On a post on the website, Tom Spinner announces that Stage6, the DivX initiated web platform for DivX encoded movie playing online, will cease operations at the end of this month. Well, they even didn’t take into consideration that we have 29 days in february this year.
The reason is a simple one : it became the casualty of its own success. I am a DivX user and even though I didn’t produce anything worth showing the world, I remember being routed to Stage6 many times when looking at trailers and teasers for Video games. Starcraft 2 is one that comes to mind.
Of course, many sites on the net are offering downloads, but you will be hard pressed to find a site offering the same video quality at the moment. Youtube isn’t even considered, the quality of most movies there is laughable, given the fact that most of the movies are re-encoded to Flash video from other formats, without the special tweaking the DivX publisher could do when preparing his own movie on his own computer in the format that would be distributed.
A sad evolution, but I guess some other sites will take over. When looking around, many video sites are stopping, due to high bandwidth costs, which are directly related to their popularity, or due to the fact that they can’t compete with the best-known ones (Google Video comes to mind). We’ll see what the future may bring, as the last sentence is fairly promising in the post:
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.