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Hi everyone,

 

Sad news for movie makers, as Stage6 is closing down and it was a perfect place to host your works at high quality...and get awesome streaming ...

 

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.

 

--Tom

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OH NO!!!! Thats why i couldn't upload my movie 2 days ago!

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is that officially confirmed??

 

I mean, everywhere you look for, you just find this post from an "employee" of Divx.

 

The disabled Upload-function could have other Reasons, maybe???

 

But if it´s true, that could be a very sad Day for Moviemakers and all of us that prefer not to kill our eyes by watching YouTube.

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too many pirate movies, things started getting out of control... UMG wanted to extract $30.000.000 out of DivX.inc http://seekingalpha.com/article/63562-can-divxs-safe-harbor-protect-it-from-stag\e6-pirates

Sure, there will be some other places, but still, sad when such a great service is going down, and if you think big, the money is the reason...

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Site up, YES, but streaming or download, NO!!!

 

This is the END, my friend ...!!:(

 

 

Cheer Up Amigo Stage7 is up and rolling! :D

so far they running Flash player only, but due to the huge demand starting up DivX today :D, so things are not that bad as it may look after all. I'll see you all there,

 

http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=28887

 

P.S. I already uploading some videos!

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I really hope, youґre right. :huh:

 

 

well, this E-mail I've received today:

 

A message to all members of stage7

 

Hi members! everyone wants to start adding DIVX to Stage7. And many have questioned if this is really possible?

 

We the answer is yes.

 

Due to the demand, we will give you instructions of how to do this today so you can start adding Divx content today!

 

As we have only been open 2 days it will be a bit bumpy at first getting this going. Yet we plan to have a simple program in place soon to make this process seamless for you

 

We will email you when Divx goes live later.

Many thanks stage 7 admin team

 

Visit stage7 at: http://stage7.ning.com

so, hopefully all going to be fine :D

 

some more info can be found here: http://stage7.ning.com/group/stage7publicforum

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Site up, YES, but streaming or download, NO!!!

 

This is the END, my friend ...!!:(

 

I'm not sure what do you mean... but only thing which doesn't work for me is upload, streaming and download is still GO! download speed for me ~2 Mb/s

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  • 3 weeks later...

Stage 6 closed

 

Hey fellas ..

 

Just so you all know, Gamerztheatre can offer the same Hi Res streaming that Stage 6 offered. We infact probably offer a better base for your movies as the traffic we get is more tailored to Flight Sims and FPS gamers.

 

We at one tiime had almost 120 of the best flight sim movies, many of course linked from Stage 6 but we are slowly building that data base up again.

 

Here is two samples of the best .. you all will know Duelality by NellonMellon and Speed by Glowing Amraam

 

We have our uploader page working now as well as a link feature to many other streaming sites your movies may be hosted at.

 

Talk to Canuck or Gas at Gamerztheatre if there are any problems.

 

Gas

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