SOURCE: Archos, Inc.

January 07, 2008 09:00 ET

Archos Introduces Wireless Digital Video Recorder With Ability to Transfer TV Recordings to Portable Players

New ARCHOS TV+ WiFi DVR Brings Your Movies, TV Shows, Photos, Music, Online Videos and Internet Directly to Your TV and Transfers Recordings to Portable Devices

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 7, 2008) - ARCHOS today announced the ARCHOS TV+, the first WiFi Digital Video Recorder (DVR) that is both a TV recording device and wireless receiver for enjoying all types of digital media on your home television. With a 250GB hard drive, and a connection to the home computer and Internet, the ARCHOS TV+ unleashes your entertainment so that you can enjoy where, when and whatever you want.

The TV in the home maintains its position as the top entertainment hub for consumers; however, with digital media devices and compelling new online content, consumers believe that portability is a crucial slice of the entertainment experience. ARCHOS combines these two trends with its ARCHOS TV+ -- a WiFi DVR that lets you surf the Web; stream music, photos and more from a computer to your TV using a home network; download movies wirelessly from the Internet; and record up to 700 hours of TV programming.

Consumers also can connect their ARCHOS TV+ via USB 2.0 or Ethernet and experience high-speed transfers of TV recordings from the ARCHOS TV+ to any ARCHOS Generation 3, 4 or 5 portable media player (PMP). Using this method, a two-hour movie can be transferred to an ARCHOS player in less than two minutes, unleashing your entertainment to go wherever life takes you.

"ARCHOS was already in the business of providing entertainment your way, and we thought that the most natural segue for us was to give consumers the ultimate DVR that combines the PC, TV, video recorder, wireless receiver and portable player very easily," said Henri Crohas, founder and CEO of ARCHOS. "Now ARCHOS touches every area of the digital home, ensuring a consumer's favorite content is acquired from and experienced wherever they want."

Easiest Access to Content -- Inside the Home or On the Road

The ARCHOS TV+ can store up to 250GB of digital files -- more than 700 hours of video -- and provides access to a personalized on-screen TV Program Guide to schedule recordings for playback when you want. More than just a video recorder, the ARCHOS TV+ is a comprehensive entertainment portal, giving consumers six ways to enjoy content from the living room and beyond:

-- Surf -- The ARCHOS TV+ makes it easy to enjoy the full Internet on your home TV with the free Opera® Web browser. You can surf the Web, check online email, use widgets, and watch Internet videos and more, right on your widescreen TV.

-- Stream -- Free your videos, music and photos from the confines of your PC or Mac by enjoying it on your TV using a home wireless or Ethernet connection and the ARCHOS TV+.

-- Download -- Access the ARCHOS Content Portal to download movies and music from sites such as CinemaNow. The ARCHOS Content Portal lets you search for, purchase, rent and download the latest Hollywood hits from the Internet, for enjoyment on your TV or portable player.

-- Record -- With a fully integrated ARCHOS TV Program Guide, the ARCHOS TV+ connects easily to the TV and home networking set-up and records in high quality (VGA resolution, 640 x 480), and multiple TV outputs, including HDMI output.

-- Synch -- Transfer hundreds of hours of movies or TV recordings directly from the ARCHOS TV+ to your Generation 3, 4 or 5 ARCHOS PMP using USB 2.0.

Accessories, Plug-Ins and Multiple Storage Capacities

The ARCHOS TV+ comes with a QWERTY-keyboard remote control -- a sleek, super-functional, palm-sized tool with intuitive button placement for easy Internet surfing and typing. The DVR features two hard drive capacities -- 80GB and 250GB -- offering enough storage to hold more than 700 hours of video programming. Additionally, you can personalize your ARCHOS TV+ with extra features, formats, software and fun:

-- Cinema Plug-In: Play movies in MPEG-2/VOB format with AC3 sound (5.1-surround sound). Copy and paste your DVD movies from your computer to your ARCHOS and select your language and subtitle for convenient playback.

-- Video Podcast Plug-In: Play video podcasts in H.264, MPEG4 format and AAC audio files.

-- Web Plug-In: Get more out of your Web experience, including Flash support, streaming video, Visiware Games and more. With full Flash support, you can watch streaming video from sites like YouTube, Dailymotion and Google Video on your widescreen TV.

All Plug-Ins can be purchased and downloaded from www.archos.com or, more simply, click on the ARCHOS Content Portal icon on your ARCHOS TV+ to purchase and download directly from the ARCHOS store.

Pricing and Availability

The ARCHOS TV+ will be available in North America in January 2008 and will retail for $249.99 and $349.99 for the 80GB and 250GB models, respectively. Order information and customer support details are available from the ARCHOS Web site at www.archos.com.

ARCHOS at CES 2008

The ARCHOS TV+ and 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.

*1GB= 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity is less.

1/On average; Based on WVM 250 Kbits/s audio and 128 Kbits/s video, based on 3.5 mins/song & 64 kbits/s WMA and on JPEG, VGA.

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