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DivX to Nix Stage6

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DivX announced today that it’s shutting down Stage6 at the end of this month, putting an end to the video-sharing site’s short, expensive and litigious life.

Stage6 was supposed to be a higher-quality YouTube, and while the site had decent traffic, it never caught fire. As a publicly traded company, DivX felt added pressure to perform, and in July of last year the company said it would spin off Stage6 in a move to decrease operating expenses. The spinoff was supposed to be done by the end of last year.

Stage6 also had legal issues. DivX filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to protect against “unreasonable threats and demands” from Universal Music Group back in September. But the company lost that legal gambit earlier this month.

Given all that, putting Stage6 out of its misery is the best option for DivX as it can now focus entirely on its licensing business. The company made a number of deal announcements at CES this year, among them a partnership with Sony Pictures, as well as a raft of distribution partnerships with Next New Networks, Vuze, Veoh and Jaman for its DivX Connected media player.

14 Responses to “DivX to Nix Stage6”

  1. lovespuds

    I’m really annoyed about this. Stage 6 was billed as one of the big selling points of the Divx connected machine and now Divx has just pulled the plug on it just like that. It’s still listed on the divx connected website for the machine as a selling point for goodness sake and so far theres no software update for the machine to take out the options yet on the machine either. You would have though Divx would have had the common sense to sort out there existing customers who paid for the machine before pulling the plug. I can’t help feeling a bit cheated

  2. It appears now as an evidence: the diffusion of “full HD” (720 or 1080 pixel height by 1280 or 1920 pixel width screen definition in 16/9 format, with 24 fps and a bitrate ranging from 8 to 30 MB/s) on the Internet will not be done with basic streaming or regular downloading (even with the help of CDNs like Akamai, Limewire etc) for cost issues.

    The diffusion of HD, and the online availability of huge catalogues of movies today available in SD but not yet released will force the content providers to use peer-to-peer technologies, or other smartly distributed systems allowing to globally optimize the use of IP bandwidth available worldwide. That is exactly the reason why BitTorrent or Mininova have launched their “low cost P2P CDN” offers.

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  3. Like Stage6, Vuze ( focuses on a high-quality video viewing experience. With content from independent as well as larger publishers, we welcome all Stage6 users to check out Vuze.

    You’ll be joining a global audience with over 20 million client downloads and counting.

    Chris Maliwat
    Vuze Product Management

  4. Hi,

    There are and will continue to be other solutions, because youtube is the warehouse not the boutique, and will never care about specific users or their needs, just the mass, lowest-common denominator.

    For example, http://www.SUMO.TV that operate with a different model to youtube and has local operations from Brazil, israel, India to China.

    However, sometimes, companies/people just don’t want to fight on.

    Yours kindly,

    Shakir Razak