Apple may have been a little early with the introduction of their Apple TV unit, but that doesn't mean the entire industry could grow into that niche a few years later. In comes the Archos TV+, an all-in-one media player that allows web surfing, e-mail checking, streaming of online videos, and digital video recording capabilities at your fingertips. It looks like Tivo just met one mean adversary.
The unit comes in two flavors, an 80GB and 250GB model. Video playback supports MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution), WMV (MP@ML, up to DVD resolution), with optional software plug-ins, podcast plug-in: H.264 up to DVD resolution and AAC sound, cinema Plug-in: MPEG-2 MP@ML up to 10 Mbps (up to DVD resolution) and AC3 stereo sound, and stereo MP3 playback. It can even read PDF's.
Audio: stereo analog
Video: composite, S-video, RGB, YPbPr (component)
Miscellaneous: Ethernet, USB slave (USB B), USB host ( USB A), infrared receptor for remote control, and DC-in
Audio: stereo analog, SPDIF (RCA type)
Video: composite, S-video, RGB, YPbPr, and HDMI
The Archos TV+ to be available for $350.