Old 25th February 2008, 14:53   #1
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Stage6 to close

This looks like its been brewing for some time but the high quality streaming video site stage6 is set to close down as of thurs (28th)

Youtube and the others et all had nothing on this place especially in terms of quality..

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I’m Tom (aka Spinner), a Stage6 user and an employee of DivX, Inc., the company behind the service. I’m writing this message today to inform you that we plan to shut down Stage6 on February 28, 2008. Upload functionality has already been turned off, and you’ll be able to view and download videos until Thursday.

I know this news will come as a shock and disappointment to many Stage6 users, and I’d like to take a few moments to explain the reasons behind our decision.

We created Stage6 with the mission of empowering content creators and viewers to discover a new kind of video experience. Stage6 began as an experiment, and we always knew there was a chance that it might not succeed.

In many ways, though, the service did succeed, beyond even our own initial expectations. Stage6 became very popular very quickly. We helped gain exposure for some talented filmmakers who brought great videos to the attention of an engaged community. We helped prove that it’s possible to distribute true high definition video on the Internet. And we helped broaden the Internet video experience by offering content that is compatible with DVD players, mobile devices and other products beyond the PC.

So why are we shutting the service down? Well, the short answer is that the continued operation of Stage6 is a very expensive enterprise that requires an enormous amount of attention and resources that we 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.

Now, why didn’t we think of that before we decided to create Stage6 in the first place, you may ask? That’s a good question. When we first created Stage6, there was a clear need for a service that would offer a true high quality video experience online because other video destinations on the Internet simply weren’t providing that to users. A gap existed, and Stage6 arrived to fill it.

As Stage6 grew quickly and dramatically (accompanied by an explosion of other sites delivering high quality video), it became clear that operating the service as a part of the larger DivX business no longer made sense. We couldn’t continue to run Stage6 and focus on our broader strategy to make it possible for anyone to enjoy high quality video on any device. So, in July of last year we announced that we were kicking off an effort to explore strategic alternatives for Stage6, which is a fancy way of saying we decided we would either have to sell it, spin it out into a private company or shut it down.

I won’t (and can’t, really) go into too much detail on those first two options other than to say that we tried really hard to find a way to keep Stage6 alive, either as its own private entity or by selling it to another company. Ultimately neither of those two scenarios was possible, and we made the hard decision to turn the lights off and cease operation of the service.

So that’s where we are today. After February 28, Stage6 will cease to exist as an online destination. But the larger DivX universe will continue to thrive. Every day new DivX Certified devices arrive on the market making it easy to move video beyond the PC. Products powered by DivX Connected, our new initiative that lets users stream video, photos, music and Internet services from the PC to the TV, are hitting retail outlets. We remain committed to empowering content creators to deliver high quality video to a wide audience, and we’ll continue to offer services that will make it easy to find videos online in the DivX format.

It’s been a wild ride, and none of it would have been possible without the support of our users. Thank you for making Stage6 everything that it was.

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Old 25th February 2008, 16:55   #2
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zomg plz not! YouTube sux! Stage 6 is really a great platform and the quality speaks for itself.
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Old 26th February 2008, 21:38   #3
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hmm latest on this - seems it was an almighty screw up on behalf or the owners..

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/02/26...age6-shutdown/

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Oh no!

(I just felt like saying that; I've never even heard of Stage6.)
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Old 26th February 2008, 23:25   #5
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hmm latest on this - seems it was an almighty screw up on behalf or the owners..

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/02/26...age6-shutdown/
What a damn shame. I wonder what made the board members kill the deal and resign?
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Old 27th February 2008, 00:09   #6
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What a damn shame. I wonder what made the board members kill the deal and resign?
dunno - egos? money? wonder what Watadoo knows about this - he works in that field... or did anyway...

Come on Watadoo - give us a news scoop...

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Old 27th February 2008, 00:53   #7
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*visits stage6 for the first time to download as many videos as I can before they're gone*

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Old 27th February 2008, 01:37   #8
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I've been there a few times before, but I always found it annoying to navigate.

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Old 27th February 2008, 03:03   #9
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it was a bit awkward - the way to do it was to use specific keywords in the search or the channels - hang around and get to know who posted what.

Or use sources like quicksilverscreen who had a reasonable setup with an a-z of what movies, tv-shows or documentaries were available..

