SAN DIEGO, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The open source version of DivX(TM)
video compression technology ("OpenDivX") has been ported to all major
operating systems and processing platforms less than three months after the
release of the source code, DivXNetworks, Inc. announced today. The emerging
standard for broadband digital video, OpenDivX is a codec
(compressor/decompressor) technology that allows for the delivery of
full-screen, high-quality video content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
The open-source DivX project is headquartered at Project Mayo
(www.projectmayo.com), the popular DivX development site owned and operated by
DivXNetworks. Since its debut on January 15, 2001, OpenDivX has been ported
to major operating systems including Linux, MacOS, Amiga, iPAQ, and Microsoft
Windows. Additionally, the core technology of the codec has been ported to a
variety of embedded processors such as MIPS, StrongARM, TriMedia and Phillips,
paving the way for DivX support on handheld devices and set-top boxes.
"DivX has been popularized through massive grassroots adoption, not a huge
marketing budget. We began the open-source project to give the global
community of technology enthusiasts and videophiles at the heart of the DivX
movement the opportunity to take ownership of the technology and contribute to
its success," said Jordan Greenhall, co-founder and CEO of DivXNetworks
(www.divxnetworks.com). "In just a few short months, the project has been an
overwhelming success. A number of exciting applications have been created by
our co-developers, and we continue to welcome the input of anyone interested
in helping create the open standard that will drive the future of
high-quality, Internet-based digital video."
Underscoring the rising popularity of the technology among developers as
well as casual Internet users, DivX was the 17th most searched term on the
Internet for the week ending March 23, according to technology news and
information web site CNET. The Project Mayo community currently includes over
1,500 registered members, with over 100 active co-developers on the open
source project, and the site has recorded over 1.5 million downloads of both
the source code and the actual OpenDivX technology since its January release.
It is estimated that DivX codec technologies have been downloaded over 15
million times since late 1999.
DivXNetworks is the leader and developer of DivX(TM), the emerging
standard for high-quality broadband digital video. The company operates
Project Mayo (www.projectmayo.com), the popular development site of the next
generation of DivX technology. DivXNetworks is transitioning the popular DivX
video compression technology from the underground to mainstream, setting the
pace for fast, secure and easy Internet downloads of near DVD-quality video.
DivXNetworks is headquartered in San Diego, California, with satellite offices
in New York and Los Angeles. For more information about DivXNetworks, visit
SOURCE DivXNetworks, Inc.