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DivX, the video company well known for its coding and compression technology, quietly launched a YouTube-style online video sharing community, Stage6, a few weeks ago. While there seems to be no end to the video-sharing sites out there, DivX’s site already has a pretty impressive set […]

DivX, the video company well known for its coding and compression technology, quietly launched a YouTube-style online video sharing community, Stage6, a few weeks ago. While there seems to be no end to the video-sharing sites out there, DivX’s site already has a pretty impressive set of high quality videos. Check out the difference between that well known “Dancing” video on Stage6 vs YouTube’s (sorry to make you see those jerky moves twice.)

The company is already touting a “hot 6″ videos section on its site, highlighting the most popular videos. Users rate each others videos with ‘mod points’ and develop ‘Karma’ based on how much they participate in the community. More Karma can bring more privileges. Company FAQ says Stage6 will give video makers a cut of some of the revenues that videos receive. Site “channels,” also already feature professional content made by video game channel G4, music videos and Diggnation clips.
We could only watch videos by downloading the DivX media player, and video makers can only upload content with DivX-encoded files — both of which can be a barrier to wide adoption. Right now all the content is offered for free, but the company says they are working on a download-to-own service. A major boost for Stage6 could come from the 1,800 consumer electronics models (mostly DVD players) that use DivX’s technology, and DivX says Stage6 content can be played across those devices.

Stage6 could be just another way to ride the buzz of video sharing sites like YouTube. DivX registered for an IPO in May that could raise as much as $135 million, so perhaps this is part of the overall plan to make a public splash. In its S1, the company says it needs to strengthen and maintain its brand. Though, we’re not sure Stage6 is the way to do it.

Other video sharing sites are also targeting the Internet video quality gap. We got a pitch from a company called Dovetail.tv today, which says it is launching in a few weeks and is aiming for the high-quality Internet video market. Instant Media is looking to tap similar users too. Companies working on peer to peer architecture could also have an edge in splitting up bandwidth.

Maybe DivX can use its future IPO funds to help boost Stage6 beyond a me-too site for quality videos. We plan to talk to company execs next week, and we’ll bring you more details then.

  1. Divx doesnt work under FireFox for me (keep compaling about a missing component that it cant find). I use YouTube under FF all the time. :-?

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  2. It’s good that you can see something a bit new on the market. On the other hand – the quality isn’t much superior to what Flash Player 8 already offers… Yes, I know about the quality on youtube/google/etc, but the video there follows the rule of SISO (Sht In > Sht Out), plus – it’s using the most comaptible Flash Player’s 6 Sorenson codec, so that linux boys don’t complain.

    That said I have to admit that I love the size of this video compared to youtube for example.

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  3. The Illuminati are at again! I’ve been saying it for 10 dang years! AIN’T I BEEN SAYIN’ IT MIGUEL!?

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  4. Nice find Katie.

    One issue is that I couldn’t get the site working at ALL under OSX on Firefox or Safari… if you have to download a codec/plugin and the site STILL doesn’t work then they’re not going to have a very high adoption rate.

    Kevin

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  5. I had to d/l plugin to play. It played just fine in FF(WinXP) after installing DivX.

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  6. i had divx installed already on my mac, thus this works perfectly on firefox.

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  7. HAHA! Yeah, YouTube have a LOT to fear.

    YouTube: Worked
    DiVX: “Rails has encountered an error”.

    I’m sure the Tube are quaking in their boots…

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  8. Make sure you have the DivX web player installed.

    http://www.divx.com/divx/webplayer/

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  9. They need to lose the ActiveX plugin. Still, it may not be a hurdle if the site picks up in popularity. Once upon a time installing Flash was a hassle, but we did it anyway.

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  10. FF describes the plugin as unknown — looks like the Divx folks need to reach out the the FF developers for FF2.0. Oh, and as of 12:30am PST the Stage6 site is incredibly slow to load. Perhaps it’s a bit too early to mention S6 and YouTube in the same sentence — capacity wise they aren’t even on the same planet…

    It was nice to see larger/sharper video. Does this mean that folks making video submissions are going to need to use better equipment than what currently passes for video on YouTube?

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