Skype Founder Launches Netflix Competitor, VDIO

Skype Founder Launches Netflix Competitor, VDIOTaking advantage of Netflix’s dive in popularity among its customers, one of Skype’s founders, Janus Friis, plans to launch a new video-streaming website called VDIO (vee-dee-o).

Friis is reportedly assembling an “A-team” of media and technology experts who have had experience in positions at NBC, Napster, Microsoft, TV Guide, Apache, and Skype.

At its initial launch, VDIO will only be available in the U.K., though the company is based in Santa Monica, CA. Currently, the site is in closed beta, with 200 Facebook friends as testers. VDIO is privately-funded, and there is no official word on content providers or what kind of plans the company intends to offer. Hopefully, VDIO will replace Netflix by offering streaming/DVD combo plans.

Friis has not announced an official release date.

 

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