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DivXNetworks Announces Release of Worlds Best MPEG-4 Video Codec

August 22, 2001

DivX 4.0 Features Improved Performance, Faster Encoding Speed and Excellent Visual Quality

SAN DIEGO, August 22, 2001-DivXNetworks, the company that created the revolutionary DivX TM video compression technology, today announced that DivX 4.0, the newest version of the codec (compressor/decompressor), is available for download at www.divx.com. The new version features improved performance, faster encoding speed and near-DVD visual quality, offering the best MPEG-4 video codec on the market.

The official release of DivX 4.0 comes on the heels of a “beta” release in mid-July. In just one month of beta testing, the company received an overwhelmingly positive response from the digital video community, with over three and a half million downloads of the beta codec recorded on DivX.com. Thanks to the input of thousands of beta testers, DivX 4.0 is now virtually bug-free and ready for consumer usage. Improved DivX 4.0 features include

Improved decoder performance
Higher encoding performance, almost 4 times faster than previous version
Multi-pass encoding and 2 different variable bit rate modes
Improved visual quality
Highly scalable codec from 16×16 pixels to 1920×1280 pixels (i.e. HDTV). All even integer dimensions are acceptable.
Support for popular encoding/editing applications
Plays all DivX content
“The release of DivX 4.0 clearly positions our technology as the very best MPEG-4 video codec available anywhere,” said Jordan Greenhall, co-founder and CEO of DivXNetworks (www.divxnetworks.com). “Our remarkably talented team of codec engineers and video technologists has worked tirelessly to optimize the performance, speed and quality of the codec, and we’re amazed by of the result of those efforts. I strongly encourage anyone interested in the future of digital video to visit www.divx.com, download the codec, and see the quality for yourself.”
The DivX 4.0 codec will serve as the core of DivXNetworks video-on-demand (VOD) product, the Open Video System, scheduled for release in fall of this year. The Open Video System is a complete end-to-end solution for the delivery of secure, cost-efficient digital video over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

To download DivX 4.0 today, visit www.divx.com/download. To view examples of high-quality content encoded in DivX format, visit www.divx.com/showcase.

About DivXNetworks
DivXNetworks is a leading technology company that enables the rapid proliferation of video content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks by combining the lightweight, ubiquitous access of the Internet with DVD-quality video performance. The company’s approach is built upon the success of the DivXTM codec, a leading standard for MPEG-4 video distribution with over 20 million users worldwide, and the DivX Open Video SystemTM, a next-generation content delivery system that provides unsurpassed aggregation, promotion, and distribution of video content for mass markets. The DivX codec has been evolved using an innovative approach that combines open source development and comprehensive in-house testing to create a product with powerful brand recognition, rapid product evolution, and pervasive platform integration. DivXNetworks is headquartered in San Diego, California, with satellite offices in New York and Los Angeles. For more information about DivXNetworks, visit http://www.divxnetworks.com.

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