Friday, March 7, 2008

Stage6 Shuts Down

Stage6, of the high quality DivX video streaming fame, has shut down. And it's not even April Fools' Day. There were feelers sent out by the folks at DivX a few days before but I never really paid heed. This is the worst piece of news I've heard in years. Their homepage shows this message: has been shut down. Thank you for supporting the service.

We created Stage6 with the mission of empowering content creators and viewers to discover a new kind of video experience. Ultimately, the continued operation of Stage6 was a very expensive enterprise that required an enormous amount of attention and resources that we at DivX are not in a position to continue to provide. There are a lot of other details involved, but at the end of the day it's really as simple as that.


Apparently they are looking to drive a new initiative where they provide a platform for streaming internet video to TV's, thus driving their DivX enabled devices into the market. But when the world is heading towards online video and the like, with even outlets like Netflix launching an on-demand streaming service, surely they could have worked some way out to continue having stage6, or at least struck a deal with A. N. Other software company. After all Stage6 has developed into the best site for high quality video content with a really good online community.

Oh well, my frustration at not being able to have access to high quality (free) TV shows anymore knows no bounds. Twats!

Update: Techcrunch gives a detailed account of situations that eventually killed Stage6. And the sad thing is, it was more a war of egos than anything really technical. After all, what happens if your entire core team quits! So as I said earlier, 'Twats!'
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