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Vividon To Unveil Streaming Appliances

Vividon (www.vividon.com), a new streaming media appliance company, is opening its doors soon. According to the company, founder Tom Pinckney and fellow MIT graduate students left the school, then secured almost $20 million in venture capital to find a better way to deliver Internet video.

Vividon will soon unveil its "Streaming Delivery Appliance", designed to help deliver video, in conjunction with existing delivery networks. Vividon says it supports MPEG, Microsoft Windows Media and QuickTime, as well as HTML files. It claims its new appliance can handle as much as eight times the stream capacity of existing solutions.

In October, Vividon joined the Content Alliance and the Broadband Content Delivery Forum (BCDF).

"As the election exemplified, the Video Internet is a medium unto itself. It is not merely television over a computer, but builds on the unique nature of the Internet to give users the dynamic content they want when they want it," said Dave Ellenberger, CEO of Vividon. "By dramatically driving down the cost of delivery, Vividon will open up opportunities for providers throughout the industry."

Ellenberger, brought on as president and CEO, was previosly vice president of Vignette Corporation. Previously, he worked at Data General Corporation.

Sudbury, MA-based Vividon, (previously known as Exotec), has received funding from Venrock Associates, Atlas Venture, Carlyle Venture Partners, and private investor, James Dow.

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