February 28, 2008

Stage6 Closes its Doors Today

Well a sad day has now come upon us, Stage6 has officially closed its doors. Stage6 was one of the better HD video sites on the Internet. After a few days watching videos on Stage6 it made YouTube look very crass and unrefined( not that YouTube needs much help in that department ). We loved the awesome content that they provided and we are very sad to see them go. They wrote an letter to their users explaining that the shutdown was due to the tremendous cost of maintaining the site.I guess they tried to shop it around, but in the end no one was willing to buy it.

One reason this makes us so sad is that Stage6 was an integral part of the new DivX Connected platform. The new D-Link 330 is the first device to be sold using this new framework and Stage6( which is a DivX corp spin-off ) was a major part of the online experience that they bundled. We are in the middle of collecting our notes for our hands on review of the DSM-330 and the web content aspect of it was a big part of it. Looks like once the DSM-330 lands state side in a few months people will never know how cool it was to kick back on the couch and stream HD content off the web and have it feel like it was local media. Oh well, bye bye Stage6, we hardly knew ya. Of course we are the eternal optimists around here so we are holding onto hope that someone will pick up the scraps and re-open Stage6 in some form. It is far too great of a site with such an active userbase to just let die like this.

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Posted by David Ficocello at February 28, 2008 10:19 PM

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Thanks for the comment Bruce. That is one of the the things we LOVE about the Connected platform is that it is so flexible. We can't wait for it to hit the states and get even more people writing plugins for it. We will check out those other services you mentioned.

We are looking forward to the future updates to the server and stay tuned for our in-depth review of the DSM-330 coming soon.

Posted by: David Ficociello at February 29, 2008 5:37 PM

David, you are absolutely right, it is a bummer, but DivX is working hard to make sure there will be good alternatives to Stage6 available to Connected users. As you say, it really is a great experience, to access high quality online content in the living room. We've announced Vuze, Jaman, Veoh, and Next New Networks, and we're still working on some other partnerships. At the same time, we are continuing to develop the server software to access more kinds of content, so that through plugins users will be able to access an enormous range of online content, not just Stage6. Ultimately, we feel that a flexible approach, that is open to as many kinds of content and services as possible, provides users with the most value and helps to future-proof the platform.

DivX, Inc.

Posted by: kosmonaut at February 29, 2008 5:02 PM
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