Posted by Charbax on September 16th, 2007
QVC had a deal for the 605 WiFi 160GB, the DVR Station Gen5, the Web-browser plugin and the Battery-Dock for 297£ (433€), that’s a 125£ (180€) discount for the bundle. I expect we could soon see many more bundles like it. It all depends on the quantities that Archos will be able to deliver in the next days, weeks and months. Read about this QVC bundle discount here: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?t=6906
The UK version of the Archos Content Portal has been activated with Euronews, Dailymotion and Arts Alliance Media’s Vizumi video-on-demand offering which you can see at http://archos.vizumi.com/
The price seems to be a 2.99£ rental price for all films. That’s ok for a start, but I think it can really take off when they don’t stay at physical movie renting prices and take into account that it costs them much less to deliver the movie digitally over the Internet then to stock DVDs in stores, so the price should be at least half that, maybe even 0.5£-1£ per movie rental, at least for all the movies that were released on VOD longer then 3 months before. And they should make available the whole digitized catalogues that they have the rights for so the customer is really overwhelmed with choice. At that point I think this system can really take off cause it would be better for most people than piracy and p2p, and sales of the 605 WiFi could absolutely sky rocket.
I also think that Archos should provide an overlay content recommendation system, so users vote thumbs up/thumbs down for any content from the content portal as well as rating users personal files and then could get personalised neutral recommendations from accross the whole content portal. Discuss the UK version of the Archos Content Portal here: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?t=6891