SOURCE: Archos, Inc.

April 22, 2008 16:30 ET

ARCHOS Announces Global Content Relationship With Paramount Digital Entertainment

Paramount Pictures Titles to Be Pre-Loaded on the ARCHOS TV+ for Immediate Viewing Without Download

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - ARCHOS announces today a global relationship with Paramount Digital Entertainment that brings hundreds of Paramount movies to ARCHOS Portable Media Players (PMPs), allowing consumers to watch favorite movies such as "Cloverfield," "Shooter," and "Beowulf" on the go or in the living room. Covering North America and major countries in Europe, the Paramount library will be both preloaded onto the ARCHOS TV+ WiFi Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for one-click viewing on the TV, and available directly from ARCHOS portable devices or online at www.archos.com.

Through the relationship, many Paramount Pictures titles will be preloaded onto the ARCHOS TV+ WiFi DVR for purchase and immediate playback -- without downloading. ARCHOS also announces it is expanding its content store to include Paramount movies. Currently comprising the ARCHOS Content Portal, the store offers thousands of movies and TV shows for ARCHOS portable devices -- downloaded wirelessly to the players or first to a PC or Mac. The expanded content store will launch this spring and will include more movies, TV shows, music, games and more. Specific content partners and store details will be unveiled this spring.

"ARCHOS is building an extensive global content store and our agreement with Paramount Digital Entertainment is a great step in giving our customers the latest entertainment content wherever they go," said Henri Crohas, ARCHOS founder and CEO. "Accessing favorite movies, TV shows or games is an important element in the anywhere entertainment lifestyle consumers have adopted. ARCHOS remains the only company providing a way to download this content wirelessly to a portable player, and is providing the easiest access to content through our combined store and award-winning wireless devices."

"ARCHOS is creating advanced solutions including smart pre-loading features that support our strategy to develop alternative digital distribution channels," states Thomas Lesinski, President, Paramount Digital Entertainment. "ARCHOS has the technical strength, retail credibility and robust consumer ecosystem to deliver our content in the most flexible way digital consumers want it."

ARCHOS Unveils Anywhere Entertainment Products for Generation 5 Line

ARCHOS announced separately today a host of new software and services that enhance the entertainment value of their Generation 5 line. The new ARCHOS GPS In-Car Holder for the 605 WiFi brings entertainment and navigation together in one device for consumers for the ultimate road trip companion. Additionally, ARCHOS wireless PMPs are the only devices to support the new Adobe Flash Player 9, letting consumers enjoy nearly every online video and Flash game available on the Web. Finally, the new TVportation feature brings live television streamed from the ARCHOS TV+ to any wireless-enabled device, including ARCHOS players, smartphones, laptops and computers anywhere in the world.

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 B of Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. More information is available online at www.archos.com.

About Paramount Digital Entertainment

Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) is a division of Paramount Pictures Corporation. PDE develops and distributes filmed entertainment across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices, videogames, virtual worlds and emerging technologies.

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, DreamWorks, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Allison Vano
    Concept Communications for ARCHOS
    1-858-722-5616
    Email Contact

    Jodi Lederman
    Paramount Digital Entertainment
    1-310-887-0742 phone
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