Originally Posted by Neil 420
So, that is $250 for the box plus $50 for the codecs? That thing can't play any flavor of HD at all. It can't even do the HR (960x540) like a $100 Xbox running XBMC. The Xbox can play any codec that you can play on a PC except some copy protected content. These devices do not compete against AppleTV.
Well, I disagree. They certainly competed with me, and AppleTV lost. I don't have the ArchosTV, so can't really speak for it's features/capabilities specifcially. But, the 605WiFi with DVR dock (similar specs to Archos TV) is so cool, I wouldn't trade it for AppleTV if someone paid me. I can play a far far wider range of movie files than I could with AppleTV, much better codec support. I can stream Divx and Xvid movies from my PC, DVD's, etc and they look great on my 61" DLP. Plus, I can pop the 605 out of it's dock, and take all of that stuff with me wherever I go, (up to 160GB capacity), plus all my MP3's, photos, even has a WiFi browser built in. Ipod touch, no thank you. Plus the USB port on the dock will let me connect an external drive and expand it's storage as much as I want.
So, maybe for *your* needs, it's not what you are looking for. But, it is still a really cool device, that a lot of people might find is just what they are looking for.
Of course, with Apple's marketing budget and their iTunes content lock, they will certainly own Archos. It's too bad, because I think it has many great and superior features. Hopefully more competition will push the market to someday develop the ultimate device.