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The 605 WiFi has arrived to the USA

Posted by Charbax on 27th August 2007

Users of the forum are reporting that Amazon, Best Buy and other stores are starting to ship the 605 WiFi 30GB and some of the other Gen5 models also it seems.

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Read it in the forums: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?p=30617#30617

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Huge partners in the Archos Content Portal

Posted by Charbax on 22nd August 2007

This was discovered by Plissken007 in the ArchosLounge forums. He simply opened up the provider.xml file in the /system/ folder on his 605 WiFi 30GB which has been available since the 15th of July in French Fnac stores and in the European Union from Archos official website. This has been verified by other users and following are proven by actual test-sites hosted on an archos.com subdomain which you can see on clicking on the proof links beneath.

These are the very probable partners of Archos to provide video-on-demand and music download services for the USA in the Archos Content Portal:

- Best Buy proof

That’s only like one of the biggest consumer electronics retail store in the USA isn’t it, or is it the biggest? And it’s got video-on-demand and music services also. Probably has deals with all the major movie and music producers so they have on-demand distributing rights to virtualy all majors movie and music content.

- Cirtuit City proof

It’s like Best Buy isn’t it. They got everything and they plan to sell everything online in terms of video-on-demand and music. The deal here, just as with Best Buy, and if Wal-Mart goes with it also, is for those retailers to agree to take a smaller margin on the actual hardware, thus being able to mass market the 605 WiFi starting at $199 this Christmas season, and in return, those retailers get to register people on their video-on-demand an music download service. So one way they can compete, is by providing bundled credit and subscriptions for their online content services.

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- Amazon

We’re probably talking Amazon Unbox video-on-demand, and does Amazon also have a music service coming up? Also this could be combined with ordering of anything on Amazon in a user-friendly interface compatible with touch-screen and on-TV viewing.

- MovieLink

Recently bought by Blockbuster. So imagine not only the Movielink now in the Archos Content Portal. Imagine also Moovyplay could be licenced by Blockbuster as a trial. Thus you could connect your Gen5 Archos or a Moovyplay to a MovieLink 24h/24 distributor on which you would load from a collection of thousands of films at full USB2 speeds, with renting, owning and subscription models available.

- Vongo

“Members pay a flat fee of US$9.99 per month, and have access to unlimited downloads during the 30 day period.”

Wouldn’t you find it awesome to get access to thousands of films for a flat $10 fee per month? I would certainly like to have that kind of service, one that really gives access to all the films of the world for a flat fee. I don’t think Vongo yet has the rights for all the films of the world, but I guess Vongo is working towards that, and possibly that all major movie producers will sign up for this model seing that it does provide an interesting business model for them with income that can only grow the more users subscribe to it.

- AOL

AOL isn’t just AOL is it, that’s like the same company as Time Warner, CNN, it owns a lot of stuff doesn’t it. AOL has like all sorts of things including video and music on-demand. Just look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOL under “Company purchases” there are like 3 dozen companies owned by AOL, most of them providing content on-demand like Engadget for example is owned by AOL, so imagine a special touch-screen and TV compatible interface for Engadget videos and reviews.

- Youtube

Would be awesome to have it just as Dailymotion in a nice touch-screen and TV friendly interface in the Archos Content Portal. With the advantage over iPhone’s Youtube integration, that here you’ve got access to the absolute complete Youtube in instant nice full screen quality. Maybe they can even integrate the Comments, Ratings, Save to Favorites, Add to Playlist and more features. Maybe even integrate the upcomming advertising model as nice overlay targetted ads. A business model for independant video producers and a huge if not the hugest source of video content on the Internet.

- Alcatel Media Motion

I think Alcatel knows everything about IPTV, so I guess this could include having access to like thousands of TV channels through streaming. This could perfectly happen now, imagine a system that gives you access to every single channel from the whole world, in nice 1mbit/s or more quality. This can be done using Alcatel networks and their IPTV technology. And Alcatel also leads in terms of digital terrestrial DVB-SH television (combines satellite and terrestrial for more portable coverage then DVB-T), though this would require a module or a Gen6 hardware.

Following additionnal partners are specific for France:

- VirginMega.fr proof

Competitor of Fnac in terms of providing video-on-demand and music download services.

- Orange proof

Which is France Telecom. Orange is preparing an unlimited music and movies service for early next year. And already now they have completes catalogues of movies and music for on-demand access in France. All the 5 million Livebox ADSL2+ connections in France may receive a firmware update which would provide free Wi-Fi hotspot access in such 5 million hotspots around France, also Orange does HSDPA and thus a HSDPA version of the 605 or of a Gen6 hardware, I think, probably is in development.

Following is my speculation: A HSDPA Archos could be sold for a very cheap subsidised 99€ price, including a 12 month 10€ per month minimum Archos Content Portal usage on a personal account, which automatically is billed. Orange’s content would be unlimited while other Archos Content Portal content and any other VOIP, IM and normal browsing would cost a certain per GB fee, if Orange can do it at around 1€ per GB including taking a cut from the other content in the Archos Content Portal, I think that would be very reasonable.

Partner for the UK:

- Arts Alliance Media‘s Vizumi video-on-demand network.

“AAM’s Vizumi Network currently carries content from 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and independents such as Momentum, Tartan, Icon, Artificial Eye and Revolver.”

You can discuss all these new partners in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?t=6123

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Short video review at Cnet

Posted by Charbax on 19th August 2007

http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/digitalmusic/0,39029996,49292004-1,00.htm

It’s not an in depth review, also they have a few errors, like stating that there is a 100GB version when it’s going to be 4GB, 30GB, 80GB and 160GB. They think that the buttons are 10 times nicer.

