SOURCE: Archos, Inc.

January 07, 2008 09:00 ET

ARCHOS Brings Widgets and Games to Generation 5 Portable Media Players

Customize Your Wireless ARCHOS Player With Useful Widgets, Popular Playin'TV Games, and Thousands of Flash Games With New Web Plug-In

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 7, 2008) - ARCHOS takes its content offering a step further today by announcing the availability of Opera® Widgets, popular, interactive Playin'TV Games, and support for Flash games for the ARCHOS 605 WiFi, 705 WiFi and ARCHOS TV+. With one touch of the Widgets icon on the main menu of your ARCHOS Generation 5 WiFi device, you can test your basketball or Texas Hold'em playing skills, play a quick round of your favorite Flash Web game, or check your local weather before stepping out for the day.

Anywhere Access to Fun and Useful Web Services

ARCHOS Generation 5 WiFi devices provide consumers with hundreds of useful and fun Web services. Provided by Opera, widgets are free with the latest ARCHOS firmware update, and accessible through the Widgets folder on the main menu of the device. The ARCHOS Widgets pack contains seven popular widgets: calculator, weather forecast, news reader, currency converter, password protector, note writer and unit converter. You can easily download more widgets from Opera in mere seconds from the "Get More Widgets" tab directly on the device.

ARCHOS Brings Gaming to its WiFi Devices

ARCHOS provides access to two types of game offerings for 605 WiFi, 705 WiFi and TV+ customers: Playin'TV Games and Flash games. Playin'TV, the Visiware Games channel, is the most broadcasted interactive game channel in the world, and ARCHOS features two bundled game packs for $9.99 that users can download directly from the ARCHOS Content Portal on the device or from the ARCHOS website. Playin'TV Game packs include sports challenges, such as Golf Practice and 3 Pointer Basketball, and strategy games such as Poker: Texas No Limit, and Solitaire Klondike.

In addition to the game packs, ARCHOS' Generation 5 WiFi devices also support the thousands of Flash games available free online. ARCHOS customers simply download their favorite Flash games from the Web onto the device, and the games are automatically stored in the Flash Games folder within the Widgets icon on the player. To play Flash Games on the device, you must have the Web Plug-In installed ($20), which provides Flash and streaming support on the players.

"With the introduction of games and widgets to our Gen 5 WiFi devices, ARCHOS is delivering on its promise of entertainment your way, and allowing our users to customize their entertainment and Web services," said Henri Crohas, ARCHOS founder and CEO. "We are thrilled to extend our content offering to the world of Flash games, hundreds of Opera Widgets and well-designed Playin'TV Games, giving ARCHOS fans immediate access to fresh new content."

More information on these games and widgets are available on the ARCHOS Web site at www.archos.com.

ARCHOS at CES 2008

ARCHOS Generation 5 products will be demonstrated in various media events and partner booths at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2008. ARCHOS will showcase its complete product line in private meetings and at the ShowStoppers media event Monday, January 7, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Wynn Hotel. ARCHOS' partners demonstrating the company's products include CinemaNow in the North Hall, #6638MP; EchoStar in the Central Hall, Booth #9020; Opera in the Sands Convention Center, #70440MP; Texas Instruments in the Central Hall, Booth #8205, and Wynit in the South Hall, Booth #3-31573.

Additionally, Larry Smith, ARCHOS COO, will speak on the panel "Movies, TV & Video Programming to the Consumer -- All Video All the Time: Broadband, IPTV, DVD & Mobile" Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Digital Hollywood at CES.

About ARCHOS

ARCHOS introduced the hard-drive-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000, and since that time has revolutionized consumer electronics devices. The company introduced the portable video player in 2003 and was the first to bring TV recording, wireless and touch screens to the portable media player. ARCHOS' award-winning products let consumers enjoy movies, photos, video, music and television anytime, anywhere. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is quoted on Compartment C of Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. More information is available online at www.archos.com.

Contact Information

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