May 23, 1996
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
VDOnet Announces Major Investment By NYNEX
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- VDOnet Corp. announced today that NYNEX
has invested $3 million dollars to acquire an equity position in VDOnet.
VDOnet is a leading developer and marketer of products and technology that
allow video broadcasting and video telephony over the Internet, using regular
telephone lines and private networks.
In addition to acquiring an equity position in VDOnet, NYNEX will gain market
and technology information related to the rapid growth of multimedia services
and technologies. This is one of several alliances NYNEX has made to help
bring multimedia services to market more quickly.
"The telecommunications infrastructure is one of the keys to the growth of
the Internet and the applications that can be enhanced by video," said Asaf
Mohr, president and CEO of VDOnet. "We are very pleased that NYNEX, with its
important role in driving the growth of that infrastructure, has invested in
VDOnet as part of its plans to develop Internet services."
"NYNEX invested in VDOnet because VDOnet is a leader in the development of
video compression technologies for the Internet and that technology will help
to bring the truly global communications network to reality, said Casimir S.
Skrzypczak, president, NYNEX Science & Technology Inc.
Skrzypczak noted that VDOnet's unique "bandwidth scalability" allows the
transmission of video over any connection to the Internet, be it a regular
telephone line or a more sophisticated ISDN line. For example, with a standard
PC and a regular phone line, it can take nearly one full minute to download one
second of video -- but using VDOnet's technology, a video clip appears in real
VDOnet was launched in the fall of 1995 and today offers both VDOLive(TM)
products for Internet video broadcasting and VDOPhone(TM) products for Internet
video telephony. Users of VDOnet's products and technology are producers of
information and entertainment content, advertising and promotion, distance
learning and just about anyone who wants to communicate with video over the
Today, VDOLive is being used by nearly 150 sites to develop video --
including PBS, CBS News, Paramount Digital Entertainment, and many others. The
VDOPhone -- launched last month -- has been downloaded by more than 10,000 Internet
users and was recently licensed by America Online for use with Virtual Places.
Both of these product families are based on the same VDOnet technology that
enables bandwidth scalability as a result of two elements: the first is a
scalable compression algorithm that not only can compress video down small
enough to run over the small bandwidth portions of the Internet, but also
allows the quality of the video to increase with the size and quality of the
connection at the other end.
The second element -- the heart of VDOnet's overall technology -- is a set of
communications protocols, which maintains the integrity of the video as it
makes its way through the "bumpy roads" of the Internet. The relative benefit
of these combined technologies is that motion video from VDOnet's products can
be used by virtually anyone on the World Wide Web, regardless of their
VDOnet Corp., based in Palo Alto, has developed and markets technology and
products enabling Internet video broadcasting and video telephony on the
Internet and over regular telephone lines and private networks.
The company was founded in 1995 and today has offices in the U.S. and Israel.
It has raised $10 million in funding from private sources, including Battery
Ventures, and NYNEX.
NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.
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