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A look inside of the Battery Dock

Posted by Charbax on 18th August 2007

It does look advanced:

See more pictures at http://gma.name/a605/batterydock/

And discuss it in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?t=6052

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Mashup filter to collaboratively reformat Web 2.0 for Gen5

Posted by Charbax on 18th August 2007

It’d be nice with a user-friendly mashup engine a bit like http://zude.com which would let us take any interactive website, do somekind of code replacement mechanisms, and thus output a different version of for example http://apple.com/trailers/ which would load for example smaller pictures, and provide only direct links to the most compatible h264 encodings from there. Anyone know how we could collaborate to reformat the dynamic web to make it better fit on the Archos also in terms of reformatting the way video sources are displayed? Should Archos release an SDK for making Gen5 optimized interfaces?

And imagine the same kind of mashup system so we could be working on simple compatible versions of stage6, simplified user interfaces to make all of Youtube, Google Video, Kewego and others look as simple as the way Dailymotion looks in the Archos Content Portal.

Basically, what we need, is somekind of filter system which let’s us explain to the script where to look in the HTML code, and how to simply change the pages to make the page smaller, more user friendly on a smaller screen as well as only providing direct links to compatible videos instead of all this embedded stuff which doesn’t work and which is only suitable for large screens.

Maybe there already exists some systems like this that have been developped to let users collaboratively reformat web 2.0 to make it fit better on mobile phones, PDAs and such, and probably that there already exists filters that simply changes embedded videos into links. Most probably that filters like this are also under development for the iPhone.

You can post your tips and comments about this in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?t=6045

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Suggestion: The Archos bluetooth remote control watch

Posted by Charbax on 16th August 2007

It’d be nice for Gen6 or with a bluetooth module for Gen5 to have a bluetooth watch that works as a remote control to the Archos that could stay in the pocket. The watch could have a color screen, but try to stay as thin as possible. And it would be charged overnight with a watch charger dock that could stay by the bed, and thus it could also replace the alarm clock.

Click more to see some pictures of what it could look like:
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Moovyplay starts with 14GB and comes with HDMI

Posted by Charbax on 16th August 2007

According to videobusiness.com, CPFK is investing $40 million in this Moovyplay system, which is a revolutionary movie rental system in which Archos is delivering the hardware.

The 14GB storage that is menchionned sounds like a strange storage amount, I don’t know which type of hard disk would provide that specific amount of storage. I wonder if they mixed it up with 20GB or 30GB. Cause 14GB for 30-40 movies would mean each “DVD quality” movie would be at a minimum of 350-460MB per movie, that might be a bit low. Although, it’s maybe counting on shorter length movies, and they may be encoded using the more efficient h264 codec.

It’s interesting that it includes the HDMI cable for the 139€ launch price. That should make it future proof for HD 720p content, thus a nice competitor to HDDVD and Blueray renting. I guess that 14GB could store at least 4-5 high definition movies in very nice 1280×720 quality, that would at least look great as long as Archos can upscale to the HDMI connector.

In the article, it is said, CPFK plans to expand this offer to Spain, Italy, Germany, the U.K., and ultimately to the U.S. In the U.S. it would be looking towards partnering preferably with an established franchise like Blockbuster. At least it will depend on the success of the initial tests that will be launched in France starting in October.

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Double-tap zoom feature from the latest 605 WiFi firmware

Posted by Charbax on 11th August 2007

As you can see in this video, the latest 605 WiFi firmware has added a feature to be able to zoom in when simply double clicking on the screen. Will faster scrolling be part of the next update?

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You can discuss this in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?p=28118

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605 WiFi firmware – bugfixes and new browser features

Posted by Charbax on 10th August 2007

Archos just released the 605 WiFi firmware v 1.3.03.

Discuss this update in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?p=28044

I think that even though this might be a minor feature addition, which is Allow to zoom/unzoom with a double-tap on the touch screen, I think that this may be a very significant clue that Archos and Opera indeed are still working on improving the browser. So we can maybe more likely soon also have a faster scrolling feature, copy and paste, usb keyboard, SWF, streaming music, embedded video and more features to improve the browsing experience.

Download it manually at Archos.com or install it using the automatic firmware upgrade feature.

Version 1.3.03 – August 10, 2007

Improvements:

  • Web: Allow to zoom/unzoom with a double-tap on the touch screen

  • Web: Allow to select a link with OK when the mouse cursor is over it (Remote Control)

  • Content Portal: Now supports MMS streaming format

  • Photo: Add Digital Camera RAW format support (embedded JPEG only)

  • Recorder: File name now includes the date and time of the recording

  • Video Player: Format and Speed settings apply immediately when selected in the menu

  • GUI: Add Chinese, Dutch and Greek translations

Bug fixes:

  • Audio: Fix an issue with hard drive creating audio glitches that remains until a “pause/play” action

  • Audio: Fix SPDIF compatibility issues with some amplifiers

  • Audio Player: fix WMA 320kbps DRM files did not play correctly

  • Audio Player: fix a “file corrupted” error after long AAC playback

  • Video Player: Do not offer to set a bookmark if the file is not seekable

  • Web: fix some stability issues with Flash

  • EPG: All keys now support autorepeat

  • EPG: Fix manual channel numbering did not survive firmware and/or EPG data update

  • GUI: Last selected item is selected when re-opening the side-menu

  • GUI: Video output stay the same (LCD or TV) when waking-up from stand-by

  • GUI: Firmware update: when asking for DC or USB and USB is plugged, the connect/charge message did appear

  • TV: Don’t switch TV set to 14:9 when using PAL 16:9 format

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English version of ArchosLounge’s 605 WiFi review

Posted by Charbax on 9th August 2007

Check it out over at: http://archoslounge.net/spip.php?page=us-605

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