Echostar sinks $10M into Archos

Archos AV700

So we already knew they were gettin' all buddy buddy, but now the friendship is being sealed with a big ol' wad of cash. EchoStar just plunked down close to $10 million on Archos, giving them about 25 percent ownership of the company. So not only will the AV700 be compatible with your DISH Network satellite receiver, but the unit itself will actually be DISH branded. It'll be able to pull content directly from an EchoStar set-top box via USB 2.0. They're also talking about adding the same level of integration to the next incarnation of the AV400, as well. Looks like EchoStar is looking to portable content to push it ahead of archrivals DirecTV.