Was brilliant while it lasted and the quality was/is till thursday exceptional. It proved what can be done with streamed video not the second rate garbage on youtube/google/insert flash site here....

edit: really surprised a lot of you guys did not know about it...

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Old 27th February 2008, 11:35   #10
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*visits stage6 for the first time to download as many videos as I can before they're gone*
that's what i did, too.
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Old 27th February 2008, 11:44   #11
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Visited a few times, never felt it was worth installing the DivX Web Player. I wonder how long until XviD totally buries DivX. Don't know anyone who uses DivX over XviD these days.

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Old 27th February 2008, 12:19   #12
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I love divx, I was able to watch high quality shows that looked great on my widescreen flatpanels.
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Old 27th February 2008, 18:40   #13
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I love divx, I was able to watch high quality shows that looked great on my widescreen flatpanels.
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Old 28th February 2008, 15:50   #14
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I just have one thing to say tom my friend. As you can see the community as a whole is not happy that you've all decided to close up one of the best video websites, however they haven't just decided to post their complaints on your website they have decided to also post their complaints with your stocks. What is worse is that you have'nt actually even closed the site yet so stocks can still go down more when you actually do. Having said that you might want to make them happy again so they might give you their money back. Just a thought.
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Old 28th February 2008, 21:36   #15
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Right, It's Feb 28th and it's still up and I can upload vids?
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Visited a few times, never felt it was worth installing the DivX Web Player. I wonder how long until XviD totally buries DivX. Don't know anyone who uses DivX over XviD these days.
Meh, its pretty much the same thing. If either Xvid or Divx "wins", the audience of either still will thrive through them no matter what.
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Old 29th February 2008, 04:51   #17
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9 minutes until midnight here and its still up. o_O

Edit: I guess that makes sense since their contact information for the domain is in California, which means there should be about two more hours if they shut down at midnight.

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Old 29th February 2008, 08:17   #18
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1 hour and 16 minutes after 0000 PST and they are still up...

I wonder if it was just a publicity stunt. o_O;

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Old 29th February 2008, 12:24   #20
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It's still up....
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Old 29th February 2008, 16:07   #21
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yeah its still there for now - its not as easy as just turning of a switch like..

Though the community forums are being destroyed by some idiot called Azula - looks like he has a bot just posting away to fuck... and some disgusting crap it is as well.

Not sure that folk can still upload - thats supposed to have been disabled for a few days but viewing and download still works for now..

most of the community has moved to http://stage6.18.forumer.com for now just to say in touch like...

Anyway - not really sure what is going on but there stock has nose dived in the last couple of days...

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I've been on and off having trouble loading pages on stage6, but I suspect its due to their site's webserver getting pummeled. Downloads which run off of different servers (and different internet connections?) are running fine still.

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Old 29th February 2008, 21:25   #23
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Looks like its gone.

They put up a message suggesting we use Veoh (barf) and you can't download stuff anymore as far as I can tell.

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yeah vil - it went of at around 8.30 GMT which was say 12.30pm there time. The forums went down first due to that fucking idiot with his spam bot - he has a site called freetehdolphins.com or some such

Little prick was posting all kinds of garbage - think two girls/1cup and your coming close...

Anyway - everything just redirects to the main page now with that 'Go to Veoh' garbage - like who wants to go there?

I know some say that xvid was a better format but in terms of online high quality streaming content - nothing touched the place! It definitely set a marker for where online video should and needs to go. Watching Youtube is like a kid of 4 playing with crayons as opposed to an adult painting with oils, doesn't compare and that goes for all the flash based sites.

Sad day for the future of online video I reckon

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all links on the stage6 site link to its homepage. DAMN! it's gone!
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oh well back to the news groups - again *sighs*

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I guess I'll need to go find my password for my ISPs usenet server, since some of the stuff I am looking for is a little hard to find and actually get effectively (bloody private bittorrent trackers).

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I'm pretty upset by this...I need to install a terrabyte hdd into Stu-server2 so I no longer have to spread dvds/downloads/ets over the two servers.
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News: Looks like they didn't want to really sell Stage6 since they didn't respond to an 11 Millon deal.

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I'm pretty upset by this...I need to install a terrabyte hdd into Stu-server2 so I no longer have to spread dvds/downloads/ets over the two servers.
What's that got to do with anything?

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What's that got to do with anything?
Absolutely nothing.

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What's that got to do with anything?
For all the stage 6 downloads I have spread acrossed 4 harddrives.
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