Conclusion: The TV+ highlights both the best Archos has to offer (an excellent DVR, quality wireless streaming) and the worst (an outdated user interface, so-so file support). It's certainly an innovative device, but its limitations are frustrating.
Pros: Built-in DVR. Streams video and audio from PCs. Copies files to and from other devices via USB. Remote has several options. HDMI-out, several connection choices. Internet browser.
Cons: Needs software plug-ins for decent file support. User interface is slow, ugly. Limited offerings, poor integration from Content Portal. Occasional aspect ratio issues. No HD support yet.
Summary: Although the Archos TV+ has more features, it’s not as easy to use as Apple TV, does not support true high-def, and has a confusing remote. In its current form, the Archos TV+ is a pale Apple TV imitation, even if it can record video.
Pros: Built-in DVR, Good streaming ability, Can sync recordings to Archos media players,
Cons: Low video resolution, Confusing remote, Web plug-in costs 30 extra
Summary: We really can't recommend the Archos TV+, which is a shame because we really wanted it to live up to our expectations. Sadly the difficulty we had setting it up, plus the lack of high definition playback, are major issues that the Archos TV+ failed to overcome.
Excerpt: Is the Archos TV+ device from Archos the media-streaming and television recording solution we're all waiting for? As well as acting as a bridge between your computer and television, the Archos TV+ has input connections.
Excerpt: Note: This article, whilst brutally truthful at the time of launch, related to a product which is firmware upgradable and additionally tied to an online content delivery service which is potentially constantly changing. As such the following review may no longer paint an accurate picture of the Archos TV+ . Because the Archos TV+ currently has no successor that I have heard of, I will endeavor to produce an update of this review.
Summary: Archos TV+ is too expensive, lacks support for some key codecs out of the box and doesn't offer any form of HD functionality. Its ability to record from DVD or Freeview/Sky/Cable STB might interest some with Archos PMPs
Pros: Design, A nice idea on paper
Cons: Cost, Lack of HD support, Lack of codec support, Video plug-ins cost extra
Summary: Archos says its TV+ provides the most advanced features of any of today's digital video recorders. We think not. For starters, the TV+ doesn't include a TV tuner. Duh. Sure, neither does the Apple TV, but then the Mac offering isn't promoted as the world's leading DVR. Consequently, you must coax the TV+ through some ridiculously rudimentary tasks before it gets into its stride.