 2008,” said Chris Armstrong chairman & CEO of PortoMedia.

On-The-Go Unified Content Management
The increasing demand for mobile content requires innovative and easy-to-use solutions to allow you to take it all with you. There are one billion digital still and digital phone cameras in the world; in 2006 they accounted for 250 billion created images. According to Frost & Sullivan, the number of mobile video download subscribers will jump to nearly five million in 2010 as compared to roughly 250,000 mobile video download subscribers in 2006. Consumers want to manage this commercial and user-generated content, but how is this done? Using Bluetooth(1) or WiFi(2) and built for portability anywhere up to 30 feet (9.1 meters) from a mobile device, the Seagate D.A.V.E. mobile platform with 60GB of storage capacity provides consumers with a centralized hub to bring their primary digital content with them — all without sacrificing the look and feel of their mobile phone.