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On2 Brings High Performance Flash Video Support to Archos Generation 5 Portable Media Players.

Archos Licenses On2 Video Decoder for its Award-Winning Portable Media Players

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On2 Technologies, Inc. , a leader in video compression technologies, announced today that it has licensed its VP6 decoder to Archos for use in its latest line of WiFi-enabled portable media players. Optimized by On2 for TI's C64x+ DSP core on the DaVinci platform, the decoder integration brings support for full motion Flash video up to VGA resolution to the Archos 605 WiFi and 705 WiFi players. Already supporting Flash Player 7 in its Generation 5 line, ARCHOS announced separately today support for Flash Player 9, giving consumers access to the millions of video available online.

Licensed by Adobe for Adobe(R) Flash(R) Player 8 and 9, On2 VP6 is the codec of choice for many of the leading internet sites that use Flash video because of the quality versus data rate and decode simplicity it offers. Adding VP6 support to its Generation 5 devices, Archos ensures its customers seamless playback of the largest selection of video content available on the Internet.

The Archos Generation 5 line features the most advanced portable media players in the industry, with easy access to content and personalization options that fit individual lifestyles. The widely acclaimed 605 and 705 WiFi players lets consumers surf the Web, stream content from the computer to the TV or device, download movies and music wirelessly, record TV, and stream Flash video to the portable players. The company's 605 and 705 WiFi have won numerous awards for the high quality screens and advanced features that give consumers a full slate of entertainment in one handheld device.

"Supporting Flash video playback in handsets needs versions of the On2 VP6 decoder tailored for low power processor cores such as those from TI and ARM," says Bill Joll, President and CEO of On2 Technologies. "By providing these highly optimized processor specific solutions of our codec we enable consumers to enjoy video on the go with no compromises."

"Archos is the only portable media player to provide full support for Flash Player 9 in its native format, and our relationship with On2 Technologies helps us make watching online video and TV shows an exceptional experience for consumers," said Henri Crohas, Archos founder and CEO. "We're pleased to partner with On2 to bring innovative video technologies to consumers on the devices they carry with them every day, which allows them to stay connected and entertained wherever they go."

The On2 VP6 Flash video decoder is a part of the Web Browser plug-in from Archos, which brings full web surfing capabilities and Flash video support to consumers, For Archos 605 and 705 WiFi customers with the Web Browser already installed, Flash video support is available at no additional charge with a simple firmware update. Customers can update their players by visiting .

About On2 technologies

On2 creates advanced video compression technologies for desktop and wireless. Powering the video in many of today's leading web and mobile applications and devices, On2's customers include: Nokia, Infineon, Mediatek, Sony, Facebook, Brightcove, Move Networks, Adobe and Skype. On2 Technologies is headquartered in Tarrytown, NY USA. For more information please visit .

About Archos

ARCHOS introduced the hard-drive-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000, and since that time has revolutionized consumer electronics devices. The company introduced the portable video player in 2003 and was the first to bring TV recording, wireless and touch screens to the portable media player. ARCHOS' award-winning products let consumers enjoy movies, photos, video, music and television anytime, anywhere. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is quoted on Compartment C of Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. More information is available online at .

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