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The unfortunate shut down of stage6....a warning to all fanpop users

Opinion by scififan posted over a year ago
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A letter to all my fellow fanpoppers who watch/upload videos from stage6.com

I am writting this to inform the fanpop community that the video sharing site stage6.com will be shut down tomorrow. I am not writting this soapbox to recieve props...in fact I don't even expect to rate this soapbox. This is soapbox just contains information that debs and I feel everyone should know. Below follows a soapbox I posted on the Angel spot that should explain everything to everyone.

http://www.fanpop.com/spots/angel/soapbox/2003

Here is the official posting from stage6.com

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


Debs and I just thought that the rest of fanpop should be made aware of this unfortunate turn of events. So, watch your stage6 vids now...becuase tomorrow, they'll be gone.

With great sorrow as I am the bearer of bad tidings,

scififan



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miiamya said:
thanks for posting this. I knew it was shutting down but I wasn't aware of the reasons behind it.
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scififan said:
your welcome. I just found out about it's closing Monday and after learning there ws nothing I could do about it, I figured I should let the rest of fanpop know. I had just uploaded a bunch of vids from stage6 and it is really to bad that it is closing.
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Temptasia said:
Thanks Sweetie! This is wonderful information :)
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rahma said:
thanks..
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I got an email from Stage6 saying it was shutting down. Hopefully a new HD video source will emerge...VidPop!
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LisaS said:
From the new Stage7 site: http://stage7.ning.com/

"As you know stage6 is closing its doors. So at the last minute we opened stage7 for one reason only. So us members from stage6 can keep in contact. Soon the silence will fall on stage 6. So it is important we let everyone know on stage6 that there is a meeting point. A place to stay in contact and keep updated on the stage6 developments. Let everyone know we are here!
Leave links in the comments and forums before its too late to do so. We can keep the Petition going too.

In the mean time as we do not know if stage6 will return.And I am sure you will agree.We need to get HD streaming and uploading online fast. This we are working on right now with very positive results.

So we at stage7 will work on this site over the next week and provide streaming video for sure. we will update you later today on how to add streaming video to this site.
Best wishes Stage7 team"
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cutemimi said:
Thanks for posting!
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scififan said:
yay LisaS!!! The quality of stage6 vids is so good, I was really sad to see them leave. If they're working on having the same quality vid at stage7, I may have to check it out. Would you mind keeping us posted on developments?

I did check all my stage6 vids this morning, and they are still working...so I think I'll check them again tomorrow to see if they're busted :) I don't want to take them down if people can still watch them today
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scififan said:
just in case people like me were confused, it's not stage7.com it's

http://stage7.ning.com/
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thecon said:
Its crazy. Trying to watch Lost the other day took me 3 days... it really shows how much of a contribution they made to internet vids.

I find out yesterday the real reasons behind the shutdown, and it doesn't make sense, as there was financial backing, good revenues etc, the suits just got all pissy and now... no more stage 6.
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