Toshiba Premieres New V Series Portable Media Player Expanding its Gigabeat(R) Line

Toshiba's gigabeat V Series boasts a large viewing LCD screen and up to 8

hours(1) of continuous video playback

Sep 01, 2006, 01:00 ET from Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.

    WAYNE, N.J., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Consumer Products,
 L.L.C., ("Toshiba") announced today the new MEV30K V Series portable media
 player -- the latest addition to its gigabeat line. Adding to the already
 popular gigabeat S Series portable media players, the V Series features a
 larger viewing screen and extended battery life(1) for the ultimate
 portable video experience. The V Series features a 3.5" (diagonally
 measured) TFT LCD display, a built-in speaker and utilizes Microsoft's
 Portable Media Center Version 2.0 software.
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     "The new gigabeat V Series is designed for those who enjoy watching
 digital video on the go," said Yoshi Uchiyama, Group Vice President of
 Toshiba's Digital A/V Group. "The V Series builds on the success of the
 gigabeat S Series and adds a larger screen and expanded battery life for a
 more robust portable video experience. Our gigabeat line now includes more
 options so consumers can choose which portable product suits them best."
     Maximizing Video Playback
     The new V Series features a beautiful 3.5" (diagonally measured) TFT
 LCD display with 320 x 240 resolution for a superb video on the go
 experience. With up to 8 hours(1) of video playback capability, the V
 Series is a perfect companion on any trip as it allows users to watch a
 full movie or even three! With a 30GB(2) internal hard disk drive, there is
 room for all kinds of content. The unit supports Windows Media(R) Video 9
 and 10 allowing for videos to be transferred from a Windows based PC right
 onto the player utilizing Windows Media Player 10.
     The gigabeat V Series is also designed to work with PlaysForSure(TM)
 subscription-based video download services. Similar to the gigabeat S
 Series, the V Series also supports JPEG playback and allows for a direct
 connection to a digital camera allowing for content to be transferred
 directly to the gigabeat without the use of a computer.
     A Complete Portable Entertainment Solution
     Aside from handling video in style, the gigabeat V Series is also a
 great audio player. The rechargeable Lithium ion battery provides consumers
 with up to 25 hours(1) of continuous music playback. The V series supports
 MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless and WAV audio files and is also compatible with
 Windows DRM 9 and 10, allowing for music purchase or subscription through
 services such as Napster(R), eMusicsm and RealNetworks(R) Rhapsody(R).
 Consumers can also transfer all of their music to the gigabeat through
 Windows Media Player 10.
     In addition to great audio and video capabilities, the gigabeat V
 Series also features a built-in speaker so both video and audio can be
 enjoyed without headphones and with other people. Included with the unit is
 an A/V output cable which allows for connection to most televisions making
 the V series an all-in-one solution for both portable and stand alone audio
 and video.
     Keeping it simple
     The Windows Mobile(R) Portable Media Center software allows users to
 make anyplace their entertainment space, giving them the power to enjoy a
 wide selection of premium movies, music and photos. Best of all, gigabeat's
 vast array of entertainment selections can all be accessed and controlled
 with Microsoft's friendly Mobile-based Portable Media Center software.
 Microsoft's patented Twist Navigation helps users easily find the content
 they are looking for on the device, utilizing the power of the hard drive
 to scroll quickly through large media libraries.
     Expected Pricing and Expected Availability
     The new gigabeat V Series will sell for $399.99 and will be available
 for pre-orders exclusively through and starting
 on September 1, 2006. The player will become available via top retailers
 nationwide in October 2006. is the official site dedicated to gigabeat and
 the gigabeat community. features innovative product guides,
 music links, accessory information, product updates and much more.
     About Toshiba
     Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. is a limited liability
 company, owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba
 Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with subsidiaries
 worldwide. Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. is a pioneer in HD
 DVD, DVD and DVD Recorder technology and a leading manufacturer of a full
 line of home entertainment products, including flat panel TV, rear
 projection, direct view televisions, combination products and portable
 devices. Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. is headquartered in
 Wayne, New Jersey with production facilities in Lebanon, Tennessee. For
 additional information please visit
     Toshiba respects the rights of others. Our products are only intended
 for lawful recording, storage and playback of authorized content and any
 other lawful use.
     gigabeat is a registered trademark of Toshiba Corporation
     Napster is a registered trademark of Napster, LLC.
     eMusic is a service mark of, Inc.
     RealNetworks and Rhapsody are registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.
     PlaysForSure, Windows Mobile and Windows Media are trademarks or
 registered trademarks in the United States and other countries.
     All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
     (1). Battery life and number of charge cycles will vary depending upon
 use and settings. Rechargeable battery has a limited service life.
 Continuous audio playback is based on Harmonics Improvement Technology
 being set to the "off" position.
     (2). When referring to hard drive capacity 1 GB = 1 Billion Bytes.
 Available capacity will be less with preloaded content and operating
 system. Actual formatted capacity may vary.
     Bryan Olender
     (617) 587-2044

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