Divx is a format that is becoming increasingly more and more popular
The story of
Divx began in 1998 from an initiative called Digital Video Express
and was invented by Circuit City and a Los Angeles based entertainment
law firm. The original idea at that time was that you could rent
special disposable DVD / Divx disks which could only be played in
a player connected to a phone line. When this Divx movie was played,
it was monitored by an online database so if you paid for a one
day rental, the movie wouldn’t play on the second day.
That was the
original concept but the Divx codec we know today was actually derived
from some Windows Media Player code that existed in beta version.
In 1999 a French hacker named Jerome Rota found a codec embedded
in the Microsoft product that was actually an MPEG -4 compatible
process, so he extracted it from the code and it soon started circulating
around the internet as DivX.
it became fairly obvious to everyone that this was the perfect way
to transfer movie material throughout the internet easily and most
importantly, without any considerable loss in quality Jerome Rota
himself formed a company called DivxNetworks and everything started
spreading like wildfire, with different developers offering different
codec's and versions and the compression quality getting better
and better every day.
with the problems the MP3 format was facing from the Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of
America, has been working with and not against the Divx format.
This "peaceful" co-existence is the reason that lately
we see more and more consumer DVD players capable of playing Divx
movies on the market .
Until now, it
was necessary to use a PC that allowed playback in conjuction with
a software codec (DivX3x, 4x, 5x, Xvid, 3ivx etc).
Since the vast
majority of users still prefer to view their movies on a conventional
TV set rather than sitting in front of a monitor, the introduction
to the consumer market of DVD players that can play DivX material