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Skype founder Friis touts upcoming UK VOD service Vdio

Janus Friis set to enter the UK online video fray with Vdio which he says will offer customers “the best titles.”

Janus Friis, co-creator of Skype, has been touting his upcoming UK SVOD service Vdio.

“At Vdio, we believe that watching TV and movies on demand can be a more relevant, engaging, and instant experience. We’ll be offering people an alternative featuring the best titles from breaking TV shows and brand new movies, to the best classics and nostalgic favourites,” he said in a statement this week.

The service is due to launch in the UK early this year, but Friis was unavailable for further comment on content, price-points or type of service.

Last autumn, Vdio went live with a splash page that spotlighted The Dark Knight and Karate Kid as well as TV shows Mad Men and The Tudors among others, sparking internet chatter that Vdio had signed content deals with the likes of Warner Bros’, AMC, Showtime, Sony and Fox.

That page has subsequently been taken down and replaced with an image of The Godfather. Readers are invited to login via Facebook, which takes them to a page solely displaying an image of popular UK TV show Top Gear.

The Danish entrepreneur is best known for co-founding file-sharing app KaZaA, Skype and Joost. In September 2005, he and his partner Niklas Zennstrom sold Skype to eBay for $2.6bn.

US service Netflix entered the increasingly competitive UK SVOD space on Monday.

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