Multi-year, Multi-million Dollar Agreement Uses Qwest CyberCenters(sm)
DENVER, August 21, 2001- Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced that it will serve as the sole dedicated Web-hosting provider for DivXNetworks, Inc., the technology company that created the popular MPEG-4 Internet video format DivXTM. DivXNetworks compresses full-length movies into sizes small enough to be sent over the Internet or stored on a single compact disk.
In a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement, DivX will collocate its video-on-demand (VOD) equipment in several of Qwest’s North American CyberCenters(sm), which sit directly on Qwest’s global, high-speed fiber-optic network. Qwest will host the Content Enablement Platform, a core component of DivXNetworks’ Open Video SystemTM. The Open Video System delivers full-screen DVD-quality video content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks directly to the customers’ premises.
“Working with Qwest will provide an excellent strategic advantage for our company going forward,” said Jordan Greenhall, co-founder and chief executive officer of DivXNetworks. “We conducted an extensive analysis of existing Web hosting options, and Qwest was clearly the best fit. Highly effective and cost-efficient IP-based content delivery is the key to our product offering, and Qwest offers an impressive backbone and infrastructures to scale as we pursue key vertical market segments such as entertainment, education, hospitality and corporate training.”
“DivXNetworks has an industry-leading video compression technology and a strong vision for the future of IP-based VOD,” said Rick Weston, senior vice-president, Qwest Internet Solutions. “DivXNetworks brings an incredible amount of content to customers and we’re confident that Qwest’s network, management services and hosting expertise will be the best delivery vehicle.”
Qwest offers a wide variety of Web hosting and managed services, from basic collocation to customized, integrated e-commerce solutions, which may incorporate ASP services from Qwest Cyber.Solutions. Trained professionals monitor all Qwest Web hosting services 24 hours a day, seven days a week via Qwest CyberCentral(sm) – a centralized hosting operations center. The Web sites and e-commerce solutions are housed in one of Qwest’s 16 state-of-the-art CyberCenters that are built to ensure client systems and equipment are up and running even under extreme conditions.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 113,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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.