ARCHOS AV 700 Mobile DVR
IRVINE, Calif. - May 23, 2005 - ARCHOS, Inc., a global consumer electronics manufacturer and leader in portable digital entertainment solutions, introduced today the new AV 700 Mobile Digital Video Recorder (DVR), which combines the mobility and wide screen of a portable DVD player, with the video recording and scheduling features of a digital video recorder. The ARCHOS AV 700 is the only portable video player to enable direct video recording onto a 100-gigabyte hard drive, which makes up to 400 hours of video or 250 movies available for viewing anytime, anywhere. The AV 700 will be available for purchase at retail and from the ARCHOS Web site beginning in June 2005.
Video recording is the signature feature of the ARCHOS products, and the AV 700 makes it fast and easy for consumers to get content from the TV, DVD Player, VCR, cable box or satellite receiver onto their devices without using a computer. In addition to direct video recording, the AV 700 enables consumers to schedule recordings in advance or while they're away, and view them on a bright, 7" LCD wide screen display. The combination of the video recording, scheduling, tremendous hard drive capacity, wide screen and other features -- such as music and photo playback and gaming applications -- make the AV 700 the perfect portable device for families, travelers, gadget enthusiasts and anyone gearing up for their summer vacations.
"We are extremely proud of our latest portable video innovation, the AV 700, because it brings together several popular digital entertainment products in one portable device," said Henri Crohas, ARCHOS chief executive officer. "The AV 700 is designed to allow favorite TV shows and movies to be taken from the living room to the road, providing hundreds of hours of playback on a tremendous 7" wide screen display. We expect the AV 700 to be the travel companion for families vacationing this summer as well as business travelers who want to take their TV shows, movies or sporting events on the road."
Portable DVD Player and Digital Video Recorder Combined
The ARCHOS AV 700 Mobile DVR lets you digitally record TV programs, movies directly from your TV, VCR, DVD player, cable box or satellite receiver using the new ARCHOS TV Docking Pod. The new Docking Pod attaches to the AV 700 and connects directly to your video source, allowing TV shows and movies to be recorded easily onto the device. The AV 700 encodes in and plays back MPEG-4 videos with MP3 stereo sound. The AV 700 also allows you to transfer home movies onto the device using the USB Host port connected to a camcorder.
With the AV 700, you can also schedule recordings for the week or month ahead, just as you would a standard DVR. Once programs are scheduled on the device, the integrated AV 700 Scheduler controls the tuner inside your VCR, cable box or satellite receiver to automatically adjust the channel and record based on the time and duration of the schedule.
Direct Recording from the TV, DVD Player, VCR or Cable Box: Record between 40 and 250 full-length movies -- up to 400 hours of video -- in MPEG-4 at DVD quality, with CD quality stereo sound. Schedule recordings in advance or to record while you're away.
Enjoy Video On a 7" Wide Screen Display: ARCHOS introduces its first 7" wide screen display and integrated kick-stand for propping up the AV 700 and viewing content easily.
Store, Transfer and View Photos: Store and view up to one million JPEG photos and view several at a time or in slide show mode. Transfer photos from computers using USB 2.0 or from digital cameras directly using the USB Host connection.
Auto Synchronize with Windows Media Player 10: The AV 700 can synchronize automatically with Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 and is included in the popular Microsoft PlaysForSure program, enabling you to play purchased, downloaded and subscription content from such services as MSN Music, Musicmatch, Napster, Wal-Mart Music Store and CinemaNow.
Record and Listen to Music: The newly designed music player lets you record up to 300 hours of music, and holds up to 55,000 songs, with playback in MP3, WAV, WMA or protected WMA formats.
Play Games with the Mophun Gaming Engine: The AV 700 features the popular Mophun games and the ability to purchase additional games from the ARCHOS Web site.
Multiple Hard Drive Capacities: The AV 700 is available in 40- and 100-gigabyte models, allowing between 160 and 400 hours of video, 250 movies, 55,000 songs or one million photos.
Transfer Data Files: The AV 700 has a USB Host port, enabling you to connect to any mass storage device, including digital cameras, card readers, USB keys and portable hard drives, and transfer files directly from device to device.
With the introduction of the AV 700 Mobile DVR, ARCHOS and Buy.com will launch and extensive promotion featuring an ARCHOS store on the Buy.com Web site, online and email advertising, and a free battery ($49.95 MSRP) with the purchase of an ARCHOS AV 700 from Buy.com.
Pricing and Availability
The ARCHOS AV 700 Mobile DVR will be available in June 2005 at major retailers worldwide and from the ARCHOS web site at http://www.archos.com . Pricing for the AV 700 is $599.95 and $799.95 for the 40-gigabyte and 100-gigabyte models, respectively.
The AV 700 comes standard with a TV docking pod, AV cables, remote control, protective case, headphones, USB 2.0 cable, USB host cable adapter and power adapter. Optional accessories include a back-seat car holder, double headphone kit, travel kits, additional docking pod, USB mini game pad, additional batteries and other add-on products. Additional product information and add-on accessories are available on the ARCHOS web site http://www.archos.com .
ARCHOS is a global consumer electronics hardware manufacturer and is the technology leader in the field of digital portable entertainment solutions. Committed to the most innovative technology, ARCHOS offers award-winning digital pocket-sized products that feature audio & video recording, photo viewing, gaming, as well as other multimedia and productivity applications, for the enjoyment of the most exciting entertainment anywhere, anytime. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. More information is available online at http://www.archos.com .