SOURCE: Archos, Inc.

November 20, 2007 13:39 ET

Whether on Holiday Vacation or Under the Tree, ARCHOS Video Players Are the Hottest Holiday Gadgets

Selected Best Portable Media Player by WIRED Magazine and CNET, the ARCHOS' 605 WiFi and New 705 WiFi Record TV Shows, Play Hundreds of Hours of Video, and Keep Your Digital Life in Your Pocket

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - November 20, 2007) - ARCHOS' Generation 5 WiFi portable media players (PMP) are the perfect companion for a digital life, wowing even the savviest gadget fan on your list this holiday season. The award-winning ARCHOS 605 WiFi has received accolades and recognition from top tech-savvy reviewers for its superior design, quality, performance, service and value, at just under $250. While the brand new ARCHOS 705 WiFi, available at retail and online beginning November 23, boasts the highest resolution of any PMP on the market with an impressive 7-inch touch-screen for pure digital enjoyment.

Impressive Gift for Anyone on Your Holiday List

According to the CEA's 14th Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Survey, an estimated $22 billion will be spent on holiday consumer electronic gifts this year, and for the third year in a row MP3 players ranked as the most desired gifts to receive. The design of the new ARCHOS 605 WiFi and 705 WiFi ensure their spot as the perfect gadget gifts, sporting sleek silver casings, thin form factors, kickstands, stereo speakers and the highest quality touch-screens.

Watch up to 150 Movies Wherever you Go

The ARCHOS 605 WiFi and 705 WiFi come in 80GB and 160GB capacity models, letting consumers load the players with up to 150 full-length DVD-quality(1) movies, thousands of songs, photos or personal videos. Together with the optional DVR Station Generation 5, the players record TV shows for playback wherever you are, and stream movies from the PC to the widescreen TV in the home. With the optional Web Browser plug-in, the players connect wirelessly to the Internet for surfing the Web, downloading movies, streaming YouTube videos, or checking Web email.

"The award-winning ARCHOS 605 WiFi and new 705 WiFi, both provide a truly unique offering that will delight and impress anyone on your gift list this holiday season," said Henri Crohas, founder and chief executive officer at ARCHOS. "These players raise the bar for PMPs and offer constant digital media pleasure all year round, by providing users with the ability to surf the Web, stream, download and browse content, and also record favorite TV programs and movies onto the handheld devices for traveling or just anywhere entertainment."

Easiest Access to Content

When used with the DVR Station Generation 5, the ARCHOS 605 WiFi and 705 WiFi become true mobile Digital Video Recorders (DVR), capable of recording DVDs or live TV, with options to schedule and record programs through the ARCHOS TV Program Guide. Consumers can easily acquire content four easy ways:

-- Record - With the DVR Station, the ARCHOS 705 WiFi and 605 WiFi are mobile video recorders, with a fully-integrated TV Program Guide. With one-touch recording or scheduling of favorite TV shows, the player lets you record and watch missed TV shows and catch up on favorite shows on the go.

-- Download - ARCHOS players provide the only way to download videos wirelessly from the Internet to the player without using a PC. The new ARCHOS Content Portal provides nearly one-touch access to favorite entertainment content. Consumers can purchase thousands of videos, including recently released movies, episodes of their favorite TV shows, independent films, music videos and more.

-- Surf - Use the wireless capability to connect to the Internet, surf Web sites, check webmail or watch online video.

-- Stream - Stream content wirelessly from the Internet from the home computer using the wireless connection in the home. Digital content stored on the computer can also be streamed out to the TV using the DVR Station Generation 5 or the mini dock.

Accessories, Plug-Ins and Customizable Storage Capacities

The ARCHOS 705WiFi and 605WiFi feature a host of plug-ins and accessories designed specifically for the Generation 5 line, include the Web Browser for accessing the full Internet, DVR Station Gen 5 for recording TV programs to the device, car headrest accessory for keeping the kids entertained in the car, and audio and video plug-ins that provide a full range of format support for viewing online video and listening to podcasts.

Pricing and Availability

The ARCHOS 705 WiFi will be available in North America this November and will retail for $399.99 for the 80GB model, and $499.99 for the 160GB model. The ARCHOS 605 WiFi is now available at retailers across North America, with pricing as follows: 4GB: $229.99, 30GB: $299.99, 80GB: $349.99, and 160GB: $399.99 (U.S. and Canada). Order information and customer support details are available from the ARCHOS Web site at www.archos.com.

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.

(1) MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution), WMV (MP@ML, up to DVD resolution)

Contact Information

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