Thursday February 28th, 2008 will be the day that DivX shuts down Stage6.com for good. For many, this comes as a huge disappointment. Stage6 was a place where people went to watch, share, and download high quality videos. One reason it was so great was the fact that the content was compatible with over 70 million electronic devices from major manufacturers. This meant playing back videos gathered form Stage6 was easier than ever. On their about page, they list that Stage6 was an experiment to see how new technologies and platforms re-shape the content experience. Well, it looks as though this experiment has come to an end.
On their site and their blog, they posted a message to all of their users explaining the reason it is being shutdown. One thing they mentioned was that it became very popular very quickly. Then in a later paragraph they said that “Sage6 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.” What it came down to is that they were popular and people loved them. But given the cost of the business they were in, they just couldn’t keep up. Apparently popularity isn’t always a good thing, at least not in this situation.
Some of you are probably wondering why they didn’t try alternative methods for running the business instead of just shutting it down. As it turns out, it sounds like they tried everything they could. They say, “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.”
Now that many of you will be without your favorite streaming site, what will be your alternative, if any?
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