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Vdio just confirmed the story we broke earlier today: The new video startup was founded by Skype cofounder Janus Friis, and the team includes veterans from Skype and Joost. Vdio hasn’t publicly launched yet, but it’s already taking swipes at Netflix and Lovefilm.

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We just got an official confirmation for our story on Vdio, the new Netflix competitor by the founders of Skype: The company sent us a Q&A that confirms most of the information we uncovered, while remaining vague on details like pricing and launch date.

The Vdio team also already took a first swipe at Netflix and the backlash it has been facing from consumers by saying that one of the differences between Vdio and Netflix will be that “people will love using Vdio.” Oh snap!

Read the entire Q&A below:

What is VDIO?
VDIO lets you instantly watch the best in TV and movies, right now.

How is it pronounced?
Vee-dee-o

Who is behind VDIO?
VDIO was founded by Janus Friis and is run by a team with experience from Skype, Napster, Microsoft, TV Guide, and Apache.

When will it launch?
VDIO is currently in closed beta.

How is VDIO funded?
VDIO is privately funded.

Where will VDIO be available?
Initially, VDIO will be available in the U.K.

Where is the company based?
VDIO has offices in Santa Monica and Europe.

How much does it cost?
The pricing will be announced at a later time.

How is it different from Netflix and LoveFilm?
We think people will love using VDIO.

Who is the team?
Ian Aaron – Chief Executive Officer
Justin Erenkrantz – Chief Technology Officer
Priidu Zilmer – Creative Director
Scott Barrow – Senior Vice President of Operations
Sander Striker – Senior Vice President of Engineering
Patrick Dodd – Senior Vice President of Global Licensing
Jessica Algazi – Senior Vice President of Business Affairs

What is VDIO’s relationship to Rdio?
VDIO and Rdio are run by separate teams.

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  1. So, if you detest Facebook and refuse to sign up with them, you can’t be a customer with Vdio? Screw them.

  2. Wait… are Vdio and Rdio part of the same company?__It sounds like seperate companies but they only say seperate teams?

  3. A is for Awesome

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