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
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
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.