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. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060901/NEF013 ) "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 Amazon.com and Crutchfield.com starting on September 1, 2006. The player will become available via top retailers nationwide in October 2006. gigabeat.com http://www.gigabeat.com is the official site dedicated to gigabeat and the gigabeat community. gigabeat.com 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 http://www.tacp.toshiba.com. 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 eMusic.com, 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 companies. (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. Contact: Bryan Olender BRODEUR (617) 587-2044 firstname.lastname@example.org
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