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Archos TV+ 80 GB (Silver)

by Archos

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  • The Archos Content Portal allows you to download favorite movies, TV shows, and music without being tied to a computer.
  • Record your favorite TV shows or series directly onto the TV+.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections.
  • Includes a fully functional Opera Web browser with Flash video support.
  • Store and view up to 45,000 songs or 800,000 images in JPEG, PNG, and BMP formats
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 6 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000S6R93C
  • Item model number: 500970
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,998 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

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Consider yourself warned: Buy the Archos TV+, and you might never leave your sofa again. And really, why would you need to? This small box packs a punch, converting your TV into a gateway to movies, music, and information.



Operate your TV+ using the lightweight and responsive infrared, QWERTY remote, which includes a nine-point mouse, and navigation buttons. View larger.
Record TV
Love your DVR, but hate the monthly fee? The TV+ puts you in charge of what you watch and when--and it's yours forever. Using the included TV Program Guide, you have the convenience of one-touch activation or the reliability of scheduled recording. Programming is stored directly on the Archos TV+ or transferred to an external hard drive or computer.

Capable of recording from most any video source--including a satellite or cable box, VCRs, and DVD players--the Archos TV+ records in MPEG-4 and plays back in DVD (640x480) quality.

Wi-Fi Connectivity
The TV+ transforms your television into a Wi-Fi entertainment center, combining your favorite movies with access to your favorite Web sites and online videos. You can stream movies, TV shows, and music stored on your computer, and with an optional plug-in, you can enjoy clips from your favorite online video sites.

The included wireless QWERTY keyboard puts you in control, so you can surf to your heart's content--and download content directly to your TV+ using the new Archos Content Portal (ACP). ACP makes it possible to save your favorite media without a computer.



Setting up is easy, with clearly labeled ports and jack. Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet capability gives you options, and a USB 2.0 connection allows the Archos TV+ to be used as a hard drive for moving files on and off your PC. View larger.


Access Movies, Video
In addition to storing and replaying your videos and recorded TV shows, you can use the built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet for on-demand video downloads through CinemaNow.

The TV+ can play the most popular video formats: MPEG-4 and WMV. It plays protected WMV, MPEG-2, VOB, and H. 264 with optional plug-ins).



Weighing in at less than 3 pounds, the Archos TV+ is a sleek addition to your entertainment center. Its small footprint belies its powerful performance and range of capabilities. View larger.
Music and Photos
Couple your best shots with your favorite tunes, then display them using transition effects. Not into sharing? Then put your 80 GB TV+ to work as an external hard drive: storing and organization up to 45,000 songs or 800,000 images. Transferring files from a PC or most mass storage devices is a breeze with the USB 2.0 high speed interface.

Able to play all of the most popular music files (MP3, WAV, WMA and protected WMA, as well as AAC and AC3, with optional plug-ins), the TV+ also organizes your media. You can view by artist, album, type of music, and title, and you can create your own playlists.

What's in the Box
Remote control, power supply, two audio RCA/RCA cables, two S-Video cables, user guide, connection sheet, legal and safety notice, and warranty sheet.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Reykjavik
The reply from their tech support is "I have been told the service will be unavailable for a while. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.".
BlueKnight
The only thing I can do is browse my files with a Windows Explorer type thing.
Steven B. Stuart

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Brooks on February 17, 2008
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For the most part, the product does what it the description states. Set up is not intuitive but not that hard just follow the downloaded users manaual because the one that comes with is not very detailed. My biggest dispointment is of the picture quaility of some of the recorded playback can be grainy depending on the station. I have mine connected to a vcr/dvd player since I don't use cable boxes to get my cable and the archos does not have a built in tuner. some of the features cost extra, for example browsing the net or some of the widgits. In all, I spent about $70 to get the extra plug-ins.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F.C.N.Y. on February 5, 2008
First saw news of this device on G4 at CES and couldn't wait to get my hands on one. Thankfully in early January it was ready for purchase on amazon..it was on pre-order...but in stock from Ritzcamera through Amazon so I bit the bullet.

Ritzcamera did a good job of packaging/shipping to protect from damage and was in my hands pretty fast...so ritzcamera gets a thumbs up from me.

Having used the device for a few weeks now...I can say this is a great media device at a reasonable price, here are some Pro's and Con's for others considering the product might find helpful:

PROs:
- Plays Divx/Xvid/Avi/Mp3/Jpeg...etc.
- Plays & Records Audio/Video
- Small in size but Big in quality and features.
- 80 Gig internal hard drive
- WiFi or ethernet media Streaming from PC
- DVR with guide for recording of TV shows
- USB 2.0 for external HDD
- HDMI connection
- optional plug-ins..Internet browsing
- Quality of Audio/Video playback is FANTASTIC!
- QWERTY Remote
- Possibly future-proof..at least 2-3 years with firmware upgrades
- Free access to Dailymotion plus other items in content portal
- Recorded DVR shows are good quality and files are Avi for easy PC Transfer
- Price is reasonable compared to other media extending devices

CONs
- Additional $20 cost for optional multimedia plug-in that plays higher quality Divx/Xvid's
- Additional cost for other optional plug-ins
- YouTube not yet availiable on content portal...maybe in the future
- DVR not as good as cable company DVR...yet

Overall this is a great product from a respectable company...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bright VINE VOICE on January 29, 2008
This is a digital media player for your home entertainment center. It has the same operating system as the Archos portable video players (like the 605 wifi). It has all of the formats of AV inputs that you would need but you can only use one at a time which can be a pain if you want to switch. It can play a wide variety of file formats as well (just like the 605). You will need to buy two plugins in order to play MPEG2 with AC3 audio and H264 files. Yes it does play XVID/DIVX.

For me, the main selling point for this unit is the network connectablity. I plugged in an Ethernet cable (it has wifi as well, but that's slower) and it lets me browse the other computers on my network just like the explorer in windows. I can then play any media file I find videos, music, or pictures. You can also use the media sharing feature of Windows Media Player 11 and share network files that way as well. This lets me us this unit as my own on demand system. I can dump all the videos we want to watch over the next few months and have them in neatly organized folders. The kids can have their movies all in one place and watch all the SpongeBob they want. I plan to have all our Christmas movies dumped and on the unit so we don't have to hunt for them next year.

Archos TV can record form an external sources as well, but I already have a PVR for that, so I won't be using it. It uses an IR blaster type setup to control the cable/satellite box for recording. You get one year of free program guides when you register.

Notes:
- You will need to update to the latest firmware before you do anything else. I couldn't get the auto update to work the first time so you may have to download the firmware via a computer and move it over to the unit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Tag on June 16, 2008
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I wanted to replace a VCR with a simple DVR that did not require a monthly payment for service. The Archos TV+ met all my needs. It is simple to set up (use the online PDF manual) and record to your hearts content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Reilly on April 5, 2008
i bought this unit to use it as a dvr. The guide is easy to use. The unit came very quickly in the mail and works fine. it is very easy to transfer recorded video from the archos to my mac and pc just drag and drop. The guide only costs 20 bucks a year a good reason to use it and save money instead of a tivo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By budwzr on February 16, 2008
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This is what AppleTV should/could have been.The Archos records audio and video, is UPnP compliant, electronic program guide, file server, network media playback, and just has too many great features to list. Hollywood is going to hate this product, hurry and get one.
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Only standalone DVR that you can download shows to your computer. Also permits labeling the files when you set up the recording, so your aren't faced with folders full of random numbers.

Service from vendor was fast, the product was exactly as represented, and it worked great!
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