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Vdio, the online video service founded by Skype co-founder Janus Friis and run by the team that also brought us Rdio, is expanding internationally. Vdio launched in Canada Tuesday. The launch was announced with a blog post, which reads in part:
“We gave Rdio Unlimited subscribers in the US and UK an early screening of Vdio, our online television and movie service, but starting today, we’re introducing it to Canada.”
The service has an interesting back story: Originally envisioned as a kind of Netflix killer with a subscription model and developed in stealth since late 2009, Vdio got completely rebuilt from scratch by the Rdio team just months before its launch.
However, it looks like Vdio hasn’t completely given up on its subscription plans. Rdio’s outgoing VP of Product Malthe Sigurdsson told me back in April that subscriptions are something the company “would love to do,” and Rdio’s CEO Drew Larner, who is also about to leave, told Bloomberg in June that the company is looking to offer combined music and video subscriptions.
Updated at 2:37 with an official confirmation from Vdio.